WWE: UK PPV Planned for Sept. 2022, UK Tour Update, New Ref Hiring Edict, NBC Peacock Update

WWE Reportedly Planning PPV Event in UK During Labor Day Weekend 2022

As noted before, WWE recently announced their pay-per-view events schedule for next year. Among the events scheduled includes one event on either September 3rd or September 4th at a location to be determined in the near future.

Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE officials recently met with both Wembley Stadium officials and Millennium Stadium officials regarding their potential plans to hold a pay-per-view event in the United Kingdom during next year’s Labor Day weekend. Meltzer reported that WWE’s original idea was to hold a 30th anniversary of SummerSlam 1992 event in late August at Wembley Stadium before deciding to hold next year’s SummerSlam in Nashville, Tennessee instead.

Meltzer also reported his sources stated that most of the talk within the company was about holding an event in the U.K. during the month of September but the idea to hold it during Labor Day weekend was not known or discussed until this week.

WWE Announces Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker for UK Tour, WALTER Update

WWE recently announced that NXT talents Tommaso Ciampa and Bron Breakker will be among the talent appearing at their upcoming tour of the United Kingdom, which takes place from November 3rd to November 10th.

Ciampa and Breakker were announced to be appearing at the November 7th WWE house show event in Liverpool, the November 8th WWE house show event in Leeds, the November 9th WWE house show event in Nottingham, and the November 10th WWE house show event in Manchester, England. It was announced that all four shows will feature a NXT Championship Triple Threat match of Sami Zayn vs. Breakker vs. Ciampa (c).

WWE also announced that WALTER will be appearing in four and not three events as had been previously advertised. Besides the November 7th, 8th, and 9th house show events, WALTER will also be making an appearance at the November 10th WWE house show event in Manchester. It was announced that all four shows will feature a WALTER vs. Cesaro singles match.

New Referee Hiring Edict

Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE recently issued a new edict in regards to the hiring of new referees going forward.

Meltzer reported that as part of WWE’s attempts to make their talent look taller during shows and matches, the company recently issued a new directive that stated that all new referees hired should be shorter in height than their current crew of referees.

Comcast Fiscal 3rd Quarter Report – Peacock Posts Net Revenue Losses Over $500 Million

Comcast Corporation held an investor’s meeting this past Thursday to discuss the results from their fiscal third quarter report.

In regards to NBC Universal, Comcast reported that revenues for the fiscal quarter were around $10 billion, which was an increase of 58% compared to last year’s fiscal third quarter.

In regards to NBC’s Peacock streaming service, Comcast did not provide updated subscription numbers for the service for the quarter, which was at around 54 million subscribers at the end of Comcast’s fiscal second quarter. In terms of revenues, Peacock generated around $230 million in revenues for the quarter but posted an adjusted loss of around $520 million for net revenues for the quarter.

Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that within the past six months, NBC’s Peacock division has generated $352 million in total revenues but also has spent around $1.235 billion in total expenses. Meltzer reported that this is very likely the reason why NBC started to insert ads during live WWE pay-per-view events despite originally promising not to do so.

Source: Variety.com