British wrestling have clamoured for a proper PPV to take place once again in the UK almost since the moment The British Bulldog raised that Intercontinental title over his head at Wembley Stadium in 1992.
But despite lip service paid to the idea whenever a British journalist has interview one of the WWE executives, it’s never truly felt on the cards.
Yes, we will get thrown plenty of bones with TV tapings and special events but a proper PPV? A big four event? For many reasons, mainly financial, it’s seemed highly unlikely.
But that was before WWE gave us a British WWE champion who seems hell bent on headlining such and event and he knows just the opponent to make it happen.
McIntyre has been all over the media recently. Not just the traditional wrestling press but even traditionally wrestling averse media channels such as the BBC and The Guardian.
In many of those appearances he has repeatedly banged the drum on a British PPV idea. In an interview by BT Sport yesterday, McIntyre once again threw Fury’s name out there. He said:
I really want this UK Pay Per View. If it takes McIntyre vs. Fury to get the attention we need, it’s as simple as that.
It’s an intriguing prospect. It’s clear that WWE don’t see McIntyre as a flash in the pan.
He is being positioned as a long term headliner and so far, despite the horrendous, fan-absent conditions of his reign at the top, he has carried himself like a man who has all the tools and all the backing to be the biggest star in the company for years to come.
It feels far more permanent a position as the top babyface in the company than either Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns.
Tyson Fury too is a star that has cemented himself in the upper echelon of heavyweight boxing. After his win against Deontay Wilder last time out, he is arguably the biggest draw in the sport. It’s clear that putting him in the ring with McIntyre in a UK stadium would draw massive press and fan attention both in the UK & the USA.
Enough to justify the added expense and time difference issues of a UK PPV.
The answer has to be a resounding yes.
Of course, Fury is no stranger to the ring, having faced Braun Strowman at the ‘Crown Jewel’ event last year in Saudi Arabia. His size and showmanship are tailor made for WWE and a match with McIntyre would feel a very good fit physically.
Any sort of packed stadium event is a fair way off while we fight off the global COVID-19 pandemic, live event promotions and stadiums themselves are going to be clamouring for instant seat filling attractions when normality returns.
So whilst we have long since poo-pooed the notion of a UK PPV ever happening, surely a Drew McIntyre vs Tyson Fury main event could be big enough to make it happen.