WWE heading back to India with debut in Hyderabad

GMC Balayogi Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, India

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US wrestling organisation the WWE has announced that Hyderabad will host its first live event in India since 2017.

WWE Superstar Spectacle will take place at the 5,000-capacity GMC Balayogi Indoor Stadium on September 8. It will be the first-ever WWE live event to be held in Hyderabad.

The event will be produced and promoted by BookMyShow Live, the live entertainment experiential division of BookMyShow.

The WWE, then known as WWF, first entered the Indian market in 1996, with an event at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai.

In 2002, the WWE Raw Tour of India staged three events in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. However, the last time the organisation set foot in the country was for three events at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in 2016 and 2017.

In April, sports and entertainment group Endeavor entered into a definitive agreement with World Wrestling Entertainment to form a new publicly listed company consisting of the WWE and Ultimate Fighting Championship brands.

As part of the deal, Endeavor will hold a 51% controlling interest in the new company, while existing WWE shareholders will hold a 49% interest. Endeavor owns UFC and the deal with WWE significantly bolsters its presence in the combat sports sector.