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WWE, an American professional wrestling promotion based in Stamford, Connecticut in the United States owned by the McMahon family, has been promoting events in Australia since 1985 when they were the World Wrestling Federation.

WWE in Australia
WWE Logo.svg Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Created byVince McMahon
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
NXT
First event1985 tour

HistoryEdit

 
Sequence showing Triple H performing his ring entrance pose at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne during the November 2007 WWE tour

WWF first toured the country in 1985, visiting Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle and through Brisbane and Melbourne again in 1986. The next time WWE came to Australia was for the WWE Global Warning Tour in 2002 for what was the first WWE event in Australia in 16 years.[1][2] WWE has visited Australia regularly since then by touring at least once a year since 2003. WWE's NXT brand made its first tour in 2016. In 2018, WWE announced WWE Super Show-Down at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – the first ever WWE pay-per-view (PPV) to be held in Australia.[3]

WWE Global Warning Tour: MelbourneEdit

WWE Global Warning Tour: Melbourne
PromotionWorld Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s)SmackDown!
DateAugust 10, 2002[4]
CityMelbourne, Australia
VenueColonial Stadium
Attendance56,734[5][6]

WWE Global Warning Tour: Melbourne was a professional wrestling event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment that took place on August 10, 2002, at Colonial Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. This event marked the return of WWE to Australia for the first time since 1986.[7] Michael Cole and Tazz recorded the commentary from WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. The event featured nine matches (including 3 dark matches), where in the main event The Rock defeated Triple H and Brock Lesnar in a Triple Threat match to retain the WWE Undisputed Championship.[8] Global Warning did not air on pay-per-view (PPV), but was released on home video.[9] The event aired in November 2002 as part of the WWE Fanatic Series and in January 2003 on Sky 1 in New Zealand.[10] In October 2018, Global Warning was added to the on demand list on the WWE Network.[10] It was re-released on DVD in December 2018, as part of a double pack with WWE Super Show-Down.[11]

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentator Michael Cole
Tazz
Ring Announcer Tony Chimel
General Manager Stephanie McMahon
No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Rikishi defeated Rico[12] Kiss My Ass match 02:32
2D Mark Henry and Randy Orton defeated Reverend D-Von and Batista Tag Team match 07:00
3 Jamie Noble (c) (with Nidia) defeated The Hurricane Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship 08:45
4D Hardcore Holly and Chavo Guerrero (with Maven) defeated Billy and Chuck Tag Team match 15:00
5D Kurt Angle defeated Test Singles match 11:00
6 The Un-Americans (Lance Storm and Christian) (c) defeated Billy Kidman and Rey Mysterio Tag Team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship 09:10
7 Edge defeated Chris Jericho Singles match 12:49
8 Torrie Wilson defeated Stacy Keibler Bra & Panties match 04:45
9 The Rock (c) defeated Triple H and Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) Triple Threat match for the WWE Undisputed Championship 14:35
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

WWE Super Show-DownEdit

WWE Super Show-Down was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It took place on October 6, 2018, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia[13] and featured ten matches including two involving Australian wrestlers, Buddy Murphy and The IIconics. Murphy defeated Cedric Alexander to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship,[14] while Billie Kay and Peyton Royce defeated the team of Asuka and Naomi.[15] The event drew 70,309 people.[16]

NXT television tapingEdit

The first tour to Australia of the NXT brand in December 2016 included a show at Melbourne's Margaret Court Arena which served as a television taping for NXT's January 4, 2017, edition on the WWE Network. Five matches from the show were shown, with Shinsuke Nakamura retaining the NXT Championship against Samoa Joe as the main event. Of the other matches shown three featured Australian wrestlers. Buddy Murphy teamed with Tye Dillinger to defeat the team of Bobby Roode and Elias, TM-61 were defeated by the NXT Tag Team champions DIY (Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano), and Billie Kay along with Liv Morgan were defeated by Ember Moon. The other televised match saw The Revival defeated the team of Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli.[17] In matches not televised, Peyton Royce could not defeat NXT Women's champion Asuka, Andrade Almas defeated Wesley Blake and Oney Lorcan defeated Patrick Clark.[18]

ToursEdit

Raw-branded event SmackDown-branded event NXT-branded event
Year Tour Notes
1985 WWF Australian tour Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth house shows
1986 WWF Australian tour Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide house shows
2002 WWE Global Warning Tour: Melbourne Taped event later released on DVD, VHS and WWE Network
2003 WWE Raw Ruthless Aggression Sydney, & Melbourne house shows
WWE Passport to SmackDown Perth House show
2004 WWE SmackDown Superstars Return of the Deadman Tour Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne house shows
2005 WWE Raw WrestleMania Revenge Tour Brisbane, Newcastle and & Sydney house shows
WWE SmackDown WrestleMania Revenge Tour Melbourne, Perth, & Adelaide house shows
WWE Raw Survivor Series Tour Sydney, Adelaide & Melbourne house shows
2006 WWE Smackdown Road to Wrestlemania 22 Tour Sydney & Brisbane house shows.
WWE Raw SummerSlam Tour Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney & Brisbane house shows
2007 WWE Raw Survivor Series Tour Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane house shows.
2008 WWE Smackdown ECW Tour Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide & Brisbane house shows
2009 WWE Raw Live Tour Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide & Brisbane house shows
2010 WWE Smackdown Live 2010 Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide & Brisbane house shows
2011 WWE World Tour Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide & Brisbane house shows
2012 WWE Raw World Tour Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane house shows
2013 WWE Raw World Tour Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide & Brisbane house shows
2014 WWE Live Melbourne, Sydney & Perth house shows
2015 WWE Live Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney house shows
2016 WWE Live: Australia Melbourne, Adelaide & Sydney house shows
WWE NXT Live Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Gold Coast & Sydney shows
2017 WWE Live: Australia Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane house shows
2018 Super Show-Down Pay-per-view event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WWE Global Warning tour from Melbourne, Australia". Archived from the original on 5 November 2002.
  2. ^ "WWE Fanatic Series Season 1 Episode 26".
  3. ^ "WWE Super Show-Down".
  4. ^ "WWE Brings ‘Global Warning Tour’ to Australia". corporate.wwe.com.
  5. ^ Staff Writers (December 8, 2017). "WWE holding discussions over wrestling Global Warning Tour PPV event at MCG in 2018: report". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Thomas, Joshua (8 December 2017). "WWE reportedly looking to bring Global Warning event to MCG". Sporting News. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  7. ^ Dixon, James; Furious, Arnold; Maughan, Lee; Dahlstrom, Bob; Richardson, Benjamin; Henry, Justin; Hey, Dan (17 December 2015). "The Complete WWE Guide Volume Six". Lulu.com – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "WWE Global Warning Tour: Melbourne". 10 August 2002 – via www.imdb.com.
  9. ^ "THURS. UPDATE: More from NXT Takeover, Samoa Joe deal notes, What TNA talent has been told, White predicts 2 million buys for Rousey vs. Cyborg, Lawler, Angle". 6 July 2015. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ a b "WWE NETWORK ADDS PREVIOUS AUSTRALIAN STADIUM EVENT - PWInsider.com". pwinsider.com.
  11. ^ "WWE Australia". twitter.com.
  12. ^ "WWE Global Warning". 10 August 2002 – via www.profightdb.com.
  13. ^ "WWE'S biggest stars come to Australia for WWE Super Show-Down on October 6". WWE. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  14. ^ Bristout, Ralph. "Buddy Murphy def. Cedric Alexander to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship". WWE. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "The IIconics def. Asuka & Naomi". WWE. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  16. ^ Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Super Show-Down live review: Undertaker vs. Triple H for the final time, AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe in a no DQ, no count-out match for the WWE Title, The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler, Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte for the Smackdown Women's Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  17. ^ "WWE NXT results, Jan. 4, 2016: TM61 and #DIY tear it up during Tag Team Title showdown in Melbourne". WWE.
  18. ^ "NXT Melbourne, Australia, live results: Nakamura vs. Joe in a steel cage". WON/F4W - WWE news, Pro Wrestling News, WWE Results, UFC News, UFC results. 8 December 2016.