The COVID-19 pandemic ensured your entire sporting calendar was altered fairly considerably in 2020.
Virtually each main occasion was suspended, however WWE managed to persevere with exhibits each week from their Efficiency Middle in Orlando, Florida.
It did price them WrestleMania in entrance of a packed crowd and so they haven’t left the state of Florida for over a yr now.
Contained in the Ropes reported final yr that WWE had hoped to deliver a serious pay-per-view to the UK in 2020 to capitalise on Drew McIntyre changing into the first-ever British born UK champion.
“Sources say WWE was eager to capitalise on McIntyre changing into the first-ever British world champion within the firm and the starvation of the UK fanbase for a big-time pay-per-view,” ITR wrote.
Talking to Behind the Gloves, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has now confirmed these plans had been in place and he was meant to face then-WWE champion McIntyre.
“I used to be imagined to go to SummerSlam final yr and I used to be imagined to go to WrestleMania final yr after which I used to be additionally imagined to battle Drew McIntyre in a PPV occasion within the UK, however none of that occurred due to COVID.
“So COVID’s price me SummerSlam, Royal Rumble, PPV with Drew McIntyre, the [Deontay] Wilder rematch, and the [Anthony] Joshua battle. So thanks COVID [laughs].”
McIntyre and Fury have verbally jousted for the higher a part of 2020 and it’s actually no coincidence. They had been clearly constructing to a possible matchup, however given how unpredictable the restoration from the pandemic has confirmed, the plans have been shelved.
England hopes to interrupt free from the shackles of the pandemic on June 21 this yr, so there’s each likelihood WWE will return to the UK for the primary time since 2019 both for his or her ordinary November UK tour or, extra actually, in 2022.
Fury goes to be a busy man this yr regardless. His undisputed heavyweight title matchup with WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion Anthony Joshua is about to be introduced any day now and so they’re set to have two fights in 2021.
In the event that they don’t handle to battle this yr, Fury has prompt he’ll field regardless.