Whether it be tuning into Monday Night Raw or Friday Night Smackdown, the WWE has always held a special place in the hearts and minds of UK based wrestling fans.
Whilst the sport would never have the gumption to compare to the likes of football, rugby, or cricket, it has always been seen as a form of entertainment that captures the imagination of British sports fans, in a way that many other sports couldn’t.
Icons such as the Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and the Undertaker, represent a huge part of the sporting psyche amongst British sports fanatics and the wackiness and inclusivity of the WWE has always resonated in the UK.
In addition to the obvious appeal of each and every WWE bout in the UK, the recent development of WWE betting markets have once again, shone a light for many British sports fans on the possibilities that the WWE presents.
With fights taking place every week, in addition to a packed calendar of pay-per-view events, UK WWE betting fans truly have their money’s worth when it comes to the WWE betting options available to them on various sports betting sites.
The most recent instalment of WWE action to hit the British Isles was the 2023 WWE Money in the Bank, one of the biggest events on the WWE calendar and it is testament to the developing WWE fanbase in the UK, that the event was hosted at the O2 Arena in London.
Over 20,000 fans were situated inside the arena, with thousands more making their way to London, to immerse themselves into a sporting atmosphere like no other.
Here is a look back at some of the key events from the 2023 WWE Money in the Bank in London:
Seth Rollins does it again
One of the biggest draws for British wrestling fans is the chance to see the icons that have frequented their TV sets over the years, in the flesh – doing their thing. When it comes to iconic WWE athletes, few fit the bill as much as Seth Rollins and his fanbase in the UK were as vehement as ever.
Rollins overcame Finn Balor in a singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship, in a memorable battle – wowing the crowd at the O2 Arena.
Iyo Sky puts her name in lights
The unique nature of each and every Money in the Bank fight makes it one of the most watched WWE events on the calendar and to have it hosted in London was a big draw for the British wrestling community.
Iyo Sky has long been touted as one of the most exciting female fighters in the game and in a match-up against the likes of Becky Lynch, Trish Stratus and Zoey Stark, she was always going to have to put in a big performance to prevail. She managed to do exactly that, to the adoration to all inside the O2 Arena, on what was a memorable night for both Sky and UK WWE fans.
The Usos settle a score
Whilst there were plenty of other grudge matches on a memorable card, the prospect of watching the Usos take on the Bloodline in a tag-team match, had every WWE fan across the world talking.
In what was billed as a ‘Civil War’, many pundits felt that the Bloodline team of Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa would have too much for the Uso brothers, Jey, and Jimmy but a classic encounter ensued.
Going at it for over 30 minutes inside a captivated O2 Arena, it was the Usos who got the job done, getting over the line by pinfall, sparking wild scenes of celebration and setting the narrative up nicely with the likes of the WWE Summer Slam on the horizon.
British wrestling fans were treated to an incredible spectacle at Money in the Bank 2023 and the love affair between the WWE an the UK is showing no sign of slowing just yet.