15/04/2024

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Former WWE superstar and current NXT commentator, Wade Barrett hails from the United Kingdom and never thought the company would hold a major Premium Live Event in Wales.

WWE Clash at the Castle is a first-time show, that is shaping up to be a memorable and must-see event. It will take place at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on September 4 at 3am AEST on the WWE Network.

Even though he lobbied for the possibility, Barrett did not imagine he’d see the day where something like this would happen.

“I’ve got to be honest with you, I didn’t see this coming at all”, Barrett said.

“In my own career I was pushing for a long time to get an event in London, or Manchester, Cardiff or Glasgow, wherever. One of these big stadium shows is really difficult to pull off.

“First of all, there’s different laws in different countries and, logistically, getting everyone over there is tough enough.

“The reason I thought it would be almost impossible is because I remember as a kid watching all the Premium Live Events in WWE at midnight in the UK and they would end at 3am.

“That’s just the time difference. I thought to myself ‘they can’t have the shows in the UK because it is going be on at a strange time in the US.”

However, the NXT commentator acknowledged that times have changed now and it is much more realistic for huge events like Clash at the Castle to take place outside the United States.

“I think the world has changed now. The world has got a lot smaller with the advent of recent technology and developments”.

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Barrett then drew attention to how important it is for the United Kingdom fans for WWE to host a huge stadium show in their homeland.

“I think it’s really exciting now that the fans over in Cardiff, Wales, and across the UK and Europe are going to get this opportunity to experience it firsthand without having to fly all the way over to the US”, he said.

“I’ve been to so many WrestleMania’s and, when I’m there, it seems like almost 50% of the fans are flying over from Europe.

“I think it’s great that for once they’re getting the easy ride here.

“There will even be plenty of US fans flying over to Clash at the Castle just to visit and get the UK experience. I think it’s great.”

The former WWE superstar then discussed the main event of the show, which will be contested between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre for the former’s Undisputed Universal Championship.

The challenger has been proclaimed as a potential person to end the Tribal Chief’s 700+ day reign as world champion, but Barrett has identified one issue that suggests the Scotsman won’t be successful.

“The issue I have is I don’t think Roman can be beaten outside of a pure one-on-one scenario”, he said.

“What I mean by that is we know for a fact that Roman has always got the backing of The Bloodline, Paul Heyman or even Sami Zayn who we’ve seen floating around a fair bit.

“Drew is going to be outnumbered whatever way he looks at it.

“He needs some form of backup to beat Roman Reigns in my opinion. I just don’t see where that backup is going to be coming from.”

The card for Clash at the Castle is stacked, as other matches announced for the show are Gunther defending his Intercontinental Title against Sheamus, Matt Riddle vs Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins, Liv Morgan putting her Smackdown Women’s Championship on the line against Shayna Baszler and the team of Bianca Belair, Asuka and Alexa locking horns with Bayley, IYO SKY and Dakota Kai.

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