Johannesburg - One of the major sporting events to look forward to in the new year has to be the return of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Live to South Africa.
After an absence of five years, WWE comes back with a bang – new stars, a new venue and lots of fireworks.
For the first time, Pretoria’s Sun Arena will host showpiece, in April.
The show will also be in Cape Town and Johannesburg, but, sadly, Durban has been taken off the list.
Back in the country
After the previous tour in 2013, supporters have been promised a bigger and better spectacle.
Wrestlers including Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks and Asuka are billed to entertain the crowds.
Big Concerts’ chief executive Justin van Wyk said they had to work hard to get the tour back in the country.
“WWE is one of the longest-running shows in the world, so to bring it back to South Africa after five years is truly amazing,” he said.
The tour would be bigger and better than the 2013 edition.
“It is happening three weeks after WrestleMania, so there are bound to be interesting battles that the fans can look forward to. The biggest change will see fans getting to buy the WWE merchandise you see on television".
Van Wyk also spoke about moving the event from Durban to Pretoria.
“Pretoria has a bigger market and we decided to bring the event there. The Sun Arena has just opened, has comfortable seats and a bigger seating range to offer than the venue used in Durban,” Van Wyk said.
Dates have been confirmed
Stefan Kastenmüller, senior vice-president and general manager for WWE Africa, Europe and emerging markets, said he had been trying to fit in this tour since 2013.
“Following the overwhelming demand from our fans in South Africa, we are excited to return to Cape Town and Johannesburg, and bring the show to Pretoria for the first time,” he said.
Locals can look forward to spectacular, non-stop, family-friendly entertainment featuring their favourite WWE superstars.
Big Concerts said tour dates had been confirmed and tickets were on sale at bigconcerts.co.za and computicket.com.
The tour begins at the GrandWest Grand Arena in Cape Town on April 18, before debuting at the Sun Arena, Time Square in Pretoria, on April 20.
It concludes at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg on April 21.