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WWE megastar Cody Rhodes hopes WrestleMania finds its way to London – but has urged sweary Brits to mind their language if they want to land the event.
Talk of WWE bringing the crown jewel of its event calendar to the UK for the very first time erupted at Money in the Bank this weekend thanks to an appearance by John Cena.
The wrestling legend turned Hollywood star stunned a sold-out crowd at the sold out O2 Arena on Saturday night by making his first live WWE appearance since WrestleMania 39 in April.
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Cena sent the 18,000 strong crowd into raptures by explaining he was there “to try to bring WrestleMania to London” – claiming it’s what the nation has deserved for many years.
While WWE exec Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque cooled any talk that any such move would be coming any time soon – saying "it’s tough… I wish it was that easy" – Cena’s slot at Money in the Bank was clearly approved and by design.
But if wrestling-mad fans in the UK have their hopes high that the Showcase of the Immortals is a dead cert for London in the future, another big name in Rhodes has sounded a warning.
The American Nightmare spoke at the Money in the Bank post-show press conference and hinted that some of the fan antics at UK shows had left some in WWE less than impressed.
Cena himself admitted during his speech that company chiefs consider London a “hostile” crowd, evidenced by the abusive chants strewn throughout the show.
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Fans enjoying the huge occasion hurled expletives in the direction of stars like Roman Reigns, Logan Paul and Grayson Waller – the latter for interrupting Cena on the night.
Reigns in particular was serenaded throughout his main event match, fans blasting him a barrage of foul-mouth chants.
But while it made for a terrific atmosphere at The O2 and great viewing for many at home, Rhodes suggested fans might consider toning it down.
He explained: “I’m of the belief if the crowd wants to play, let them – let it ride, let it happen.
“Now, be mindful, sometimes you got — I particularly have a younger fan base — a lot of young kids [and] I don’t know if all these chants are acceptable for them.
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“So, if you guys are gearing up as London, as the United Kingdom, gearing up for a potential WrestleMania, maybe keep that in mind.”
Despite his warning, Rhodes joined the names calling for WWE to give the green light to a ‘Mania on these shores, adding: “I hope that does happen for London. That would be very special and I’d be all about it.”
The timing of Cena’s appearance to tease a potential WrestleMania in London comes as WWE’s main rivals, All Elite Wrestling, have sold around 70,000 tickets for All In London at Wembley Stadium in August.
WWE has just wrapped up a hugely successful UK tour, with two sell-out nights at The O2 for SmackDown and Money in the Bank added to packed shows in the likes of Sheffield, Cardiff, Newcastle.
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