It will be an early morning Premium Live Event for North American fans when WWE’s Elimination Chamber heads to Perth, Australia.
There was a major announcement on Thursday about the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view heading overseas to Australia on February 24, 2024. Here’s part of the press release.
“WWE, a TKO Group Holdings company (NYSE: TKO), in partnership with the Western Australian Government through Tourism Western Australia, today announced its long-awaited return to Australia for a globally televised Premium Live Event (PLE).
WWE Elimination Chamber: Perth will take place at Optus Stadium in Perth, Western Australia, on Saturday, February 24, 2024. This will mark WWE’s first event in Australia since 2018 and the only PLE in the Asia-Pacific region in 2024.
Fans across the globe interested in an exclusive presale opportunity can register now at www.wwe.com/au2024-presale.
Located in the heart of Perth, the capital of Western Australia – a famed travel destination with a globally renowned record in hosting cultural and sporting events – the multi-purpose world-class Optus Stadium opened in 2018 and has hosted a multitude of sports and entertainment events including the Australian Football League Grand Final, State of Origin, Ed Sheeran’s ‘¸’ tour, Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ tour, Eminem’s ‘Rapture’ tour, U2’s ‘Joshua Tree’ tour, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the upcoming Australian-exclusive Coldplay ‘Music of the Spheres’ tour.”
Due to the time difference between Australia and most WWE fans being in North American countries like the United States & Canada, it has led some fans to wonder what time the show will start.
WWE Elimination Chamber will be a morning show for North American wrestling fans
There is a 12-hour time difference between Perth, Australia and the Eastern Time zone in the US & Canada. That means if it’s 12 p.m. ET in New York City then it’s 12 a.m in Perth.
In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wrote that the Elimination Chamber PLE will air in primetime in Australia, which means an early start time in North America.
“WWE officially announced the Elimination Chamber show would be 2/24 at Optus Stadium in Burswood, Australia, a suburb of Perth.” ”
“It should do well because WWE hasn’t run in Australia since 2019, partially due to the pandemic, and Australia has always been a strong market for the company and now there is a pent-up demand. It will be a very early morning show, likely starting about 6 a.m. Eastern and 3 a.m. Pacific on a Saturday morning.”
“When UFC goes to Australia they run the show early morning in Australia so it’s at 10 p.m. Eastern in the U.S., but WWE confirmed to us the show will air in prime time Australia time. Peacock these days doesn’t care as much about live viewers of the WWE PPV shows. The number they are most concerned with is viewership over the first 24 hours as opposed to live. That early of a time slot may hurt a little, but they already do that for the Saudi Arabia shows and even on PPV the Saudi shows do about the same as the B shows.”
For comparison’s sake, the last WWE PLE in Australia was Super Show-Down which was in Melbourne, Australia started at 5 A.M. ET.
As for the crowd at Elimination Chamber, they will likely have over 50,000 fans inside Optus Stadium.
“Optus Stadium can put in 70,000 for concerts and with a WWE stage you are probably talking 55,000 max. I’ve seen that the goal is 50,000, with the idea that half or more will be coming from out of the Perth area and get hotels and eat at restaurants and spend money there which is the reason they are paying for the show.”
Putting Elimination Chamber in Australia will mean it’s the third straight year where Elimination Chamber is outside the US. It was in Saudi Arabia in 2022, then it was in Montreal, Canada earlier this year and next year will be in Australia. For fans in North America, set your alarms for the early start time.