WWE Given Almost $3 Million For Clash At The Castle

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The Welsh Government dug deep to bring WWE to Cardiff.

Clash at the Castle brought over 62,000 fans to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales in September 2022 for a memorable night of action as WWE returned to a stadium in the UK for the first time in over thirty years.

The show was headlined by Drew McIntyre challenging Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Ultimately the Scottish star was scuppered by a debuting Solo Sikoa who helped his Tribal Chief retain his gold and continue his historic title reign.

WWE Clash at the Castle provided huge return for Wales

The Welsh Government has now issued a press release extolling the virtues of the event which it says brought £21.8 million into the Welsh economy at a return of 10:1 on its initial investment. That means the Welsh Government paid in the region of £2.18 million ($2.76 million) to WWE for the event.

The economic impact study of the event also noted:

  • 62,296 attendees to the Principality Stadium
  • 75.3% of spectators came from outside Wales
  • 57% of non-locals indicated the event experience made them want to explore other parts of Wales. Of those that said they wanted to return, they said their experience of the event was the deciding factor
  • The event attracted a diverse audience, with nearly a quarter of spectators being female, and many of the spectators attending as family groups.

Huge wrestling events in the UK have been back in sharp focus with AEW breaking the all-time paid attendance record for a wrestling show anywhere in the world when they hosted All In at Wembley Stadium in London, England in front of over 81,000 fans.