According to reports, Sony Six has delayed WWE significant return to India.
As previously mentioned, WWE has scheduled a significant live event on Wednesday, January 18, from Hyderabad, India’s 5,000-seat Gachibowli Indoor Stadium. The event was set to be a SmackDown brand show, and while the lineup was likely to include a variety of Indian and international wrestlers, the majority of the participants were anticipated to be the blue Smackdown brand.
This week, it was revealed that the event had been postponed for unspecified reasons. Additionally, it was claimed by Ringside News that WWE’s return to India had “a lot to do with TV,” possibly referring to regional TV agreements.
In an update, a new report from the Wrestling Observer notes that the decision to postpone the event was made by WWE’s TV partner in India, Sony Six, not WWE.
Sony Six is merging with Zee in India, and the decision was made to postpone the WWE event until the merger is finalized. The merger is expected to go through in April, so WWE’s return to the country should happen some time after WrestleMania 39.
The event, when it happens, will be WWE’s first live event in India since December 2017. It’s believed that the event will be taped for the local market and for Peacock/WWE Network, but that has not been confirmed.