On Friday, WWE announced two May TV taping dates that will launch the company’s long-discussed UK-specific TV show.
‘United Kingdom Championship Live’ will take place in Norwich, England, on May 6-7 at Epic Studios with tickets going on sale Friday at 1 PM GMT. Not coincidentally, Raw and SmackDown will be at the O2 Arena on May 8th and 9th.
WWE listed the following talent to work the two shows: WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate, Trent Seven, Pete Dunne, Mark Andrews, Wolfgang, Tyson T-Bone, Sam Gradwell, James Drake, Joseph Conners, Dan Moloney, and Saxon Huxley.
Additionally, WWE cruiserweights Rich Swann, Akira Tozawa, TJ Perkins, Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese are also booked.
Longtime reader and longtime Observer correspondent Stephen Lyon noted that Epic Studios is where Paige Knight’s World Association of Wrestling used to film their weekly show at, and with three studios, the seating configuration can range from 500-1500.
Lyon also observed, “WWE’s main roster has shows in Valencia, Spain and Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 6, and A Coruna, Spain and Liverpool, England on May 7, on the same days as the Epic Studios/UK TV taping days. This is notable because WWE had been advertising that the UK tournament guys would be working 6 man tags on the main roster shows during the May European tour, so obviously they won’t be on those dates.”
The dates don’t conflict with any PROGRESS shows, but do go head-to-head with an OTT event in Ireland on May 6th, and a RevPro show on May 7th.