Text by Pat Laprade, Lutte.Québec
And while WWE hasn’t announced anything yet, I can confirm the news.
Currently, Quebecer Kevin Owens is on SmackDown Fridays, while fellow Quebecer Sami Zayn is on Raw. However, we recently learned that Zayn has requested a leave of absence from WWE. So we don’t know if he’ll be back or not until April 15.
But, as we all know, a lot can change in four months. On another note, the event may well mark CM Punk’s return to Montreal after more than 10 years.
The post-WrestleMania Raw!
WrestleMania takes place in Philadelphia this year, on April 6 and 7. The post-Mania Raw will also take place in the City of Brotherly Love, on April 8. The company has therefore decided to stay on the East Coast, as it did in 2019 with New York and Montreal.
At least 10,000 spectators
In 2019, the event had attracted 10,500 spectators, while in April 2018, 13,500 fans had passed through the Bell Centre turnstiles for Raw. It should be noted that SmackDown was presented in the same arena, the day after these two shows.
I’m expecting a crowd of between 12,000 and 13,000 for April 15.
SmackDown in Quebec City?
I’m already waiting for the question from Quebec City wrestling fans! Could the Centre Vidéotron host SmackDown?
It’s not impossible.
Although SmackDown is confirmed in Pittsburgh on April 19, it’s not impossible to believe that the show could be taped from Quebec City on the Friday before, April 12.
WWE’s next non-televised event is scheduled for December 28 at Place Bell.