WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is bringing its unique brand of sports entertainment to Winnipeg later this year. Fans are eager to find out which of their favorite WWE superstars will be performing at the big event. This article will take a look at some of the top WWE wrestlers who are likely to appear in Winnipeg based on recent WWE live event schedules and roster assignments.
WWE Live Event Background
WWE holds live non-televised events in cities across North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. These live shows give WWE fans a chance to see their favorite wrestlers up close and in person. The WWE roster is divided up into different brands – Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and NXT UK. Wrestlers primarily perform at live events on their assigned brand.
WWE televises its major pay-per-view events, but its weekly TV shows Raw and SmackDown are also filmed in front of live audiences. However, the WWE live events in Winnipeg will feature matches and entertainment specifically for the crowd in attendance. Fans can expect to see top WWE superstars in action.
Recent WWE Live Events
When figuring out which wrestlers might show up at an upcoming WWE live event, it helps to look at recent WWE shows in other cities. For example, a May 2022 event in Montreal featured wrestlers from the Raw brand, including Bobby Lashley, Alexa Bliss, Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, Riddle, and Rhea Ripley.
The next month, Edmonton hosted a show with SmackDown superstars Ronda Rousey, Drew McIntyre, The Usos, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Sami Zayn. Checking other Canadian cities gives fans an idea of who WWE sends to the region for non-televised events.
Expected WWE Stars for Winnipeg
So which familiar faces from WWE programming are likely to make their way to Winnipeg? While the official list won’t be announced until much closer to the event, we can make some educated guesses based on WWE’s touring schedule.
Roman Reigns is the WWE Universal Champion and leader of the dominant Bloodline faction. He’s accompanied to the ring by The Usos, the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. This Samoan dynasty currently runs the SmackDown brand, so there’s a very strong chance they show up in Winnipeg to showcase their signature acts of destruction and betrayal. Their “Acknowledge Me” head of the table schtick is sure to bring both boos and cheers from the crowd.
“The Man” Becky Lynch is one of WWE’s most popular superstars. She was part of the recent WWE European tour and is a prominent figure on the Raw brand. Lynch always gets a fiery reaction from the WWE Universe, and her match against Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam was an instant classic. If Lynch comes to Winnipeg, fans can expect an intense promo and hard-hitting bout.
Kevin Owens is a superb talent both on the mic and in the ring. He returned to WWE just in time for a dream match against long-time friend-turned-rival Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 38. Owens is now embroiled in a bitter feud with Ezekiel on Raw. The outspoken Canadian always receives a passionate response from audiences, especially in his home country. An appearance in Winnipeg would let him unleash his Prizefighter persona in front of his fellow Canadians.
WWE Hall of Famer Edge is wrestling on a part-time schedule, but his name value means he’ll draw big reactions whenever he competes. The Rated R Superstar recently made his return on Raw when he confronted Damian Priest and Finn Balor of The Judgment Day. Winnipeg fans would surely relish seeing the 11-time world champion bring his trademark guts and charisma to the city. Will we hear Edge insult the locals with his scathing wit?
“The Baddest Woman on the Planet” Ronda Rousey made her surprising return to WWE at this year’s Royal Rumble and went on to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship. She now walks around with a scowl and a hostile attitude. Rousey’s background as a UFC pioneer makes her one of WWE’s most mainstream names. Pitting Rowdy Ronda against a local hero could generate serious heat in Winnipeg.
The New Day
The New Day’s Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and Big E are among WWE’s most positively uplifting acts. This colorful and fun-loving trio often appears at WWE live events to throw pancakes into the crowd and lead fans in signature New Day chants. Winnipeg audiences will be more than happy to clap along to the three-time tag team champions’ infectious energy.
Five-time women’s champion Alexa Bliss brings her twisted doll Lilly to all WWE events nowadays. Her unhinged character exhibits supernatural powers and bizarre mannerisms that generate unease and intrigue. Fans in Winnipeg can look forward to Bliss putting her opponents into a trance before catching them with her DDT finisher. And Lilly’s creepy presence will undoubtedly play a role if Bliss competes.
Other Potential WWE Stars
In addition to the likely superstars above, Winnipeg could see some of the following names who regularly work WWE live events:
– Seth Rollins
– Bianca Belair
– Rey Mysterio
– Drew McIntyre
– Shinsuke Nakamura
Part-Timers and Legends
– Brock Lesnar
– John Cena
WWE rarely announces the exact lineup for its non-televised live events ahead of time. However, using recent WWE tours and television shows as a guide gives us a good sense of who might show up in Winnipeg.
Top stars from Raw and SmackDown like Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, Kevin Owens, Edge, Ronda Rousey, and The New Day seem like safe bets based on their active status and positions. Other legends and rising wrestlers could also join the card for a well-rounded evening of WWE action.
Regardless of which wrestlers are advertised, WWE fans in Winnipeg can count on an energetic night of family-friendly entertainment featuring their favorite larger-than-life superstars. The names may change, but the thrill of seeing wrestling live is sure to be unforgettable.