WWE: 7 Cities That Deserve to Host a Pay-Per-View
The first "W" in WWE stands for "World," but the company seems to have forgotten that.
Although Vince McMahon prides himself on the WWE product being a globally-recognized one (which it is), he's made a bad habit out of limiting pay-per-views to what seems like only a few select states and/or cities.
Los Angeles hosts SummerSlam every year now, New York has hosted countless PPVs, and other cities—like New Orleans, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Atlanta—are beginning to become very familiar with hosting PPVs as well.
That's all fine and dandy, but one drawback is that other cities that would be great PPVs hosts are missing out.
And that needs to change.
Here are seven cities that deserve to host a WWE pay-per-view in the near future.
7. Honolulu, Hawaii
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Although Honolulu, Hawaii doesn't strike many as a "wrestling city," it's one US city that has been largely ignored by the WWE.
The last time that the WWE left the continental United States and headed to Hawaii was back in 2010, and though I don't have an official count on how many times Raw or SmackDown has visited there, I'd be willing to bet that it isn't very many.
While I understand that there are obvious drawbacks to the WWE heading to Hawaii (like the time difference, for one), I also think that the Hawaiian fans would provide us with a good crowd because they haven't seen very many live shows throughout the years.
Judging by this clip here, Hawaii's wrestling fans appear to be a rowdy bunch that appreciate live wrestling because of how rarely they get to see it.
Of course, having someone on a PPV card that would have a ton of appeal in Hawaii—like The Rock, the Usos, etc.—would draw more interest in the show than it likely would otherwise.
While the WWE heading to Hawaii would be a draining trip for everyone involved and would certainly have its drawbacks, it might be worth giving some love to a very isolated and overlooked group of wrestling fans.
6. The Forgotten Ones
Earlier this year, wrestler journalist Arda Ocal of theScore released a map which detailed a number of WWE Raw-related numbers, including how many times that the flagship show has headed to each state.
One thing that struck me was that the WWE has completely avoided a big chunk of the northwestern part of the US, having never hosted a Raw show in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. New Mexico has also never hosted Raw.
Yes, I get that there are reasons for this. Mainly, the WWE realizes that it might not draw very well there.
But there's a flip side to that argument: Maybe the fans there are begging to see some live action, and perhaps if the WWE actually visits there for a change, they will prove to be significantly more interested in seeing the WWE live than company officials might think.
Obviously, it would be a big risk for the WWE to head to a territory that isn't densely populated or steeped in wrestling tradition, but it's unfortunate that the wrestling fans who live there may never get a chance to attend a live Raw taping, much less a PPV.
While the WWE probably won't want to take a chance on a PPV in, let's say, New Mexico or Idaho, I wouldn't mind seeing it happen down the road.
5. Mexico City, Mexico
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The WWE has held plenty of live shows in Mexico, but in 2011, the company held its first ever TV tapings there.
It was October of last year when our neighbors to the south were able to attend not one but two TV tapings, with Raw emanating from Mexico City and SmackDown taking place from Monterrey.
Heading into those shows, we all knew that Mexico's wrestling fans were a loud and wild group that combine to form some of the best wrestling crowds in the world, and they didn't disappoint.
It was clear from the crowd reactions on both Raw and SmackDown that Mexican wrestling fans there are just as crazy about the WWE as they are about the country's top national promotions, such as CMLL or AAA.
Like with many other cities on this list, there are some obvious problems with the WWE hosting a pay-per-view in Mexico, but it's important that the WWE remember what the first letter in its name stands for.
The company can show that it does by doing what it hasn't done in what seems like forever: Host a PPV somewhere other than the US.
After all, I believe the WWE has a few stars who are ridiculously popular in Mexico, right?
4. Tokyo, Japan
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Speaking of neglected international cities, when is Japan going to get some love?
Although the WWE just hosted live shows in Japan last month and in December 2011, the country hasn't been able to witness a TV taping in quite some time and has never hosted a PPV.
The last time that the WWE taped a TV show in Japan was way back in 2005, with a Raw show that was headlined by Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair.
Again, there is the obvious time difference problem here, but it's time for the WWE to go back to a country that absolutely loves its WWE but hardly ever gets to see it live.
So, how about holding a PPV in the country's most famous city, Tokyo?
While we would have to avoid spoilers and/or watch the PPV at a really weird time, I think that many wrestling fans here in the US would still watch the show just to see what it's like.
After all, Japan is known for having some of the best, most unique (and most polite) wrestling fans in the world.
3. Arlington, Texas
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This isn't so much about the city as it is about the city's stadium.
Back in June, TNA hosted its 10-year anniversary celebration PPV, Slammiversary, on the campus of UT-Arlingston. But that's not the stadium I'm talking about.
I am, of course, referring to one of the most awe-inspiring, impressive stadiums in not only the US but the entire world: Cowboys Stadium.
Although Jerry Jones' $1 billion-plus creation looks like the absolute ideal place to host a WWE PPV (and more specifically, WrestleMania), the cards just haven't fallen the right way and allowed that to happen. Yet.
It's pretty much inevitable that the WWE will head to Cowboys Stadium, likely for WrestleMania, at some point. The only question is when.
Let's hope it's soon because the city of Arlington and its notorious Texas wrestling fans deserve to watch a PPV that isn't hosted by TNA.
Just kidding. Well, kind of.
2. London, England
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The WWE has held pay-per-views in England in the past.
Of course, many older wrestling fans remember watching the 1992 SummerSlam PPV, which took place in London's Wembley Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 80,000.
The problem with going back to England for another PPV, however, is the same one that many other cities on this list have: the time difference.
Quite simply, the WWE just seems to be dead-set against hosting a PPV in London (or anywhere in the UK for that matter) because they're afraid that US fans won't watch it and will instead just read the show's spoilers.
While hosting a PPV in the UK would indeed be a big risk, England is known for having some of the best wrestling fans in the world, and I have little to no doubt that a PPV there would sell out and that it could probably draw considerably more fans than your average PPV that's held here does.
But I guess we'll never know until it actually happens, right?
Unfortunately for our fellow wrestling fans across the pond, the longer they go without seeing a WWE PPV, the more they think that it will never happen.
1. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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To put it simply, the WWE needs to hold another pay-per-view in one of Canada's bigger wrestling cities.
As evidenced by Bret Hart's recent appearance on Monday Night Raw, Canadian wrestling crowds are usually really hot, which is a testament to the fact that they rarely get TV tapings these days and so they appreciate it when they do.
Canada is a great wrestling country, and while the WWE doesn't completely avoid the country like it does some others, it has indeed avoided one of its greatest cities, Toronto, long enough to make me wonder why.
Toronto was, of course, the host of WrestleMania X8, but the last time that it held a WWE PPV was way back in 2006 when Canada's own Edge faced John Cena in a fantastic TLC match in the main event of Unforgiven.
How the WWE hasn't gone back there for a PPV since then is beyond me, especially when you consider that the city historically has some of the best crowds in wrestling.
If the WWE isn't willing to go overseas, then perhaps it will be willing to simply go up north to one of the greatest wrestling cities on Earth.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!