Bruce Prichard Defends WWE Booking Wrestlers To Lose In Their Hometown
Prichard has his say
Bruce Prichard has defended WWE booking Superstars to lose in their hometown.
There are numerous examples throughout the company's history of popular wrestlers being booked to lose in their hometown, from John Cena and Edge's 2006 feud to Sasha Banks losing in Boston in 2016.
Executive Director of Raw and SmackDown Bruce Prichard was asked about the booking trope on Something To Wrestle With in reference to Trish Stratus' loss at WrestleMania 18, and Prichard argued WWE was a global company.
"Those people in Toronto. What about the people worldwide, globally? What about the guy in Knoxville, Tennessee? What about the little girl in Germany? It's a global brand that plays all over the world and wherever we are emanating from sometimes plays a big part but - I just don't think that, 'Okay, we’re in someone's hometown. Well, by God, they've gotta win,'" Prichard said.
"That's why it was done [WWE booking a show in Texas so Shawn Michaels could win WWF Title at Royal Rumble '97]. It's a completely different story. We didn't run Toronto because Trish [Stratus] was gonna be in a f*cking Triple Threat [at WrestleMania 18]."
WWE has also booked stars to win in their hometown or nation too, with notable examples being CM Punk's WWE Title win at Money In The Bank 2011 in Chicago, and The British Bulldog's famous victory against Bret Hart at SummerSlam 1992 inside Wembley Stadium.
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