Boris Johnson “dead keen” to bring WWE WrestleMania to London

The Mayor says he’s grandfather was “briefly a fairground wrestler”.

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Boris Johnson has revealed that he wants to see WWE’s biggest event come back to London.

In a Twitter Q&A the Mayor of London said he’d be “dead keen” to see WrestleMania come back to the capital after a two-decade wait.

Johnson disclosed his family’s wrestling credentials, noting that his grandfather was “briefly” a fairground wrestler back in the day.

The Mayor himself has previously displayed less-than-stellar sporting prowess, unleashing a head-first reducer on ex-Germany midfielder Maurizio Gaudino in a charity match between England and Germany.

“I was going for the ball with my head, which I understand is a legitimate move in soccer,” he said after the fact.

More recently Johnson found himself in hot water after bulldozing through 10-year-old boy during a game of touch rugby in Japan.

Tory MP Johnson won’t be standing for re-election in May, meaning that he’ll have to watch any future WrestleMania at Wembley Stadium as a fan as opposed to Mayor.

WWE usually brings two tours to the UK each calendar year. 2017 will see NXT: Takeover arriving in Britain for the very first time.

WrestleMania last came to the UK in 1992 when SummerSlam entertained 80,000 fans at a packed out Wembley Stadium – the third-largest audience ever for the live event.

Back then the main event saw Bret “Hit Man” Hart defend his Intercontinental title against his brother-in-law, The British Bulldog.

WrestleMania 32, which takes place on April 7 from the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, is expected to draw a record crowd at the 105,000 seater arena.

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