Across the pond: The history of United Kingdom-exclusive pay-per-view events

Mayhem in Manchester: April 4, 1998

When WWE returned to the U.K. for a pay-per-view, the landscape had been drastically altered. Mayhem in Manchester at the Nynex Arena — now known simply as the Manchester Arena — took place less than a week after WrestleMania XIV, and it was the first pay-per-view to feature “Stone Cold” Steve Austin entering as WWE Champion. While One Night Only was broadcast in Europe and Canada, Mayhem was the first pay-per-view where exclusive broadcast rights were bestowed upon the United Kingdom.

The show featured several unique matchups, including Cactus Jack taking on “The Artist Formerly Known As” Goldust and Austin successfully defending the WWE Championship against European Champion Triple H. The Game’s title was not on the line.

Five days prior on Raw, the future WWE COO had rebooted D-Generation X by anointing himself the new leader and adding X-Pac and The New Age Outlaws. In Manchester, Road Dogg & Billy Gunn were victorious against L.O.D. 2000 when their new ally Chyna provided some assistance.