Sunday, April 30, 2023

Wembley Celebrates 100 Years By Forgetting Some Of Its Biggest Draws

Last night, I came across a tweet from Wembley Stadium celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The people in charge of the stadium's Twitter account had put up a collage of images of things that have taken place inside the stadium over the century.

Seeing all those moments placed together looked cool. 

Upon. First. Inspection.

Wembley 100 Years Collage

When I realised there was no tribute to WWF SummerSlam 1992, I was shocked. How could they have Taylor Swift on this poster, but no 'British Bulldog' Davey Boy Smith - who won the WWF Intercontinental Championship from Bret Hart thirty-one years ago in that venue?

SummerSlam 1992 is one of WWE's record-setting sellout shows in history. How the heck could it be ignored?

I then had a look for Michael Jackson. No sign! 


I've also found myself zooming in on the piece to see if there are any American football images on there. I cannot see any London Monarchs pictures. Neither are there any photographs from the NFL International Series games that have been an annual thing from Wembley since 2007 (apart from the fixtures affected by the pandemic, of course).

As of the time of writing, I believe twenty-four regular season NFL games have been played at Wembley with the twenty-fifth set for the autumn.

Surely, I must be missing something NFL-related in this image because of the evidently strong relationship between the venue and the biggest sports league in the world.

I don't follow rugby league and especially have zero interest in Speedway (worst fans I've ever encountered. Bear in mind, I've been to many professional wrestling events!) but even those sports have been ignored by the people behind this collage and should rightfully be vexed by those conspicuous absences.

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