UK: Download has announced that the pro wrestling show WWE NXT LIVE will return to Donington Park for this year’s festival, set to take place from June 9 – 11.
Alongside headliners System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith, fans can catch NXT Superstars *Bobby Roode, Aleister Black, Tye Dillinger, Kassius Ohno, Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, Nikki Cross and more as they chuck each other about in the purpose built, full scale ring within the festival’s main arena.
Download Festival Promoter, Dave Bradley, said: “Having WWE NXT at Download is like seeing what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object – you just know sparks are gonna fly! Wrestling and rock music go hand in hand and if last year is anything to go by, this exclusive festival experience is only going to be bigger & better for round two. This is not to be missed.”
Current NXT Champion Bobby Roode, who made headlines with his NXT debut at last year’s Download Festival, said: “Download was my very first show in NXT. The combination of NXT Superstars and massive musical acts, entertaining tens of thousands of passionate fans makes Download a unique experience. Returning to Download as NXT Champion will make this an extra special moment for me as a performer.”
WWE has been synonymous with rock culture for decades and has a long history of engaging with the rock community, previously collaborating with the likes of Motorhead, Killswitch Engage, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Living Colour, Rob Zombie, POD and many others.
*Performers are subject to change