WWE has a 10-year partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority. The partnership started last year- which saw WWE host The Greatest Royal Rumble and Crown Jewel in the country.
In particular, the event in November was extremely controversial. Many fans may remember that this was due to the government of Saudi Arabia ordering for the murder of a journalist- Jamal Khashoggi. It has since been called a planned and “brutal” murder by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has now reported that WWE has secured the dates for the second year of their partnership. As part of the ongoing agreement, WWE will hold two shows in Saudi Arabia this year.
In fact, you can see a highlight from WWE’s first Saudi Arabian show in the short video below:
According to Meltzer, the dates for the two shows are May 3 and November 1. This is fairly similar to the schedule they had in 2018 for their two shows.
At this time, WWE has not secured locations for the two shows this year. There are several possible places on offer- though time will tell as to which are chosen. It is expected that the first show will be advertised within the next few weeks, as it will follow WrestleMania.
It was only a matter of time before the shows were confirmed. I expected them to follow a similar format to what they did last year. Looks like that is what they’ll do for each year.
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What is your reaction to this news? Do you think WWE should continue with the agreement?
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