According to a new report WWE could be heading back to Saudi Arabia in the very near future.
WWE ran their first event in Saudi Arabia in April 2014, hosting a series of house shows in Riyadh. This was followed by similar shows in October 2015 and November 2016. However, the company embarked upon a new decade-long agreement with the kingdom in 2018, which would see pay-per-view events take place in Saudi Arabia twice a year.
The first of these events was the Greatest Royal Rumble in April which was followed by the first-ever Crown Jewel event in November. At the shows, it became somewhat traditional for Hall of Famer’s to dust off their boots for one last dream match.
The most recent event to take place in the country was Crown Jewel in October 2021. The show was headlined by the Universal Title match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, while earlier in the night, a female referee took charge of a bout in the kingdom for the first time ever.
It has now been reported by Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men podcast, that WWE will be returning to Saudi Arabia on Saturday February 19th.
— Andrew Zarian (@AndrewZarian) January 6, 2022
Reflecting on his appearances in Saudi Arabia, WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg recently revealed that he was initially “terrified” to perform. The former World Champion said that he was worries stemmed from being a high-profile Jewish star, although he added that WWE had made major progress within the country.
“As one of the most visible Jewish guys on the planet, I was terrified to go over the first time, I really was. It was under the auspices of the WWE, so obviously, the security was there,”
I’ll be perfectly honest; I haven’t gotten a reception like that anywhere around the world that’s much better. I mean, those people are so appreciative of what we do, the characters that we are, the business that we provide for them, the entertainment we provide.
Let’s be perfectly honest, they’re at the ground-breaking stage of the westernization of that part of the world. We caught a lot of sh*t in the beginning,
Look at all the people who’ve jumped on board right now. Look at all the talent, all the events that they’ve been able to put on, to westernize, evolve, that’s the word I was looking for, no question. We caught a lot of sh*t in the beginning, I think we should be very proud of the precedent that we set.”
At time of writing there is no word on what the show will be called, or who will be appearing.
Inside The Ropes will continue to update this story as it develops.