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Vince McMahon Addresses Running Shows In Saudi Arabia

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WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has discussed running shows in Saudi Arabia, saying that the Saudi fans are just like fans everywhere else and that WWE is a form of entertainment that “fits everywhere”.

WWE has been running shows in Saudi Arabia since 2014 when they hosted a series of house shows in Riyadh. Those shows were was followed by similar events in October 2015 and November 2016. In 2018, the company took things up another level when they signed up to a new decade-long agreement with the Kingdom which would see pay-per-view events take place in Saudi Arabia twice a year.

During his recent appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Vince McMahon was asked about the success of the shows, which are now marketed as being “Bigger than WrestleMania”.

McMahon explained that the fans in Saudi Arabia are no different to those anywhere else and that they love Western culture.

“Saudi is no different than any other people, WWE fans all over the world. I’ve known for years (they are fans). We’ve had a presence there for years. There is no place in the world we don’t have a presence.

“Saudi fans are really enthusiastic like they are everywhere else. It was an opportunity to play before the audience. People love Western culture all over the world. They don’t love our government, but they love Western culture.”

He went on to say that WWE’s form of entertainment “fits everything” and that everyone can understand it.

“Our form of entertainment with WWE fits everything. It’s larger than life. It fits everything imaginable like, ‘Oh my God,’ the spectacle of it. It fits everywhere. We translate it to 40 languages or something like that. Even if it’s just English. You get it, you understand.

“Saudi is no different. People are people. Cultures are cultures and you have to respect that. Just because we as Americans, ‘this is the way we should do this. The whole world should be like us. We know the way and any other way is not the right way.’ Come on. Culture has been around for thousands of years. Long before us.”

During his first live interview in 15 years, Vince McMahon also spoke on a range of other subjects including his mindset behind releasing stars, why he hates the term ‘wrestling’, and his enjoyment of physical confrontation.

H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.