Even Brock Lesnar spoke.
On April 27, WWE hosted a bright show in Saudi Arabia. The evening of wrestling was held at King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah. The arena was opened in 2014, about 560 million dollars were spent on its construction. At football matches (home games like “Al-Ahli”, “Al-Ittihad” and the national team are held here), up to 65 thousand spectators gather. On wrestling came 60 thousand people.
The audience saw almost all the major stars of the promotion: John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, AJ Styles, Ray Mysterio. The show “The Royal Battle” ended with the participation of 50 fighters – before, so many people at the same time never participated in such an event.
Before the “Battle of the King” was a battle for the title of WWE Universal, in which former UFC champion Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Raines. Soon, Brock can combine two titles in different sports: the president of the UFC wants Lesnar to return to the promotion and even ready to give him a fight for the belt. At the same time, he does not need to break the contract with WWE. While about the return to the octagon are just talking, Lesnar made a great show in Jeddah – Raines lasted less than 10 minutes.
“This is a breakthrough for all Saudi sport. We expect that the WWE tournaments will be held regularly here, “said the head of the sports committee of Saudi Arabia, Turki Al-Sheikh.
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At the tournament did not perform the usual for wrestling girls-fighters. Arab laws do not allow women to participate in entertainment.
“Many are interested in this issue. But we must respect the culture and religion of the country and can not dictate the terms. While the girls can not participate in tournaments that take place on the territory of Saudi Arabia. But we are in dialogue. We hope that in the coming years the situation will change, “said WWE Triple H. vice president and fighter.
WWE signed a long-term contract with the Saudi side, according to which wrestling tournaments will be held in the Middle East until 2030. Wrestler events were held before, but the tournament in Jeddah was special: for the first time on the stands allowed girls and children, but only accompanied by men. This was made possible by the changes in social policy that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed ibn Salman, is conducting.
The next WWE event in Saudi Arabia is planned to be held either in November 2018 or in 2019. According to the idea of the Saudi side, the tournament will be held in the capital of Riyadh on the main arena of the country – the stadium of King Fahd, which seats 68 thousand spectators.
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