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Greatest Royal Rumble will feature all seven WWE main roster men’s titles

And that probably tells us several things about the big Apr. 27 show which will kick off the company’s ten year partnership with Saudia Arabia.

The Greatest Royal Rumble, the April 27 event in Saudi Arabia which kicks off WWE’s 10 year partnership with the Kingdom, was already boasting the first-ever 50 man battle royal in company history. Before tickets go on sale next weekend (Mar. 31), the company is adding even more promotional fuel to the fire by announcing that all the main roster’s men’s championships will be defended at the event in Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City Stadium:

“...this historic event will feature seven championship matches, including the WWE Championship, Universal Championship, Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, Raw Tag Team Championship, SmackDown Tag Team Championship and Cruiserweight Championship.

In addition to the seven championship matches, the event will also include the first-ever 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble Match.

Fans will get to see WWE Superstars John Cena, Triple H, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Braun Strowman, The New Day, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt and Shinsuke Nakamura, among others. Additional ticket details and broadcast information will be available in the coming weeks.”

One pretty obvious takeaway is that even with recent steps by the ruling monarchy to lessen gender inequality in Saudia Arabia, WWE’s Women’s Evolution will not be coming to the party as it did when Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks wrestled in the United Arab Emirates last year.

It also means the 50 man Rumble will likely feature some stars pulling double duty, and/or talent from the region, to fill out the match. While the Saudia deal is a big one for WWE, and the hosts may be footing more of the bill than usual, it still costs money to fly in and board wrestlers just to get thrown over the top rope.

Then there’s the likelihood this telegraphs a WrestleMania winner. That Brock Lesnar won’t be the Universal Champion coming out of New Orleans isn’t a shocking potential outcome, but his not being advertised for Greatest Royal Rumble (and taking a trip to the Middle East for one show doesn’t seem like something he’d do unless Vince McMahon dropped money bags from a helicopter onto his Canadian ranch) removes another sliver of doubt.

Finally, this is probably going to be a looong show. Outside. Somewhere the average April temperature is approximately 95° F (35° C). King Abdullah Stadium does boast “cutting edge... natural air cooling” and “a canopy of hard cloth and steel mesh” which “protects spectators from sunlight and rains”. But still...

They keep teasing “broadcast information”, though, so it sounds like we’ll be able to watch it.


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