Details on WWE’s Return to Saudi Arabia in 2021 Revealed

Published 06/15/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: A WWE logo is shown on a screen before a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was announced that WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will face heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury and WWE champion Brock Lesnar will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Recent reports have surfaced on WWE and its return to Saudi Arabia. With live events set to return ahead of Money in the Bank in July, they are expected to return to Saudi Arabia this fall.

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A Middle-East-based fan page, The Wrestling Club, first broke the news. The page has previously covered the company’s endeavors in the middle-east and now reported that the Saudi General Sports Authority’s Ministry of Sport has decided on November for the next WWE event.

On the other hand, some sources told PWInsider that “the early expectation is that they will finally return to Saudi Arabia this fall, but an official date has not been locked in yet. The expectation is that they will run one event there before the end of the year.”

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The company has had five major shows in Saudi starting in 2018. Their last event was the Super ShowDown 2020 event, held in February 2020 at the Mohammed Abdu Arena in Riyadh.

World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton poses for photographers during the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Super Showdown event in the Saudi Red Sea port city of Jeddah late on January 7, 2019. (Photo by Amer HILABI / AFP) (Photo credit should read AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images)

WWE had to cancel two of their shows (the second 2020 event and the first 2021 event) because of the virus. The Kingdom has recently lifted its restriction upon certain things and is hoping to return to mainstream life.

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WWE and Saudi Arabia signed a prominent deal

Back in 2018, the EVPs announced they have established a partnership between Saudi and them. It is a 10-year strategic multi-platform partnership to support the Saudi Vision 2030 initiative. The initiative is the Kingdom’s social and economic reform program.

WWE visited Saudi Arabia for Greatest Royal Rumble and Crown Jewel in 2018, Super ShowDown and Crown Jewel in 2019, and Super ShowDown in 2020. They have found WWE superstars likes, Mansoor, from there.

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WWE has faced some backlashes from their peers for organizing shows in a conservative place such as Saudi but they have never paid heed to the critics. Women’s wrestlers were not in the PPV until 2019 Crown Jwele when Natalya fought Lacey Evans.

Lacey Evans makes her appearance during the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Riyadh on October 31, 2019. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

When do you think WWE is coming back to Saudi? Let us know your favorite moments in the comments below.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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