In 2018, WWE will be looking to expand their foothold in the Middle East even further. Pro-Wrestling’s popularity in the region is increasing, as was evidenced by strong ticket sales from WWE’s trip to Abu Dhabi last year.
Al-Jazeera English just published a story on the first pro-wrestling school to open in the region. Qatar Pro-Wrestling (QPW) recently opened a wrestling school in Doha. The company has been running events in the area as well. Konnan and Al Snow are both listed as having some association with the school as well. QPW proudly boasts they are the first pro-wrestling school in the Gulf region.
WWE also recently announced the “Greatest Royal Rumble” match to take place in Saudi Arabia next month. On April 27th, 2018 a 50-person Royal Rumble match, the largest ever, will take place in Saudia Arabia.
The Greatest Royal Rumble
The Saudi General Sports Authority in conjunction with WWE announced the epic match last week. According to the company’s press release, the show is part of a Saudia Arabian economic reform project.
This event is part of a 10-year strategic multiplatform partnership in support of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia’s social and economic reform program. – WWE
The event will take place inside the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“The Greatest Royal Rumble will be a spectacle of historic proportions,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “Our partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority reflects a long-term commitment to present WWE’s world-class entertainment to a global audience on a grander scale than ever before.”
There is still no word on whether the show will air as a WWE Network Special or not. WWE may choose to treat this event as a house show which has no bearing on WWE storylines. On the other hand, they might decide a match of this size cannot go without proper recognition.