WWE Hosting Another Event In Saudi Arabia This Fall

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There is a long history of issues between Syria and Saudi Arabia and it looks like Sami was told he wasn't needed for this show as a result of WWE catering to yet another Saudi custom. Despite the incredible card WWE brought to the country there was still controversy that followed with no women wrestlers being allowed on the show.

That is not necessarily a bad thing, but the show was specifically created to attract a new audience in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the viewers were along for the ride.

John Cena v Triple H.

Just like the women on the roster, Sami Zayn was apparently told that he wasn't needed for the show due to something out of his control. He thanked the Middle Eastern country and its people for their hospitality and said he wouldn't have missed the show for the world. The event saw seven of the company's title defended and their first ever 50 man Royal Rumble match. Plus a brand new championship belt debuts!

Additionally, there was Undertaker vs. Rusev in a Casket Match. They were Nassar, Hussein, Monsour, and Faisal. The two brothers came out waving the flag of their homeland Iran and insulted the local wrestlers.

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But Khalid bin Mansour, a verified Saudi Twitter user with more than 400,000 followers, said "even if it was a charade" waving the Iranian flag served to "provoke every Saudi".

In turn, the Iranian brothers got beat up by the four Saudis to a huge pop from the crowd.

According to PWInsider.com, original plans for the Royal Rumble event called for Hornswoggle to face Robbie Araujo in a singles match. Reigns, going in as the underdog against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, ate four German Suplexes as soon as the bell rang; he endured two F5s before mounting any kind of offence, but he retaliated with four superman punches and four spears for a couple of near counts. The show had a series of impeccable performances, with Daniel Bryan breaking the record for longest stint in the Rumble and the ladder match participants stealing another show. We ended up seeing Braun Strowman eliminate Big Cass to go on and win the event. While they were heavily criticised for not featuring female performers, they justified it by saying it would have been against cultural norms. However, what WWE failed to realize in this scenario is that overpacking a show with big names, and a lack of storyline, makes these matches boring.

It was not the first time they've performed in the Kingdom, though it was the first to include women and children.

"The General Sport Authority would like to apologize to the viewers and attendees of last night's WWE event that took place in Jeddah, over the indecent scene involving women that appeared as an ad before a segment".

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