Saudi Arabia apologises for 'indecent' footage of women wrestlers
- Author: Marlene Weaver Apr 30, 2018,
Apr 30, 2018, 1:16
The venue was about 90% full by eyeballing it but everyone in attendance couldn't wait to see what the WWE Superstars had in store for them.
WWE had organized its event "Greatest Royal Rumble" in Jeddah on Friday.
Overall, the event served as a standalone affair that did not create new storylines nor saw any titles change hands beyond the duo of "Woken" Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt winning the vacant Raw tag-team titles.
Female WWE wrestlers were shown during an advertisement that aired in the arena during Greatest Royal Rumble and now the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority is apologizing. This was basically a greatest hits montage from The Deadman, who picked up the win by putting both Rusev and Aiden English into the casket.
The AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura ended in double count-out meaning that the phenomenal One retianed his WWE Championship.
At one point the show ran a bit in which two Iranian-American wrestlers, the Daivari Brothers, confronted a group of four amateur Saudi wrestlers who were plucked from tryouts earlier in the week.
The final elimination came at the expense of Big Cass, who had brought an end to the night's biggest Cinderella story of Daniel Bryan, who entered at No. 1 and became the other record-breaker of the night when he notched the longest Royal Rumble Match time in history.
According to PWInsider.com, original plans for the Royal Rumble event called for Hornswoggle to face Robbie Araujo in a singles match. The decision to put the two men on the main card paid off here, as the Saudi crowd seemed much more receptive to both men than a usual WWE crowd.
Brad Shepard of Bodyslam.net reported Sami Zayn was absent from the Saudi Arabian show because they didn't want a Syrian Muslim on the show due to the risk of upsetting their hosts.
After a wait of 30 years, the WWE has finally managed to travel to the desert land of Saudi Arabia. The event is part of a 10-year partnership in support of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia's social and economic reform program. The figure may have been exaggerated and the accumulative revenue probably won't be known until a few months later.