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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

The Undertaker's casket match opponent at WWE's Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia changed to Chris Jericho

The two will go one-on-one for the first time ever on a WWE Network Special on April 27 in Jeddah

The Undertaker will face Chris Jericho at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia. Image courtesy of WWE
The Undertaker will face Chris Jericho at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia. Image courtesy of WWE

The Undertaker's opponent for his match in Saudi Arabia at the Greatest Royal Rumble has been changed to six-time WWE world champion Chris Jericho.

The veteran, who competed for the first time in more than a year last weekend at WrestleMania 34 when he defeated John Cena, had been scheduled to go up against Rusev in a casket match on April 27 in Jeddah at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.

But the WWE on Thursday announced that the Deadman, himself a seven-time WWE world champion, will now be stepping in the ring with Jericho, who himself has not been in action in a WWE ring since July.

It will be the first time ever that the two have gone head-to-head in a singles match on a WWE Network Special. The closest they have previously come was a triple threat match at Survivor Series in 2009 with The Big Show also competing.

The rules to a casket match are that both men must try and get the other one in an open casket, with the winner being the one who achieves this and shuts the casket door on their opponent to close it.

The card for the WWE's first event in Saudi Arabia will be headlined by a 50-man Royal Rumble. Jericho had been scheduled to be in that, but it is unclear if he will now be replaced given his match with the Undertaker.

Daniel Bryan, Kurt Angle, Baron Corbin and all three members of the New Day are among those confirmed to be entered in the largest rumble in WWE history.

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Other matches announced so far are Brock Lesnar defending his Raw Universal title against Roman Reigns in a cage match, while Triple H takes on John Cena.

The SmackDown Tag Team titles will be defended by the Bludgeon Brothers against the Usos, while Seth Rollins's Intercontinental Championship title will be on the line in a four-man ladder match, with The Miz, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe his opponents.

Tickets for the event are scheduled to go on sale over the weekend, with details on where to buy them to be confirmed.

The Greatest Royal Rumble card as it stands

50-man Royal Rumble

Universal Championship Brock Lesnar (champion) v Roman Reigns in a steel cage match

Intercontinental Championship Seth Rollins (champion) v The Miz v Finn Balor v Samoa Joe

SmackDown Tag Team Championship The Bludgeon Brothers (champions) v The Usos

Casket match The Undertaker v Chris Jericho

John Cena v Triple H

Matches to be announced

WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Raw Tag Team Championship, United States Championship and the Cruiserweight Championship are all due to be defended

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