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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 October 2018

WWE confirm return to Saudi Arabia in November with Roman Reigns to defend Universal title against Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman

Inaugural WWE World Cup and Universal Championship triple threat to take place on November 2 in Riyadh

Having won a 50-man Royal Rumble in April in Saudi Arabia, Braun Strowman will look to win the Universal Championship when the WWE returns to the country in November. Image courtesy of WWE
Having won a 50-man Royal Rumble in April in Saudi Arabia, Braun Strowman will look to win the Universal Championship when the WWE returns to the country in November. Image courtesy of WWE

The WWE is returning to Saudi Arabia in November with WWE Crown Jewel, which will be headlined by a triple threat Universal Championship match between Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman as well as the first WWE World Cup tournament.

The Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah in April was the first event in a 10-year deal between the WWE and the General Sports Authority, and the Sports Entertainment company.

They will now return to the Middle East on November 2 for a night of action at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.

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The triple threat match was announced on the WWE's TV programme Raw on Monday, with the rest of the card to be announced over the next month.

Reigns is the current Universal champion, while Strowman will look forward to his return to Saudi having won the 50-man Royal Rumble, the largest in the company's history, in April in Jeddah.

There are no details yet on what the first WWE World Cup will involve, but a news release confirmed it will "determine the best in the world".

The event will be shown live on the WWE Network and also be available on pay-per-view.

Ticket information and regional broadcast information will be announced nearer the time.