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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

WWE in Abu Dhabi: Lowdown on what to watch for as Roman Reigns, Triple H, Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks compete

The WWE are back in the UAE for the first time since April 2016 with two shows in Abu Dhabi.

Triple H is in action in Abu Dhabi against Roman Reigns on Friday. Image courtesy of WWE
Triple H is in action in Abu Dhabi against Roman Reigns on Friday. Image courtesy of WWE

The WWE is back in the UAE for the first time since April 2016 this weekend, with two shows at Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday and Friday night,

Here are some things to watch for from the two nights of action.

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WrestleMania rematch

Roman Reigns won the third, and most recent, of his world title reigns by beating Triple H at WrestleMania 32 in 2016.

Reigns is defending the Intercontinental title he won last month in his showdown with Triple H, who is making his first competitive appearance in the ring when the two men face-off in the main event on Friday.

Reigns won in Dallas last April and will be favourite again, but it is hard to discount the 14-time world champion from causing him a few problems.

The Shield are back

October 2013 was the last time the UAE saw the Shield faction of Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins together as an unit.

The band are back together and they go up against the Raw Tag Team champions of Cesaro and Sheamus, along with Samoa Joe, in a six-man tag match in the main event on Thursday.

This should be a hard-hitting encounter, with it very likely the Shield will not only stand tall but give a triple power bomb to at least one person.

Women's title clash

For the first time in the UAE, the Raw women's title will be on the line on Thursday as Alexa Bliss defends her crown against Sasha Banks.

It should make for a historic feeling to proceedings as Banks looks to become a five-time champion.

Cage match

Friday sees more history with with the first WWE cage match in Abu Dhabi as the tag champions Cesaro and Sheamus go up against Rollins and Ambrose.

This will be a new experience for UAE fans and gives the Shield members a cracking chance at regaining the tag titles they lost last month to the current champions.

Debutants

Finn Balor, Braun Strowman and Cruiserweight champion Enzo Amore are among the Superstars making their debuts in Abu Dhabi, and so there will be a lot of new match-ups for UAE fans to see in the flesh for the first time.

The provisional cards

Thursday December 7

– The Shield vs. Samoa Joe and Cesaro and Sheamus (Six Man Tag Team Match)

– Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss (c) (RAW Women’s Championship Match)

– Braun Strowman vs. Kane

– Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt

Kalisto vs. Enzo Amore (c) (WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match)

– Jason Jordan vs. Elias

– Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil vs. The Miztourage

– Also appearing: Gallows and Anderson

Friday December 8

– Roman Reigns vs. Triple H

– Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro and Sheamus (c) (RAW Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match)

– Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Kane

– Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe

Kalisto vs. Enzo Amore (c) (WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match)

– Jason Jordan vs. Bo Dallas w/Curtis Axel

– Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews vs. Gallows and Anderson

– Also appearing: Elias

Tickets for WWE Live in Abu Dhabi on December 7 and 8 are available now and can be bought via PlatinumList.net and from UAE Exchange Outlets, with prices starting from Dh250.