WWE in Saudi Arabia: Lowdown on the Greatest Royal Rumble, who is competing and how to watch on TV in the UAE
- Event takes place on April 27 in Jeddah at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium
- Action will be televised on Abu Dhabi Sports 1 and Abu Dhabi Sports 6
- 50-man Royal Rumble and Brock Lesnar v Roman Reigns for the Universal title in a steel cage are the main events
The WWE are coming to Saudi Arabia on April 27 for the Greatest Royal Rumble. Here is what we know so far about the event.
When April 27
Where At the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah
Tickets You can still get tickets for Friday's show. They are available starting at 10 SAR (Dh10) via WWE.SA, as well as the General Sports Authority offices in Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman.
They can also be purchased at Red Sea Mall, Mall of Arabia, Alsalam Mall, and a special WWE/GSA outdoor booth at Jeddah Corniche.
Tickets will also be available at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium beginning from Wednesday.
How to watch in the UAE The event will air live on Abu Dhabi Sports 1 in Arabic and Abu Dhabi Sports 6 in English, with proceedings beginning from 8pm UAE time.
The card for the event
50-man Royal Rumble Entrants include Daniel Bryan, Braun Strowman, Kurt Angle, Big Show, Kane, Chris Jericho and Elias
Universal Championship Brock Lesnar (champion) v Roman Reigns in a steel cage match
WWE World Heavyweight ChampionshipAJ Styles (champion) v Shinsuke Nakamura
Intercontinental Championship Seth Rollins (champion) v The Miz v Finn Balor v Samoa Joe
United States Championship Jeff Hardy (champion) v Jinder Mahal
SmackDown Tag Team Championship The Bludgeon Brothers (champions) v The Usos
Raw Tag Team Championship (currently vacant) Cesaro and Sheamus v Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt
Casket match The Undertaker v Rusev
Singles match John Cena v Triple H
Cruiserweight Championship Cedric Alexander v tba
History The event is set to be the first WWE-sanctioned Royal Rumble to take place outside the United States since the first one was held in 1988. It will also be the biggest.
The Royal Rumble is an annual WWE show that takes place in January. This year saw the first women's Royal Rumble, which was won by Asuka, while the men's was won by Shinsuke Nakamura.
Records The previous biggest Royal Rumble was in 2011 when 40 male Superstars competed and it was won by Alberto Del Rio. April's event in Jeddah will take that record, and will also be in contention to break the 2011 show's record for being the longest rumble, which lasted 1 hour, 9 minutes and 49 seconds.
How it works A Royal Rumble will start with two Superstars and then at a designated period, which has in the past ranged from 60 seconds, 90 seconds to two minutes, a new Superstar will join the match. That will continue until every competitor comes out. The only way to be eliminated is by being thrown over the top rope, with both feet hitting the floor on the outside of the ring.
The winner is the last superstar stood in the ring after every other competitor has been eliminated.
What to expect Daniel Bryan, the four-time WWE world champion, told The National: "We are having the largest Royal Rumble match ever. Which to me is crazy! 50 people in a Royal Rumble? It is going to be nuts."
Updated: April 24, 2018 08:00 AM