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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

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
WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar defends his title in a WrestleMania 34 rematch against Roman Reigns at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia on Friday. Image courtesy of WWE
WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar defends his title in a WrestleMania 34 rematch against Roman Reigns at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia on Friday. Image courtesy of WWE

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.

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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."