Will the WWE resume their Saudi Arabia shows? The promotion hasn’t staged a single one of their biannual events in the kingdom since February last year.
Despite all the backlash, the WWE have continued to maintain their relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The country has been criticized for curtailing LGBT equality, leading a war of attrition in Yemen, suppressing women’s rights a several other counts of severe human rights abuses,
Since 2018, the WWE have hosted two events a year in the country, starting from the Greatest Royal Rumble. The last event there was the Super ShowDown back in February last year. The pandemic prevented the company from travelling. However, it seems that a return to the country may soon be on the cards.
Will the WWE resume their Saudi Arabia shows?
According to a tweet from the Saudi General Sport Authority’s Ministry of Sport, the country are re-opening for soccer games. While this does not necessarily mean that the WWE will travel to the county this year but with sporting events limited since last year due to the pandemic, this is good news for the promotion.
— Ministry of Sport (@gsaksa_en) May 16, 2021
This also falls in line with a previous report by Wrestlevotes, who claimed back in April that multiple WWE sources were indicating that a return to Saudi Arabia was “very much on the table” before the end of 2021.
“Multiple WWE sources were indicating that a return to Saudi Arabia was “very much on the table” before the end of 2021. “
Two WWE sources indicate that an event in Saudi Arabia prior to the end of 2021 is very much on the table.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) April 21, 2021
The WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced in 2018 that they were entering into a 10-year strategic multi-platform partnership to support the Saudi Vision 2030 initiative; which is the Kingdom’s social and economic reform program.
Five events have since taken place, with the deal requiring WWE to stage two events in the country every year.
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