WWE Saudi Arabia : Former WWE Superstar Goldberg is set to return to the WWE in their next Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The event will take place at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in the city of Jeddah on Friday, June 7th.
The WWE released a statement on their website confirming the news. They also announced that further details on matches, ticket availability and pricing, and regional broadcast information would be announced in the coming weeks
It is currently unknown in what capacity will Bill Goldberg return. The last time the former World Heavy weight and Universal Champion took to the ring was at Wrestlemania 33 where he lost the Universal Championship to Brock Lesnar in an action filled five-minute match. He was inducted in the Hall of fame a year later as he headlined the class of 2018.
Other WWE Superstars who are coming to Saudi Arabia
The event will also feature other big names such as The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar both of whom have participated in both the Saudi Arabia Shows before. Undertaker was last seen in the Raw after Wrestlemania 35 when he chokeslammed Elias. Brock Lesnar, however is yet to return since his defeat to Seth Rollins in the Universal Title Match at Wrestlemania 35.
Apart from these bigwigs, five more superstars are set to be featured at Jeddah. They are the current WWE champion Kofi Kingston, Universal Champion Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and AJ Styles.
Controversies Related to Previous Saudi Arabia Tour
Their previous two installments in the desert kingdom were ‘The Greatest Royal Rumble’ and ‘Crown Jewel’, the latter of which was very poorly received. The Crown Jewel was heavily scrutinized by the fans following WWE’s decision to tour the nation after the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who was a staunch Saudi dissident.
The main event involving The Undertaker, Kane, Shawn Michaels and Triple H, was also severely criticized. WWE was accused of relying on nostalgia acts that were very slow, stiff and past their prime instead of promoting their current superstars on the active roster.
Going by the WWE universe’ reactions to this unnamed Saudi event, it seems that WWE is yet to learn from their mistakes.
Twitter Reactions from WWE Universe :
— WWE Home Video UK (@WWEHomeVideoUK) May 1, 2019
In case you were curious where Jeddah was located. It’s in that country where they murder journalists and then try to cover it up. pic.twitter.com/8uMl0TMqG8
— Dr. Sean Thurmond (@seanthurmond) May 1, 2019
Don’t you mean THE BEAUTIFUL CITY OF JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA
— CJ (@Cjbtcc) May 1, 2019
Jeddah huh? What country is that in? Surely this is information that is relevant, the name of the country in which your high profile live event will be.
Also, do you know which female WWE Superstars will be performing?
— Percy Chuggs (@PercyChuggs) May 1, 2019
Hey @WWE I’m not asking you to change Saudi Arabia or fix all of world’s problems, I’m just asking you won’t support something you would not like to have in your own backyard. Don’t go. https://t.co/OgDQR5RZ3t
— Blazing Baz (@Beechbone) May 1, 2019