–The first WWE’Royal Rumble’ PPV was in 1988
–The’Greatest Royal Rumble’ will possess an all time high in 50 entrants
–The’Greatest Royal Rumble’ occurs on April 27, 2018, at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Only a few weeks after”Wrestlemania 34″ that the WWE will present another huge series on April 27, this one called the’Greatest Royal Rumble’. The whole backstory of this series in addition to the booking is somewhat curious to the point that it is hard to figure out what is going on. The show will take place at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi media is calling it the country’s’most brash and brutal sporting event of 2018.’ It is going to be available live on the WWE Network or PPV depending on the country. Because of the time difference the card will start at 12:00 Noon Eastern with a preshow starting at 11:00 AM.
So just how did the WWE wind up in Saudi Arabia using a ridiculously piled card only a couple weeks following Wrestlemania? Can you think it is all about money? The series is part of a multiyear’partnership’ between the wrestling marketing as well as the Saudi General Sports Authority. The venture is part of a broader initiative called Saudi Vision 2030 which hopes to bring about social and economic reforms in Saudi Arabia with the goal of reducing their reliance on oil exports. Tracy Lee of Newsweek describes it thusly:
The event reflects the Muslim country social and economic reforms aimed at transforming Saudi Arabia. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, spearheaded a bigger investment in sports as well as an initiative dubbed the Vision 2030, that is meant to decrease the country’s reliance on oil.
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was understandably thrilled:
“The Best Royal Rumble will be a spectacle of historical proportions. Our partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority reflects a long-term devotion to introduce WWE’s world-class amusement to a global audience on a grander scale than ever before.”
You’re no doubt wondering how an event of the ratio held in Saudi Arabia will mesh with the WWE’s open concept of service for lovers of all sexual orientations, and of course the work they’ve put into revitalizing their women’s division? It’s easy –the WWE will do exactly what they are told. Here is the current state of’reform’ in Saudi Arabia, once more from Newsweek’s Lee:
Only last October, the General Sports Authority explained that women for the very first time will be allowed to go to sports events in selected stadiums in early 2018. The town of Jeddah recently hosted the country’s first women-only cycling event.
It came a month after the nation decided to lift its ban on female drivers, and this has long been viewed as a sign of the nation’s repression of women.
Translation–no women’s games on the card and no doubt it is going to be more ixnay on the’LGBT acceptance’ talk.
ALL ABOUT THE BOTTOM LINE
The bargain with the Saudi General Sports Authority is obviously lucrative enough to the WWE to do anything they are asked as a way to make it occur. How lucrative? Lucrative enough to bring over near 100 wrestlers including all the big guns–Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Kane, The Undertaker as well as Chris Jericho and Triple H. The event has been held in a 65,000 seat arena meaning a full house would not be that far away from a’Wrestlemania’ flat presence. Lucrative enough the promotion may have altered the booking for what is nominally their’marquee event’ aka’Wrestlemania’ to beef up the card to the show in Saudi Arabia. Bryan Alverez of The Wrestling Observer up it:
“So now they’ve got this giant show in Saudi Arabia. Do you guys know how much cash WWE could potentially make through deals with Saudi Arabia? So, that’s the priority at the moment. Not WrestleMania that you bought your ticket for.”
There’s been some backlash regarding the absence of women’s matches on the series but those within the company have been mum on the subject, obviously realizing that the WWE is dealing with a massive payday here–now and in the foreseeable future. Additionally, they might create a few of their fans mad by reserving several huge title changes here (like by all accounts an International Championship win by Roman Reigns over Brock Lesnar) however, the WWE is convinced that it will not hurt their American audience. At any rate, there are enough chips at the table at the Middle East to ensure it is worth the risk.
Here would be the SPORTS BETTING EXPERTS opening odds for your’Greatest Royal Rumble’. There are currently 8 games 9 matches confirmed for the show so there’ll likely be added ones added to the card. Below you will find the odds on the supported matches. Start looking for a chance update as circumstances warrant. We’ll also be adding some prop bets on the’Greatest Royal Rumble’ the week before the function.
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