As per the previous reports, WWE was originally supposed to visit Saudi Arabia, pretty early in 2020. The next show in the country was scheduled to happen on February 20th.
This would be used as a stop-gap between the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber pay-per-view before WrestleMania storylines kick-off. But now it seems there has been rescheduling to the upcoming show.
According to PWInsider.com, WWE’s return to Saudi Arabia has been ‘pushed back a week to Thursday, February 27th.’ No other details were disclosed alongside this information.
But WWE will make big announcements regarding the show in due course just after the Royal Rumble PPV passes by on January 26th. This would be the fifth overall show as part of a 10-year partnership between WWE and Saudi Arabia.
The Observer also added that they also heard that next Saudi Arabia who takes place on February 27. But the show’s promotions have been kept low-key due to problems with the last show and all the issues in the Middle East right now.
This is a problem that WWE officials have been dealing from the get-go of their tie-up with the middle-east country’s sports authority.
Previously, many major WWE stars have refused to go to previous shows in Saudi Arabia, including John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and Kevin Owens. These names have done so due to lack of moral support whereas a bunch of names were added to the unwilling list after the disastrous experience that the roster had, last time around in October.
According to WrestlingNews.co, more wrestlers have been denying to go to Saudi Arabia, next month:
“Now, with the heightened tensions in the Middle East, specifically the recent issues in Iran, there are more wrestlers questioning whether they should fly out for the next show. I was told that at least two more wrestlers have decided against going to the next Saudi Arabia show.”
WWE hosted the last Saudi Arabia show named Crown Jewel on October 31st night in Riyadh. Natalya defeated Lacey Evans in first-ever women’s match in the country to make history. Also, Bray Wyatt defeated Seth Rollins to win the WWE Universal Championship for the first time on that night.
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