–The Initial WWE’Royal Rumble’ PPV was in 1988
–The’Greatest Royal Rumble’ will possess an All-time high of 50 entrants
–The’Greatest Royal Rumble’ occurs on April 27, 2018, at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Just a couple weeks later”Wrestlemania 34″ that the WWE will present another huge series on April 27, this one known as the’Greatest Royal Rumble’. The whole backstory of the show as well as the booking is somewhat curious to the point that it is hard to determine exactly what’s happening. The show will take place in the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi media is calling it the country’s’most brash and brutal sporting occasion 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 beginning at 11:00 AM.
Just just how did the WWE end up in Saudi Arabia with a ridiculously piled card only a couple weeks following Wrestlemania? Can you believe it’s all about money? The show is part of a multiyear’venture’ between the wrestling marketing as well as the Saudi General Sports Authority. The partnership is part of a broader initiative named Saudi Vision 2030 which hopes to bring about economic and social reforms in Saudi Arabia with the objective of lessening their reliance on oil exports. Tracy Lee of Newsweek describes it thusly:
The event reflects the Muslim’s country economic and social 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 nation’s reliance on oil.
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was thrilled:
“The Best Royal Rumble is going to be a spectacle of historical proportions. Our partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority reveals a long-term devotion to present WWE’s world-class entertainment to a global audience on a grander scale than previously.”
You are no doubt wondering just how an event of this ratio held in Saudi Arabia will mesh with the WWE’s open message of support for fans of all sexual orientations, and of course the work they’ve put into revitalizing their women’s division? It’s simple–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:
Just last October, the General Sports Authority explained that girls for the first time will be permitted to visit sports events at chosen stadiums in ancient 2018. The city of Jeddah recently hosted the nation’s first women-only cycling event.
It arrived a month after the country decided to lift its ban on female drivers, and this has long been viewed as a symbol of the nation’s repression of women.
Translation–no women’s games on the card without a doubt it’ll be ixnay on the’LGBT approval’ talk.
ALL ABOUT THE BOTTOM LINE
The bargain with the Saudi General Sports Authority is obviously lucrative enough to the WWE to do whatever they’re asked as a way to make it occur. How lucrative? Lucrative enough to deliver over near 100 wrestlers such as all of the big guns–Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Kane, The Undertaker as well as Chris Jericho and Triple H. The event is being held at a 65,000 seat arena meaning a complete house wouldn’t be that far off by a’Wrestlemania’ flat attendance. Lucrative enough the promotion may have changed the booking for what’s nominally their’marquee event’ aka’Wrestlemania’ to beef up the card to the show in Saudi Arabia. Bryan Alverez of The Wrestling Observer summed it up:
“So now they’ve got this giant display in Saudi Arabia. Can you guys know just how much money WWE could make through deals with Saudi Arabia? So, that is the priority right now. Not WrestleMania that you bought your ticket ”
There’s been some backlash regarding the absence of women’s games on the series but those inside the company have been mum on the subject, obviously realizing the WWE is dealing with a huge payday here–now and in the future. Furthermore, they might make a few of their fans mad by reserving several big title changes here (like by all accounts an International Championship win by Roman Reigns over Brock Lesnar) but the WWE is confident that it won’t hurt their American viewers. At any rate, there are enough chips on the table in the Middle East to ensure it is worth the danger.
Here are the SPORTS BETTING EXPERTS opening odds for your’Greatest Royal Rumble’. There are now 8 matches 9 matches supported for the series so there will likely be additional ones added into the card. Below you’ll find the odds about the supported matches. Look for a chance update as circumstances warrant. We’ll also be adding a few prop bets on the’Greatest Royal Rumble’ the week before the event.