–The Initial WWE’Royal Rumble’ PPV was in 1988
–The’Greatest Royal Rumble’ will have 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 couple weeks after”Wrestlemania 34″ the WWE will present another massive series on April 27, this one called the’Greatest Royal Rumble’. The entire backstory of this 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 press is calling it the country’s’most brash and brutal sporting occasion of 2018.’ It’ll be accessible live on the WWE Network or PPV depending on the country. Due to the time difference the card begins at 12:00 Noon Eastern with a preshow starting at 11:00 AM.
Just how did the WWE end up in Saudi Arabia using a ridiculously stacked card just a couple weeks following Wrestlemania? Can you believe it is all about money? The show is part of a multiyear’venture’ between the wrestling promotion as well as the Saudi General Sports Authority. The venture is part of a wider initiative named Saudi Vision 2030 which expects to bring about social and economic reforms in Saudi Arabia with the goal of lessening their dependence on oil exports. Tracy Lee of Newsweek explains 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 larger investment in sports as well as an initiative dubbed the Vision 2030, which is meant to decrease the country’s reliance on oil.
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was thrilled:
“The Greatest Royal Rumble is going to be a spectacle of historical proportions. Our partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority reflects a long-term commitment to present WWE’s world-class amusement to a worldwide audience on a grander scale than previously.”
You’re no doubt wondering how an event of this ratio held in Saudi Arabia will mesh with the WWE’s open concept of support for lovers of all sexual orientations, not to mention the work they’ve put into revitalizing their women’s division? It’s simple–that the WWE will do what they are told. Here is the current condition of’reform’ in Saudi Arabia, once more in Newsweek’s Lee:
Just last October, the General Sports Authority explained that women for the first time will be permitted to visit sports events in chosen stadiums in ancient 2018. The town 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, which has been seen as a symbol of the nation’s repression of women.
Translation–no women’s matches on the card and no doubt it’ll 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 for the WWE to do anything they’re asked in order to make it happen. How lucrative? Lucrative enough to deliver over close to 100 wrestlers such as all the big guns–Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Kane, The Undertaker and even Chris Jericho and Triple H. The event is being held in a 65,000 seat stadium meaning a complete house wouldn’t be that far away by a’Wrestlemania’ level attendance. Lucrative enough the promotion may have changed the booking for what’s their’marquee event’ aka’Wrestlemania’ to beef up the card for the series at Saudi Arabia. Bryan Alverez of The Wrestling Observer summed it up:
“So now they have got this giant display in Saudi Arabia. Do you guys know just how much cash WWE could make through deals with Saudi Arabia? So, that’s the priority right now. Not WrestleMania you bought your ticket for.”
There has been some backlash about the lack of women’s matches on the series but those within the company have been mum on the subject, obviously realizing that the WWE is coping with a massive payday herenow and in the future. Additionally, they might make a few of their fans upset by reserving several big title changes here (like by all accounts a Global Championship triumph by Roman Reigns over Brock Lesnar) however, the WWE is confident it will not hurt their American audience. At any rate, you will find enough chips at the table in the Middle East to make it worth the danger.
Here would be the SPORTS BETTING EXPERTS opening odds for your’Greatest Royal Rumble’. There are currently 8 matches 9 matches supported for the series so there’ll probably be added ones added into the card. Below you’ll find the odds on the confirmed matches. Look for an odds update as circumstances warrant. We will also be adding a few prop bets on the’Greatest Royal Rumble’ the week before the event.
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