–The Initial WWE’Royal Rumble’ PPV was in 1988
–The’Greatest Royal Rumble’ will have an all time high of 50 entrants
–The’Greatest Royal Rumble’ takes place on April 27, 2018, at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Just a few weeks later”Wrestlemania 34″ that the WWE will present yet another huge series on April 27, this one called the’Greatest Royal Rumble’. The whole backstory of this show in addition to the booking is somewhat curious to the point that it is tough to figure out exactly what’s happening. The series will take place in the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi media is calling it the country’s’most brash and brutal sporting occasion of 2018.’ It’ll be available live on the WWE Network or PPV depending on the nation. Due to the time difference the card begins at 12:00 Noon Eastern with a preshow beginning at 11:00 AM.
Just just how did the WWE wind up in Saudi Arabia using a ridiculously stacked card just a couple weeks following Wrestlemania? Would 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 wider initiative called Saudi Vision 2030 which hopes to bring about social and economic reforms in Saudi Arabia with the goal of reducing their dependence on oil exports. Tracy Lee of Newsweek explains it thusly:
The event reflects the Muslim country social and economic reforms aimed at changing Saudi Arabia. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, spearheaded a bigger investment in athletics 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 is going to be a spectacle of historic proportions. Our partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority reflects a long-term commitment to introduce WWE’s world-class amusement to a worldwide audience on a grander scale than previously.”
You are no doubt wondering just how an event of the ratio held in Saudi Arabia will mesh with the WWE’s open concept of support for lovers of all sexual orientations, and of course the work they’ve put into revitalizing their women’s branch? It’s simple–the WWE will do exactly what they are told. Here’s the present condition of’reform’ in Saudi Arabia, once more in Newsweek’s Lee:
Only last October, the General Sports Authority said that girls for the first time ever will be permitted to visit sports events at selected stadiums in ancient 2018. The city of Jeddah recently hosted the country’s first women-only cycling event.
It came a month after the country decided to lift its ban on female drivers, and this has long been seen as a symbol of the nation’s repression of women.
Translation–no women’s matches on the card without a 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 to the WWE to do whatever they’re asked in order to make it occur. How rewarding? Lucrative enough to bring over close to 100 wrestlers including all the big guns–Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Kane, The Undertaker and even Chris Jericho and Triple H. The event is being held at a 65,000 seat arena meaning a full house wouldn’t be that far away from a’Wrestlemania’ flat attendance. Lucrative enough the advertising may have altered the reservation for what is nominally their’marquee event’ aka’Wrestlemania’ to beef up the card to the series 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 right now. Not WrestleMania you already bought your ticket ”
There has 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 that the WWE is dealing with a huge payday herenow and in the foreseeable future. Additionally, they might create some of their fans upset by booking several big title changes here (like by all reports a Global Championship triumph by Roman Reigns over Brock Lesnar) however, the WWE is confident it won’t hurt their American audience. At any rate, you will find enough chips on the table in the Middle East to ensure it is worth the risk.
Here are the SPORTS BETTING EXPERTS opening chances for the’Greatest Royal Rumble’. There are now 8 games 9 matches confirmed for the show so there will likely be additional ones added into the card. Below you will find the odds about the supported matches. Look for an odds update as circumstances warrant. We will also be adding some prop bets on the’Greatest Royal Rumble’ the week prior to the function.