Missed Opportunities from WWE Greatest Royal Rumble

by Wade Massey April 30, 2018, 1:20
Missed Opportunities from WWE Greatest Royal Rumble

Saudi and expat fans, who came from across Saudi Arabia to sample the action, enjoyed the big night and were happy to see their WWE superstars such as Jon Cena, Triple H, Undertaker, Roman Reigns, Jericho, AJ Styles, Braun Strowman, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura and Mark Henry.

Take for example Triple H and John Cena, which opened up the entire event. It makes sense as WWE is a global business and they have to respect the host country's traditions, agreeable or not. The live crowd of over 50, 000 (which included men, women and children) mostly only cheered for the top stars' entrances and a lot of highlights of the show went without a big reaction, contrary to live shows in America where the loud crowd reaction elevates the intensity.

While the anger towards this statement is understandable, as Triple H said, nothing can be forced upon a country that has only very recently started to embrace a cultural change. And he will take on a challenger he has never faced - the Bulgarian Brute Rusev.

WWE is wildly popular across the Middle East. Brock Lesner defend his title easily and beat Roman Reigns. And it's a commitment that the authority would still commit to forever in all of it's events and programs.

Cedric Alexander defends WWE Cruiserweight Champion beating Kalisto Kalisto got through one match without a botch and that generally means, it was an incredible match.

Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Seth Rollins (c) def.

Then, there was the 50-Man Royal Rumble match, which felt exceptionally fast-paced despite being one hour and 17 minutes long.

All incumbent champions left with their championship belts.

Citing unnamed sources, Pro Wrestling Sheet's Ryan Satin wrote on Friday that Sami Zayn was not booked to compete in the Greatest Royal Rumble in recognition of Saudi Arabia's strained relations with Syria.

According to PWInsider.com, original plans for the Royal Rumble event called for Hornswoggle to face Robbie Araujo in a singles match. When replays clearly indicated that both of Reigns's feet hit the ground before Lesnar's, color commentator Corey Graves quickly mentioned that Lesnar was awarded the match presumably because his body hit the mat first.

There is a long history of issues between Syria and Saudi Arabia and it looks like Sami was told he wasn't needed for this show as a result of WWE catering to yet another Saudi custom.


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