Riyadh Season's flagship event, WWE Crown Jewel, which will showcase the best of international wrestlers, is about to set fire to King Fahd's International Stadium in Riyadh in a few days' time, to the delight of Saudi Arabians, who love these sporting and theatrical performances.
With more than 100 events planned for two months, Riyadh Season is one of the most anticipated Saudi initiatives at the end of the year. Among the highlights of this new season, WWE Crown Jewel is a wrestling championship that will showcase some of the biggest names in international wrestling, who have come to compete at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.
A few days before the start of the event, several famous wrestlers confirmed their presence. Mansoor, the first Saudi superstar of the WWE, Brock Lesnar, WWE champion, Cain Velasquez, double UFC heavyweight champion, Braun Strowman and Tyson Fury, the undefeated heavyweight champion. WWE Crown Jewel will also feature teams such as Hogan (Seth Rollins, Rusev) and Flair (Randy Orton, King Corbin).
To coincide with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan and its desire to promote women, WWE recently announced that the very first women’s wrestling match will take place in Saudi Arabia during the Crown Jewel. On this occasion, superstars Natalya and Lacey Evans will be in charge of the show, which promises to be magnificent.
Fighting sports and the Arab world
In a recent study published by YouGov, it was found that 86% of Arab people of all ages share a strong interest in at least one form of combat sport. This is confirmed by the success of various recent events in the Middle East, such as the WWE Super Showdown last June at the Jeddah season, or the recent UFC fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier in September in Abu Dhabi.
It was the famous Saudi wrestler, Mansoor Al-Shehail, who made his country proud by winning in the middle of an audience of wrestling superstars from all over the world during the Super Showdown.