Here is everything we know about WWE’s Upcoming Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Arabian government is responsible for filling the 62,000-seat stadium as part of the $20 million dollar deal with WWE. The crowd capacity will likely be around 52,000 when the stage is set up. The Saudi Arabian government is not concerned about breaking even on ticket sales, so that is why tickets are so cheap at 10 or 20 Saudi Riyal ($2.67 and USD 5.35 + free drinks). As we have mentioned previously, the event is basically a propaganda event for them. Most of the expensive seats have been reserved for the Saudi General Sports Authority and their celebrity friends.
Basically, the only way to get a ticket in most of the stadium is if you have a family with a woman in it. The idea is to portray to the world that they’ve progressed with women’s rights in the country (even though Female Superstars are still not allowed to perform in the country.) Single men are allowed to attend but there are only 10,000 seats allocated for them, and they are only allowed to sit in the nosebleed seats. The belief is that the show won’t come across well because the most vocal fans will be sitting far away.
The word in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is that the local promotion has been lackluster and unless you are a hardcore WWE fan (which is a very small group in Saudi Arabia), then you probably wouldn’t know that a show is taking place on Friday. It will be interesting to see how many fans they can get to attend because The Saudi General Sports Authority wasn’t even able to fill the stadium for high-level soccer matches, their most popular sport.
All of the single male tickets sold out in about an hour so and, as you can imagine, there are some angry hardcore fans that will not be able to attend. Many of them have been protesting, but there could be some accommodations made because so much of the stadium has not been sold yet. One other thing about the tickets is that anyone who bought a ticket is not allowed to pick a seat. Anyone who bought a ticket will know what section they will be in, but the government will assign seating when fans get there.
Sir Mitch Says: I raised concerns about this event in the debut episode of The Imperial Pod audiocast (which you can listen to here: https://wrestleroyalty.com/2018/04/20/the-imperial-pod-episode-1/)
WWE will make money from this event no matter as the Saudi Government paid them upfront and agreed to handle filling the venue for the event due to WWE’s concerns that lack of interest in the product and Saudi Arabia’s strict laws would prove too difficult obstacles for them to overcome. It looks like they were correct!