WWE has made some changes to the dates on their upcoming European tour and it turns out that the Saudi Arabia show that has been scheduled for November is actually happening.
WWE has pushed the 10/31 Live Event in Stockholm, Sweden to 5/11 and has changed the 11/1 show in Oslo, Norway to 5/12.
Vince McMahon’s promotion graced the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in April, 2018 with the first-ever Greatest Royal Rumble pay-per-view. It was the first pay-per-view event as per the 10-year agreement between Saudi General Sports Authority and WWE. The Saudi Government announced at that time that WWE will be returning to The Kingdom in November. Although fans have been aware of the news for months, WWE is yet to make it official.
The next Saudi Arabia-WWE show has been scheduled to take place on November 2, 2018 and plans have been made for the pay-per-view to air on the WWE Network like last time.
However,the most interesting part of the story is that the second show in Saudi Arabia will take place shortly after WWE’s inaugural all-women pay-per-view, Evolution. WWE Evolution takes place on October 28, 2018 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New York, US.
The Greatest Royal Rumble didn’t have any female Superstars on the card and although women and kids were allowed to attend the event, the women’s locker room was kept at bay from participating in the event.
It now appears that WWE decided to host Evolution due to the fear of the potential backlash it would likely face from both Superstars and fans alike for running in Saudi Arabia without any female Superstars for the second time in a row.
The fact is, the Saudi Government will not allow female Superstars to take part in the upcoming show and it seems that Evolution might be the “diversion” that Vince McMahon has put up to curb the potential backlash. Although WWE will clearly deny the talk, professional wrestling fans will definitely speculate on the matter.
With Evolution taking place on October 28, 2018, the second show in Saudi Arabia will take place in less than 7 days i.e. November 2.