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Saudi Arabia signs ten-year deal with WWE for pro-wrestling events

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Saudi Arabia will host World Wrestling Event (WWE) for the next decade following a finalization of a deal signed between Turki al-sheikh, Chairman of Saudi General Sports Authority and Vince McMahon WWE CEO. The news was shared on the official Twitter account of GSA.

Following the deal, KSA will organize live matches at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. This ten-year strategic multi-platform partnership will see a popular event from the wrestling world in Saudi Arabia including Royal Rumble, Tag team, Raw Title and etc.

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According to Vince McMahon, WWE is planning to organize events using different methods in terms of production and output that will allow for a unique presentation to the Saudi Arabian public.

“The Greatest Royal Rumble will be a spectacle of historic proportions,” said Vince McMahon. “Our partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority reflects a long-term commitment to present WWE’s world-class entertainment to a global audience on a grander scale than ever before,” he added further.

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The wrestling cooperation will organize the ‘Great Royal Rumble’ on April 10, 2018, in Jeddah’s Sports City. The event will feature 50-man wrestlers as opposed to its standard number of featuring 30 or 40 wrestles. Including John Cena, Triple H, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Braun Stroman, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura are scheduled to feature in the event.

Saudi Arabia has hosted a number of wrestling events in the past up to November 2016 in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. Wrestling is quite a popular sports game in the Middle East.

The signing of the international agreement is another bold move towards the King Salman bin Ahmed’s revolutionary ‘Vision 2030′ that seeks to diversify Saudi Arabia’s culture and its economy. The General Sports Authority has also announced to resume the broadcasts of its sports channel soon.

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The General Sports Authority recently organized its first-ever men marathon, in which about 28,000 runners, including Saudi citizens and foreign athletes, participated. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also announced to host the World Boxing Super Series in May 2018.

 Saudi Arabia is also bringing rigorous transformations in other sectors of entertainment. It will experience an uplift of ban on cinemas in March 2018, after a prolonged period of 35 years.

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The citizens who desperately sought means of entertainment earlier appreciate the relaxations coming in from the regime. The liberalization initiated under Vision 2030 is revitalizing a decaying society that once suffered stagnation for years under the conservative Islamist group.