Riyadh is buzzing with anticipation as WWE prepares to stage its monumental Crown Jewel 2023 event in the heart of Saudi Arabia. Fans have marked their calendars for Saturday, November 4th, as the Kingdom eagerly awaits the return of iconic Superstar, John Cena.
With the Saudi Arabian General Entertainment Authority recently unveiling plans for the 2024 Riyadh Season, running from October to March, WWE's significant involvement is indisputable. The grandeur of this partnership will manifest in a unique Fan Experience Center situated in Boulevard City.
This immersive experience promises promotional glimpses of a WWE-themed park ride, an exclusive VIP zone, dedicated Superstar displays, and a sophisticated rendition of the "Undertaker’s Graveyard" exhibit, previously showcased during WrestleMania Axxess.
Although WWE Crown Jewel 2023's exact date and location remain under wraps, the buzz surrounding Cena's participation is undeniable. Commenting on the upcoming event, a spokesperson shared, "This year's Riyadh Season promises a distinctive WWE experience, headlined by the world-renowned wrestling festival, Crown Jewel, featuring the legendary John Cena."
Cena's Saudi History
For long-time fans, Cena's potential match will mark his second in the Kingdom.
He previously dominated the Greatest Royal Rumble in April 2018, emerging victorious against Triple H. However, Cena's relationship with Saudi events has been tumultuous; he notably opted out of the Crown Jewel 2018 and Super ShowDown 2019, with the latter decision linked to the tragic incident involving journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Historically, WWE's Crown Jewel events have been hosted at illustrious venues, including the King Saud University Stadium, King Fahd International Stadium, Mohammed Abdu Arena, and Mrsool Park. Yet, the 2023 venue remains a tantalizing mystery.
The Riyadh Season, launching on October 28, is packed with marquee events. Notably, the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou boxing match and the special boxing club attraction featuring WWE Hall of Famer, Mike Tyson, stand out. Furthermore, Riyadh Season 2024 will introduce the Middle East to the Disney Castle, provide a deep dive into Cristiano Ronaldo's illustrious soccer career, host The 433 Awards, and much more.
Since the inception of WWE's strategic alliance with the Saudi Ministry of Sport in 2018, followed by the expanded partnership announcement in 2019, the relationship has flourished. The upcoming Crown Jewel marks a pivotal moment - the 10th event under this partnership and coincides with its 4th-anniversary milestone.
The wrestling juggernaut's previous foray into Saudi Arabia was for the Night of Champions earlier this year. Memorable moments included Brock Lesnar besting Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins emerging as the inaugural WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Riyadh's Crown Jewel 2023 promises an unforgettable wrestling experience, heightened by Cena's eagerly anticipated return.