Saudi Arabia Poised to Host WWE Royal Rumble in 2026 or 2027

WWE and Saudi Arabia discuss future major event collaboration.

by Atia Mukhtar
Saudi Arabia Poised to Host WWE Royal Rumble in 2026 or 2027
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In a significant development for WWE fans and the global wrestling community, Saudi Arabia is gearing up to host a major premium live event in the coming years. Turki Alalshikh, the chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, revealed in an exclusive interview with ESPN’s Mike Coppinger that an announcement regarding an upgraded deal between Saudi Arabia and WWE is imminent.

This upgraded deal aims to bring high-profile events like WrestleMania or the Royal Rumble to Saudi soil. During a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour" with Ariel Helwani, Alalshikh was probed about the possibility of hosting the 2025 Royal Rumble, especially considering that WrestleMania 41 is already set to take place in Las Vegas.

Alalshikh responded by highlighting that they are eyeing 2026 or 2027 as potential years for hosting such a marquee event. Since March 2018, WWE and Saudi Arabia have maintained a robust partnership, marked by a ten-year agreement that has seen numerous events being held annually in the kingdom.

This partnership has significantly contributed to WWE's global outreach, drawing large audiences and enhancing the entertainment landscape in Saudi Arabia. The upcoming events, WWE SmackDown on May 24 and WWE King and Queen of the Ring on May 25, further cement this thriving relationship.

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Saudi Arabia’s ambition to host a WrestleMania or Royal Rumble is part of its broader vision to establish itself as a global entertainment hub. The potential hosting of these events aligns with the kingdom’s efforts to diversify its entertainment offerings and boost tourism.

These plans underscore Saudi Arabia’s commitment to leveraging major international events to enhance its global profile. WWE’s expansion into Saudi Arabia has not only brought the excitement of professional wrestling to new audiences but has also paved the way for a cultural exchange between the global WWE fanbase and the local audience in Saudi Arabia.

Hosting a Royal Rumble or WrestleMania would be a landmark moment in this ongoing collaboration, promising unforgettable experiences for fans and significant milestones in WWE’s international presence. As the details of the upgraded deal between WWE and Saudi Arabia unfold, fans around the world will be eagerly anticipating the official announcement.

Whether it’s WrestleMania or the Royal Rumble, bringing one of these premier events to Saudi Arabia will undoubtedly be a monumental occasion in the history of WWE’s global expansio

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