WWE/SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi’s Turki Alsheikh says they are negotiating for big WWE event in 2026 or 2027

Posted on 5/16/124 by Colin Vassallo

Turki Alsheikh, Saudi Arabia’s Chairman of the General
Entertainment Authority, told Ariel Helwani during an
appearance on The MMA Hour that the Kingdom is currently in
discussions with WWE to host either the 2026 or 2027 Royal
Rumble or WrestleMania.

This comes a week after Alsheikh told ESPN that they are
“sweetening” the current deal they have with WWE to host one
of the big five premium live events in the country in the
near future.

Currently, WWE get around $50 million per PLE and they have
two per year in Saudi Arabia, making more money there then
any WrestleMania since this is guaranteed money regardless
of how many people show up or how many merchandise is sold.

Neither the Royal Rumble nor WrestleMania has been held
outside North America before and just for comparison, Las
Vegas paid WWE $5 million to bring the show there next year.

While hosting WrestleMania in Saudi Arabia might not be on
WWE’s list for a variety of reasons, a Royal Rumble there is
more doable.

Saudi Arabia recently also announced that they are
sponsoring the UFC 306 event at The Sphere in Las Vegas,
dropping a considerable amount of money in the process.

WWE President Nick Khan is handling negotiations with Saudi
Arabia after getting the handover from Vince McMahon.

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