It was an interesting move for WWE to schedule one of their largest events of all time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was especially interesting to book an event somewhere where women aren’t allowed to wrestle. It was also pretty interesting that they decided to go with a place who’s time difference leaves the majority of their viewers in an awkward situation of either having to skip work/school or just not watch it at all. So will this event be good, or even worth it… maybe!
It’s definitely a bold strategy what Vince McMahon and the rest of WWE have decided to schedule for this Friday. Vince has been called a lot of things over his career, some good and some bad, but you cannot deny that man is a dreamer.
The match card itself is one of the most stacked of all time, but the location and the rules barring women from participating may be enough for fans to skip this one entirely.
Speaking of the match card, is this not the most predictable event, possibly of all time? I’m not going to do a predictions article for this event, because we all know how that would turn out. But there are multiple split brand matches for brand specific titles. The only one I could see changing hands is the Universal Title, and I suppose the Raw Tag Team Titles because those are currently vacant.
I do not, however, have a proper prediction for the massive 50-man Royal Rumble. But again, the match is for nothing, other than some weird looking trophy. This event, for me at least, just kind of has the feel of a larger house show. Not a lot of titles will change hands, there are a bunch of big name matches with zero backstory, and it’s on a Friday afternoon.
I really do hope they use that 50-man Royal Rumble to push an up-and-coming star that needs it. As much as I would love to see Daniel Bryan claim victory, I would much rather have someone like Baron Corbin win it to help boost him as a proper star and heel. They can’t make the mistake of using this match as a throw away, like they’ve done with the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
I would love to see some titles change hands, but with this event taking place after the Superstar Shake Up, the odds of that happening are slim. You have the Bar competing for the Raw Tag Team Championships after being moved to Smackdown Live… I wonder who’s going to win. Same with Samoa Joe and the Miz for the Intercontinental Championship; they can only win if Jinder Mahal beats Jeff Hardy and brings the United States Championship to Raw.
I will be tuning in to the Greatest Royal Rumble this Friday. I won’t be able to watch it all in one sitting however because I have work, but I will catch the end over the weekend. I’m going to try and go into my viewing experience with a positive attitude. But after presenting all that I have in this article, it may be tough to get properly amped for an event that just seems too predictable.
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By: Patrick Gallagher
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