WWE will be heading back to Saudi Arabia on November 2, 2018, and we already know what the main event is going to be.
Earlier this year, WWE staged a massive show in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Greatest Royal Rumble. The first event is apparently part of a ten-year-long deal WWE has struck up with the country during which they will stage big events there twice a year. Clearly, that much seems to be true as Vince McMahon will be taking his Superstars back there once again before the end of 2018.
Up until this week, the dates were only rumored, but it turns out the rumors were true. Just like the Greatest Royal Rumble, the next Saudi Arabia event will take place on a Friday, November 2, 2018, presumably during the same timeslot meaning it will air at midday EST. Acting GM, Baron Corbin made the official announcement on Raw this week.
That wasn't all Corbin had to say about the show. He also revealed what it will be called, Crown Jewel and that this time around it will take place in the city of Riyadh. On top of all that, Corbin even booked what will likely be the main event of the evening. Braun Strowman versus Brock Lesnar versus Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship.
The date of this show should not be something that is ignored. WWE Evolution, the company's first all-female PPV, taking place on October 28, 2018, is almost certainly not a coincidence. As with Greatest Royal Rumble, it will be highly likely that no women will be allowed on the Crown Jewel card and won't even travel to Saudi Arabia with WWE. That's due to laws against women being able to do certain things in the country which is what mired WWE's last event there in controversy.
WWE has had very little to say when it comes to staging shows in countries where women aren't allowed to perform. It is certainly a touchy subject considering the revolution currently ongoing in the company. This time around, Mr. McMahon will obviously be hoping that fans are still riding high following Evolution five days prior to Crown Jewel and will let the absence of females in Saudi Arabia slide.