Although eyebrows were understandably raised when the WWE first announced the Greatest Royal Rumble event for Saudi Arabia, the formation of the card has helped fans to understand just why the company is all-in on this show.
When you have the likes of Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, Triple H, John Cena and almost every single championship being defended in one night, it’s clear that WWE is trying to leave a mark and that’s exactly what’s happening in the Middle East on April 27.
GREATEST ROYAL RUMBLE
We also can’t forget the fact that - although they’re only competing for a trophy - there’s going to be a 50-man Royal Rumble match.
It has since been revealed that this whole event has been created to boost the partnership between the WWE and their partners in Saudi Arabia with a huge 10-year deal being signed.
With Roman Reigns potentially dethroning Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship inside of the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, it shows the partners just how much the company values them by giving them a perk of this stature, let alone some of the biggest names in company history.
However, although the company has looked to bring in one big name after another, one superstar they failed to get hold of is Stone Cold Steve Austin, per Brad Shepard of Bodyslam.net.
The source claims that the WWE reached out to The Texas Rattlesnake to appear at the event, not in the Rumble match itself, but reportedly turned down the invitation.
According to Ringside News, he said: “A source in WWE told me that the Saudi show is a big, big deal to Vince and there is no short-selling that. He isn’t flying every upper-level talent he can find to Saudi Arabia without good reason.
“They are throwing everything including the kitchen sink at it. They wanted Austin to show up too, but he declined.”
It’s clear to see just how big of an occasion this is.
This isn’t like the WWE’s last big venture into Asia with the Beast in the East event where Lesnar took on Kofi Kingston and Cesaro defeated Diego.
This is going to be huge, so it comes as no surprise that the company might have reached out to someone like Austin who would have gauged an epic reaction once his music surprisingly hit the PA system.
At the same time, you could argue that Austin not being there is a good thing. Not for selfish reasons with the Saudi Arabian crowd getting every big name possible, but the fact that you wouldn’t want an appearance like his - from a legend - flying under the radar or being overshadowed by what could be a historic and memorable night.
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