WWE is in talks with Saudi Arabia about hosting WrestleMania or the Royal Rumble in 2026 or 2027

General Entertainment Authority chairman Turki Alsheikh revealed that Saudi Arabia is in discussions with WWE to host WrestleMania or the Royal Rumble in 2026 or 2027. This follows his announcement of an upcoming enhancement to their deal, to be disclosed when WWE returns to Saudi Arabia for the King & Queen of the Ring event.

WWE’s deal with Saudi Arabia is part of a 10-year strategic partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority, initiated in 2018. This agreement involves hosting two major events annually in Saudi Arabia as part of the country’s Vision 2030 initiative, which aims to diversify its economy and promote tourism and entertainment.

The first event under this partnership was the “Greatest Royal Rumble” in April 2018, followed by the “Crown Jewel” event later that year. Since then, WWE has held numerous events in Saudi Arabia, including “Super ShowDown,” “Elimination Chamber,” and “Night of Champions”‚Äč Additionally, TKO, WWE and UFC’s parent company, has strengthened its ties with Saudi Arabia through a new deal for another UFC event and sponsorship of UFC 304 in Las Vegas.

WrestleMania has only been held outside the U.S. twice in Toronto, Canada, while the Royal Rumble has only taken place in the U.S. since its first event in Hamilton, Canada, in 1988.

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