Watch Greatest Royal Rumble: The WWE does pomp and circumstance and over-the-top setups better than any wrestling company. So when they announced their trip to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for Greatest Royal Rumble, you knew that it was going to look just as amazing as WrestleMania, if not better. Unfortunately, we are all going to have to wait until Friday, April 27, 2018, to see the full setup, when WWE host the historic event live on the WWE Network, but for now, we’ve at least got a tease of the stage/setup that will be used at the event, thanks to a Twitter user.
It may not be enough to get you hyped for the show, but the card should do that. It features incredible matches like the two World Title rematches from WrestleMania, The Bar battling Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt for the Raw Tag Team Championships, Rusev battling The Undertaker in a casket match (on Rusev Day no less), and obviously, the Greatest Royal Rumble match, which features 50 superstars vying to come out victorious.
It It has been a weird couple of weeks for the Bulgarian Brute. It was announced a few weeks ago that he would be facing the Undertaker in a Casket match at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Not long after, it was announced that Chris Jericho would be taking his place in the match.
Not much was known as to why Rusev was replaced in the match. In fact speculation started to make itself around that he was on his way out of the WWE. But ultimately, he was slotted back into the match.
There are two major negatives relating to the show, however, as we have no idea what the winner of the rumble match will achieve (we are assuming that we’ll be informed before hand, but as of yet, nothing), and no women will be featured on the show. The second is obviously not WWE’s fault, as it’s a custom in Saudi Arabia, and with the major money making opportunity that this show presents for the WWE, it makes sense for them to abide by local laws.
The show comes at a quite unique point for the WWE, as it comes less than a month after WrestleMania 34, the biggest wrestling event on the calendar, and it comes just weeks before Backlash, a show that will see WWE pay-per-views revert back to dual branded, and with matches already booked for that show, it somewhat spoils some of the results we’ll see over in Saudi Arabia.
So, what do you guys think? Is this stage looking promising for a big show? Are you going to watch? Who do you think will win the Greatest Royal Rumble match? Let us know all your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
But if Rusev were to lose, it would be damaging an overlooked talent once again. For over a year, Rusev has been overlooked constantly, whether it be winning the United States Championship at WrestleMania, or winning the WWE Championship ever.
If Rusev loses, it may damage his momentum for the rest of his career. He may be a two time United States Champion, but he has yet to receive the massive push that he deserves. His “Rusev Day” gimmick has been one of the most over gimmicks in the past few years. And the fact that WWE has yet to truly capitalize on it yet is disappointing.
But now that he’s back in the match, the speculation has once again resurfaced as to whether or not he has a chance. After all, he is facing the Undertaker, one of the most protected superstars in WWE history.
On one hand, if he were to win, it would be the start of a great push for Rusev. It could even be the start of getting him into the WWE Championship picture. The same thing happened to Brock Lesnar in 2014 after he beat the Undertaker at WrestleMania. Right after that, he transitioned into a world title feud with John Cena, and ultimately won. So who’s to say the same can’t happen to Rusev?
On the other hand though, it is the Undertaker. He is one of, if not the most protected superstars in WWE history. Especially considering the match is happening at a special event for the first time, logic would swing towards Undertaker winning. With him winning for the first time, it would make for a special moment to forward his momentum towards his possible retirement at next year’s WrestleMania.