WWE has entered into a unique partnership with Saudi Arabia, and the first fruits of this partnership are in the form of a Great Rumble Event, a massive show surrounding the first 50-man Royal Rumble match in WWE history, with big names like Daniel Bryan, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Brown Strowman and Shane McMahon.
But elsewhere on the map are a whopping seven title matches, with every men's title in line in Jeddah. Both the Universal Championship and the WWE Championship will be defended in reverse matches from Wrestlemania, but both games will feel very different. Brock Lesnar will defend the universal title against Roman Reigns in a steel cage, with Roman hoping to finally be able to overcome [The Beast] after he could never quite defeat the overwhelming brutality that the seemingly UFC-bound Lesnar entails ,
AJ Styles hopes to retain his WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura and gain some revenge on the man who has been following every moment since Styles won, which was supposed to be a dream match at Wrestlemania. Nakamura has been a different and sadistic calculating man since losing to Styles, and he has tormented Styles with a cheap slap on his nuts in the weeks since meeting in New Orleans.
The Intercontinental Championship and the United States Championship are defended in matches strongly influenced by the recent superstar shakeup. Numerous wrestlers jump between Raw and SmackDown Live. The Intercontinental Championship is defended by Seth Rollins against Finn Balor, The Miz. and Samoa Joe, with the latter two moving to SmackDown. Jeff Hardy surprisingly won the title in the United States the night after WrestleMania and immediately moved on to former champion Jinder Mahal's former home of SmackDown. Mahal will hope to bring the belt back to Raw, and it will be interesting to see which shows the two secondary WWE titles after Friday show.
Both Tag titles are also to be won, with the Usos hoping to claim the Blackton Brothers' brutal power of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships after losing them in a WrestleMania Triple Threat match. The Raw Tag Team Championships are in a slightly more complicated picture ̵
The cruiserweight championship is also on the program on Friday, Cedric Alexander defends himself against former champion Kalisto, the leader of the Lucha House Party faction, which has formed on 205 live, won a fight for the title.
There are also two intriguing non-title matches on the card, with John Cena and Triple H renewing a rivalry. The data goes back to WrestleMania 22, with the pair battling against each other in several major games over the last 12 years and in winning in every direction. This could be the last time we see them one-on-one, which makes this a must-have match, just because of the sheer severity of the story between them.
The other non-title match will hit Undertaker Rusev in a coffin game, an often brutal type of match in which the Undertaker has not been involved for nearly a decade and has not been seen in WWE for over three years , Rusev has become very popular with fans thanks to his Rusev Day movement, but this is a game Undertaker rarely loses. The aging veteran looked like he was in fantastic form and form against John Cena at WrestleMania, so Rusev will have to be in his best shape to beat him and get to a level that we have not seen much from the Bulgarians Brute in several years.
Game info, plus how to watch and stream on TV
Game Date / Time : Friday, 12 pm ET, 7 pm local
Event location : King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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