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What PPV was the Greatest Royal Rumble at? A Show fans want to forget

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The WWE Greatest Royal Rumble, a spectacle that promised grandeur but left a mixed legacy, was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event held on April 27, 2018.

Taking place at the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it was an event marked by its ambition, controversy, and a card stacked with high-profile matches.

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble: Background and Build-Up

The Greatest Royal Rumble was part of a 10-year strategic partnership between WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority, aligning with Saudi Vision 2030, a program aimed at social and economic reform. The event featured all men’s main roster championships being defended and the first-ever 50-man Royal Rumble match.

The build-up to the event was significant, with storylines weaving through WWE’s weekly shows. Brock Lesnar, fresh off a contract renewal, was set to defend the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns in a Steel Cage match, a rematch from WrestleMania 34.

The event also saw John Cena face Triple H and The Undertaker compete in a rare Casket match against Rusev.

The Greatest Royal Rumble Event Rundown

The event kicked off with John Cena defeating Triple H in a match that showcased their veteran skills. Cedric Alexander successfully defended the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Kalisto, while Jeff Hardy retained the United States Championship against Jinder Mahal.

One of the highlights was the Ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship, where Seth Rollins triumphed over Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, and The Miz in a breathtaking display of athleticism and high-risk manoeuvres.

In a controversial finish, the WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura ended in a double count-out, leaving fans dissatisfied. The Undertaker’s Casket match against Rusev was a throwback to classic Undertaker matches, with ‘The Deadman’ emerging victorious. The steel cage match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns ended in dramatic fashion, with Lesnar retaining his title.

The main event, the 50-man Royal Rumble match, was a marathon of surprises and endurance. Daniel Bryan set a record for the longest time in a single Royal Rumble match, while Braun Strowman won the match, eliminating a record number of competitors.

Controversy and Reception

The event was not without its controversies. The exclusion of female wrestlers, due to the limited rights of women in Saudi Arabia, was a significant point of contention.

WWE’s decision to hold the event in Saudi Arabia was criticized by fans and media alike, questioning the company’s commitment to its women’s division and broader social issues.

Despite the star-studded lineup and historic matches, the event left a complex legacy.

While it showcased WWE’s global reach and featured some memorable moments, the controversies and the underwhelming execution of some matches led to mixed reactions from fans and critics.

FAQs

  • What was the Greatest Royal Rumble? The Greatest Royal Rumble was a WWE pay-per-view event held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on April 27, 2018.
  • Why was the event controversial? The exclusion of female wrestlers due to local cultural norms and the broader implications of WWE holding an event in Saudi Arabia were the main sources of controversy.
  • Who won the main event at the Greatest Royal Rumble? Braun Strowman won the 50-man Royal Rumble match.
  • Did any titles change hands at the event? Most titles were successfully defended, with no major title changes occurring at the event.
  • Was the event considered successful by WWE standards? While the event was ambitious and had high viewership, the mixed reception and controversies surrounding it made its success debatable.
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