Update On Status Of Next WWE Saudi Arabia Show

Coming this November...

As was the case with WWE Super ShowDown last month, scheduling issues have arisen in recent weeks surrounding the next company event in Saudi Arabia, which was originally scheduled for Friday, November 1, at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh.

Dave Meltzer details the ongoing ordeal in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, noting the recent issue with the Saudis wanting to run the show on a different date. To accommodate this change, WWE canceled a number of events on their November European tour, including two shows in Italy, as well as cards in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, and Minehead.

Another alteration made because of the looming date change was that a week's worth of Raw and SmackDown were to be taped on the same Friday night, meaning one particular Raw was set to be recorded days ahead of its broadcast.

However, after all of those moves and consideration, Meltzer is now reporting that the unnamed Saudi Arabia event is back to the originally-planned November 1 date, with no explanation given as to the change.

It's unknown how this will effect the canceled European shows, or the Raw/SmackDown taping schedule for that period.

It was just last month that the changing of Super ShowDown's date (from May 3 to June 7) played havoc with the schedule. Backlash (before its name change to Stomping Grounds) was moved back one week from June 16 in San Diego to June 23 in Tacoma, WA. NXT TakeOver: San Jose was moved up from June 8 to June 1, and its location switched to Bridgeport, CT.

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