It's time for another big WWE event, but this for this one, the show will be taking place in the Middle East. It's called Greatest Royal Rumble, coming to the rest of the world live from Saudi Arabia on Friday, April 27. Because of the time zone difference, the show will air in Saudi Arabia at 5 PM BST / 7 PM AST; however, in North America, it will come to the WWE Network at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT, with a Kickoff Show airing one hour prior.
If you can't get around to watching the show live because you're at work, school, or whatever, don't worry. GameSpot will be covering Greatest Royal Rumble live, just like we do with all WWE PPVs. The Middle Eastern event revolves around one gigantic match for the evening: a 50-man Royal Rumble match. At this time, there's no prize for the winner, aside from bragging rights.
There are six matches on the card so far, but the show will surely get larger with the Raw Tag Team, United States, Cruiserweight, and WWE Championship matches yet to be booked. Here is who is on the card and our predictions for the event. Don't expect any huge surprises as Greatest Royal Rumble feels almost like a large house show with the way it's being booked and promoted.
The Miz vs. Seth Rollins (c) vs. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe
(For the Intercontinental Championship)
Seth Rollins won the IC title from Miz at Wrestlemania 34 in a triple threat match, which included Finn Balor. Then, on the Raw after Mania, Samoa Joe returned to action, by yelling at Roman Reigns. Now--somehow--Joe will join the battle for the IC championship at Greatest Royal Rumble. As much as I love Joe, he needs to be in the main event and not on the midcard holding onto this title. For that reason, I'm giving the win to Rollins.
Our prediction: Seth Rollins wins
The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Usos
(For the Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
The Usos are getting their rematch for the Smackdown Tag Team championships against the duo that beat them at Wrestlemania, the Bludgeon Brothers. It'll be a combination of pure, brute force versus two of the most talented and exciting men on Smackdown. However, I don't expect Harper and Rowen to lose their new titles at this show, as their championship run just started, so I'm giving them the win.
Our prediction: Bludgeon Brothers win
Undertaker vs. Jericho (Casket Match)
Originally, Undertaker was going to fight Rusev in this match, but very quickly, Rusev was out and Jericho was in. That's a good thing, as Rusev has nothing to gain from losing to Undertaker, especially when the guy is so over right now. The weirdest thing about this whole bout is that it is a casket match. Traditionally, that's not a very exciting event. It's going to be quite a bit of Jericho or Undertaker getting pushed around and almost dumped into a casket. Regardless, I'm giving the win to Undertaker because this is his match and Wrestlemania was about reassert his dominance, which this match will also establish.
Our prediction: Undertaker wins
Secondary prediction: This will be a short match
John Cena vs. Triple H
While the average WWE fan may find this match confusing, both of these names will be draws for the show in the Middle East. At this point, we don't know how it will play out, as to whether Triple H will go the heel route or whether it will be two faces battling it out. Regardless, I'm going to give the win to John Cena as he's the face that runs the place.
Our prediction: John Cena wins
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns
(For the Universal Championship)
WWE fans were shocked when Lesnar beat Reigns at Wrestlemania, as we were all expecting the end of Lesnar's reign that night. Now, there's a rematch at Greatest Royal Rumble, and once again, it's for the Universal Championship. There is a small part of me that thinks WWE will troll us all again and have Lesnar win, but I need to have some hope that Reigns will win, and this will be the end of the part-timer champion.
Our prediction: Roman Reigns wins... please let him win.
Greatest Royal Rumble
As of this writing, there's no prize for winning the 50-man Rumble match, but that doesn't mean it won't be a long yet entertaining bout. There are plenty of wrestlers that have yet to be announced for this match--like Rusev--so I'm giving the win to Braun Strowman, for now.
Our prediction: Braun Strowman wins