John Cena has confirmed he is coming to Saudi Arabia to take part in one of the biggest nights the WWE has ever seen.
Cena is a 16-time world champion and says fans can look forward to seeing him in The Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah on April 27.
The event will see a 50-superstar Rumble – something never seen before in the history of the WWE.
This comes hot on the heels of a recent deal between WWE and Saudi Arabia that will see events taking place in The Kingdom for the next decade.
In a minute-long video, Cena thanks the people of Saudi Arabia for the opportunity and goes on to say fans can expect all the current WWE Superstars to be taking part – including himself.
The Greatest Royal Rumble takes place at King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday, April 27.
We are now less than two months away from the biggest night in the WWE calendar, and the rumour mill is going into overdrive.
There is a huge amount of speculation as to what the card could look like, but how likely are some of the matches being talked about at the moment.
Let’s take a look at some of the matches discussed so far.
The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
A certainty for the show, and given the length of the WrestleMania broadcast and the popularity of the new Royal Rumble match, there may well be a women’s version too.
Expect Elias to come up short at the Elimination Chamber but get a WrestleMania moment by winning the Battle Royal.
In the women’s event Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch will be high on the list of contenders.
The Miz v Braun Strowman for the IC Title
Braun is massively over and if he’s figuring outside the main events, the Miz would be a great foil for him. The Mixed Match Challenge partnership with Alexa Bliss has been gold, and brought a new side of Strowman to the fore. Add to this his brilliant double bass performance in mocking Elias this week on Raw and we can really see his personality start to show.
The Miz is the best worker the company has on the mic, and the lead up to this one would be box office.
The Finals of the Cruiserweight Tournament
Another certainty for the undercard, a disappointing lack of interest in this one.
Charlotte v Auska, Alexa Bliss v Nia Jax – and how you solve a problem like Ronda Rousey
Let’s deal with these matches together. Both are being hotly discussed – and this is why they SHOULD NOT happen.
Auska is on a hot-streak the like of which has not been seen since Goldberg. She takes on Nia at Elimination chamber with a place at WrestleMania on the line for Jax if she wins.
Common opinion says that Nia defeats Auska, with the Empress of Tomorrow taking on Charlotte at Mania, leaving Alexa for Jax.
Let’s say Nia does end the winning streak and book her ticket to the Show of Shows. Pushing Auska to face Charlotte makes it look like she is dodging Jax – and compounding the loss of her undefeated streak. Even if she loses, Auska stills needs to look strong.
Add to this there is no real hunger to see Bliss and Jax, in what could be a squash match (remember Sheamus v Daniel Bryan?), and this is surely not the way to go?
How would I play things?
Asuka wins at Elimination Chamber, and goes on to defeat Bliss at Mania. Meanwhile Nia wins the Battle Royal in dominant style.
But this leaves us a problem.
Charlotte is without an opponent.
WWE would love The Rock and Ronda v Triple H and Stephanie – but a lot of stars would have to align – most notably The Rock’s schedule.
Charlotte v Ronda would be huge, but would Rousey have the in-ring acumen to hang with Ms Flair in such a high-profile singles match?
Ideally Rowdy would start of in a mixed-tag match – but that will mean someone else in the women’s division takes a hit (Asuka) for it to happen.
AJ Styles v Shinsuke Nakamura
It’s on. And it may well steal the show.
John Cena v The Undertaker
Cena needs an opponent, and The Undertaker’s retirement has been ambiguous enough to leave the door open for this.
Could a Cena heel turn ever happen? Who knows? The concern with this one is how The Undertaker’s body holds up.
It shouldn’t happen, but probably will.
Brock Lesnar v Roman Reigns
WrestleMania 31 was fun with these two, so Reigns winning at Elimination Chamber to set it up again is almost certain.
Ronda Rousey, Charlotte, Auska, Alexa Bliss, Stephanie McMahon.
The combinations and permutations for potential Wrestlemania matchups have been discussed wildly since the dramatic close of this week’s women’s Royal Rumble.
But one name being left out of that equation is that of Carmella.
Her stock has been gradually rising, but the thought of her featuring in a high-profile match at the Show of Shows? Slim.
Unless she goes into the event as the Smackdown Women’s Champion.
And this week’s show reminded us, that is still a possibility.
Threatening to cash-in following the Riot Squad’s attack on Charlotte made us remember the briefcase, which Carmella has been in possession of since the end of June, is still relevant.
Admittedly, this is probably just a smokescreen to throw the whole scenario into greater confusion, but the more names thrown into the mix, the faster the level of intrigue will increase and more hyped the build-up will become.
The absence of Rousey at both Raw and Smackdown has spoken volumes in terms of maintaining the levels of ambiguity when it comes to her Mania role.
Her in-ring and mic skills have a huge question mark over them, and WWE won’t risk exposing her too soon – could this mean stringing things out further until and having result from the Elimination Chamber clarify the picture?