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WWE stars to line up in Zayed Sports City for a gripping spectacle

Jay Asser 10/02/2015
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Heart-stopper: Seth Rollins (r) will take on John Cena in a street fight on the opening day.

WWE Live hits the region again in full force with its line-up of superstar wrestlers, headlined by John Cena, entertaining fans in Abu Dhabi to action and drama this weekend.

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Held at Zayed Sports City from Thursday, February 12 to Saturday, February 14, the event will feature big names like Cena, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose and more during the three days of show-stopping wrestling.

WWE Live was last in Abu Dhabi in 2013 after breaking records with its debut show in 2012. Now, with WWE’s popularity in the region at a high, the event is returning for a third appearance to once again bring entertainment to the fans.

“WWE is bringing our live events back to the UAE because our popularity with families and fans of all ages throughout the region continues to soar,” said Carlo Nohra, WWE vice president and general manager, Middle East. 

Each of the three days will have a  jam-packed card full of stars going head to head. On Thursday, Cena and Rollins meet in a street fight as the face of the franchise tries to take down the up-and-coming Mr. Money in the Bank.

In the other main events, Ambrose faces Rusev for the United States Championship, with Ziggler tangling with Bad News Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship.

On Friday, Cena and Ambrose join to fend off Luke Harper and Rusev, with Ziggler going against Rollins and Ryback facing Bad New Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship.

Top draw: John Cena will lead the list of top stars who will be in the fray during the three-day event.

The final day will see Cena turn his attention to Bad News Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship, while Jack Swagger and Rusev meet for the United States Championship and Ziggler squares off with Rollins.

Some fan favourites will also be on hand during the weekend, including Sami Zayn, Bo Dallas and Gold and Stardust. The line-up is subject to change.

Tickets range from Dh300 to Dh2,000, with premium ticketholders able to take home their specially branded chairs home as
souvenirs. You can either secure your tickets online at www. ticketmaster.ae, by calling 800 TMUAE, or on location at Zayed
Sports City’s tennis reception desk, Carrefour, Jacky’s Electronics or Samsung stores.

The event starts at 19:00 on Thursday and Friday and at 17:00 on Saturday. For more information, visit www.wwe.com/AbuDhabi

Whether you’re a diehard WWE fan or just wanting to dive into the entertainment, WWE Live and its superstars will surely deliver exciting storylines in Abu Dhabi over the weekend.

What: WWE Live

Where: Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium, Abu Dhabi

When: Thursday, February 12 at 19:00, Friday, February 13 at 19:00 and Saturday, February 14 at 17:00

Contact: Visit www.wwe.com/AbuDhabi for more information or www.ticketmaster.ae to purchase tickets

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Syrian-Canadian wrestler Sami Zayn can't wait to wrestle in the Middle East when WWE LIVE rolls into Abu Dhabi.

With the WWE’s Middle East mega-event rolling into the UAE’s capital city this week, excitement is building in Abu Dhabi and beyond.  

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Following the success of both the 2012 and 2013 events, fans in the UAE have grown in number, as have expectations.

A seriously strong field of wrestlers – including John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler and Rusev – have all been promised, while the main event street fight between Cena and Rollins should be an absolute treat.

But how will it compare to the previous shows at Zayed Sports City?

WWE LIVE 2012

The first year went off with a bang as the rivalry between Kane and John Cena took centre stage in dramatic fashion. A press conference saw Cena put his nemesis through a table before the pair went about dismantling each other across the three nights of action.

WWE LIVE 2013

A burgeoning roster of Superstars that now headline main events showcased their talents in the middle of the cards but it was ‘The Yes Man’, Daniel Bryan, and Randy Orton who took centre stage at a time dominated by the influence of The Shield.

As for what’s in store this year? We think it’s best to leave that to the experts so here is what Kofi Kingston, Sami Zayn and Jack Swagger told Sport360 about WWE LIVE Abu Dhabi III.

Kofi Kingston – Former WWE Intercontinental (4x), United States (3x) and Tag Team (3x) champion

It is going to be a great show in Abu Dhabi, it always is. Every time I have been there, the fans have been electric and really excited. I am going to be there with my partners Xavier Woods and Big E and we are going to be taking on Stardust.  All the matches are going to be awesome and anybody who is a WWE fan needs to check it out because it is going to be a great show on all three days.

Kofi Kingston will be among the WWE superstars flying into Abu Dhabi.

Every time I have come to the Middle East, it has always been better and better. To be there and to experience it – it is not just the arena and the show but from moment we land, there is a ton of fans everywhere. Everyone is very supportive and it is a great time, no matter where we are.

Sami Zayn – Current WWE NXT champion and first Arabic WWE champion

For me, wrestling in Abu Dhabi, or even in Saudi Arabia last year, it feels almost like wrestling in Montreal, my hometown where I was born. It feels like I’m wrestling in front of my people, it feels like home, even though it’s obviously not.

“I’m blessed and fortunate to be able to perform in front of the Middle Eastern fans. Wrestling in the Middle East it is a huge deal for me.”

It’s a great feeling. I’m blessed and fortunate to be able to perform in front of the Middle Eastern fans, I can’t wait to get back to Abu Dhabi for February 12, 13 and 14. Any time I get the chance to wrestle in the Middle East it is a huge deal for me, I’m looking forward to it, and I’m very excited about this upcoming tour.

Jack Swagger – Former WWE World Heavyweight, United States and ECW champion and 2010 Money in the Bank

It is the third time that I’ve been out to Abu Dhabi and every time I’ve been it’s been amazing. The events have really opened my eyes as to how vast the WWE’s global brand is. And this year we have John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, myself and Dolph Ziggler so it’s an incredible atmosphere.

I’m very excited to come out there and perform and once again experience the culture and put on a show for our fans in the UAE.

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Star attraction: Randy Orton was the man of the hour in Abu Dhabi last time around.

Simply answer one question about WWE Superstar John Cena to be in with a chance of winning one of two pairs of tickets to each night of the WWE LIVE event in Abu Dhabi from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 February.

Not only that, we will also be giving away the chance for lucky fans to meet their favourite WWE Superstars while they are in the UAE.

To submit your response, either give your answer below and fill out your contact details or tweet us using #360win with your answer.

Entrants must reside in the UAE and be able attend one of the dates above.

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