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World Wrestling star Rusev is greeted by fans during his match of the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, April 27, 2018. A...
Fans react as they watch the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.'s "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, April 27, 2018. A pre...
World Wrestling Entertainment star AJ Styles, is greeted by fans at the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, April 27, 2018....
World Wrestling Entertainment stars AJ Styles, top, and Shinsuke Nakamura, wrestle during their match at the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, ...
World Wrestling Entertainment stars AJ Styles, top, and Shinsuke Nakamura, wrestle during their match at the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, ...
World Wrestling Entertainment star The Undertaker, left, wrestles Rusev during their match of the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabi...
World Wrestling Entertainment star The Undertaker is greeted by fans during a match of the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Frid...
World Wrestling Entertainment star John Cena carries professional wrestler and WWE executive vice president Paul "Triple H" Levesque, during their mat...
World Wrestling Entertainment star John Cena is greeted by fans during the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, April 27, 20...
Fans react as they watch the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.'s "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, April 27, 2018. A pre...

World Wrestling star Rusev is greeted by fans during his match of the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, April 27, 2018. A...

Fans react as they watch the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.'s "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, April 27, 2018. A pre...

World Wrestling Entertainment star AJ Styles, is greeted by fans at the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, April 27, 2018....

World Wrestling Entertainment stars AJ Styles, top, and Shinsuke Nakamura, wrestle during their match at the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, ...

World Wrestling Entertainment stars AJ Styles, top, and Shinsuke Nakamura, wrestle during their match at the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, ...

World Wrestling Entertainment star The Undertaker, left, wrestles Rusev during their match of the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabi...

World Wrestling Entertainment star The Undertaker is greeted by fans during a match of the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Frid...

World Wrestling Entertainment star John Cena carries professional wrestler and WWE executive vice president Paul "Triple H" Levesque, during their mat...

World Wrestling Entertainment star John Cena is greeted by fans during the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, April 27, 20...

Fans react as they watch the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.'s "Greatest Royal Rumble" event in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, April 27, 2018. A pre...

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Women and children were on hand to watch World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.'s "Greatest Royal Rumble" in Saudi Arabia.

A previous WWE event held in the ultraconservative kingdom in 2014 was for men only. But Friday night's event in Jiddah included both women and children in attendance to watch the likes of WWE star John Cena and others.

It's all part of a series of social changes pushed by the kingdom's assertive 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

WWE is wildly popular across the Middle East. The organization has an Arabic website and has held events in other Gulf Arab nations.


Updated : 2021-06-20 06:04 GMT+08:00