Vince McMahon was in Saudi Arabia to watch some boxing while also commenting on the venue they were at and how it relates to WWE.
While Vince McMahon is no longer running WWE from a creative standpoint, he is still the Executive Chairman of the TKO company that owns both WWE and UFC while Vince maintains his role with WWE.
There was a big boxing match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday night with the WBC and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury facing the former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. Vince McMahon was there with WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker. Vince was using a cane to get around since he had major back surgery over the summer.
The fight was won by Fury by unanimous decision although it was considered controversial because some people felt like Ngannou should have won. Fury has wrestled for WWE before.
During the fight, Vince McMahon was shown sitting in the crowd with WWE Hall of Famer Mike Tyson and two seats over from them was the legendary rapper Eminem. Many celebrities were in attendance at the fight.
Vince McMahon, Mike Tyson and Eminem are sitting next to each other at the #FuryNgannou fight in Saudi Arabia.
What a group! pic.twitter.com/96MJOlP6h6
— WrestleZone (@WRESTLEZONEcom) October 28, 2023
Vince McMahon says WWE has found a new home in Saudi Arabia
Since 2008, WWE has been running shows in Saudi Arabia as part of a ten-year deal they signed. The company gets about $50 million per show, which is an incredible amount of money and leads to some incredible payouts for the wrestlers on the show. Most years there are two Saudi Arabia shows, but in the COVID-19 years of 2020 and 2021 there was one show in those years.
While speaking to MMA Junkie, Vince McMahon talked about how the new Boulevard Hall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is WWE’s home when they go there.
“Everything they’re doing is so much. They’re delving into the superior aspects of all of sports and entertainment.”
“Everything that is the best in the world, it’s going to be here. This is our home now. This, as been pronounced, this our home, WWE’s home.”
The Undertaker, who wrestled on several of the WWE events in Saudi Arabia before retiring in 2020, also commented the major events being run in the country.
“They’re awesome. It’s a commitment that they’re making to bring the absolute most outstanding sporting events and entertainment, they’re trying to bring it here and they’re doing everything possible to make that happen.”
The next WWE Premium Live Event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will take place this Saturday, November 4th when Crown Jewel is headlined by Roman Reigns defending the Undisputed WWE Universal Title against LA Knight. Yeah.