Cristiano Ronaldo could be set for a sensational appearance in WWE.
WWE is set to return to Saudi Arabia for one of its major shows when Crown Jewel takes place on the 4th of November. 2022’s edition of Crown Jewel was headlined by Logan Paul challenging Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship with Reigns picking up the win to continue his historic title reign.
John Cena is already being advertised for the show which would see him return to the Middle East for the first time in five years but now it seems the company is looking to extend its reach into the soccer world.
Diario AS has reported that WWE is looking to bring in former Manchester United and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for the show “at any cost.”
WWE could benefit from Cristiano Ronaldo’s huge profile in Saudi Arabia
Following the controversial end of Ronaldo’s second spell at Manchester United which saw his contract terminated in November 2022, it was announced that as of the 1st of January 2023, the iconic star would join Saudi team Al-Nassr for a reported 200 million Euros a year.
Ronaldo joining the Saudi Pro League opened the floodgates for many other major players making the switch to the country with lucrative contracts on offer. Critics will point to the money spent to attract major players are further evidence of sportswashing especially as the Saudi government through its Public Investment Fund took 75% stakes in four of the nation’s top clubs including Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr.
Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t be the first soccer player to appear at a WWE show with former Wimbledon tough guy turned actor Vinnie Jones appearing for the company in the late nineties in the UK alongside Stone Cold Steve Austin. Ronaldo’s former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney famously slapped Wade Barrett from ringside during a show in Manchester after Barrett repeatedly insulted the star.