WWE’s relationship with Saudi Arabia is in the second of a ten year deal and they will be going back again twice this year. However, it looks like plans have changed for them in that regard.
The company was originally scheduled to go to Saudi Arabia on May 3rd which would have been easier to do since it coincided with a European Tour. However, that is not the case now. Because The Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that WWE has switched that date to June 7th instead.
It is not 100% clear why they made this decision, but it was said that Superstars might be getting some extra time off because of it. Because they were not booked for any events from April 30th to May 5th due to this event.
Now with the show being on June 7th it will actually create an even harder travel schedule than before. WWE has shows in Texas directly before the new Saudi date and then they will have to go right back to Texas to hold RAW and SmackDown.
It is said that the KSA shows will still be broadcast as pay-per-view events because it is believed to be in the wording of the Saudi deal that all events are to be promoted as such. After all, KSA is looking at WWE for propaganda purposes.
This change could also nix a few house shows as well. Denver, Boise, Oakland, and Stockton events in June are now said to be in jeopardy.