WWE’s deal with Saudi Arabia is still very much a thing as it will funnel money into the company for another eight years. However, their next event needed to be changed.
Saudi Arabia wants Friday shows. This is now a problem since SmackDown is a Friday show. Therefore, it seems as if WWE is needing to work around this issue.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that WWE canceled shows on their November UK tour on the 5th in Nottingham, the 6th in Birmingham, the 8th in London, and the 9th in Minehead. There could be something to those cancellations, at least it could show WWE’s plan for the blue brand’s show that week.
This may have nothing to do with it, but it’s just weird from a schedule standpoint on 11/1 to have an afternoon PPV from Saudi Arabia and followed a few hours later by a live Smackdown. The London show at Wembley being canceled could be because they want all the talent at Smackdown that day which in theory would be in Manchester. But that wouldn’t explain the other moves.
It was also noted that WWE is changing their next Saudi Arabia date which was previously slated to take place on November 1st. It is said that WWE is changing that Saudi date for the same reason that they are changing the UK schedule around.
WWE will be back in Saudi Arabia because it’s part of the deal. They have at least another fifteen events to put on if they continue to do two a year. They will just have to work around SmackDown’s night of the week on Fox.