There has been debate about WWE holding premium live events over in Saudi Arabia for years now. The move might be controversial, but the shows do bring profit and viewing success. 2022’s Crown Jewel continues the trend, and WWE noticed that.
According to Sean Sapp behind Fightful’s paywall, a memo was sent out from WWE to employees that proclaimed this year’s Crown Jewel premium live event as a big success with international streaming. The event surpassed the most recent premium live event, Clash at the Castle, as the most streamed international premium live event in company history. WWE also touted the streaming success on Peacock as well.
A memo today to WWE executives detailed that Crown Jewel surpassed Clash at the Castle to become the most-viewed international PLE in company history.
In terms of global audience figures, the Top 5 Saudi events are:
1) Crown Jewel 2022
2) Greatest Royal Rumble 2018
3) Elimination Chamber 2021
4) Crown Jewel 2021
5) Super ShowDown 2019
WWE also touted 7 figure viewership for the show on Peacock in the US
The main event of this year’s Crown Jewel saw Logan Paul challenge WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns for the title. Reigns retained the title in a classic for the upstart in Paul that brought mainstream media attention.
We’ll see what’s next with the relationship between the Saudis and WWE for the next premium live event. They can only hope to replicate those big streaming numbers for the company as well.
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