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WWE SmackDown set to air live in the Middle East

Wrestling has a huge fan base in the Middle East, with the WWE visiting Abu Dhabi three times and once to Doha and Jeddah in recent years

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Professional wrestling program “WWE SmackDown” will air live in the Middle East – and for the first time – on a new timeslot of Wednesday mornings beginning July 20 on Orbit Showtime Network (OSN).

With the addition of the new programming for SmackDown, OSN is now offering five hours of live WWE programming a week, including a weekly three-hour live WWE Raw with each show featuring a distinct cast, unique storylines and a dedicated writing team.

Just like RAW™, SMACKDOWN will be repeated the same day in an after school slot at 1300 KSA and in Primetime at 2000 KSA.

“As the exclusive home of SmackDown in the region we are very excited to announce that, like in the US, our customers will be able to see SmackDown live each week,” said Andy Warkman OSN Vice President, Sport & Production. “OSN prides itself in showing all programming from the WWE Universe at the same time as the US and deliver the ultimate viewing experience for fans.”

Wrestling has a huge fan base in the Middle East, with the WWE visiting Abu Dhabi three times and once to Doha and Jeddah in recent years.

The fan base is also slowly growing in the Arab world given the emergence of new Syrian-American talent Sami Zayn rising within WWE ranks.