Saudi humor strikes as sports authority chief looks for next local wrestler

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Saudis, known for their strong presence on Twitter, used humor to respond to the kingdom’s sports authority chief after he asked his 1.2 million strong followers who among them would be Saudi Arabia’s next professional wrestler.

The Tweet comes just over a month before the WWE, in partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority, hosts the Greatest Royal Rumble event at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on April 27.

Turki Al-Asheikh asked Saudis in response to the WWE MENA announcing it was hosting auditions for local talent in Jeddah from April 18-21.

Saudis, known for their humor as much as their love of wrestling, tweeted in the thousands with one fan in particular asking Al-Sheikh whether the WWE would allow local “shillat” (popular Saudi songs/chants) as introductory music for the next Saudi wrestler.

Another young fan also asked his tribe to support him while he defeats famous wrestler The Undertaker.

The Greatest Royal Rumble is part of a 10-year strategic multiplatform partnership in support of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia’s social and economic reform program.

“The Greatest Royal Rumble will be a spectacle of historic proportions,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “Our partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority reflects a long-term commitment to present WWE’s world-class entertainment to a global audience on a grander scale than ever before.”

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