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How did Saudi fans react to WWE show in Riyadh?

Enthusiasm ran high outside the Green Halls Stadium in Riyadh, where the event was held

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Hussam al-Mayman, Al Arabiya News - Riyadh

Saudi Arabia was treated to three days of wrestling mania last week with a WWE Live event that saw pro-wrestlers John Cena and Randy Orton take to the ring for the first time in the kingdom.

Enthusiasm ran high outside the Green Halls Stadium in Riyadh, where the event was held from Thursday to Saturday.

Tarek, a self-confessed John Cena fan, told Al Arabiya News Channel that he was excited at the chance to see his favorite superstars in Riyadh for the first time. “I feel fantastic,” Tarek said ahead of the first match.

The WWE has held 11 shows in the Middle East since February 2012 – six in Abu Dhabi, two in Doha and the recently-wrapped-up three in Riyadh.

Abu Dhabi-based FLASH Entertainment and their local Saudi partners, Time Events, both worked with WWE to bring the show to the kingdom.

“This is pretty exciting: getting it from TV to live, that’s just huge. We are making history now,” Ahmed al-Mashhadi, managing director of Time Events, said.

Former world heavyweight champion Dolph Ziggler was expressed enthusiasm at hosting the event in Saudi Arabia.

“Saudi fans should know we are very excited to be here for the first time representing WWE. We are more than excited to give back to our fans all around the world and [at] any chance at any place to come show our awesome and talented roster,” he said.