TKO President Mark Shapiro: We're Looking To Expand WWE-Saudi Deal To More Events

More insight on WWE expanding its deal in Saudi Arabia.

Turki Alalshikh, the chairman of Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority, told Mike Coppinger of ESPN earlier this month that an enhancement of Saudi Arabia's current agreement with WWE will be announced later in the month and that they were looking to bring WrestleMania or Royal Rumble to Saudi Arabia.

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Speaking at the 52nd Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media & Communications Conference, TKO President Mark Shapiro gave more insight on the deal.

"We've seen us monetize site fees with the likes of Saudi Arabia for WWE. You can look for us to expand our current deal in the next six to 12 months. Very happy with MBS [Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud] and the partnership we have there. We have two events a year, but we're already in discussions, Nick Khan is leading that for us, in expanding that to more events," he said.

Alalshikh said they discussed bringing the 2026 or 2027 Royal Rumble to Saudi.

WWE will return to Saudi Arabia on May 24 for WWE SmackDown and May 25 for WWE King and Queen of the Ring.

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