Three-time WWE world champion Roman Reigns looks to make history on Friday night by becoming the first WWE superstar to win a WWE world title in the Middle East.
Reigns goes up against WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar in a steel cage match in one of the marquee matches on the card at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah.
The event is the start of a 10-year partnership between WWE and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia and is headlined by a 50-man Royal Rumble, the largest ever staging of that format match.
Ahead of his steel cage match, Reigns, who earlier this month became only the second man after Hulk Hogan to main event four successive WrestleManias, spoke of his feelings about competing in Saudi.
On the WWE hosting a Network Special in Saudi Arabia for the first time
“It’s the best feeling to be here in Saudi Arabia. Whenever you go to a new country for the first time and they see you for the first time, it really escalates that excitement, it makes it so special.
“It’s unbelievable coming to Saudi Arabia. We are always trying to break new ground, to move forward, break new ground, we are always trying to do better. I think this is a great example.”
On what motivates him in the ring
“It’s so gratifying. There’s no real way to describe it, each time I get thrown down, any time I’m in pain, and I get that special energy and emotion back from the ground it makes it so worth it.
Feelings ahead of Friday's action
“I can’t wait to get to the stadium. When that curtain goes back and you see thousands of fans, when you hear that reaction, that emotion, that’s when you feel like superman.”
The event, which is now sold out, will air live in the Middle East on MBC Action, KSA Sports 1, Abu Dhabi Sports 1 and Abu Dhabi Sports 6, as well as stream live on Dawri Plus. Action starts from 8pm UAE time.