Endeavor Will Reportedly Honor WWE Contract With Saudi Arabia

The WWE Universe currently has its sights set on Backlash next month in Puerto Rico. Bad Bunny, a Puerto Rican sensation, is set to host the event and, if his current involvement in WWE storylines indicates anything, he may step in between the ropes for a tag team match involving The Mysterios and Damian Priest. Brock Lesnar also just laid out Cody Rhodes this past Monday night on Raw and speculation has already begun they too could clash in San Juan.

Following WWE Backlash, the newly acquired Endeavor entity will head back overseas for its latest event in Saudi Arabia, King & Queen Of The Ring. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that, despite Endeavor cutting ties with Saudi Arabia following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, something United States’ intelligence suggests was orchestrated by Saudi Arabian leader Muhammad Bin Salman, the belief is that WWE, under Endeavor, will fulfill their current deal with Saudi Arabia, which is for 20 events total.

It was also noted in the report that the Saudis would “obviously” be interested in a similar deal with UFC, which Endeavor also owns, but it’s something their CEO, Ari Emanuel, has not been open to. As time has gone by, more international and domestic entities have resumed business with Saudi Arabia, so it is always possible that Emanuel could soften his stance. Fortunately for Emanuel, WWE’s current contract with Saudi Arabia does not come up until 2028, so he has some time to decide what to do when it does.

Endeavor’s purchase of WWE will see the sports entertainment powerhouse merge with UFC to form a new company valued at more than $21 billion. Dana White recently spoke about the impending merger and, despite Conor McGregor and Paul Heyman going back and forth on Twitter, poured cold water on the idea that there could be a meaningful crossover between the two entities.

Stay with Haus of Wrestling for all the latest on WWE’s future following their acquisition by Endeavor.