It was reported recently that WWE is planning a return to Saudi Arabia sooner than expected. What was originally planned as an annual trip may become more than that, as WWE will be in Saudi Arabia for another show on Friday, November 2nd, PWInsider confirms. WWE was in Saudi Arabia for the Greatest Royal Rumble event back in April. At this rate, WWE is looking at an event in Saudi Arabia every 6 months, but there is no word on if that is the intention or if this quick return is just a special occasion. As noted, the return to the anti-Women’s Evolution state of Saudi Arabia will come just days after the first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, on October 28th.
Bobby Roode recently went on Chasing Glory with Lillian Garcia. During the interview, Bobby Roode talked about how his schedule in TNA was unsatisfactory to him and says he was losing his passion for the wrestling business until making his way to WWE. He also revealed what that first meeting with Triple H and the crew was like. Roode says he instantly felt at home.
On losing his passion for wrestling in TNA:
“I was reaching that 40 years old, in and around that age and I was like, ‘I don’t think I can do this.’ I don’t think I can go out there and sit at home for 6-8 weeks and then have me come to work and expect me to work 8 days in a row, twice a day in a studio of 200 people and really be able to give it my all. For me, just the passion was starting to go away and in my mind I was thinking like, ‘If I don’t want to leave my house and I don’t want to do what I’ve loved to do for the last 17 years, then I really have to rethink what I want to do here.'”
On meeting Triple H for the first time:
“He goes. ‘Hey, what do you want to do here? You’re going to be 40 years old. I know you’ve had a long career and been in the business for a while. Do you want to come down and be a coach? What are you looking to do?’ and I was like, ‘I’m going to be honest, I don’t want to coach-I mean eventually, I’d love to, but the schedule that I’ve had the last 3 years at TNA has been very light and I feel like I’ve got a lot left in the tank and a lot left to give and I’d love to have an opportunity there, that’s all I want is an opportunity.’ ‘Okay cool. We’ll give you an opportunity. We’ll give a shot and see where it goes.’ So they flew me down to WrestleMania 32, went down there, met Hunter face to face. Kind of met everybody, met the crew, and I just immediately felt at home. I know what I said, ‘I don’t like change,’ but I walked in there and everybody was really cool.”