A friend of mine, who was born in Saudi Arabia, once told me that only two things are popular with the Arabs. One is football and the other is WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).
This stand true today as after Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr signed one of world's biggest football star Cristiano Ronaldo on a deal worth $200 million, the country might also purchase the WWE.
Yes, the world of wrestling is expected to go through a massive change. As per reports, sports entertainment company WWE is expected to be sold to Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF). The news was broken by DAZN pro wrestling reporter Steven Muehlhausen, who said that WWE has been sold to Saudi Arabia's Public investment Fund. Steven mentioned that Vince has decided to make the company once again private after it went public in August,1999.
Sources: #WWE has been sold to— Steven Muehlhausen (@SMuehlhausenJr) January 11, 2023
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. The company will go back to being private. Unknown if Vince McMahon will return to head of creative but it is expected by some people.
It is also reported that the company has got investment banking firm JP Morgan to facilitate its sale.
However, an official confirmation about the sale of the company is yet to come from the WWE.
Vince's return: The former Chairman's return to the company from his retirement first surfaced on January 5, 2023, when he put up a statement saying that he intended to return for the sale of the company. The next day, WWE released a statement announcing the return of Vince to the board.
Moreover, Vince McMahon earlier also had made his intentions clear that if he returns to the board of the company, he would make it private once again.
Stephanie McMahon resigns: The report of selling of WWE is more believebale now as in a an unexpected turn of events, the current Co-CEO Stephanie McMahon, daughter of Vince, has resigned from her post and also mentioned the return of her father as the Executive Chairman of the board.
On her Instragram post, Stephanie said: "Our founder, Vince McMahon, has returned as Executive Chair and is leading an exciting process regarding strategic alternatives. And With Nick's leadership and Paul "Triphe H Levesque as Chief Content Officer, I am confident WWE is in the perfect place to continue providing unparalled creative content and drive maximum value of shareholders."
She further said: "WWE is in such a strong position that I have decided to return to my leave and take it one step further with my official resignation."
Vince also back as creative head: Upon his return, Vince could also take over as the Creative Head of the company, taking things from the current Talent Head, his son-in-law Triple H.
Why Vince returned? After some serious allegations involving sexual exploitation were levelled against former Chairman, Vince got into the bad books of the shareholders and had to tender his resignation. This happened nearly six months ago in July.
WWE's popularity in Saudi Arabia: Wrestling is widely popular in Saudi Arabia and this was evident from the fact that WWE's several events were organised in Saudi Arabia with the latest one being the Crown Jewel on November 5, 2022. The company had been involved in a partnership with Saudi Arabia since 2014 and it organises the annual Crown Jewel event every year.