Through an announcement on its website, WWE confirms that Chris Jericho will replace Rusev in Greatest Royal Rumble an event that will take place on April 27 from the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Therefore, Chris Jericho will fight in the Casket Match against The Undertaker. The goal of a casket fight is for one of the Superstars to trap your opponent inside the casket and close the lid.
In this way, Chris Jericho will make the first official match with WWE after several months away from the company being his last appearance in the special RAW 25 anniversary on January 22. The reason for the change of the match, according to WWE, is the refusal of Rusev and his wife, Lana, to celebrate the duel. Lana sent a message on her personal Twitter account saying that she has spoken with the WWE board to prevent the match.
All over the world, little boys and girls are celebrating #RusevDay, they smile for the greatest Superstar ever ! I’ve already spoke with @WWE officials to change that match because I REFUSE to let my husband @RusevBUL compete in a Casket Match at #WWEGRR! Happy #RusevDay
— CJ (Lana) Perry (@LanaWWE) April 12, 2018
The Greatest Royal Rumble will be broadcast live on WWE Network and will be available in pay-per-view format outside of the Middle East. Soon there will be more information on regional broadcasts. The show will feature a one-hour Kick-off and comments in English by Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Jonathan Coachman.
The event will also feature the first Royal Rumble match of 50 men the largest ever to date. There will also be special confrontations of Triple H vs. John Cena or the WWE Universal Champion defense enters Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in a steel cage match.
Without further delay we leave you with the card so far:
Combat Greatest Royal Rumble
– Kurt Angle vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kane vs. Big Show vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Apollo vs. Titus O’Neil Vs. Elias vs. Goldust vs. Baron Corbin vs. Big E vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Xavier Woods vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Chad Gable vs. Without Cara vs. Mojo Rawley vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho vs. 30 participants to announce
Combat with coffins
– The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho
Combat in a cage for the Universal Championship
– Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns
Stairs combat for the Intercontinental Championship
– Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Miz vs. Finn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe
RAW Tag Team Championship
– The Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus) vs. Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt / The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)
SmackDown Live Tag team Championship
– Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan) (c) vs. The Usos
United States Championship
– Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton
– AJ Styles (c) vs. TBD
– Cedric Alexander (c) vs. TBD
– Triple H vs. John Cena