WWE Starts Greatest Royal Rumble With National Anthem Leaving Social Media Confused

WWE kicked off their Greatest Royal Rumble event on Friday with the national anthem of both the nation of Saudi Arabia and the United States.

While the tradition of playing multiple national anthems isn't a new concept for international sporting events, WWE usually goes with "America The Beautiful" to start their major shows.

The decision left Twitter perplexed, with some supporting it while others questioned the idea.

"The Saudi National Anthem followed by the National Anthem for the United States playing in Saudi Arabia with the red, white and blue displayed. Cheers following. That is something. Pro wrestling bringing worlds together," Scott Fishman wrote.

"Who would ever thought that Saudi people will cheer after the American national anthem? One minute into the show and we already witness a historical moment!" Foo Mohamed tweeted.

"Shocked @WWE played the US national anthem in Saudi Arabia," Dustin Medicus typed.

"To be fair, they also played the American national anthem right after. Only fitting that the host countries anthem plays first," Robin Persaud wrote.

"Regardless of all the controversy for today's event, really cool seeing fans in Saudi Arabia cheering the U.S. National Anthem," WrestlingInc's Raj Giri tweeted.

"Never heard the Saudi national anthem before. I'm really loving the look of the stage. Curious why they didn't fill the floor up," Daniel Haoleman wrote.

"Lmao they really just played us national anthem in saudi arabia," Twitter user "Captain Cold" wrote.


Starting off with Triple H vs. John Cena, the Greatest Royal Rumble features a stacked card of 10 matches with seven championships on the line. Some of the matches include Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns in a Steel Cage match, AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Seth Rollins taking on Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and The Miz in a Ladder Match, Jeff Hardy vs. Jinder Mahal and Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt taking on The Bar for the vacated Raw Tag Team Championships.