After January 25 put a halt to the World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) plans to make it's WWE Arabia Premier, they are finally making their way to Egypt this October. The WWE world tour will be making a stop in Cairo where they will hold games at the Cairo Stadium for three nights starting October 18.
Set to be the first international sporting event since the revolution, Candy Khmer, managing director for Creative Design, the company managing the live events explains Egypt was the first on their list for the Middle East. “As it turns out, there is an even bigger fan base than our research suggested,” says Khmer. “This event will send a positive message out; it's a new kind of tourism, it’s sports tourism.”
The games will feature international champion Cody Rhodes, along with world-renowned wrestlers including Sheamus, Zack Ryder, Dolph Ziggler. American wrestler Rhodes visited Cairo this weekend to get a head start on his opponents.
“As the first to come to Egypt, I am extremely excited […] I don’t know anyone in my locker room who isn't excited,” the World Tag Team Champion and WWE Tag Team Champion Rhodes told his fans during a press conference in Cairo last Saturday, September 22.
Although the international media is filled with news on the instability of the situation in Egypt and the lack of security, the wrestlers insist they’re not worried and Rhodes says he knows the media exaggerates events.
“I volunteered to come — a small group [and I] did. Our time off is actually now, usually, but I had no reservations,” says Rhodes.
“I’ve been welcomed with open arms here.”
Rhodes adds that as a kid he was fascinated with ancient Egypt and to see the pyramids and monuments he’s seen on television and films in real life proved a lot of fun.
“I will do everything I can to give you a show you haven’t seen before, and if you want to find the best looking WWE star, you need look no further than me.”
And he isn’t wrong there; he was voted the Most Handsome Superstar in a WWE.com Divas poll — so mums, don’t totally dread taking your wrestling-gear-clad youngsters.
Son to famous wrestler Dusty Rhodes, aka The American Dream, Rhodes has always been involved in wrestling, starting out as a referee. He believes there’s a charm to WWE that leaves kids, and adults alike, glued to the screens watching it.
“It's sports entertainment,” laughs Rhodes. “There's a misconception that we're trying to be something we are not — we’re entertainment […] I hate to break it to you, Christian Bale is not Batman. It’s just entertainment, I think of it as a dance almost.”
The games are held from October 18 to October 20 in Cairo Stadium complex. Tickets for the live shows can be found at www.Ticketsmarshe.com or check WWE Facebook page for more information.
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