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Reason Behind WWE Saving The Undertaker’s Matches For Saudi Arabia PPVs

Undertaker WWE 2004

• Old School Wrestling Veteran Would Have Celebrated His Birthday

Today would have been the 85th birthday of Old School Wrestling Veteran Les Thornton.

After wrestling in his home country England, UK during the 60s, Thornton came to the United States and wrestled for several NWA territories during the 70s and 80s such as Georgia Championship Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida & Jim Crockett Promotions, before finally joining the World Wrestling Federation in 1984 in the process of Vince McMahon buying Georgia Championship Wrestling and signing a few of their regulars.

Despite being a star and a well respected Veteran in several territories, he only made it to lower mid-card / undercard status in the WWF and left the promotion in 1986.


April 9, 1934 – February 1, 2019

• Reason Behind WWE Saving The Undertaker’s Matches For Saudi Arabia PPVs

As seen this past Sunday, The Undertaker didn’t make an appearance at WrestleMania 35.

However, The Phenom showed up on last night’s RAW to lay out Elias. You can watch it below:

This angle from last night will most probably lead to The Undertaker vs. Elias match taking place at the next Saudi Arabia PPV (which has been postponed to June).

Many fans aren’t happy with the fact that WWE is saving Undertaker’s matches for Saudi Arabia PPVs instead of WrestleMania, but there’s a reason behind it.

WrestleMania sells out based on its brand name itself now. On the other hand, WWE needs The Undertaker to work the Saudi Arabia PPVs as the Saudi officials are big fans of Old School Legends and Undertaker is the biggest active Legend in WWE today.

If you’re thinking why WWE is giving more attention to Saudi Arabia PPVs than WrestleMania, then here’s the simple reason: WWE makes more money from Saudi Arabia PPVs than what they make from WrestleMania.

According to Brandon Howard Thurston, WWE made $16.9 million from WrestleMania 35.

On the other hand, WWE made $50 million from Greatest Royal Rumble and $25 million from Crown Jewel last year.

With that being said, Taker noted in an interview earlier this year that he plans to be smarter with his WWE schedule this year, so that’s also one of the reasons why he didn’t have a match at WrestleMania 35.

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