WWE comes to the United Arab Emirates

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Updated 18 November 2017
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WWE comes to the United Arab Emirates

DUBAI: Some of the world’s best wrestlers are set to do battle in the Middle East when they pile-drive their way to the UAE for WWE LIVE Abu Dhabi on Dec. 7 and 8.

The contest in the capital features superstars such as, among others, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Braun Strowman and Sheamus.

“We are excited to bring WWE LIVE back to Abu Dhabi following overwhelming demand from our large, passionate fan base in the region,” said Carlo Nohra, WWE Middle East vice-president and general manager.

“Fans can look forward to a spectacular show of non-stop, family-friendly entertainment for WWE’s only Abu Dhabi show this year.”

Tickets for the event at the Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium are available via PlatinumList.net and UAE Exchange outlets. Ticket prices start at 250 dirhams ($68).

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NIGHT 1: Thursday, Dec. 7
  • The Shield vs Samoa Joe and RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus – Six Man Tag Team Match
  • Sasha Banks vs RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss – RAW Women’s Championship Match
  • Braun Strowman vs Kane
  • Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt
  • Kalisto vs WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
  • Jason Jordan vs Elias
  • Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil vs The Miztourage
  • To be there: Gallows and Anderson



NIGHT 2: Friday, Dec. 8

  • Roman Reigns vs Triple H
  • Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus – RAW Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match – 1st time ever
  • Braun Strowman vs Bray Wyatt vs Kane – Triple Threat Match
  • Finn Balor vs Samoa Joe
  • Kalisto vs WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore - WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
  • Jason Jordan vs Bo Dallas w/Curtis Axel
  • Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews vs Gallows and Anderson
  • To be there: Elias
 


Arsenal open US tour with 3-0 friendly win in Colorado

Updated 16 July 2019
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Arsenal open US tour with 3-0 friendly win in Colorado

LOS ANGELES: Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli scored in his Arsenal debut Monday as the English Premier League club launched their pre-season tour of the US with a 3-0 friendly win over the Colorado Rapids.

Bukayo Saka and James Olayinka also scored for the Gunners, who cruised to victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in suburban Denver.

Martinelli, the 18-year-old forward signed from Ituano on July 2, was given a surprise start in attack by Unai Emery and sent an early chance wide.

Saka, 17, was an energetic presence and put Arsenal up 1-0 in the 13th minute as he collected a through-ball from Eddie Nketiah.

Another teenager — 18-year-old Olayinka —  doubled the score in the 29th, seizing a stray pass from defense and racing in to fire into the top left corner of the net.

Martinelli, having missed his early chance, capped the scoring in the 61st when he slotted home a cross from close range.

The Rapids, in the midst of the Major League Soccer season, fielded a mostly reserve side that featured several players from the lower-rung Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

Arsenal, too, started a reserve team as they begin their build up to the Premier League season after again failing to secure a Champions League berth.

The tour has not started without controversy. Captain Laurent Koscielny refused to travel to the US, and a group of influential Arsenal supporters’ organizations published a statement on Monday hitting out at Stan Kroenke’s “passive ownership.”

Under a hashtag “WeCareDo You” the statement decried a “soulless” atmosphere at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and a lack of transfer strategy.

Kroenke, who began investing in the club in 2007 through his company Kroenke Sports Enterprises and took full ownership in 2018, also owns the Rapids as well as the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.