A Super ShowDown with the stars: A young WWE super fan’s dream comes true

Nassir Al-Khlaiwi, right, in a light mood. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 07 June 2019

A Super ShowDown with the stars: A young WWE super fan’s dream comes true

  • Super fan Nassir took a road trip with his father Faisal and younger brother Abdullah from Riyadh to attend the event

JEDDAH: Various activities are taking place in Saudi Arabia to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, among them the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Super ShowDown in Jeddah on June 7-8. 

The event is hosted by the General Sports Authority (GSA) at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.

Nassir Al-Khlaiwi, 18, a WWE super fan with special needs, took a road trip with his father Faisal and younger brother Abdullah from Riyadh to attend the event. 

Abdullah came up with the idea as a gift to Nassir, who said he has watched every WWE program for the last eight years. 




Nassir with a replica belt. (Photo/Supplied)

“Out of all the shows, I like the Royal Rumble the best because it has lots of people in the ring (at the same time),” Nassir told Arab News. 

“I’m excited to watch the matches live for the first time, and I’m looking forward to watching Roman Reigns in action the most.”

Faisal said: “It’s a good opportunity to spend quality time with my kids during Eid. To have them watch the Super ShowDown live is an added bonus.”

Abdullah said he is looking forward to watching The Undertaker take on Goldberg. Both brothers said they are looking forward to the Battle Royal, which increased the number of participants from 30 to 50 for the first time in its history in Jeddah in April 2018.

The WWE’s latest event in the Kingdom will include Triple H, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Golberg, The Undertaker, and Saudi Arabia’s own Mansour Al-Shehail.


Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

Updated 22 September 2020

Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

  • The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus
  • Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport

ROME: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is suspected of cheating to pass his Italian language test with the help of his teachers, the Perugia prosecutor’s department in charge of the investigation said on Tuesday.
The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus.
“The investigation showed that the subjects discussed during the exam were agreed beforehand with the candidate and that the grade was awarded to him even before the test,” the prosecutor’s department said in a statement.
Local prosecutor Raffaele Cantone, a former head of Italy’s National Anti-Corruption Authority, had been carrying out an investigation since February into University for Foreigners officials over various irregularities. Suspicions over Suarez were aroused by an overheard conversation.
“But what do you think, that we’re going to fail him? Today I have the last lesson (with Suarez) and I have to prepare it because he barely speaks a word” of Italian, Stefania Spina, one of the people targeted by the investigation, is claimed to have said according to prosecution documents cited by Italian media.
Asked by a colleague what level Suarez “should pass” in Italian, Spina reportedly replied: “He should not, he must, he will pass, because with a salary of 10 million (euros) per season, you can’t make him fail” his exam, “even if he doesn’t know how to conjugate verbs and speak in the infinitive.”
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said last week a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport.
The Italian champions cannot recruit Suarez otherwise because they have already reached their quota for non-EU players.