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.


Steady Nadal beats animated Kyrgios in 4 at Australian Open

Updated 27 January 2020

Steady Nadal beats animated Kyrgios in 4 at Australian Open

  • Top-ranked Nadal kept his thoughts to himself and limited his shot-making to the more traditional variety
  • Nick Kyrgios delivered 25 aces and some memorable moments

MELBOURNE, Australia: Rafael Nadal left the muttering and the preening, the underarm serving and the ‘tweening, to his younger, flashier opponent, Nick Kyrgios.
Surely, Nadal was content to collect the win in the latest installment of their rivalry.
The No. 1-ranked Nadal kept his thoughts to himself and limited his shot-making to the more traditional variety in an entertaining 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) victory over home-crowd favorite Kyrgios on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals and get closer to a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title.
Here’s how the elevated stakes and tension affected both men: At 5-all in the pivotal third-set tiebreaker, Kyrgios double-faulted. That offered up a gift-wrapped set point. But Nadal failed to take advantage because he double-faulted right back.
Still, two points later, the 23rd-seeded Kyrgios put a forehand into the net, and the set was Nadal’s. Not long after, Kyrgios double-faulted again to get broken at love.
That put Nadal ahead 2-1 in the fourth, seemingly in control. He faltered, though, while serving for the win at 5-4, double-faulting to create a pair of break points, the second of which Kyrgios converted with a jumping forehand and celebrated by throwing his head back and screaming. Spectators rose and roared and waved their Australian flags in support of the 24-year-old from Canberra.
Kyrgios delivered 25 aces and some memorable moments — including walking out on court and warming up for the match in a No. 8 Los Angeles Lakers jersey to honor Kobe Bryant, the five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star who died in a helicopter crash Sunday at age 41.
Nadal was just the better player overall. One measure: Nadal finished with more than twice as many winners, 64, as unforced errors, 27.