Saudi-born wrestler Mansoor just won WWE’s largest-ever battle royal, eliminating Elias and outlasting 48 other men at Jeddah’s “Super Showdown.”
— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2019
If you think Mansoor was excited about the big win, you should have seen the King Abdullah International Stadium crowd’s reaction. Oh, you can below — thanks, Ryan!
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) June 7, 2019
In a battle royal, a wrestler is eliminated when they are sent over the top rope and both of their feet touch the floor.
Mansoor Al-Shehail نصور الشهيل, previously known to the wrestling world as Manny Faberino aka Big Money Manny, is technically on WWE’s minor-league NXT brand. He makes up one-third of wrestling stable The Insiderz.
The 23-year-old pro wrestler was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, though he’s lived in America for most of his life and trained in California. Upon signing with WWE in 2018 — the same year Vince McMahon’s company began holding pay-per-view events in Saudi Arabia — Mansoor became WWE’s first-ever Saudi wrestler. He’s struggled to get TV time since then.
Previously, Al-Shehail worked for East Bay Pro Wrestling, where he was once the champion.
See the young man’s pre-“Super Showdown” promo below.
— WWE MENA (@WWEmena) June 7, 2019
“I’m not gonna win this battle royal because I can,” he teased ahead of the event, which took place Friday night in Jeddah. “I’m gonna win it because I have to.”
He could, and he did.
WWE is expected to return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for another PPV on Nov. 1.
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