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  • Now that he’s a heel, a remixed version of Shinsuke Nakamura’s theme music debuted on SmackDown last night. The storyline explanation for the change was that Nakamura didn’t want fans singing along with the music. The new version has Japanese vocals from Shadows of the Sun. WWE posted a music video of the theme.
  • Edge tweeted about visiting the Performance Center and working with trainees: “Had a great day with my first visit to @WWENXT The future is in good hands.”
  • The New Day defeated Cesaro & Sheamus in a pre-show dark match at last night’s SmackDown tapings. They also interacted in a backstage segment on television later in the night.
  • Elijah Burke and former boxing great Evander Holyfield were backstage at SmackDown.
  • During WWE’s business partner summit over WrestleMania week, Triple H detailed WWE’s longterm plan of having NXT branches internationally to create a global territorial system.
  • David Bixenspan and Karim Zidan wrote about WWE’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and the country’s current political climate.
  • BBC News covered women not being able to wrestle at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
  • The Undertaker has arrived in Saudi Arabia ahead of Friday’s show.
  • The stage construction for the Greatest Royal Rumble has been completed. Here’s another look at the set.
  • Newsweek has an interview with Seth Rollins ahead of the Greatest Royal Rumble. He spoke about finding out that he could use the Curb Stomp again: “You know, I can’t divulge the entire story. Maybe some other time. It’ll be good for a DVD or a Network special or something like that. I will say that I was very happy to see it come back. It wasn’t a long-term plan, I knew way in advance, but I was happy to get it back. That is another thing this year that really put me on a very good trajectory. It felt good, man. The surprise in the audience and the reaction I got online was really cool, too. I’m glad to take it around the world now, it’s been a good experience.”
  • Mark Henry told children at the Jeddah Help Center, which assists people with learning disabilities, that he’s only coming out of retirement and participating in the Greatest Royal Rumble match for them.
  • Henry also spoke to The National and compared Friday’s event to WrestleMania.
  • Arab News interviewed Samoa Joe about the Greatest Royal Rumble, with him saying that it’s important for everyone in the West to see that people in Saudi Arabia aren’t much different from them.
  • Steffanie Newell (formerly Nixon Newell) was interviewed by after returning to the ring and debuting for NXT. She suffered a torn ACL last year prior to the Mae Young Classic.
  • Bret Hart visited two members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team who are in the hospital after this month’s bus crash tragedy: “I met Ryan Straschnitzky & Graysen Cameron of the Humboldt Broncos. The incredible courage and optimism that I saw today visiting these fine young men, left me in awe. Despite all they’ve been through, I see nothing but determination and an amazing will to beat any and all odds.”
  • Renee Young and Dolph Ziggler played “Superstar or Superhero?” when interviewing the “Avengers: Infinity War” cast (including Dave Bautista).

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