WWE will today have first women’s match EVER in Saudi Arabia at Crown Jewel,Women are now free to watch
The latest instalment of WWE’s deal with Saudi Arabia takes them back to the Kingdom’s capital city of Riyadh tomorrow evening.
Almost a year after the debut of ‘Crown Jewel’, Vince McMahon and co return for the second coming of the event, and it’ll be headlined by a couple of wrestling rookies.
Despite only taking to wrestling earlier this year and not competing in a WWE match yet, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez takes on WWE Champion Brock Lesnar, in a rematch of their October 2010 clash inside the Octagon.
And for the first time ever, Tyson Fury will step inside the squared circle, as the lineal boxing heavyweight champion will take on Braun Strowman.
It’s set to be an interesting card, but earlier today it got even bigger when Michael Cole announced some breaking news at a press event in Saudi’s capital.
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For the first time ever in the history of the country, a wrestling match will take place between two women.
Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia have been well documented, but under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, things are starting to change a little bit.
WWE pushed to have an all-female match at Super ShowDown back in June, where Alexa Bliss would have faced Natalya, but the government ultimately rejected it.
Vince though has gotten his way this time around, as Lacey Evans will take on Natalya at Crown Jewel tomorrow.
Ignore the fact that the feud was supposed to be dead-and-buried following their Last Woman Standing match on Raw a couple of weeks ago – this is ground-breaking for WWE’s relationship with the Saudi’s.
A lot of negativity has been spouted surrounding the relationship, none more-so than just before the first Crown Jewel last year, which was around the time American-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
It’s led to superstars boycotting the events, such as John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owens, but the Evans and Natalya bout is certainly a step in the right direction considering WWE will be going ahead with the whole 10 years of the deal.