Triple H Says WWE Hopes Women Will Compete in Saudi Arabia in Next Few Years

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2018

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Ahead of Friday's Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Triple H said that he is hopeful women will be allowed to wrestle in the country in the near future.

Speaking to Matty Paddock of The Independent, he said: "While, right now, women are not competing in the event, we have had discussions about that and we believe and hope that, in the next few years, they will be. That is a significant cultural shift in Saudi Arabia."      

Women will not be part of the Greatest Royal Rumble at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium because of Saudi customs. The event will be headlined by the first-ever 50-man Rumble match.

The Game provided an optimistic outlook regarding the direction of Saudi Arabia and the role WWE could play: "The country is in the middle of a shift in how it is dealing with that—the position is changing, and rights are changing, as are the way women are handled and treated in society. We think that's a great thing, and we're excited to be at the forefront of that change."

In September, Saudi Arabia announced women would be allowed to drive, which will take effect in June, per Ben Hubbard of the New York Times.

WWE has placed a greater emphasis on women's wrestling in recent years, leading to what the company has called the "Women's Evolution."

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Among the biggest advancements have been Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks main eventing the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in addition to women competing in Iron Man, Money in the Bank, Elimination Chamber and Royal Rumble matches.

The company also signed former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, who is already arguably WWE's biggest mainstream star.

Women have broken down many doors in WWE over the past few years, but eventually wrestling in Saudi Arabia would undoubtedly be among the greatest achievements from the Women's Evolution.


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