WWE first signed an agreement to host wrestling matches in the princely state for a total of 10 years. The deal was met with much controversy, as it contradicts Saudi’s human rights record and major conservatism.
However, the state is striving to erase its notorious sexist image, and in the past few years have come up with different ways to do so- in 2017, women were allowed to attend sporting events, and last year a decades old ban on women driving was lifted.
However, public spaces are mostly segregated and women’s rights are still restricted. WWE is hopeful that the match will have a positive effect and help bring further changes to the state.
“Hopefully, this event, this match, this opportunity will have a ripple effect all around the world to show everyone that women belong in the same place that men do,” said WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon.
The match will pit WWE stars Lacey Evans and Natalya against each other in a battle for the Crown.
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