On November 2, 2018, WWE will return to Saudi Arabia for the Crown Jewel pay-per-view. Last time the company put on a show in Saudi Arabia – The Greatest Royal Rumble, which took place on April 27th this year – WWE’s female superstars were notably missing from the show.
This decision received major backlash, fans critical of the company’s choice of seemingly pressing pause on the Women’s Evolution. Triple H, an executive for the company has been quoted saying, “I understand that people are questioning it, but you have to understand that every culture is different and just because you don’t agree with a certain aspect of it, it doesn’t mean it’s not a relevant culture…”
The women’s division has changed tremendously over the last few years. Female superstars are constantly raising the bar for themselves. They have proven themselves to be experts at adapting. They have the ability to shock the audience in a way that I never thought was possible. They are exhibiting pure talent, that for once, is not being so tightly contained.
That is why this decision is such a surprising move for the WWE. Not only are the women being left out once this year – it’s happening again. Twice in the same year. This feels like a step back for the women of the WWE. They have earned their right to compete at every major show the company creates. If the company ever wants to achieve true equality for their women competitors – because, let’s face it, we’re still a long way from that – they need to stand by their women. They need to stand up for their women.
Having one all-women pay-per-view event doesn’t make up for their exclusion at Crown Jewel. It doesn’t make up for their exclusion at WWE Greatest Royal Rumble. It doesn’t make up for the years of abuse and ridicule by the company. Show female superstars that they’re just as important as the men. Show this in your event venues, in your booking choices, in your matchmaking, in your story lines.