WWE Returns to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel

Screen Shot 2018-09-29 at 9.37.50 PMOn 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.


NXT Debuts on the Main Roster

In the week following Survivor Series, there were five call-ups from the NXT roster, and one in-ring return. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose shockingly showed up on Monday Night Raw accompanying Paige, who was making her long-awaited, long-debated return to WWE after a neck injury. Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan made an impact the next day on Smackdown Live.

In a time where WWE is struggling to stay afloat, with viewership and ratings constantly dropping, the company is finally doing something right with the women’s division. I am a strong proponent of building and expanding the women’s division to hopefully one day become truly equal to the men’s division. I am talking the same amount of women on the roster, creative and challenging match conditions, and fans whose all-time favorite wrestlers are women. I am elated by the new prospects these women will bring to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live, and I am thrilled that there are now five more openings on the NXT roster for new female wrestlers to continue to change the scene.

While I am so excited about Morgan, Riot, Deville, Rose, and Logan, I do question why these women were brought up to the main roster. I was expecting the Iconic Duo to debut on Smackdown after Raw’s new additions. However, I do understand that it is rather difficult to transfer talent from NXT to either Raw or Smackdown because the higher-ups do not want to change the atmosphere of NXT. And as fans, we do not want NXT to change either. We want it to remain an intimate, indy-like setting, apart from (but also connected to) WWE.

I have previously expressed my desire to transfer the entire NXT roster onto the main roster and start from scratch with a fresh batch of talent on NXT. But this would be risky, and WWE knows it, which is why all call-ups must be strategic and perfectly timed. NXT must have some of their big names carry the show while introducing and building new characters, until they – and we – are ready for them to pass the torch.

Who is La Luchadora?



Who is this masked woman? There are rumors swirling in the WWE community about her identity. Some guesses are more probable than others. For example, some fans think La Luchadora could be one of these women: Tamina, Trinity, or Eva Marie. Due to body type alone, Tamina and Trinity are out of the running. While for some reason Eva Marie is still around, I just don’t think she is La Luchadora. I think the WWE Universe would be really angry that she was getting a push. And besides, we all know that Eva would not opt to have her face masked. She’s too in love with her face to do that.

My top two guesses are Mickie James or Deonna Purrazzo.

These ladies’ olive skin tone matches La Luchadora. They both also have similar facial structures compared to La Luchadora. Some fans are swayed by the fact that Mickie has signed a contract with the WWE to become a member of Smackdown Live’s roster. However, I ultimately think that Deonna Purrazzo is La Luchadora. They already brought Mickie back to face Asuka, so it doesn’t make sense to give her a gimmick. People are expecting it to be Mickie because they know she is coming back to the WWE.

But I am almost certain that Mickie James is not La Luchadora, and I’ll tell you why:

Upon doing some light research, I discovered that Deonna Purrazzo is five feet tall. Who else is five feet tall? Miss Five Feet of Fury herself, Alexa Bliss, of course. Who came out on Smackdown recently dressed as La Luchadora? Alexa Bliss. Therefore, it makes sense to have Bliss put the La Luchadora costume on, since she and Deonna Purrazzo are the same height, and approximately the same weight. Mickie, on the other hand, is five feet and four inches tall. When Alexa dressed as La Luchadora to face Becky Lynch, the real La Luchadora came out after the match to help Bliss beat up on Lynch. Standing next to each other (fast forward to the last minute of the match), the women are clearly the same height and weight. WWE obviously did this so that when Bliss came out in the La Luchadora costume, it would not be so easy to distinguish her identity.

Obviously, there are other women that are (or have been) in the WWE that are around this height, so this theory isn’t completely fool-proof. For example, JoJo, Layla, AJ Lee, Asuka, Dana Brooke, Ember Moon, and Liv Morgan are all between 5′ 2″ and 5′ 3″ tall. However, given Purrazzo’s recent appearance on Smackdown, it seems likely that she is La Luchadora.

Does anyone have any other guesses than the women I’ve mentioned here? I would love to hear them!