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Female wrestlers will not be performing in the WWE’s forthcoming Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia.
Earlier this month, the wrestling company revealed it would be taking 50 plus male performers to The Greatest Royal Rumble event which takes place in Jeddah on Friday (April 27), but not one single female wrestler will compete in the event.
While the decision by WWE to not include any female wrestlers in the roster was no doubt informed by Saudi Arabian laws, customs and restrictions on what women are allowed to do, it has been met with a strong backlash from WWE fans.
Here are just a few of their reactions:
The lack of female wrestlers will not be the only gender-based restriction of the evening.
In addition, women will only be allowed to watch in the stadium if they are accompanied by their partners.
News of the women’s exclusion comes after a recent ‘Women’s Evolution’ in the sport that saw the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match take place last year, as well as the female title change from Diva Champion to Women’s Champion the year before that.
In response to such criticism, the WWE said (via BBC): ” [We are] committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds while at the same time we respect local customs at our events around the world.”
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