WWE has put more focus on the women’s division in recent years thanks to the Women’s Revolution. We now have two different women’s divisions with separate titles on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live. There’s also a division down in NXT.
Back on December 7, 2017, Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss made history when they took the ring to compete for the Raw Women’s Title at a live event in Abu Dhabi at the Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium. This was a historic moment as it marked the first time that women were allowed to wrestle in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In order for this to happen, they had to be clothed from the neck down The finish of this match saw Bliss roll up Banks in order to retain the title, which was another first as the title had never been defended in the Middle East region up until this match.
WWE’s official Twitter account recently released this video of Banks talking about this match.
“It’s quite humbling to come back,” Banks said. “Right now, it looks completely different because it was at night time and there was no tennis court. It doesn’t even feel or look like how it looked like when I was here. Which is kinda crazy. I didn’t even know which way that we came out. I do remember, before I came out I was legit shaking and crying because I was so nervous that I wanted just to make a difference.
Banks continued by stating, “And I wanted to make a statement. It’s kinda humbling to know that I’m back here a year later, but for something completely different, supporting the Special Olympics. So it’s like, I did two meaningful things in this country. So, yeah, it’s really cool. And I can’t believe that I’m back. Life’s really crazy, and the universe works in mysterious ways to bring you back to places where I think you’re supposed to be. I’m really happy to be back here.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcript
— WWE (@WWE) December 9, 2018