WWE COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque was interviewed by The Independent ahead of Friday’s Greatest Royal Rumble show in Saudi Arabia. There’s been a lot of negative chatter on the fact that women, because of the customs in the country, will not be a part of the show. He did say that there is hope that things will change in a few years.
“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. You can’t dictate to a country or a religion about how they handle things but, having said that, WWE is at the forefront of a women’s evolution in the world and what you can’t do is affect change anywhere by staying away from it. While, right now, women are not competing in the event, we have had discussions about that and we believe and hope that, in the next few years they will be. That is a significant cultural shift in Saudi Arabia. The country is in the middle of a shift in how it is dealing with that – the position is changing, and rights are changing, as are the way women are handled and treated in society. We think that’s a great thing and we’re excited to be at the forefront of that change.”
An idea was pitched recently for WWE to hold an all-women’s pay-per-view in the United States. I haven’t heard if it’s being seriously considered but it wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Also, the Mae Young Classic tournament featuring women from NXT and the independent scene will be taking place in a few months at Full Sail University. The tournament will air on the WWE Network.