The controversy surrounding last week’s Greatest Royal Rumble has been talked about ad nauseum this past week. One of the big topics coming out of the show was about the pay for the women. During the days leading up to the show, Jerry “The King” Lawler said that he believed that the women would be getting a nice payday for being excluded from the show. PWInsider claimed to have independently confirmed that but Dave Meltzer later said that the women have not been told about pay for that show.
On his latest podcast, Jim Ross was not on board with the idea of paying the women.
On the rumors going around about the woman getting paid, Ross said, “I have no idea. I don’t know why it would be that way. It’s not everybody’s right to be on any card. You earn your right to be on the card, and the women have done a phenomenal job and I am as big a supporter of women’s athletics in general. Hey, I’m a season ticket holder to the OU women’s basketball games. I’m a big fan of the OU women’s softball team the defending national champions. So I’m a big fan. I believe the same thing about WrestleMania. It’s not your birthright to be booked. It’s like playing in the Super Bowl. It’s not your right as an NFL player, you earn that right to get in that game. So I believe that the women — I don’t know if they were paid or not. I don’t know why they would have been paid and I may piss some people off but I’m just being honest. It’s my problem I have sometimes, being honest.”
Ross makes some good points but it should be noted that there were shows canceled in the United States because the male talent had to be in Saudi Arabia. At the very least, it would be a nice gesture from WWE if the women were paid for the live events that would have taken place if there was no event in Saudi Arabia.
Ross also talked about the Prince’s plan to give more rights to women over time. Women in the country are now allowed to drive and attend events such as the Greatest Royal Rumble so there is some progress being made. Hopefully, women will be able to compete on a WWE show in the near future.
Ross noted that the Greatest Royal Rumble was the first time that he had to go through a metal detector to get to the broadcast booth for the Kickoff show. He also said that he was escorted by men with machine guns. Ross also talked about the prayer session during the show. You can listen to the entire podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and other popular podcasting platforms.