A musical and cultural ‘Riyadh season’, which begins on October 11 this month, is the first time women’s wrestling has been witnessed by a large number of fans in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Natalya Neidhart and Lacey Evans became the first female WWE superstars to compete in Saudi Arabia.
Their fight at the WWE Crown Jewel 2019 in Riyadh was the first-ever female bout in the kingdom.
Evans and Neidhart both wore T-shirts over their wrestling attire for cultural reasons. The latter won the fight via submission.
WWE’s female talent has not been able to perform in the Saudi Arabia events in the past.
In 2018, Saudi officials had to issue an apology for airing footage of female WWE superstars wearing ‘indecent attire’ during an event.
In other matches, Bray Wyatt beat Seth Rollins to become the Universal Champion while Brock Lesnar retained the WWE Championship by making Cain Velasquez tap out.
Humberto Carrillo lost his fight for the United States Championship to AJ Styles.
Promoting the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia is an important part of Mohammed bin Salman’s vision.
Recently, Saudi Arabia has also announced a visa policy for tourists, and before that, Saudi Arabia’s visas were mostly used only by Muslim travelers and businessmen.