There could be a major change coming to WWE's Saudi Arabia shows, if some in the company have their way.
WWE's deal with Saudi Arabia has been a huge point of contention for fans, wrestlers and employees alike. WWE has gained a giant sum of money to put on huge events in the country, but not without controversy. As if the social issues facing the country weren't enough, last year's murder of Jamal Khashoggi made things even worse -- especially when WWE still ran an event there just weeks later.
Fightful reported a couple of weeks back that Roman Reigns had expressed his unwillingness to attend the Saudi Arabia event "Crown Jewel" just before he was diagnosed with leukemia. He joined John Cena and Daniel Bryan as high profile names that wouldn't go, either, though we're told Reigns' stance has softened. We've also learned several employees refused to go on the trip.
However, as reported on Fightful Select this afternoon, there's a major pitch by several names of influence within the company to get an all-women's match on an upcoming Saudi Arabia show. We've not been able to gain any confirmation that it's actually going to happen, but it's something that many within WWE are angling for, with some suggesting they can spin the public relations aspect of it into a positive --- a rarity for them when attending the country.
We've also been told that the idea has been ran by some of those in charge of helping facilitate the events, but nothing beyond that.
Fightful has reached out to WWE and several women's wrestlers in the company for comment.