WWE to hold first women's match in Saudi Arabia 3 years ago

WWE to hold first women's match in Saudi Arabia

The match will be the first of its kind in the country.

The WWE will hold its first ever women's match in Saudi Arabia at their Crown Jewel event on 31 October.


It was announced that Natalya will take on Lacey Evans at the event, that will also see Tyson Fury (yes, the boxer) compete in the WWE against Brawn Strowman.

This is a significant decision, considering the laws in relation to women's rights in the country.

Laws in Saudi Arabia state that women are not allowed wear clothes or make-up that "show-off their beauty". There are also strict rules in relation to women's rights to compete in sporting events.

The WWE had tried to arrange this match for an event in June, but the proposal was declined by the Saudi government.


Natalya tweeted to announce the match, saying: "The world will be watching. I am so incredibly proud to represent our women’s division tomorrow night at #WWECrownJewel. It’s time to bring your best, Lacey."

In an interview with JOE in 2018, Natalya spoke about the WWE's decision to first take their business to Saudi Arabia.

"Rome wasn't built in a day, as they say, but I think definitely we'll get there, I'm excited about it. I think one day I'll be there for sure."