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WWE to hold first women wrestling in Saudi Arabia

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The World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE, has said that it would hold its first women’s wrestling matches in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to a video report by CNN, the company’s decision to hold the matches in the kingdom stemmed from a wide-ranging criticism it had been receiving for not including women wrestlers in previous Saudi events.

“The WWE has held several events in the kingdom since 2014 and has struck a 10-year deal with the Saudi government in 2018,” the company said.

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Recall that the Kingdom had been trying to diversify its economy and promote culture and entertainment initiatives with its “vision 2030” plan.

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The Kingdom had, however, been under global scrutiny for limiting women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and freedom of speech.

A professional wrestler and enthusiast of the WWE, Natalya Neidhart, said: “I can’t believe I’m going to be part of this history.

“I’m so excited for our WWE fans in Saudi and around the world.

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“I’m also excited for women around the world. It’s just transcending,” she added.

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