By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Paul “Triple H” Levesque spoke with The Independent about the WWE female performers not being booked for Friday’s Greatest Royal Rumble event. “I understand that people are questioning it, but you have to understand that every culture is different and just because you don’t agree with a certain aspect of it, it doesn’t mean it’s not a relevant culture,” Levesque said.
“You can’t dictate to a country or a religion about how they handle things but, having said that, WWE is at the forefront of a women’s evolution in the world and what you can’t do is affect change anywhere by staying away from it. While, right now, women are not competing in the event, we have had discussions about that and we believe and hope that, in the next few years they will be. That is a significant cultural shift in Saudi Arabia.
“The country is in the middle of a shift in how it is dealing with that – the position is changing, and rights are changing, as are the way women are handled and treated in society. We think that’s a great thing and we’re excited to be at the forefront of that change.”
Powell’s POV: Levesque forgot the part about the company being paid a boatload of money. Let’s be real, that’s the key here no matter how the company wants to spin it. Levesque did a good job of delivering the company line about holding the event despite female talent not being allowed to work the show, but this is all about the money.