By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Natalya spoke with Paul Guzzo of TampaBay.com about wrestling in the first WWE women’s match in Saudi Arabia. “One of the greatest things to ever happen to me,” Natalya said. “Not just in my wrestling career but life. We made history. The Saudi Arabian people were ready. We were ready. The world was ready.”
Philippe Nassif, the Middle East and North Africa advocacy director of Amnesty International, sees the WWE Crown Jewel match differently. “The crown prince chooses high profile events that he understands westerners appreciate and enjoy,” Nassif said. He dded that the women’s match was “his way of saying critics who say they abuse women are wrong, but it’s just a PR stunt.” Read more at TampaBay.com.
Powell’s POV: I’m in total agreement with Nassif and I feel that all of the WWE events in Saudi Arabia are PR stunts for the prince and his regime. WWE recently committed to doing two events per year in Saudi Arabia, so the PR stunts will continue.
The Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features Frank Zarrillo discussing his film "The Wrestler: A QT Marshall Story", which includes appearances by Matt Riddle, Damian Priest, Gerald Brisco, Kevin Kelly, Steve Corino, and many more, the involvement of Marshall's wife and mother, and much more. Stick around after the interview for Powell's audio review of Wednesday's AEW Dynamite television show...