Despite criticism from fans, politicians, and even big talent like John Cena, the WWE seems adamant that they will be pushing through with the Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia.
At least one of their major talents still believes that this is a good thing, current WWE Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey.
Rousey gave an interview with TMZ Sports where she defended the WWE’s decision to continue their association with the Saudi Arabian government in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Rousey stated that she supports the decision based on her previous experiences competing internationally as an athlete. She believes that sport and sporting events are an important way for different people to find “common ground”.
“I think that pulling out of the Crown Jewel would be the wrong move because I think that this is an opportunity to be able to share our cultures, and to define what we have in common and in times especially when, you know, times of adversity between two countries that’s the absolute wrong time to be able to pull away,” said Rousey.
Rousey also believes that holding WWE events in Saudi Arabia will be good for the kingdom’s women. Saudi Arabia has a history of suppressing women’s rights, in fact, the WWE women were not allowed to perform during the first Saudi event, WWE Greatest Royal Rumble, and they will still not be performing during Crown Jewel.
Rousey acknowledged this but still chose to look at the brighter side.
“Women can’t compete in Saudi Arabia right now, but I think if the ‘Crown Jewel’ is a huge success, and WWE really takes off in Saudi Arabia, they’re going to be demanding to see the women soon.”
Check out her full comments in the video below: