Saudi General Sports Authority apologised to the citizens of the Kingdom following a WWE advertisement that aired during the Greatest Royal Rumble. The advertisement, a WWE commercial showing scantily-clad female wrestlers including that of Carmella and Sasha Banks, appeared on big screens during the Pay-Per-View event. However, viewers claimed that the broadcast of the Greatest Royal Rumble put on by WWE was cut off for a few moments as the images/commercial aired.
The apology was issued on the official Twitter account of the Saudi General Sports Authority and Reddit user “comprimse” posted a rough translation of the same:
“The General Sport Authority would like to apologize to the viewers and attendees of last night’s WWE event that took place in Jeddah, over the indecent scene involving women that appeared as an ad before a segment. It would like to confirm it’s total disapproval of this, in the shadow of its commitment to eliminate anything that goes against the communities values.
“The authority has made sure to ban showing of any segment that involves women wrestling or any scenes related to it, and stipulated that to the company (WWE). The authority also disapproved any promotional stuff with pictures or videos showing women in an indecent way, and emphasized on commitment of this rule. And it’s a commitment that the authority would still commit to forever in all of it’s events and programs”
The advertisement in question was actually WWE’s commercial about the company’s switch to all-dual-brand Pay-Per-Views. The ad features Superstars from RAW and SmackDown Live in their respective wrestling gears, lip-syncing about the Pay-Per-View change.
It is to be noted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia allowed women and kids to attend a wrestling event for the first time ever and WWE invited them cordially to attend the Greatest Royal Rumble, which is the first Pay-Per-View event as per the 10-year agreement between Saudi General Sports Authority and WWE.