Raw star Doudrop has addressed criticisms about the length of matches during the inaugural WWE Queen’s Crown Tournament.
At WWE Crown Jewel, Zelina Vega pinned Doudrop in just under six minutes to win the tournament. This bout was the longest of the tournament by quite a margin, with the second longest bout of the series clocking in at three minutes in length.
It was recently been reported that there has been ‘significant frustration’ within WWE over the booking of the women’s division. Speaking with Louis Dangoor of GiveMeSport, Doudrop admitted that some of the earlier matches in could’ve definitely been longer. Recalling wrestling in the Saudi Arabia heat, Doudrop said:
“I think the tournament in general went really, really well considering it’s the first time it’s happened. I thought it went really spectacular. As far as time limits and stuff, I was not thankful that (the final match) wasn’t particularly long, but I was wrestling in 90 degree heat. I can only do that for a very limited amount of time, so there was a part of me that was like, ‘Okay, this is fine. I can manage this.’ If it went a bit longer, I don’t think there would have been much makeup or anything left of me because it was god damn hot out there.
“But obviously, the qualifiers and that, you know, maybe they could have been longer. But I like to think that they were just little tastes. Because a lot of these matches were matches that hadn’t happened before, so you don’t want to give everything away right now. Maybe we see where these go in the future, but for now, we’ve given them a little taste of what these matches are right now so let’s see what we can do next time and make people want to see that match.”
Doudrop has also discussed her WWE name change, revealing that she originally believed her current name was going to be temporary for the Eva Marie storyline.
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