Yesterday it was reported that Alexa Bliss and Natalya both traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with WWE hoping to receive approval for the pair to wrestle on Super Showdown tomorrow evening.
Their arrival in Saudi marks the first time WWE has been permitted to bring wrestlers from its women’s division into the country.
WWE was heavily criticised when previous events in the nation Greatest Royal Rumble and Crown Jewel featured no women’s matches or personalities other than commentator Renee Young.
Young was allowed to be involved in Crown Jewel but that was largely a deal done to deflect attention away from the negative PR the company received for going ahead with the show following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE has technically been able to present a women’s match on the show for a while, due to recent changes in the country.
Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud has vowed that Saudi Arabia will be ruled by “moderate Islam”, which has meant female performers in other entertainment fields have been allowed to work in the country recently.
As it stands very few in the company – including Alexa Bliss and Natalya themselves – know whether there will be a women’s match on the show.
However, Meltzer says that high ranking WWE officials likely do know whether the match is happening.
If it is then the reason there has been no announcement is likely because WWE and the Saudis want to keep it low key as to prevent a potential backlash from some media outlets in the Kingdom.
Apparently a women’s match in Saudi Arabia has been on the cards for some time, with WWE and Saudi officials simply waiting for the right moment to finally pull the trigger on it.
Meltzer says that if a match does not happen at Super Showdown then Bliss and Natalya will likely be there to announce the first WWE women’s match in Saudi Arabia on the promotion’s return to the nation later this year.