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Triple H spoke to The Independentabout the controversial decision by WWE to run a profitable show in Saudi Arabia under the condition that they follow Saudi Arabia’s rules that women cannot perform on the event.
“I understand that people are questioning it, but you have to understand that every culture is different and just because you don’t agree with a certain aspect of it, it doesn’t mean it’s not a relevant culture,” he said. “You can’t dictate to a country or a religion about how they handle things but, having said that, WWE is at the forefront of a women’s evolution in the world and what you can’t do is affect change anywhere by staying away from it.”
Triple H believes women will be allowed to perform on a future event. “While, right now, women are not competing in the event, we have had discussions about that and we believe and hope that, in the next few years they will be. That is a significant cultural shift in Saudi Arabia. The country is in the middle of a shift in how it is dealing with that – the position is changing, and rights are changing, as are the way women are handled and treated in society. We think that’s a great thing and we’re excited to be at the forefront of that change.”
Triple H did cite an example from a few months ago of Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss in the first-ever women’s match held in the Middle East. “You talk about the cultural shift in the world, and just a few months ago we were in Abu Dhabi and had the first ever match with women competing, with a crowd of women, men and little boys in the audience with tears in their eyes. The audience were chanting ‘This is Hope’ – that is cultural change.”
Would WWE agree to run an event in a country that didn’t allow African-Americans to perform, or gay people, or people not of a certain official religion, all in hopes of changing their culture at a future time? Or is excluding an entire gender different than those examples?
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