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WWE to hold first-ever women’s wrestling match in Saudi Arabia at Crown Jewel

* WWE Championship Match: Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar * WWE Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins (Match cannot be stopped for any reason) * WWE United States Championship Match: Battle Royal Winner vs. AJ Styles * World Cup Tag Team Turmoil Match: The Viking Raiders vs. The Revival vs. The New Day vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode vs. Heavy Machinery vs. Lucha House Party vs. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins vs. The OC vs. The B Team * Team Hogan (Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ricochet, Ali, Shorty Gable) vs. Team Flair (Randy Orton, Drew McIntyre, King Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and Shinsuke Nakamura) * Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury * Cesaro vs. Mansoor Al-Shehail * Natalya vs. Lacey Evans * Kickoff 20-Man Battle Royal US Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Sunil Singh, Mojo Rawley, Erick Rowan, R-Truth, Sin Cara, The Brian Kendrick, Titus O’Neil, Tony Nese, Akira Tozawa, Shelton Benjamin, Apollo Crews, Buddy Murphy, Andrade, Drake Maverick, Eric Young, Luke Harper, Cedric Alexander, Heath Slater, Humberto Carrillo, No Way Jose
Natalya vs. Lacey Evans will take place at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. Pic credit: WWE

In shocking news, WWE had a press conference today at King Fahd International Stadium in Saudi Arabia and announced there will be a women’s match at WWE Crown Jewel tomorrow.

This is surprising because Saudi Arabia would never allow women to wrestle there before due to their rules concerning women’s rights.

The match will see Natalya Neidhart battle Lacey Evans. According to Tony Maglio of The Wrap on Twitter, Natalya and Lacey Evans were chosen because they “check every box.”

There is no word on what that means, although it might be because of Natalya’s family history and Lacey Evans’ history as a U.S. military officer.

Furthermore, there were questions about how the women would dress considering, once again, Saudi Arabia’s rules against what women can and can’t do in their Kingdom.

Maglio reported that Natalya and Lacey Evans would dress similar to how Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss dressed when they competed in the first-ever women’s match in Abu Dhabi.

This means both women will wear full-body suits covering all skin outside of their faces.

WWE has been trying to get a women’s match at a Saudi Arabia show since they signed their long-term multi-million deal to hold PPV events there each year.

Here is a look at the full card for WWE Crown Jewel that will air tomorrow afternoon on the WWE Network.

  • WWE Championship Match: Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar
  • WWE Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins (Match cannot be stopped for any reason)
  • WWE United States Championship Match: Battle Royal Winner vs. AJ Styles
  • World Cup Tag Team Turmoil Match: The Viking Raiders vs. The Revival vs. The New Day vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode vs. Heavy Machinery vs. Lucha House Party vs. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins vs. The OC vs. The B Team
  • Team Hogan (Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ricochet, Ali, Shorty Gable) vs. Team Flair (Randy Orton, Drew McIntyre, King Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and Shinsuke Nakamura)
  • Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury
  • Cesaro vs. Mansoor Al-Shehail
  • Natalya vs. Lacey Evans
  • Kickoff 20-Man Battle Royal US Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Sunil Singh, Mojo Rawley, Erick Rowan, R-Truth, Sin Cara, The Brian Kendrick, Titus O’Neil, Tony Nese, Akira Tozawa, Shelton Benjamin, Apollo Crews, Buddy Murphy, Andrade, Drake Maverick, Eric Young, Luke Harper, Cedric Alexander, Heath Slater, Humberto Carrillo, No Way Jose

WWE Crown Jewel airs on October 31 at 1 p.m. EST on WWE Network. 

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more
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