WWE has flown two female Superstars to Saudi Arabia with the hope that they will be allowed to compete in a match on Super Showdown.
Super Showdown takes place this Friday and begins at 2 pm EST. It will be the third time in less than two years that WWE has held a major show in Saudi Arabia. WWE has received a lot of flack for these shows, mainly because women are not allowed to perform on them. It does feel like a big backward step for a company that attempts to boast it is accepting of everyone.
The hope is that WWE will eventually break a glass ceiling of sorts. That at some point during this 10-year deal, female Superstars will perform on Saudi shows. One smaller step has already been taken. Renee Young was a part of the announce team for Crown Jewel last year. It isn't women in the ring, but it was definitely a start.
Young will be announcing in Saudi Arabia again on Friday, and it was an Instagram post from the commentator that raised a few eyebrows. On Wednesday, Young posted a selfie alongside Heath Slater and Natalya making a pitstop in Frankfurt. The Canadian is obviously on her way to Jeddah which begs the question, why is Nattie with her?
According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Nattie is being flown to Saudi Arabia on the off chance that she will be allowed to compete at Super Showdown. The site has also been told by sources that Alexa Bliss has also made the trip and will be Nattie's opponent should the match be given the green light. WWE has reportedly been going back and forth with the Saudi General Sports Authority for months over the possibility of having women perform at Super Showdown.
Here we are, a little more than 24 hours away from the show, and it seems as if WWE has still not managed to convince Saudi officials to let Nattie and Bliss perform. However, you would have to imagine that they are hopeful, otherwise, why would they have flown them all the way out to the Middle East? We certainly hope that the match is added to the card, and it would be one of the biggest milestones for women's wrestling to date.