Women were not allowed to wrestle at the WWE Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia due to cultural differences, though Triple H has openly said they hope that changes in the next few years. Well, if you wondered how deep the differences run, the Saudi General Sports Authority has issued an apology for what it called an “indecent scene involving women” when an advertisement was played in the stadium in Jeddah during the show.
Here’s the apology roughly translated by a Reddit user:
“The General Sport Authority would like to apologize to the viewers and attendees of last night’s WWE event that took place in Jeddah, over the indecent scene involving women that appeared as an ad before a segment. It would like to confirm it’s total disapproval of this, in the shadow of its commitment to eliminate anything that goes against the communities values.
”The authority has made sure to ban showing of any segment that involves women wrestling or any scenes related to it, and stipulated that to the company (WWE). The authority also disapproved any promotional stuff with pictures or videos showing women in an indecent way, and emphasized on commitment of this rule. And it’s a commitment that the authority would still commit to forever in all of it’s events and programs.”
The ad in question was the commercial WWE has been running promoting co-branded pay-per-views:
This was the start of a 10 year partnership between WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority.