The first wrestling match for women with WWE stars Lacey Evans and Natalya took place on Thursday in Saudi Arabia.
Evans is a veteran of the US Marines and Natalya is a Canadian-American two-time WWE champion. They fought in Riyadh at the Crown Jewel tournament and Natalya came out victorious.
As the country has tried to distance itself from an oppressive human rights record, it has eased restrictions on both women and the entertainment industry. Nevertheless, the fighters wore full body suits and T-shirts to meet the Saudi requirements that "attract" visitors modestly.
19659003] On October 10, the oil rich kingdom announced that it would allow women to join the military. A few days earlier, it was announced that a man and a woman could share a hotel room without a marriage certificate. And in August, the kingdom finally allowed the women to travel without the consent of one man. Previously, a woman had to prove the consent of a man before she could get a passport or travel abroad.
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The WWE Crown Jewelery event was held on Thursday at the King Fahd International Stadium – one of three stadiums in the Kingdom, in which women even have access.
"I never thought I would have the opportunity to do the things I did with WWE," Evans tweeted on Wednesday . "Tomorrow I can show my little girl that hard work can take you to historic heights."
"Tonight, we have proven that dreams come true and we can make this world a better place together," Natalya tweeted.
WWE champions Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins also attended the event, along with Mansoor al-Shehail, WWE's first Saudi wrestler.
"I could not stop smiling when this was announced. When I talk about women who drive cars or only share space with men, these are rights that did not exist in my youth. "
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" I understand why it does not impress many people, but it means the world to me and so many others. "