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Why I am not watching the Greatest Royal Rumble event

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Over the past few months, WWE has been generating quite the buzz for the historic Greatest Royal Rumble event that will taking place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on April 27.

For the first time, the Sports Entertainment company will be broadcasting a live show in the Country and also recruiting new talent to be groomed by the coaches and talent scouts from the Full Sail Performance Center.

There are many people who are enjoying the fanfare surrounding this upcoming show, however, I am not one of them.

One of the biggest things that will deter me from viewing this show is the lack of one of the most integral components that goes into the success for the WWE in the past few years – the women’s roster.

Due to the strict laws that Saudi’s uphold towards women rights, none of the female superstars are allowed to compete on this projected five-hour show.

For WWE to consistently highlight the history making match that Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss had in Abu Dhabi a few months back, this move to hold a grand event in Saudi Arabia (a place that oppresses the female citizens ability to be equal to their male counterparts) and still claim that the ‘Women’s Revolution’ is so important, is a slap in the face to all of the talented women in the company.

The Saudi women can’t even tryout to be a potential developmental talent in WWE like the guys are. How is that okay?

Let’s be honest, WrestleMania was so successful this year because of two very important five-star matches: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka and Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.

The women are the biggest drawing power for the current generation of WWE fans, but you want to completely leave them off of a show to get Saudi money? No, not cool WWE, not cool.

Look, I’m not trying to be one of those annoying Americans that feels that every nation should follow the same decrees or guidelines that the US does. However, there are two things that I don’t stand for: 1.) Inequality based on gender and 2.) Human rights violations.

Saudi Arabia is guilty of both of these crimes and I can’t celebrate WWE going to a place that is in similar to the Wild Wild West, where you can do whatever you want and no one is going to hold you accountable. Including still participating in the Muslim slave trade, where many African labor workers have had to endure frightening living conditions.

I understand that world events and current politics suck right now, and wrestling is there to help us escape from this, but we still have to be conscious of our morals.

If you feel that in light of the standards and practices that Saudi Arabia engaged in that you are can’t support this pay per view, then please use the hashtag – #NOGRR .

Also, instead of watching the Greatest Royal Rumble pay-per-view, tag a female wrestling promotion like Shimmer, Rise, Queens of Combat, Stardom or Pro Wrestling EVE.

Show your support by watching one of their shows in person or online on April 27th.

Canadace Louise-Julie, a Jersey native, has been a wrestling fan for 20 years. Her first memories of wrestling were with her two brothers watching Monday Night Raw, hiding under the covers, out of the site of the demonic Undertaker. Her love for wrestling grew and she loves to share her passion for it with the world. With a love for Lucha, Grappling, Catch, Strong Style, Submission, Technical, Comedy and Sports Entertainment, I doubt that she will run out of topics to talk about! You can follow her on Twitter @canadacek

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