WWE COO Triple H Comments On The Forbiddance Of Women Competing At 'Greatest Royal Rumble'

Carter Lee

WWE COO Paul Levesque, known to most fans as Triple H, spoke about the controversy of the exclusion of female wrestlers at the upcoming Greatest Royal Rumble being held at the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. While many fans seem thrilled with the event, there has been some backlash from the media and by some fans since female wrestlers are not allowed to compete at the Greatest Royal Rumble.

A very traditional country, Saudi Arabia is considered the birthplace of Islam where Sunni Islam is the official state religion. Because of their strict conservative rules, only male WWE superstars are allowed to compete at the event. In addition, only women who are accompanied by men will be allowed to attend the event. With the WWE catapulting female superstars with the "women's revolution" as of late, including signing former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, many fans feel the company is being hypocritical by holding an event in Saudi Arabia.

In an interview with the Independent, Triple H commented on the controversy surrounding the Greatest Royal Rumble. He said that he understands why people are questioning the decision to hold an event in Saudi Arabia, but that every culture is different. He remarked that every culture is dissimilar, and just because they don't agree with certain facets of it, "it doesn't mean it's not a relevant culture."

"While, right now, women are not competing in the event, we have had discussions about that and we believe and hope that, in the next few years they will be. The country is in the middle of a shift in how it is dealing with that – the position is changing, and rights are changing, as are the way women are handled and treated in society. We think that's a great thing and we're excited to be at the forefront of that change."

Triple H is hopeful that the Greatest Royal Rumble will lead to other WWE events in Saudi Arabia, and that one day women will be included.