On April 27, 2018, the WWE showcased The Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The 60,000 in attendance witness the first ever fifty-man Royal Rumble and the return of the Undertaker. The card for The Greatest Royal Rumble, which was presented by the WWE Network, was billed to have the greatest matches and potential drama-filled storylines. Then the WWE Universe came to a retaliation that The Greatest Royal Rumble was just, in fact, a glorified “cash grab” house show. With thousands of negative tweets by the WWE Universe, which resulted in the lowest PPV ratting for the network this year. The fans rejected the idea of The Greatest Royal Rumble for many reasons, but only one stood out the most. The elephant in the room in this case was Saudi Arabia anti woman culture!
“I understand that people are questioning it, but you have to understand that every culture is different and just because you don’t agree with a certain aspect of it, it doesn’t mean it’s not a relevant culture. You can’t dictate to a country or a religion about how they handle things, but WWE is at the forefront of a women’s evolution”-Triple H via wrestlingnews.com
The Greatest Royal Rumble had No Sasha, No Asuka, No Bayley, No Charlotte, not a single WWE Women Superstar! So, was WWE Evolution, which is the first ever woman’s only pay per view a Damage Control PPV? Yes, the woman of the WWE have jump leap and bounds to get this achievement, but the lack of respect in April started this evolution.
Unlike the Greatest Royal Rumble, WWE Evolution will, in fact, have solid storylines, matches that matter in the cannon of the WWE. The return of WWE Legends from the Diva Era like Lita, Trish Stratus, and Beth Phoenix to name a few. Evolution is a pay per view that is way over due and is much needed in today’s WWE. These Woman have accomplished so much in the last two decades, from being escorts with the Godfather on Raw is War, to headlining Wrestlemaina. These ladies can carry a show in a Hell in a Cell, to an Elimination Chamber and even a (“THE”) Royal Rumble. These ladies are not the Godfather types anymore. These ladies are pioneers, leaders, heroes, and Champions. The Greatest Royal Rumble may of been a one reason for last night WWE Evolution announcement, but it sure helped push forward the idea.
“The spotlight just got brighter for these athletic, talented women, who will once again showcase to the world that they can break down barriers and blaze their own trails.” -Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer.
The Greatest Royal Rumble was supposed to be the greatest event in wrestling but in fact, it made significant steps back. Last Night on Raw was a huge step forward in the Evolution of the Woman’s Division in WWE, and I for one can’t wait to see what happens next.
Now Please Give Us Woman’s Tag Team Belts already!