Saudi Arabia is preparing for its first WWE women's wrestling match tonight while Natalya faces Lacey Evans in Riyadh
- WWE Crown Jewel 2019 is the fourth franchise event that takes place in Riyadh
- Will contain the first professional wrestling competition for women in the country
- Natalya will fight against Lacey Evans, but it is unclear what the pair will wear
- WWE has a 10-year franchise agreement with Saudi Arabia to organize events in the kingdom
The first professional wrestling competition for ladies will take place tonight in Saudi Arabia at WWE Crown Jewel.
Stars Natalya and Lacey Evans meet on Thursday evening in the ring at King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, while the kingdom tries to redefine itself as a tourist and entertainment center.
However, it is not clear whether the pair may wear their typically revealing outfits, or whether they will be forced to opt for a more modest alternative.
WWE stars Natalya (left) and Lacey Evans (right) will climb the crown tonight in Crown Riyadh in Crown Jewel 2019 in what will be the first women's wrestling match in Saudi Arabia
It is not clear whether Natalya (on the right, in the ring with Ronda Rousey) and Lacey Evans may wear their traditional costumes or should opt for something more modest
Mail Online contacted WWE for a response, but had not heard anything at the time of publication.
The vast majority of Saudi women wear a black abaya, which covers the entire face and body, to comply with the strict decency laws of the country.
However, the kingdom has slowly fallen back on such laws – with female tourists allowed to drop the abaya, provided they are still & # 39; modest & # 39; dress.
Women are also allowed to drive cars, leave the house without male escorts and own passports as part of a reform agenda led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Bin Salman is trying to diversify Saudi's economy from being dependent on oil by reinventing it as a center of tourism, entertainment and investment.
The event will also have a title fight between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez
Boxer Tyson Fury (left) takes on Braun Strowman (right) in a showpiece battle at King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh on Thursday evening
The show will also show a fight between ten participants, including the Saudi wrestler Mansoor (photo right looking at the camera) fighting Team Hogan against Team Flair
He has, however, been confronted with strong criticism of his human rights record – such as the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the hundreds of executions Saudi carries out every year and the imprisonment of prominent female activists.
Crown Jewel is the fourth WWE event taking place in Saudi Arabia, after Greatest Royal Rumble, Crown Jewel 2018 and Super Showdown.
WWE has signed a 10-year franchise agreement with Saudi Arabia to organize competitions in the country, which has caused controversy for some fans.
Also on the bill for Tuesday's event is a title fight between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez, as well as a showpiece fight between boxer Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman.
Saudi wrestler Mansoor also takes Cesaro on the bill.
King Fahd International Stadium plays the event, the fourth WWE competition that takes place in Saudi Arabia
Speaking to WWE.com, the Saudi athlete said: “I can't even begin to describe how much that means to me, how much that means to my little sisters who love WWE, how much it means to my nieces, who love WWE and who are fantasizing and dreaming about wrestlers.
& # 39; When I first started … I had many people who asked me: & # 39; Hey, do you think women can ever fight here? & # 39;
& # 39; I was, "absolute", because when I was growing up here, the idea of men and women who were even in the same arena watching a show was unheard of. We are now driving with women.
& # 39; The changes in this country alone, every time I return, are astronomical. I am so incredibly proud that I will be there. & # 39;
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