WWE star Natalya batted with a BOT during Saudi’s first female wrestling match
Saudi Arabia has organized its first wrestling match ever, but one of the hunters was treated to a less than warm welcome to Riyadh.
WWE star Natalya was hit by a plastic bottle that was thrown out of the crowd when she entered King Fahd Stadium at Crown Jewel 2019 on Thursday evening.
She and rival Lacey Evans were also forced to exchange their typical shorts and bikini tops for unflattering black rubber suits and baggy T-shirts to comply with strict modesty laws for women in the Arab kingdom.
WWE star Natalya enters the King Fahd stadium in Saudi Arabia to participate in the first female wrestling match of the kingdom, but is hit by a bottle thrown out of the crowd
Natalya (right) and Lacey Evans (left) fought each other Thursday night in Saudi Arabia & # 39; s very first wrestling match for women in Riyadh
Last year during a men's wrestling match broadcast of a promotional video with scantily clad female wrestlers, the country involved had to apologize for the & # 39; indecent & # 39; images.
& # 39; Do you want them sent to prison? & # 39; said a foreign fan who wanted to remain anonymous in defending the dress code.
However, they were allowed to keep their heads uncovered, which is typically against the law for women in Saudi Arabia.
Mail Online contacted WWE for an explanation, but had not heard anything at the time of publication.
Teens could be heard laughing as they walked to the ring, after having previously been entranced by the spectacle provided by male hunters without a shirt.
& # 39; It's nonsense, & # 39; said one to the other, according to a ring-side AFP reporter.
The pair had to exchange their traditional bikini top and hot pants for a completely black body suit and unflattering t-shirts to comply with the modesty laws of the country.
Despite setting up a show, members of the audience could be heard laughing and mocking the two hunters as they entered the ring
Natalya in action against Lacey Evans at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh on Thursday evening
Natalya, who eventually won the competition, was also hit by a plastic bottle that was thrown out of the crowd when she made her entrance
& # 39; Wrestling women in Saudi Arabia, yes, but only if they dress like that, otherwise it would not be possible, even if the fact is that clothing is an integral part of the show & # 39 ;, added a young fan with a black WWE t-toe shirt.
Saudi Arabia stimulates entertainment that citizens can enjoy, in what some see as an attempt to alleviate public frustration about an economic downturn and high youth unemployment.
The actual leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has implemented reforms, including allowing concerts, reopening cinemas, and lifting a ban on women driving as part of a modernization campaign.
As part of the ride, WWE has signed a ten-year franchise contract to organize events in the country, with last night's competition as the fourth.
However, the events have proved controversial – with fans complaining about a lack of spectacle and criticizing the movement as pure money.
And when it comes to struggling women, it can be a long, hard way to get wide acceptance in Saudi Arabia.
Natalya (left) and Lacey Evans (right) are seen in their traditional, more revealing outfits
WWE has signed a controversial 10-year franchise deal for events in Saudi Arabia, with the Crown Jewel event on Thursday fourth in the series
Saudi is trying to reinvent itself as a tourist destination and investment hub while trying to diversify its economy from oil
Ali, 40, attended with his two children and said he wanted to support social change in the country.
However, he believes that there are & # 39; must be.
& # 39; These ladies shows, frankly … & # 39 ;, said Ali, wearing the traditional, all-white robe of his country.
& # 39; That women ride, it's already a shock to me. I'm not against it, but you have to get used to it. & # 39;
Despite his discomfort, he said he had promised his daughter and pulled his arm to show him her favorite wrestler, to teach her to ride when she was old enough.
But Ahmed, 24, who said he was following the sport from the kingdom, said he was disappointed with such a furore.
& # 39; I waited for the women's competition. Those who want to see such a spectacle must have access to it, and those who don't like it don't have to come, "he said.
Tyson Fury defeated Braun Strowman in his WWE debut on Crown Jewel on Thursday evening
Fury came out with a traditional thobe and keffiyeh headdress in Saudi Arabia
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