WWE heads for Saudi Arabia for its Crown Jewel mega-show next week – with Becky Lynch saying the company’s women will ‘steal the show.’
The latest event in the series of WWE blockbusters in Saudi Arabia, the 21 October spectacle will be held at Mohammed Abdu Arena in Riyadh.
The company has put together of its strongest-looking cards of the year for the night, with Brock Lesnar set to challenge the dominant Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship, and the WWE title also on the line as Big E defends against The UK’s own Drew McIntyre in the first real test of his credentials.
Goldberg will also be on hand as the former WCW legend tackles Bobby Lashley, while the finals of the King of the Ring and Queen’s Crown tournaments will also take place.
Every bit as notable, however, is the show-down for the SmackDown women’s championship, as champ Lynch puts her gold on the line in a triple-threat match against former titleholder Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks.
The incredible trio has been at war on-screen for the last few weeks and finally goes head-to-head, with Lynch confident the match will stand out.
“Firstly, people can expect me to walk out there still the Smackdown Women's Champion,” she said.
“In addition to that they can expect a barnstormer of a match.
"Any time you get myself, Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair – three of the best in the industry regardless of gender – you know you are going to be watching something very special and there is no doubt that match will steal the show.”
The significance of being able to perform as women on such a stage is not lost on those involved in the bout, either.
Back in 2018, WWE held the Greatest Royal Rumble as the first major televised show under the Saudi banner, with spectaculars following regularly since.
Women weren’t able to compete three years ago, with company official Triple H saying at the time: “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. That is a significant cultural shift in Saudi Arabia.”
Huge strides have been taken since, with women’s matches now finally a staple part of the events; Lacey Evans meeting Natalya the first of its kind for WWE in 2019.
Ahead of her own landmark moment next week, Lynch went on to add: “Being able to inspire people is the most important thing – that's why we do this.
“We are seeing a whole new generation of women and kids and hopefully showing them what is possible and what can be done.
“It is hugely important for us to go over there and steal the show – which of course we will.”
WWE airs Crown Jewel from Saudi Arabia on WWE Network in the UK. Visit wwe.com for more.
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