WWE may have managed to avoid airing endless streams of propaganda about how progressive the Saudi Arabian government is during their Crown Jewel PPV, but the voice of WWE, Michael Cole, is doing it afterward. In an interview with BBC Radio, Cole and Renee Young discussed Young being allowed to provide commentary for the show, even as the rest of WWE’s female performers were forbidden from working in the country.
Website WrestleZone transcribed the relevant portion of the interview:
Cole: We are rapidly moving in the direction of—over the past five years—Renee’s a perfect example. Never before have we had a woman in the broadcast booth on a weekly basis.
Host (Livesey) – Saudi Arabia — what happened there with the women wrestling? They weren’t allowed, were they?
Cole: So Renee Young was the commentator in Saudi Arabia for [WWE] Crown Jewel. As we continue to make progress there, our hope one day is that we will have women Superstars battling it out as part of our events in Saudi Arabia.
Renee: One thing I will say that was very cool about that—as well is being a woman welcomed into Saudi Arabia, to step into the announce booth and be part of the broadcast—is how many men, women, children coming up to me, knowing that this was a big moment of change and that there is a demand and need for women to be performing in Saudi Arabia. So, [the Saudi people] are asking for it, certainly.
Some people say Saudi Arabia started the Women’s Evolution (TM)?