WWE’s hope that the first women’s match in Saudi Arabia would happen Friday appears to be lost.
Those in Saudi Arabia noted to us that Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss, a match they hoped to be a late addition on today’s WWE Super ShowDown event, was not approved by the Saudi Arabian government.
The two women flew to Saudi Arabia this week with the crew.
At one point, the government had indicated to WWE they could have their first women’s match on this show, but then wavered on it.
As far as public relations goes, this situation can go two ways. On one hand, if they are able to get approval to have a women’s match on the November show in Saudi Arabia, they can at least bring out the women in front of the crowd today to promote it. On the other, if the women don’t appear today, it is what it is but won’t help WWE’s cause going forward for that next show.