WWE Crown Jewel is receiving a lot of attention and plenty of people have varying opinions on the matter. While some fans have been outspoken about why WWE should nix their relationship with the Saudi Arabian government after the murder of Washington Post journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi — WWE is sticking with the plan as scheduled.
TMZ caught up with Ronda Rousey and were able to ask her about WWE staying with their commitment to put on the Crown Jewel show. She not only praised WWE for not pulling out, but also expanded on how an event like this will help form a common ground in which a stronger relationship and possibly a change of mind could be to follow. Because they love American culture in Saudi Arabia and it’s a great thing to be able to share with them.
“I think pulling out of Crown Jewel would be the wrong move because this is an opportunity to share our cultures and find what we have in common. Especially in times of adversity between two countries that’s the absolute wrong time to be able to pull away. That’s the time to find out what we have in common and be able to understand each other more. It seems almost frivolous—these WWE events and these big world issues, but in a world where we’re always looking at it like ‘us’ and ‘them,’ I think those big events like Crown Jewel that bring everyone together just makes us realize it’s ‘us’ all around.”
“I think having these events and sharing our culture in Saudi Arabia is the first step for us to really be able to understand each other and find that common ground. I mean, this is a great opportunity for a bunch of kids in Saudi Arabia [who love] American culture—WWE is part of American culture [and] they are inviting [it] in and embracing it. You have these kids from Saudi Arabia who are idolizing these people from America and all these different countries. Then you’ll see people from Saudi Arabia going into the WWE and kids from America idolizing those people. It’s just a great way for us to be able to share something and understand each other. I think that should be the goal. An ‘eye for and eye’ leaves the whole world blind.”
We know that some of our readers will be attending the Crown Jewel event and we encourage you to have an amazing time. If anything — it should be a great show packed full of historic moments. Hopefully, Rousey is correct and it will only help relations in the end.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quotes