WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Controversy
Wrestlezone’s Nick Hausman interviewed Lita and asked her about the Greatest Royal Rumble and this is what she said in direct quote:
“I understand that they are a business, a global business, and always looking to expand their global presence. However, I do feel it’s a direct conflict of interest with them maintaining any integrity or truth to the fact that they say they would like to push forward women and their roles and their representation in the industry as anything remotely resembling an equal to a male.”
“Make the money, that’s fine, but don’t try to cover it up and be like, “No, we are doing this because we would like to in the future be able to help progress their culture forward!” No, you wanted the money and that’s fine. You’re a business and businesses make money. That’s okay. From your perspective over there, I don’t own your business, so that’s ok. But, from a PR perspective, don’t try to be like “We’re doing it because we want to help progress that culture forward.” No, it’s a direct conflict of interest, in my opinion.”
I can understand how Lita reached that conclusion. A lot of what she says is true.
Throughout WWE programming they have done everything under the sun to tell us that these women will be accepted. From WWE network specials; First ever Hell in the Cell; First ever Money in the Bank match; First ever Royal Rumble; Triple H and Stephanie McMahon over promotion this “change” within WWE. We know the world is changing for the most part. Women getting equal employment opportunities within the workplace, etc., etc. With the same PR WWE is trying to “push” their female talent and continue to shove change with the equality motto, then…they sign a multi-million-dollar contract with Saudi Arabia that would not allow the “change” to happen due to women having limited to no rights in certain parts of Saudi Arabia. However; if you look at the WWE from a whole, the women do not sell like the men do. You could find one or two of the female talent that lands in the top 10/15 for merchandise sales. I do not believe that the women could sell out a house show or pay-per view without the male talent being present. But the WWE will sell with or without the female talent. It shouldn’t be a shock that WWE signed a multi-million-dollar contract with the exception that their scantily clad women working the program.
I’ve never approved of how the WWE ushered in the supposed women’s revolution. To make a revolution it must come organically, but WWE forced fed the WWE’s revolution and it’s hard to take it seriously if you’re desperate to make people accept it. I enjoyed watching specials on how Ronda Rousey ushered in the female talent for UFC. She changed the look of the company and ended up outshining the male talent and becoming a bigger star than anyone with UFC. WWE has never had a female talent outshine or out-success their male talent. On top of that UFC women were not about being eye-candy. WWE female talent are overly contoured in make-up and have exaggerated hair extensions to remain appealing for the male audience.
WWE has lost their integrity depending on who you speak to. It can be looked at two different ways: Triple says he wants to be a part of the social change in Saudi Arabia and this was one step to doing so. Also, WWE is hypocritical for over-promoting change for the women and then inking a HUGE contract with Saudi Arabia for money. Either way you look at it, WWE can usher in change through Saudi Arabia. Saudi’s culture is changing at a slow pace for women. I understand why WWE did it and how Lita drew her conclusion.