WWE has found themselves at a crossroads when it comes to the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.
Following on from the Greatest Royal Rumble earlier this year, a situation in the country has seen plenty of fans and even outlets plead with WWE to cancel the event.
Instead, the company has confirmed it will be moving ahead with it, despite John Cena and reportedly Daniel Bryan telling the company that they won't compete at the event in the Middle East - with Bryan scheduled to challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Championship.
Now, Ronda Rousey has spoken out about the situation and has defended the WWE for refusing to cancel it - despite the fact that the RAW Women's Champion and every other female not allowed to perform on the show.
When TMZ caught up with her, Rousey claimed that the event can help to bring together both countries and cultures with the potential of one day seeing the female talent compete, too.
According to Cageside Seats, she said "I’m a two-time Olympian, so I’m an idealist when it comes to sport. One of my favourite memories from the 2004 Olympics - I was in the gym and I was on the treadmill and I was cutting weight and I was running and right next to me was a boxer from Iraq and he was running next to me.
"And it was the beginning of the Iraq war, and nowhere else in the world would some man from Iraq and a little girl from Venice Beach be respecting each other and sharing space.
BRINGING EVERYONE TOGETHER
"And, I think that sports is where we really find that common ground with each other, and, I think that pulling out of the Crown Jewel would be the wrong move because I think that this is an opportunity to be able to share our cultures, and to define what we have in common and in times especially when, you know, times of adversity between two countries that’s the absolute wrong time to be able to pull away. I think that’s the time for us to be able to find what we have in common and be able to understand each other more.
"And it seems almost frivolous, you know, like a WWE event and these huge world issues but in a world where we’re always trying to look at it as us and them, I think those big events like the Crown Jewel that bring everyone together just makes us realise it’s an ‘us’ all around. It’s not like they’re aliens and we’re aliens over there. I think that having these events and sharing our culture in Saudi Arabia is the first step for us to understand each other and find that common ground.
"Where else would you... I mean, this is a great opportunity to have a bunch of kids in Saudi Arabia loving a part of American culture. I mean, WWE is part of American culture that they are inviting in and embracing, and to have these kids from Saudi Arabia idolising these people that are from America and all these different countries.
"Then you’ll see people from Saudi Arabia going into the WWE, and kids from American idolising those people. And it’s just a great way for us to be able to share something and understand each other and I think that that should be the goal. I think an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind and we need to be able to send out."
Despite the negativity surrounding the event, Rousey is hopeful WWE can help better the relationship instead.
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