Many members of the WWE Universe are angry about the company’s holding the Greatest Royal Rumble (GRR) in Saudi Arabia.
There are several reasons fans are upset about WWE’s upcoming event, but the main problem people have is the company is holding the event in a country but the women are not competing on the event. Other point out how women in Saudi Arabia have limited to no rights compared to the men.
Some are trying to look at the positives in all of this – Triple H talking about how there could be a culture shift where women could eventually compete in KSA in a few years to Jerry Lawler noting a possible payday for WWE’s female talent for not competing on the show.
Some fans taking a stance of boycotting the GRR as a way to support women, as well as encouraging others to watch women’s wrestling on that day.
WWE's #GreatestRoyalRumble is tomorrow and a LOT of people are angry at Saudi Arabia's ban of women performers.
— EVE – Women's Pro Wrestling (@ProWrestlingEVE) April 26, 2018
Pro Wrestling Eve is offering a free week for their On Demand service for fans who are looking for an alternative, which I recommend you watch, not because I am personally boycotting GRR. Pro Wrestling Eve has a great product and everyone should watch it – especially their big event Wrestle Queendom on May 12.
Fans have a right to be upset at WWE and if they want to boycott GRR and dump their subscription, they can do that. But if their reason is because they want to support women’s wrestling, there are other, more positive ways they can do this.
One way is to watch as much women’s wrestling as they can. The easiest way would be to go on the WWE Network and watch the Mae Young Classic in its entirety. Fans could also rewatch events like NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, NXT: The End or NXT: Rival. Almost every episode and NXT Takeover special since 2014 has featured a women’s match on the card.
WWE also has different 24 documents focused on the “Women’s Revolution” – I know that’s a dirty term wrestling fans don’t like. There’s also Hell in a Cell 2016, the 2018 Royal Rumble event or even Wrestlemania 34.
Now fans are probably noticing all of the aforementioned options are strictly WWE programming.
Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Shimmer, Shine, Rise, World Ring of Stardom and Lucha Underground have good, quality women’s wrestling. Fans should support them, but it shouldn’t take something like GRR for them to take the step and commit to watching them.
However, the female talent on those promotions will still get to wrestle this weekend. The female talent who are really hurt by GRR and the exclusion of women’s matches are the superstars on Raw and Smackdown Live.
Even NXT talent will still get to compete at live events this weekend.
Main roster talent like Nia Jax, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss and others have to miss the opportunity to wrestle tomorrow.
Another way to support women’s wrestling on GRR Day is to open your wallet. Purchase merchandise of your favorite women wrestlers. But again, I challenge fans to go to WWEShop.com and purchase items of WWE women.
If you don’t want to open your wallet, you can make the simple gesture of sending a nice message to your favorite superstar.
Come hang out with us FRIDAY for the LONGEST Royal Rumble Reaction Livestream! HALF of ALL Superchats we receive during the stream will be donated to @SaintJohnsPRC to help empower and support homeless women and children! #WWEGRR #sdlive pic.twitter.com/Igz6vgOSee
— Going In Raw Podcast (@REALGoingInRaw) April 25, 2018
You can also go beyond wrestling and support women in other ways. Going in Raw’s Steve and Larson is going to host a livestream of GRR and donate a portion of the money they raise in Superchat to a women’s charity. You could do the same for a local women’s charity in your area.
Former WWE Star Lanny Poffo Dies at 68
Former WWE star Lanny ‘The Genius’ Poffo has reportedly died at the age of 68, according to his close friend “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, although no cause of death has been given at the time of this writing.
Poffo made his in-ring debut with the All-South Wrestling Alliance back in 1974, and also wrestled for a number of promotions such as the National Wrestling Alliance where he won a tag-team title with his father, Angelo.
Poffo debuted for WWE back in 1985 where he would be known as “Leaping Lanny Poffo” and “The Genius.”
Poffo would return to WWE back in 2015 to induct his brother, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, into the WWE Hall of Fame in a touching induction ceremony ahead of WrestleMania 31.
“With a very, very heavy heart, I’ve been asked to let everyone know about the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius,” Duggan said on Twitter.
Braun Strowman Talks Brock Lesnar Shooting On Him at Royal Rumble
WWE superstar Braun Strowman has had a number of memorable moments during his career at WWE, but none are quite like the 2018 Royal Rumble where Brock Lesnar got upset with Strowman for catching him with a knee.
Lesnar didn’t take to kindly and immediately hit Strowman with a flurry of legitimate punches, including a right hand to his jaw.
“Shit got real” Strowman said, during an interview with BT Sport.
“I mean, at the end of the day it’s two scary guys, two dominant males, not wanting to give an inch to either one, and we took it from each other. Things happen. We’re not playing, we’re not ballet, we’re not badminton. We’re physical. He’s [Lesnar] 300lbs, of just unadulterated animalistic beast and I’m a 385lbs monster. Things happen. At the end of the day, we made one hell of a segment, that’s what really happened.”
“I pat myself on the back. I think I’m the only person in history to take an overhand right from Brock Lesnar and not get knocked out. Anytime you get in the ring with “The Beast” and mix it up, the bigger the challenge the better. If you’re not wrestling the best, then who’d you beat?”
Ex-NJPW Star Karl Fredericks Signs with WWE
Former New Japan Pro Wrestling star Karl Fredericks has officially signed with WWE following the conclusion of his four-year tenure with NJPW. Fredericks announced on social media back in summer 2022 that he would not re-sign with NJPW.
Fredericks was initially linked to WWE last September, when he was reportedly spotted at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
According to PW Insider, Fredericks has officially signed with WWE and will be a part of the NXT brand initially.
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