WWE Riyadh Crown Jewel to feature first women’s match in Saudi Arabia

The match will be part of the Jewel Crown event at Riyadh Season. (Screen grab)
Updated 01 November 2019

WWE Riyadh Crown Jewel to feature first women’s match in Saudi Arabia

  • The match between Natalya and Lacey Evans will be the first ever women’s wrestling match in Saudi Arabia
  • Braun Strowman, Tyson Fury, Cain Velasquez, and Brock Lesnar will also compete at the Crown Jewel

RIYADH: WWE announced on Wednesday, the first ever women’s match in Saudi Arabia will take place on Thursday, during the Crown Jewel press conference.
The conference was held at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, and the event is part of Riyadh Season, which includes over 100 events happening in two months.
WWE Superstars Natalya and Lacey Evans will be the starts of the women’s match.
Crown Jewel, one of WWE’s premier pay-per-view events, will also feature Roman Reigns and matches between other boxing champions.
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez will battle for the WWE title, while Braun Strowman and Tyson Fury will have a match too.

Photo Gallery of WWE Superstars Natalya and Lacey Evans match
Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt will compete for the Universal Championship.
Mansoor, a Saudi wrestler who won in the WWE’s largest Battle Royale in history, also spoke during the press conference.
“I will make you proud and will not disappoint you,” he said to the Saudi crowds.
International boxing champions Fury and Strowman commented on their match, as well as Velasquez and Lesnar.
Boxing icons Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton were also at the junket.

Watch the live press conference here:

 


Iran teams’ AFC Champions League matches moved to UAE

Updated 22 January 2020

Iran teams’ AFC Champions League matches moved to UAE

  • Tensions were raised earlier this month by the killing of an Iranian army general by a US drone strike in Iraq
  • The Iranian teams will play against Bahrain and Kuwait
KUALA LUMPUR: Two Iranian football clubs’ AFC Champions League preliminary round matches have been moved to a neutral country because of security fears, Asia football’s governing body announced Wednesday.
The Asian Football Confederation said the ties — Shahr Khodro FC of Iran v Riffa of Bahrain and Iran’s Esteghlal FC v Kuwait SC — will now be played in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, January 25.
Both the matches were scheduled to be played in Iran on Tuesday but were postponed and “moved to neutral venues because of ongoing security concerns and the decision of several governments to issue travel warnings to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said an AFC statement.
Tensions were raised earlier this month by the killing of an Iranian army general by a US drone strike in Iraq.
Iran’s armed forces subsequently shot down a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 in error soon after take-off from Tehran, killing all 176 people on board.
The four football teams representing Iran in the AFC Champions League — Esteghlal, Persepolis, Sepahan and Shahr Khodro — have all threatened to boycott the competition if they are banned from hosting matches.