The Saudi General Sports Commission has apologised to the viewers and citizens of the Arab nation after WWE showed semi-nude women during the Greatest Royal Rumble on live TV
None of the company’s female talent were allowed to take part in the event due to the conservative Arab state’s ultra strict laws.
The U.S. promotion was criticised for agreeing to keep them off the show, as part of a 10-year deal with the Saudi government. But adverts were aired featuring Carmella and co. at the event at the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah on Friday.
State television cut off its broadcast of the event during the promotional footage, prompting an apology over the “indecent material”.
This appears to have been a music video promoting new joint pay-per-views, featuring talent from both Raw and SmackDown LIVE.
The advert includes talents lip syncing along to ‘The Best of Both Worlds’, including Sasha Banks, Carmella and Naomi in their ring gear
The WWE Network lip, which ends with Carmella drinking a bottle of water, also features Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Nia Jax and Becky Lynch. In a statement released by the Sport Commission, they apologised to the viewers and dissociated themselves from the show of ‘indecent women’ The statement reads:
“The General Sport Authority would like to apologise to the viewers and attendees of last night’s WWE event that took place in Jeddah, over the indecent scene involving women that appeared as an ad before a segment.
“It would like to confirm its total disapproval of this, in the shadow of its commitment to eliminate anything that goes against the communities values.
“The authority has made sure to ban showing of any segment that involves women wrestling or any scenes related to it, and stipulated that to the company [WWE].
“The authority also disapproved any promotional stuff with pictures or videos showing women in an indecent way, and emphasised on commitment of this rule.
“And it’s a commitment that the authority would still commit to forever in all of its events and programs.”