Someone has to make history. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say that Crown Jewel was not a show fans were overly interested in seeing when it was first announced. The shows in Saudi Arabia have not been well received to put it mildly and there was little reason to believe that this one would be any different. On Wednesday morning, it was announced that for the first time ever, a women’s match would take place in Saudi Arabia. This was quite the honor and the match’s participants were named, but why were those two chosen?

On Wednesday morning, Natalya and Lacey Evans were announced as the first women to be taking part in a women’s match in Saudi Arabia. The two have been feuding over the course of the last several weeks, with Natalya defeating Evans in what seemed to be the final match of their feud by defeating her in a Last Woman Standing match. They have since teamed together once but their partnership seemed to only last a night. However, they were chosen for the Crown Jewel match and that was the case for a specific reason.

Stephanie McMahon recently spoke with Bleacher Report and explained why WWE picked Natalya and Evans for the spots. Natalya was chosen due to her longevity in wrestling and amount of experience, plus her family legacy as part of the Hart Family. On the other hand, Evans was chosen for wanting to cause change around the world as an example to her young children. Natalya would go on to defeat Evans in the match by making her submit to the Sharpshooter.

That’s some history. Check out the match itself:

Both Natalya and Evans have commented about the match as well:

Opinion: You can give them whatever reasons or credit that you want but what matters is that the match took place. Yes it was short, no it didn’t mean a thing for the sake of storyline or angle advancement and yes they were having to wear different gear, but the match actually happened. That is one of those things that seemed impossible probably earlier this week and yet there it was. That’s quite the moment for WWE and wrestling in general and I’m curious to see if it can lead to something else in the future. Even if it doesn’t though, they did something once and that is impressive, as well as important.

How big of a deal is the match? Will the match lead anywhere? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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