WWE held a huge event in Saudi Arabia named the 'Greatest Royal Rumble' - but it was marred by controversy before and during its broadcast.
The show was the first major western wrestling event ever to be held in the country and took place at the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah.
The event had largely been criticised for being a publicity stunt and a piece of propaganda for the Saudi government through the Saudi General Sports Authority, which has entered into a 10-year deal with the WWE.
This flies in the face of the company's recent attempts to promote women more heavily on their product with stars like Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss all featuring in marquee matches at Wrestlemania, the company's biggest show of the year.
Not only were the female wrestlers ostracised from the show female presenters like Renee Young were not present either.
Furthermore, Stephanie McMahon and Michelle Wilson, two of the most senior officials behind-the-scenes in WWE, were not present at a meal before the event, as reported by wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer.
Nope, no Stephanie McMahon nor Michelle Wilson at the private dinner last night https://t.co/Z1Yu2Y4tQA
In addition, one of WWE's top stars Finn Balor, who is a big supporter of LGBT+ equality and inclusion, did not wear his rainbow tights or t-shirt, which he has been sporting in recent weeks and through which he has raised money for charity.
Homosexuality is prohibited in Saudi Arabia and being gay can be punishable by death.
Balor, real name Fergal Deviit, has since put out a statement about the absence of the tights and says that he continues to support LGBT+ rights.
My Rainbow Gear was a statement at Wrestlemania Weeekend
Although the gear has not been worn since in 6 appearance… https://t.co/qzHf7imsFE
WWE had addressed the concerns prior to the event.
Speaking to The Independent,executive vice president of talent, live events and creative, Paul 'Triple H' Levesque, admitted that discussions have been held and they are looking to hopefully include women's wrestling on the show in the future.
I understand that people are questioning it, but you have to understand that every culture is different and just because you don’t agree with a certain aspect of it, it doesn’t mean it’s not a relevant culture.
You can’t dictate to a country or a religion about how they handle things but, having said that, WWE is at the forefront of a women’s evolution in the world and what you can’t do is affect change anywhere by staying away from it.
While, right now, women are not competing in the event, we have had discussions about that and we believe and hope that, in the next few years they will be. That is a significant cultural shift in Saudi Arabia.