Female wrestlers performing in Saudi Arabia didn’t just mean a lot to the women in the crowd but also to the performers themselves. Natalya recently spoke to Yahoo Sports about her Crown Jewel match against Lacey Evans.
Check out highlights below:
Her thoughts on the meaning of the match:
This was being the change that we have all been waiting for. Being part of this incredible change that we were able to implement with our work, our body of work, our women’s evolution. It was one of the most impactful moments of my life. It was one of the most meaningful things that I’ve ever done. Knowing that I’m helping change the world.
How it came together:
We had been hearing rumblings that we were going to get the match, but we still weren’t sure, it was up in the air. About two days before we went to Saudi Arabia this time, we were told, ‘Hey, there’s a good chance that you guys get a match. We can’t guarantee it, but it’s looking good.’ For us, we were cautiously optimistic because we didn’t want to get our hopes up and then have them dashed.
Her initial reaction:
The first thing I did was call my mom, it was three or four o’clock in the morning, but I called her and I just wanted to shout it from the rooftops. Of course my mom was up — she said she was changing the kitty litter — but my mom was so excited, my whole family was so excited.