Taking a step back in 2018, Lita criticized WWE's deal with Saudi Arabia as being barred from competing at the company's events in that country. Things have changed since then, as women have now been involved in these events, making history and, albeit minimally, contributing to the progress of a country that is still too mentally closed on the female side.
Obviously, she discussed it again in 2022 because on February 19 she herself will be present at The Elimination Chamber which as we know this year will take place in Saudi Arabia and there she will challenge the current Raw champion, Becky Lynch, for the belt.
At WrestleZone in 2018, the Hall of Famer said, "I understand that they are a business, a global business and are always looking to expand their global presence. However, I feel this was a direct conflict of interest with them that they maintain.
all the integrity or truth to the fact that they say they would like to push women forward, their roles and their reputations in this business as something like or equal to a man. Make money, okay, but don't try to cover it.
No, we are doing this because in the future we would like to help advance their culture! No, you want money, you are a company and businesses make money. All right. From my point of view, here, I don't own your business, so it's up to you to decide.
From a public relations point of view, don't say you are doing it because we want to help that culture advance. No, it's a direct conflict of interest, in my opinion."
Backstage news on Lita
Interviewed on the YouTube podcast Ring The Belle a few days ago, Lita this time said, “I have been outspoken about the early relationship between WWE and Saudi Arabia.
'They say they want women's wrestling over there, I don't know if I believe it, there are no women on this card.' There are women on the card and I have personally talked to the women who have been there and they say: 'It's incredible.
There are women who cry, never thinking that they could see two such strong women in the ring. It's really powerful, you'll like it. 'Sure, they still have a long way to go? Do we, as a company, have a long way to go? Absolutely.
You have to seize opportunities when they are there." Lita spoke about the topic during her appearance on Booker T's Hall of Fame podcast and revealed how her opinion changed over time. She admitted to initially being shocked by names being revealed well in advance.
"That was a really interesting choice, right? Like, the big thing with the Rumble is the surprises. Then, when you see that countdown, you don't know who's coming out even though you know who it might be, so there's still that surprise element.
So, I was kinda, like, 'really? okay, we're announcing ahead of time.' Then I was, like, you know what, you get ahead of the rumors because you know it's going to get out anyway somehow."