Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 25 August 2019

Stephanie McMahon on a women's main event at WWE WrestleMania 35: I know they would deliver

The WWE's chief brand officer also discusses the company's history night in Abu Dhabi in 2017 when Alexa Bliss fought Sasha Banks, as well as the change in Ronda Rousey's character

WWE's chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon is proud of her company's association with the Special Olympics World Games 2019. Reem Mohammed / The National
WWE's chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon is proud of her company's association with the Special Olympics World Games 2019. Reem Mohammed / The National

WWE's chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon is in Abu Dhabi for the start of the Special Olympics World Games 2019 on Thursday.

McMahon took time out from the activities in the UAE to talk about the WWE's road to WrestleMania 35.

Among the topic were the possibility of a first women's main event at the WWE's biggest show of the year, the change of Ronda Rousey's character and Roman Reigns' recovery from leukaemia.

On the chances of Ronda Rousey v Becky Lynch v Charlotte Flair being the main event at WrestleMania 35

"It would mean more to me then I could describe for our women to be the main event at WrestleMania. Charlotte, Ronda and Becky could do it this year. There is so much momentum behind the story. They are so incredibly talented. I know they would deliver. But what I will say is that I hope it is the first of many."

On Ronda Rousey's year in WWE

"I have loved watching Ronda Rousey's evolution. As a character and as a performer. She seems to have taken it a bit far lately and I just have to say I feel a bit bad for Becky and Charlotte."

On the importance of Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks' historic match in Abu Dhabi in 2017

The event at Zayed Sports City was the first WWE women's match in the UAE and McMahon said: "I will forever be grateful to our fans who were in Abu Dhabi that night that Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss were allowed to compete for the first time and a chant broke out from both men and women, chanting 'this is hope, this is hope'. It was one of the most powerful moments in our history and it is what about the women's evolution is truly about."

On if there will be a second all-women's network special after the success of WWE Evolution in 2018

The WWE held their first ever all-women's network special, WWE Evolution, in New York in October 2018. Of plans for a sequel this year, McMahon said: "We haven't announced any plans yet for Evolution but we have a lot of things in the works right now. One thing that is important to note with Evolution that it was our first ever all-women's streaming special pay per view is that it trended No 1 world wide for two and a half hours during the last game of the World Series and during NFL Sunday Night Football. Both huge audiences in the United States but it was WWE Evolution that was trending No 1."

On Roman Reigns' recovery from leukaemia

"Roman overcoming leukaemia and announcing he had leukaemia and sharing it with the world has been transformational for him as a person and in a way was transformational for the audience. It really brings full circle what life is all about and what is the most important thing in life and that is love. Roman talked about all the support that he got from the WWE Universe and how much it meant to him and now what he wants to do is use the WWE's platform and use his celebrity to give back to others who are also fighting. It is an amazing story. It is a true story. And I think Roman is going to be able to do amazing things."

Updated: March 13, 2019 08:45 PM

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