WWE: Shadia Bseiso becomes first Arabic woman to join roster

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World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. signed its first ever female Arab performer in order to gain larger international audience in the Middle East.

In January last year, Shadia was invited to cast an audition to host WWE show in Arabic ‘Wal3ooha’ in Dubai.

The 31-year old Jordanian athlete, who is well versed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu has never planned to become a WWE wrestler.

She had built her career as a on-screen presenter of live and sports events.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Shadia said, "I wanted to be as accomplished as possible as an athlete so that I could gain a lot of credibility as a sports entertainment presenter. That's what I had in mind’’.

"I would like people from the region to first be proud. I would like to make them proud as an athlete and as an entertainer and as the first Arab woman to sign with WWE. It's a really big deal and a very big responsibility’’.

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The professional wrestling company said that Bseiso’s athlete abilities, confidence and natural charisma earned her the opportunity to further develop her skills with WWE.

After signing World Wrestling Entertainment, Shadia has relocated to Orlando, Florida where she will be upskilled at the training centre of WWE.

Speaking on the past WWE wrestler from the Arabic region, Shadia said, "The road to WWE when you're from the Middle East was never clear. There weren't any tryouts. You see athletes of Arab heritage, but [they are] people who grew up in Canada or in the UK. None from the region’’.

"This is why this is so beautiful right now for this generation and the next generation and the one to come. Girls and guys can grow up in the Middle East and say: 'I want to be a WWE superstar’’, she added.

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