Wrestlemania. Established in 1985, it’s one of the strongest brands in all of entertainment. This year will mark its 29th consecutive year. Literally millions of fans have been in attendance, and millions more watch on pay-per-view every single year. In a new WWE website article entitled “10 Venues That Should Host Wrestlemania”, they name Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Iran.
Azadi stadium seats at least 85,000. But nearly 40 percent of WWE's viewers are women. Iran’s treatment of women that makes even the hypothetical proposition of hosting Wrestlemania in Iran an extremely bad idea... especially at Azadi Stadium.
Women aren’t actually allowed in Azadi Stadium anymore, or into any soccer stadium anywhere in Iran.
Periodic demonstrations protesting the ban of women from Iranian soccer stadiums have resulted in brutal physical attacks on them.
Soccer games have frequently been transformed into political rallies against the clerical regime. Whenever this happens, the government orders checkpoints leading to the stadium shut down and then sends in their storm troopers to quell the dissent.
Hold a flagship sporting event in one of the most oppressive countries on Earth? That's an idea that deserves to get slammed to the mat.
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