As previously reported, Ali will be part of the WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia. Ali is going to be a member of Team Hogan in a 5-man match versus Team Flair.
The previous Saudi Arabia events have earned a lot of money for the company, but have also brought a lot of criticism onto the WWE because of Saudi Arabia’s reported human rights abuses. The biggest criticism of the Kingdom and the WWE’s continued deal with it has to be the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
There are reports as well that WWE superstars are uncomfortable with the Saudi Arabia events. The female wrestlers and talent are subject to restrictions and as of yet are banned from having matches. Some big stars, such as John Cena and Daniel Bryan have refused to appear in the shows.
While Ali might not be a big enough name to protest if he is uncomfortable performing in Saudi Arabia, he seems to have found a subtle way to show that he isn’t exactly supportive of the Kingdom.
He has since Tweeted out that, instead of taking the show as a big payday, he will instead be donating his Crown Jewel earnings to charity.
Specifically, Ali will be donating what he will receive for performing at WWE Crown Jewel to an organization called Charity: Water.
This non-profit organization is dedicated to improving access to clean and safe drinking water for people who live in developing countries. All of the public donations received by Charity: Water will be going to water projects.
During the Crown Jewel event on October 31, Ali will be joining Rusev, Richochet, Shorty G, and team captain Roman Reigns against Team Flair. Team Flair, meanwhile, has team captain Randy Orton with King Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and the current WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. The fifth and final member of Team Flair has yet to be announced.