Stephanie McMahon believes that pushing through with the Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia is “best for business”.
Speaking to Sky News, McMahon called the decision to continue with Crown Jewel, despite protests from politicians and fans, and even misgivings from major talents, an incredibly tough decision.
The government of Saudi Arabia is currently under fire for the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi at their Istanbul consulate. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is suspected of being involved though the Saudi government has denied this.
“Moving forward with Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia was an incredibly tough decision, given that heinous act,” acknowledged McMahon.
“But, at the end of the day, it is a business decision and, like a lot of other American companies, we decided that we’re going to move forward with the event and deliver Crown Jewel for all of our fans in Saudi Arabia and around the world,” she concluded.
This is the first time that Stephanie has spoken directly on the subject but her thought echo the language of WWE’s official statement on the situation.
The statement, released during the companies Q3 Earnings results, also called the decision to push through with Crown Jewel difficult given the heinous crime committed. But the company “has decided to fulfill their contractual obligations.
Crown Jewel, which is to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 2 is part of the WWE’s 10-year partnership with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince is said to be a big backer of the General Sports Authority as part of his “modernization” plans for the Kingdom.