The decision has finally been made as revealed in WWE’s recent press release.
Despite the huge backlash and mounting pressure from fans, talent and US Senate, WWE stands firm in its decision to proceed with Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
WWE released the news as part of its Q3 2018 Results. The company has cited “contractual obligations” and an effort to ensure “2018 guidance” stays on schedule financially” as the grounds on which it has made its decision to continue with Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
Crown Jewel will take place on November 2, 2018 from the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The following is WWE’s full statement on Crown Jewel which was published as part of today’s press release:
“WWE has operated in the Middle East for nearly 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base. Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Company faced a very difficult decision as it relates to its event scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh. Similar to other U.S.-based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has decided to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event.”
It’s no secret that Saudi Arabia is paying WWE a bank to host Crown Jewel after the extremely successful April’s Greatest Royal Rumble. Crown Jewel will be the second show as per the 10-year agreement between the Saudi General Sports Authority and WWE.
It all began when US journalist Jamal Khashoggi was reportedly murdered inside the Saudi Consulate on October 2, 2018. Jamal went missing ever since but ahead of his disappearance, he was reporting for The Washington Post that has published several stories on Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Hell broke loose when CNN reported that as per a Turkish official’s confirmation, Khashoggi was cut into pieces.
Top Superstars namey John Cena and Daniel Bryan have refused to work the show if it takes place in Saudi Arabia. It’s very likely that these two top names will pull out given Crown Jewel is now bound to take place in the Arabian land.
It would be interesting to see how WWE explains Cena’s absence given he is one of the 8 Superstars scheduled to take part in the inaugural WWE World Cup at Crown Jewel.