It was earlier reported that several WWE Superstars do not want to go to Saudi Arabia for the November 2nd Crown Jewel event.
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 he was working for The Washington Post ahead of his disappearance. It is to be noted that The Washington Post has published numerous stories surrounding Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Hell broke loose when word got out that the Saudi government was ready to admit that Khashoggi was killed during an interrogation gone wrong.
WWE issued the following statement on Monday in response to the reports of talent not ready to go to Saudi Arabia:
“As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers, as we continue to monitor the situation.”
As of this writing, the Crown Jewel show is still scheduled for November 2. However, what’s interesting is the fact that although the Crown Jewel show was mentioned this week on Monday Night RAW, the announcers (Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young) didn’t say “Saudi Arabia”, not even once.
A commercial for Crown Jewel was also aired during RAW and although it did mention the date and time for the show, there were no references to Saudi Arabia.
UFC parent company, Endeavor, also pulled out of a $400 million deal with Saudi Arabia due to the Khashoggi case.
The United States Senate has also called on WWE to re-evaluate its relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Reports suggest that WWE received $45 million (approx.) for the Greatest Royal Rumble that took place in Jeddah this past April. It’s pretty obvious that Vince McMahon won’t want to cancel November’s Saudi Arabia show given the huge yet-to-be-revealed amount of money the Kingdom is paying WWE.
It is reported that WWE officials have already discussed backup plans in case the situation compels them to cancel Crown Jewel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
If Crown Jewel ends up taking place in Saudi Arabia, it would be the second pay-per-view event as per the 10-year agreement between Saudi General Sports Authority and WWE.