It was earlier reported that several WWE Superstars are unwilling to go to Saudi Arabia for the November 2nd Crown Jewel show.
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 working for The Washington Post that has published numerous stories surrounding Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
It appears that apart from the talent, the production people in WWE are also reluctant to board the plane to Saudi Arabia.
On Tuesday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed:
“I heard most of the production people didn’t want to go. Basically, what I heard is the majority of the people in the company are very much against doing the show but everyone in management, for the most part, is for it because they’re afraid that it will hurt the stock price and that’s a real big deal right now.”
Meltzer further added, “one of the reasons why the stock is so high is because [WWE is expecting] $450 million over the next 10 years [from Saudi Arabia].”
Things got worse when word got out that the Saudi government was ready to admit that Khashoggi was killed during an interrogation gone wrong.
Hell finally broke loose today when CNN reported that a Turkish official has confirmed that Khashoggi was cut into pieces. The claim came after a 9-hour long search was conducted by the Turkish officials in the Saudi consulate on Monday night.
It is to be noted that UFC parent company, Endeavor, also pulled out of a $400 million deal with Saudi Arabia due to the Khashoggi case.
Several United States Senators have called on WWE to re-evaluate its relationship with Saudi Arabia.
A commercial for Crown Jewel aired during this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW featuring the date and time for the show but without any references to Saudi Arabia