WWE Crown Jewel takes place live from Saudi Arabia next Thursday night and it appears that even though WWE has a stacked card for their fourth trip over to the Middle East, they have had a number of issues putting it together.
Last year’s Crown Jewel was somewhat controversial since a number of stars refused to travel to the country following the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. WWE was still able to put on a fantastic show, that was main-evented by DX and The Brothers of Destruction, but the company has had more issues with the show this year.
According to Tom Colohue on this week’s edition of Dropkick DiSKussions, WWE has brought in the likes of Cain Velasquez and Tyson Fury because many superstars are refusing to travel to the Middle East to perform.
“I think WWE also chose to bring people in to pad out the card because we have people saying ‘no’. We have quite a bit of talent in the locker room now saying ‘no’. Those numbers are going up. People are refusing to work Saudi Arabia,” he said via Sportskeeda.
The current match card sees the biggest Tag Team Turmoil match to crown the Best Tag Team in the World, Tyson Fury vs Braun Strowman, Cain Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship, Cesaro vs Mansoor and Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt for the Universal Championship in a Falls Count anywhere match.
Team Hogan vs Team Flair will also take place and currently pits Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ricochet, Ali and Shorty G up against Randy Orton, King Corbin, Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Lashley and a star who is yet to be named. Colohue went on to state that one of the stars in this match has already been asked if he can be taken off the show.
“I was told quite recently just by the one person within WWE that there was someone who is already on a Team Hogan or a Team Flair who was considering refusing working Saudi Arabia. It’s not just a case of Sami Zayn anymore, who was told not to come. People are saying ‘no’, people are paying attention, people are more politically active and they are making that decision.”