Backstage Update On Superstars Heading to Saudi Arabia For WWE Crown Jewel

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WWE’s fourth trip over to Saudi Arabia is now just three weeks away and it’s usually around this time that a number of names are released, as superstars start to decline both the money and the opportunity to head over to the Middle East.

The women of WWE were banned from being part of the first two shows before Alexa Bliss and Natalya headed over to Saudi Arabia in June in the hopes that the women would be given the green light, but their efforts were in vain.

Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Aleister Black were amongst the superstars who declined or were not allowed to head to the Middle East for Super ShowDown, and it appears that there could be more this year.

Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda revealed that many current WWE stars are refusing to work with Hulk Hogan and that could lead to refusals to head out to the Middle East, while Fightful Select is now reporting that many stars haven’t been told their status for the show, which could be WWE’s tactic to prevent stars turning down the trip in advance.

“There are several people we’ve spoken to who still aren’t sure if they’re even supposed to make the trip over to Saudi Arabia in three weeks,” they said via Sportskeeda.

Fightful Select went on to report that WWE is expected to fly some of their broadcast team to Connecticut instead of to Saudi Arabia for the Kick off show. The site also added that Booker T is one of the stars expected to be on commentary for Crown Jewel.

Renee Young is not expected to be part of the show this time around, which is a shock since she was the only female cleared to work in the Middle East.