There is tremendous pressure on WWE to pull out of the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia on 11/2. Several U.S. Senators have called on WWE to rethink their plans for their relationship with Saudi Arabia.
“I’d hope that they would be rethinking their relationship with the kingdom, especially with respect to events coming up in the next few weeks,” said Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy in the Independent Journal Review.
Murphy added, “This is a brazen assault on the freedom of the press and a slap in the face to the United States, if this murder occurred as it seems it did.”
Lindsey Graham agreed with those sentiments and said “There should be a pause,” in regards to WWE’s business relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“Private enterprise is private enterprise, different than a governmental entity,” said Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey. “But because (Linda McMahon) is part of the president’s cabinet, it falls into the grey area where the administration really should give it some thought and maybe even prevail upon them not doing it.”
This follows today’s news about Turkey claiming to have video evidence that shows the Saudi’s killed Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi. His murder is believed to be because he was critical of the Saudi government.
If the show is canceled then they would have to re-evaluate their creative for the show and figure out what to do with the top advertised matches.
It was said on Wrestling Observer Live that the working idea backstage in WWE, if they have to cancel the event, is to take all of the matches except for the World Cup tournament and simply moving them to Survivor Series.
Bryan Alvarez also speculated on the show saying that at this point he doesn’t think WWE will be holding the event in Saudi Arabia.
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