WWE Responds To Reported Dissent Amongst Talent Roster Over Crown Jewel

Hugh Fox
October 16, 2018

WWE's big Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia has been the hot news item for the WWE over the last week, and it continues to be a big story.

Earlier today, Sports Illustrated reported that multiple WWE superstars, all choose to remain anonymous, "expressed discomfort with the idea of performing in Saudi Arabia".

There are several major matches being advertised for the event, including the reuniting of D-Generation X. Triple H and Shawn Michaels are scheduled to compete against The Brothers of Destruction, The Undertaker and Kane, in Michaels first match in the company in over 8 years.

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It might seem like an odd confluence of events, but the WWE is now in the middle of an global incident involving the suspected murder of a Saudi journalist in Turkey and a wrestling event that's due to take place next month in Riyadh.

John Oliver tore into President Donald Trump on Sunday for failing to take action against Saudi Arabia over the alleged assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. But WWE, despite taking an ample amount of criticism, appears to be set on keeping its ties with the Saudis.

Senator Chris Murphy of CT, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and represents the state WWE is based, has urged them to call off the event.

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WWE has remained tight-lipped on the entire issue, offering a brief statement last week claiming to be "monitoring the situation", however, as of this writing, the plan remains for WWE to hold its Crown Jewel event in Riyadh on November 2nd.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT admonished WWE over the weekend. "I would hope that WWE will recognize on its own a conscience and conviction if there is proof that Saudi officials approved and ordered this kind of killing, and I would lean first on the United States government to do its duty so that it can lead private interests like WWE, and the first place to look is to the United States of America", he said. "WWE has been at the forefront of change and you want to change Saudi Arabia, you send something like WWE there".

"There should be a pause", Senator Graham (R-SC) said when asked about WWE working with the kingdom.

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