To say that controversy continues to follow the relationship between the WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia might be the understatement of the year the latest bit surrounding the upcoming Crown Jewel event and the company is beyond the scope of just professional wrestling.
After the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and what many to believe his murder at the hands of the Saudis has led the WWE to come under fire not only from their own Universe, but United States government officials as well (read that here). Earlier today, it was noted that WWE.com was no longer showing the the link to purchase tickets and location, leading many to believe this is an indication the show will be heading someplace else or completely cancelled.
In an update to that story, both Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer and David Bixenspan of Deadspin have confirmed with the company that the show is moving forward as scheduled. Additionally, a company spokesman told Bixenspan that any removal of the link or location for Crown Jewel was done in error, stating that, “The event should be listed”.
To further proof of WWE going ahead with the show in some capacity, two World Cup Qualifiers have been announced for tomorrow night’s RAW as Drew McIntyre takes on Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose faces Dolph Ziggler.
According to PWInsider, at this time plans will not be changing “unless something drastic happens”. To further that, there has been speculation that WWE may have given itself a “soft deadline” of tomorrow to make a final decision. With World Cup matches being announced for RAW, some are taking that had drawn the conclusion that the location isn’t going to be changing. This all comes despite even more pressure from United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, who said the following to WCBS News Radio 820 on Friday:
“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.”
Quotes c/o WrestleZone
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