WWE Announces Crown Jewel Will Continue As Planned

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Despite growing concern regarding WWE‘s relationship with Saudi Arabia, the company just confirmed Crown Jewel will continue on as planned.

As WWE announced their Q3 earnings today, they also addressed the status of their November 2nd event. In their 2018 business outlook, WWE stated:

“WWE has operated in the Middle East for nearly 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base. Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Company faced a very difficult decision as it relates to its event scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh. Similar to other U.S.-based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has decided to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event. Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled.”

As we previously reported, four U.S. senators called for WWE to re-think their relationship with the Saudi government. Pre-show panelist Sam Roberts also spoke out, saying the event should be moved. 

For those unaware, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was reportedly assassinated in the Saudi consulate in Turkey over two weeks ago. The team of people who allegedly murdered him reportedly dismembered his body with a bone saw at the order of the highest levels of the Royal Court.

This prompted WWE to release a statement saying they were monitoring the situation.

We’ll keep you updated if WWE makes any additional comments.

  • dooger2

    Cowardly. Exactly what we all should have expected.

  • Louis

    Not surprised. I would say fans should protest but we all know that’s bullshit as well because that requires effort from fans. Wrestling sites should not cover it either but we know that won’t happen because sites need to cover the show because they need the hits *cough* Wrestlezone*cough* So, in reality, just another day in the office for the WWE.

    • Lou DiFigliano #Deleted

      They have been dodging the question when asked – but advertising their answer for 2 weeks. They were never gonna cancel. Their hands are sorta tied.

      • Louis

        I read that they have a 10 year contract with the Saudi. Damn. I am not going to criticize them because, in all honesty, I would watch just to see AJ vs Daniel.

        • Lou DiFigliano #Deleted

          It is 10 years… Their hands are (pun unintended) tied.
          The timing of the murder makes wwe look like the bad guys… But, there really isn’t much they can do.

        • matthew wright

          you wont see that match or Cena in the tournament as Cena and Bryan both pulled out of the show. good on them.

          • Louis

            That’s just rumor. Neither has been confirmed as not showing up.

          • Lou DiFigliano #Deleted

            Everything about this show has been rumors.

  • Lisa Mercedes

    Actually it has been confirmed cena will not be there. Brian is still in the air.