WWE got mainstream press on Sunday for their upcoming Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia via Last Week Tonight with John Oliver — but they probably won’t be happy about it.
The feature story on Sunday night’s episode of the HBO program concerned Saudi Arabia and the reported murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the order of their government.
During the segment, Oliver brought up WWE’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and showed the propaganda-like clips that aired during Greatest Royal Rumble back in April. He also showed clips of all the positive things said about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the event.
As we previously reported, U.S. Senators have called for WWE to re-think the relationship due to the alleged assassination. The company released a statement on Thursday saying they are “monitoring the situation,” but no additional word has been put out at this time.
The WWE statement was mentioned near the end of the segment, but host John Oliver explained Crown Jewel is currently scheduled to go on as planned.
Watch the segment below.
Here are the sections about WWE from the feature story about Saudi Arabia on the new “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” that premiered earlier tonight on HBO. pic.twitter.com/NNOVgzVftW
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