WWE is being pressured to cancel or change the venue of its upcoming pay-per-view “Crown Jewel” event in Saudi Arabia after the murder of a U.S. journalist, however, the company has not backed out yet.
“Crown Jewel” is set to take place on November 2 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. However, there has been a growing scandal in the country after a Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, was murdered. After it was announced that Khashoggi was allegedly killed by a Saudi-backed hit team inside the kingdom’s consulate, WWE released a statement that they are “currently monitoring the situation.”
Tickets were supposed to go onsale on October 19, but WWE changed the date to November 2, the same day as the event. Interested attendees will now have to buy tickets at the venue, which has still not been listed at this point.
U.S. senators have urged WWE to pause their relations with Saudi Arabia during this controversial time. Richard Blumental (D — CT) said in an interview with WBCS Radio that all major private interests should “review and relook their relationship with the Saudi Kingdom in light of its continuing pattern of abuse of civil rights and civil liberties, contempt for the rule of law, and bombing in Yemen using the United States military equipment and possible intelligence.”
“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,” Blumenthal said of the Connecticut-based company.
According to Ringside News, Dave Meltzer discussed on Wrestling Observer Radio that the upcoming event is “very much in jeopardy as far as what’s going to happen” and “we’ll just have to wait and see how this transpires.”