Saudi Arabia show under fire from HBO host

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Powell's POV: WWE officials deserve all the criticism they get if they follow through with holding WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia despite all signs pointing to the country's leadership being behind the presumed slaughter of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Former WWE Superstar John Layfield is coming to the defense of WWE for continuing their plans to run the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia on 11/2. The issue is that WWE's shows in Saudi Arabia are unlike any other foreign house show.

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.

The April event, as Oliver described it, provided the kingdom with global "wall-to-wall propaganda about the new Saudi Arabia, including video showing women happily driving, men dancing and tourist destination beauty shots as well as constant excited compliments throughout the broadcast".

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Oliver, specifically, called out Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - also known as MBS - for attempting to paint a portrait of a more progressive nation.

Dave Meltzer noted on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that the WWE World Cup tournament being held at Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has to do with the Saudis being upset over Qatar landing the 2022 FIFA World Cup of soccer.

"The truth is, is far from the political reformer that he's been presented as", said Oliver. "So the private interests should review, but so should the United States government".

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