WWE announced last week it would continue on with the Crown Jewel pay-per-view event despite outcry from fans and politicians over the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. On the Raw side of the bracket, Bobby Lashley (John Cena's replacement) will face Intercontinental champion Seth Rollins, with the victor taking on either Kurt Angle or Dolph Ziggler.
Tonight, Daniel Bryan allegedly will have one last confrontation with AJ Styles before Crown Jewel, and I guess then we'll see how much weight the rumors of Bryan refusing to attend really were holding.
WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizeable and dedicated fan base.
No female wrestlers are allowed to participate at the Saudi event.
SportsKeeda.com has compiled a list of the four WWE Superstars who have worked the most matches this year, with the list including live events, Raw, SmackDown, PPV's, and Mixed Match Challenge. I want to send a genuine thank you to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. for its unmatched hospitality that extends far beyond this evening.
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Similarly, the caption for the Lashley video sort of misquotes him by saying, "Bobby Lashley: I am very content to have chosen to participate in #WWECrownJewel, it is a great opportunity to meet WWE fans in Saudi Arabia".
The former WWE Champion was reinstated into the Hall of Fame in July, and has made his first backstage appearance since the news at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view.
Crown Jewel, which is set to take place at Riyadh's King Saud University Stadium, is also scheduled to feature several of the company's other high-profile legends.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Hulk Hogan had been in talks to do the show in Saudi Arabia for quite some time.
Why is "Crown Jewel" so controversial?