The WWE is only a few weeks away from their big WWE Crown Jewel event on the WWE Network, airing live from Saudi Arabia. However, will the WWE cancel the Saudi Arabia show amidst U.S. government concerns?
This all comes from the incident earlier this month where Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared in Saudi Arabia while at the consulate in Turkey.
While his disappearance has yet to be officially revealed, Turkey revealed to the United States that they have audio and video proof that Khashoggi was murdered. The U.S. believes that it was ordered by the Saudi Arabian government.
Since that time, President Trump has threatened Saudi Arabia with “severe punishment” if they are responsible for the execution of an American journalist.
With Linda McMahon as part of Trump’s inner circle and holding a position of power in his hierarchy, the U.S. has recommended that the WWE cancel their WWE Crown Jewel show in Saudi Arabia.
Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey mentioned McMahon’s position of power and warned against their travel to Saudi Arabia for WWE Crown Jewel.
“Because [Linda McMahon] is part of the president’s cabinet, it falls into the grey area where the administration really should give it some thought and maybe even prevail upon them not doing it,” Sen. Menendez said.
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When asked about this, Glenn Jacobs, who is the Mayor of Knoxville County in Tennessee, said that he was still planning on traveling to Saudi Arabia and performing as Kane at the WWE Crown Jewel. All the money from his performance will go to Knox County.
The WWE also released a statement that they are “monitoring the situation.”
According to Sports Illustrated, there are many members of the WWE talent roster who feel “discomfort with the idea of performing in Saudi Arabia.”
With that said, Forbes mentions that the WWE is still moving forward with the WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia despite the U.S concerns and questions of its own morality.
The WWE has a Vision 2030 agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, their first event taking place earlier this year with a Royal Rumble event and now in November with the return of Shawn Michaels from retirement.
The WWE Crown Jewel is set for Nov. 2 at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.