WWE skewered in HBO's "Last Week Tonight" segment on Saudi Arabia

Arturo Kim
October 16, 2018

But the event has been placed into jeopardy due to recent current affairs in the Kingdom, which could mean a postponement or cancellation of the pay-per-view, although WWE's only words at this point have been to say that they are "monitoring the situation".

Stay with Wrestling Inc for the latest regarding the WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.

On Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight", John Oliver took President Donald Trump to task for his response to the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. As reported by TIME, an alleged assassination squad "killed and dismembered" Khashoggi "in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul". An extension of his ongoing storyline with Triple H and Shawn Michaels makes some amount of sense, especially if WWE cancels Crown Jewel (please cancel Crown Jewel and end the relationship with Saudi Arabia, WWE) and they need a place to do DX vs. the Brothers of Destruction.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told BBC News that he was anxious disappearances like this were becoming the "new normal".

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In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, Jamal Khashoggi looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. King Salman ordered the public prosecutor to open an internal investigation into the Khashoggi case, a Saudi official said.

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Blumenthal joins a chorus of senators from both sides of the American political spectrum in advising the WWE to re-think its relations with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the Khashoggi disappearance. Chris Murphy telling Independent Journal Review: "This is a brazen assault on the freedom of the press and a slap in the face to the United States, if this murder occurred as it seems it did".

A promotional video shown during the event did feature female wrestlers, however, for which the Saudi General Sports Authority felt the need to release an apology, calling it "incident material".

The slaying was the Saudi government sending a message to the world that they could do it and get away with it, the "Last Week Tonight" host said.

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