WWE Stars Praise Saudi Arabia in Videos Released by General Sports Authority

Deanna Kelley
November 1, 2018

There has been widespread pressure on the company to pull out of doing the show following the murder of Washington Post columnist and Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey four weeks ago. He will be replaced in the event by Bobby Lashley, who joins Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz and Rey Mysterio in the tournament portion of the show.

'WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base.

Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi government critic who lived in the United States, was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

However, the decision was made to quietly list Hogan on WWE's website. "It's just going to keep growing the relationship with the Saudi WWE Universe is just going to get to be as big as possible - I don't see a limit to be honest".

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Erdogan on Wednesday spoke on the phone with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the first time since the murder . She feared he was being "very political" and she would go when the United States was honest about solving Mr Khashoggi's death.

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Only time will tell if WWE will air videos praising Sadi Arabia during the actual WWE Crown Jewel event, but they always have the ability to shoot promos that aren't shown to American audiences. However, WWE.com's official preview of tonight's SmackDown states that the pair are scheduled to have a confrontation - one which many are assuming will write Bryan out of Crown Jewel one way or another.

Following the termination of his contract, Hogan was also removed from the WWE Hall of Fame but he was officially reinstated in the summer and was invited backstage to the "Extreme Rules" pay-per-view in July where he offered an apology to the locker room for his words.

Brock Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight champion and multiple champion in WWE, will feature in a Universal championship match against Braun Strowman. I'm looking forward to going to Saudi Arabia with the WWE, looking forward to WrestleMania - but yeah, we're moving forward at a rapid pace.

WWE Crown Jewel is just the beginning of WWE's 10-year partnership with the controversial Kingdom.

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