As noted, as a part of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s Saudi Vision 2030 plan, WWE agreed to hold multiple events in Saudi Arabia, including the upcoming WWE Crown Jewel event on November 2, which will air on the WWE Network. Although, events that have unfolded over the past week have now thrown those plans into jeopardy.
On October 2, Washington Post journalist and Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi disappeared from the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Intelligence reports have since indicated that Khashoggi was killed, in what was possibly a state-ordered kidnapping gone wrong. With Jamal being a United States resident, the incident has resulted in the Democrats and Republicans calling for investigation into the alleged murder, while the President of the United States himself has alluded to the possibility of the Saudi government being involved in Jamal’s reported assassination.
Since then, Senators has commented on WWE’s upcoming event and thought the company should pause on working with the kingdom.
Despite the pressure on WWE, it looks like – as of today – they are still going forward with Crown Jewel, according to PWInsider. The report says WWE is still internally working on logistics and production aspects for the show, along with talent itineraries.
While WWE has remained tight-lipped about the situation, the organization released a statement to the media regarding the status of WWE Crown Jewel, saying, “We are currently monitoring the situation.”
WWE had earlier visited Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with the Greatest Royal Rumble pay-per-view back in April.