Despite pressure from politicians and considerable backlash from fans in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey, WWE has chose to push forward with the event - which will be the second pay-per-view staged in Saudi Arabia this year. New Day for the Smackdown Tag Titles. That process will have to begin soon, so many expected him to lose at Crown Jewel so he could leave and prepare for his return to the octagon.
The WWE is hosting a major event in Saudi Arabia on Friday absent two of its biggest pro-wrestling stars.
Even wrestling fans are vocally denouncing the show.
WWE Crown Jewel will take place at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. However, the call by WWE officials was to have the decision made to quietly list Hogan's name on the WWE website. It fell one percent Thursday and was off a similar amount early Friday after Hogan was confirmed as Crown Jewel's host.
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You can understand WWE not wanting to make a big deal about Hogan's return to the company's programming because of his controversial past, but the way it was handled was another example of WWE trying to quietly sidestep controversy. Women weren't allowed to perform at either show due to the country's laws limiting women's rights.
Shane McMahon won the WWE World Cup after introducing himself as a late replacement for the injured Miz.
Powell's POV: WWE added the U.S. Championship match today. The shows are part of a lucrative 10-year partnership between WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority in support of Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia's social and economic reform program.
The first event; April's Greatest Royal Rumble, was heavily criticised for appearing to be little more than a propaganda exercise for Saudi Arabia and how apparently progressive things are now under the current leadership.