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WWE reportedly have a plan in-place if they cancel the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia

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WWE have been building up to their second Saudi Arabia special event in recent weeks - Crown Jewel.

The show is set to emanate from the 25,000-capacity King Saud University Stadium, and currently has three bouts set.

Roman Reigns will defend his Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman, Daniel Bryan will challenge AJ Styles for his WWE Championship, and D-Generation X will take on the Brothers of Destruction in Shawn Michaels' first match in eight-and-a-half years.

In addition to the first-ever 'WWE World Cup' tournament, the card was shaping up to be something special.

But there's been a twist in the story - as the event may not even happen anymore.

There's been mass controversy surrounding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia surrounding the alleged murder of a Saudi-born journalist by their government, which is causing businesses to pull out of deals with the nation.

And WWE signed a huge 10-year deal to stage pay-per-views there, at a reportedly-staggering $22.5 Million per show.

To make matters even more complicated, Vince McMahon's wife, Linda, is facing pressure from Senators in the U.S. to have the event shelved as she is part of Donald Trump's cabinet.

WWE's relationship with Saudi Arabia has come under major scrutiny this week, as the Kingdom is in the news for all the wrong reasons.

The money is clearly important to the company, and news from the Middle East has seen share prices in WWE's stock drop considerably.

And if the pressure does get too much for the McMahon's and they do cancel or postpone the event, WWE officials seemingly have a backup plan in place.

As revealed on the Wrestling Observer Live show, the idea is to take the planned matches - aside from the World Cup - and simply just move them to Survivor Series just 16 days later.

It would mean the returns of the Heartbreak Kid and Lesnar come in Los Angeles instead of Saudi Arabia, and it was also told that the pay-days would likely be the same - but instead of the Saudi deal paying for them, WWE would instead.

It seems pretty clear that WWE still want to go-ahead with the show, and only time will tell if their hand is forced when it comes to making a big decision.

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