The WWE have decided to go ahead with the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia on November 3.
Jamal Khashoggi, an American journalist based in Saudi Arabia, died at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to the Turkish government. President Trump's involvement and the fact it has become national media put significant pressure on the WWE to pull out of the event, especially while the finer details are still unclear.
The kingdom, who oiringally denied all knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, has since admitted he was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, blaming a "rogue operation".
Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor has been quoted as saying the death was "premeditated" and Turkey believe this was meticulously planned.
Given that information, it's understandable why a lot of WWE fans, in particular, the American fanbase - are not happy with WWE dealing with Saudi Arabia.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed to punish those responsible for the crime, but media reports have quoted Turkish security sources as saying the operation was run by a top aide to the crown prince.
The same Prince is the man that struck the lucrative 10-year deal with the WWE.
On Thursday, the WWE released a press release to explain why they would be going ahead with Crown Jewel.
“WWE has operated in the Middle East for nearly 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base. Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Company faced a very difficult decision as it relates to its event scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh.
"Similar to other U.S.-based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has decided to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event. Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled.”
According to reports, Vince McMahon was never prepared to pull out of the event and only if he was forced by the U.S. government would the WWE have changed location for the event.
Both John Cena and Daniel Bryan - two men in major featured matches on the card - have both allegedly told the WWE that they don't want to travel to Saudi Arabia due to the current circumstances.
Now that the WWE have confirmed their intention, fans have begun blasting the company on Twitter and it will be interesting to see how both Raw and SmackDown look next week if the aforementioned superstars need to be written out of the show.
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