There had been rumours for weeks surrounding the superstars of WWE and their opinions on travelling to Saudi Arabia for the Crown Jewel event, and this week we found out two huge stars pulled the plug on their appearance.
The Wrestling Observer claimed that some of the locker room expressed their desire to not travel to the Middle East following the death of Saudi-born, U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khasoggi, allegedly at the hands of Saudi government officials.
And those rumours were confirmed in the last two days, as both John Cena and Daniel Bryan have been written off the event.
Cena was supposed to take part in the WWE World Cup tournament, but pulled out possibly because the current relations with Saudi Arabia could harm his career in the film industry.
Bryan meanwhile was set for a WWE Championship match with AJ Styles, but that took place on SmackDown Live last night, and Samoa Joe will take his place instead.
Their stance has been greatly appreciated by WWE fans who have expressed grave reservations about the company doing business with the Saudi's, some are even boycotting the WWE Network and televised programming.
One former superstar who's expressed his opinion on Cena's decision is newly-inducted Hall of Famer Mark Henry.
But despite saying he would never judge anyone's choice, the former World's Strongest Man declared he would have gone about it a lot different than the 16-time world champion.
"I wouldn’t ever say that person is making the wrong decision. I’d say, that’s not the decision I’d make. I would stand by my guns and do what’s right for business," said Henry to TMZ, via SEScoops.
“I’m a firm believer in not leaving people out to dry.
“Our fans, they wanna see you. Give our fans what they want. The WWE is just one business."
He's got a point, but the leader of the Cenation also has his post-wrestling future to think about, and going to the Middle Eastern country in the current climate would not be a good PR move for him.
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