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Kane reveals why he didn't boycott the controversial WWE Crown Jewel event

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It seems a long time ago now, but it was only two months ago since we saw the 'last-time ever' match between D-Generation X and the Brothers Of Destruction at Crown Jewel.

As most are aware, WWE signed a ten-year deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2018 to host two special events a year in the Middle East.

Obviously there was skepticism at the time considering the human rights issues within the country, but the first event in April - Greatest Royal Rumble - seemed to pass over without a hitch.

But the following show two months ago in November, Crown Jewel, forced protests from many corners of the globe, relating to the disappearance of American-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi which was allegedly the fault of the Saudis.

The supposed happenings forced Daniel Bryan to pull out of performing there, and John Cena also decided to use his power to go back on his word and opt out of his advertised appearance, presumably for the sake of his fledging movie career.

A rather interesting name that did appear at the event though was Kane.

The Big Red Machine was left in a bit of a compromising position with the political affairs, considering he was and still is currently the Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, so he was within his rights as much as anyone to not compete.

But during an 'Ask Me Anything' session on Reddit, Kane - real name Glenn Jacobs - responded to a fan who asked why he stuck with the decision to wrestle in Saudi Arabia.

A promise made in Kane's second career as the Mayor of Knox County was the main reason as to why he performed at Crown Jewel.

Kane stated: "Because WWE donated $100,000 to Knoxville Public Safety Foundation which was arranged long before the controversy. I made a commitment to our local first responders and I wasn't willing to break that."

Seems fair enough in this case, Kane takes his political career very seriously and it would be a serious break of trust if he went back on his word.

There's an argument to be had that WWE wouldn't have dared take the donation back should Kane have decided it would be best for his interests if he didn't travel, but there's bound to be more scrutiny come the middle of 2019 when the company are primed for the next event in the Kingdom.

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