Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Two major WWE stars pull out of controversial Saudi Arabia event

Two major WWE stars pull out of controversial Saudi Arabia event

WWE have been widely criticised for going ahead with the show this Friday, following the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

As of yesterday afternoon, WWE had planned to not send WWE Champion AJ Styles to Saudi Arabia and production plans were being put into place that would have seen Bryan wrestle Styles inside the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida with the match airing as part of the Crown Jewel broadcast on Friday.

The WWE is moving forward with Crown Jewel despite the ongoing investigation into the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2 at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. John Cena and Daniel Bryan were quick express their displeasure over the entire situation and were willing to pull out from the massive show.

WWE was hoping that Bryan would change his mind but it was made clear to them over a week ago that he would not be flying to Saudi Arabia.

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WWE ran a segment Monday night during "Raw" in which acting general manager Baron Corbin was so impressed by Bobby Lashley's emphatic win over Finn Balor that Corbin said Lashley had earned a spot in the eight-man World Cup event (as opposed to Cena, who simply had been announced as a participant without having to qualify). WWE reportedly started making other plans regarding the match last week.

'WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base.

In what is the first match confirmed for this year's event - which will be live on Sky Sports Box Office on November 18 - the two leading lights of the female division will square off in a non-title contest.

'And I also want to say once again, thank all of you for allowing me to be part of something so special'. Bryan is on the card and set to face A.J. Styles for the WWE Championship.

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