There are a lot of questions about the status of the WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia after news broke about the Washington Post Saudi journalist who disappeared after visiting the consulate in Turkey on Tuesday.
This is the first year of a 10-year deal to bring major events into Saudi Arabia and there’s been a wave of criticism on social media from fans urging them not to run the Crown Jewel show there on November 2nd. That show is scheduled to feature the in-ring return of Shawn Michaels as he will team up with Triple H against The Undertaker and Kane. WWE was able to lure Michaels back because his payday would be significantly more than what he could make for a WrestleMania match. It is believed that WWE is making $45 million per year from their deal with Saudi Arabia.
The reaction towards WWE about this show has been mostly negative but I don’t think they were considering pulling out of their commitment on 11/2. That may have changed now that mainstream media has picked up on this story. Fox News posted a story on the Crown Jewel show and they mention the criticism that the company is facing.
The reaction for the Greatest Royal Rumble show in April was heavy because none of their female performers were allowed to fly out to Saudi Arabia. WWE created the all-women’s Evolution pay-per-view that will take place a week before Crown Jewel. I don’t think the all-women’s pay-per-view is enough to offset the negative attention they’re getting this week.
We reached out to WWE on Wednesday to get an update on the status of this show and we have yet to hear back.
— Richard Epstein (@rhepstein1) October 11, 2018