There are more signs point toward WWE pulling out of Saudi Arabia. Several readers noted to us that the WWE.com preview pages no longer mention Saudi Arabia.
In fact, the preview for the Shawn Michaels/Triple H vs. Brothers of Destruction match said the following just 24 hours ago: “a demolition derby awaits when these generational icons collide at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday, Nov. 2.” The page now says, “a demolition derby awaits when these generational icons collide on Friday, Nov. 2.”
It is not confirmed but on the surface, it looks like WWE is about to pull out of Saudi Arabia after pressure from fans and United States senators urging them not to do the Crown Jewel show.
As we first wrote about on Saturday, WWE paused on making references to Saudi Arabia across all of their social media accounts after Tuesday night, around the time when the story about Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged murder broke.
On Thursday, WWE issued a statement saying they were monitoring the situation. On Friday, several United States senators called on WWE to rethink their relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Turkey says they have video and audio evidence that shows Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate. Saudi Arabia vowed to retaliate against any sanctions and President Donald Trump said there would be “severe punishment” if the Saudi’s are found to be behind his death.
At this point, it would be very difficult for WWE to justify going ahead with Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. Dave Meltzer reported on Friday that there were discussions about a backup plan in case they had to cancel the show.