WWE has an ongoing deal with the Saudi Arabian government and some fans have a real problem with it. They aren’t opposed to the fact that WWE is running so many star-studded shows outside of the USA, but they have a real issue with the current political and social structure of Saudi Arabia.
The decade-long deal between the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia and WWE for an undisclosed amount of money is obviously a huge number because they had enough to entice Shawn Michaels from coming out of retirement. Now with the recently reported murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi Government, it seems that the world is paying attention to them once again.
Now Fox News has picked up the story about WWE’s ties to Saudi Arabia and the controversy surrounding the decision to keep this deal going in spite of the public outcry to shut it down. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was also said to be instrumental in Khashoggi’s murder as well and he is the same man who orchestrated WWE’s involvement with his country.
Saudi Arabia is holding WWE events as essentially propaganda pieces to boast about their progressive nature while they’re executing homosexuals and sending hit squads after journalists who write negative things about the regime. This story could go much deeper than WWE as more of the pieces start to be uncovered. Associates of Jared Kushner have said that he is also in a panic because he communicated with the Saudi Prince on his own personal devices and spoke this week as well.
But at this time WWE Crown Jewel is still on because of all the money it is bringing in to the company and for monetary reasons which we’ve previously reported on. Only time will tell how WWE deals with this negative attention but it could be terrible timing for the Crown Jewel event given the recent happenings in the host country.