Following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, there has been a pushback from fans and the media on WWE heading over to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel this Friday. While WWE is confirmed to be keeping the show there, it hasn’t stopped many from being vocal about their outrage on the matter.
With the majority of people seemingly pleading with WWE to postpone or cancel the show, it comes as a surprise that ECW legend and former WWE Superstar Tommy Dreamer would come to the defense of WWE.
Dreamer wrote a passionate Facebook post explaining that WCW went over to North Korea back in 1995, and he was part of the first live gathering after 9/11. He goes on to say that he understands why they should go, which is because WWE aims to unite people through their product.
Check out what he had to say:
“In 1995 WCW went to North Korea
over 150,000 fans attended
All the political turmoil was put aside
People were united for a moment in time through professional wrestling
I was part of the 1st LIVE gathering after 9/11
I was confused, scared, angry
It was Vince McMahon who told everyone it was our choice if we wanted to perform and he said It’s our jobs(the wrestlers) to help put smiles on people faces and help people heal.
I cried when Lillian Garcia sang The National Anthem. I felt patriotism for the first time.
The most horrific event on US soil that changed all of our lives and it was wrestling for me (then baseball Mike Piazza HR) that helped me heal. We will never forget but we did smile & begin to heal as a community. A wrestling community.
I know the world was different in 1995 and before 9/11/2001 social media wasn’t as strong as it is. Peoples agendas weren’t pushed,
Just giving my opinion of wrestling and the entire WWE Saudi Arabia show
From my personal perspective
We never stopped something in our country when something horrible happened.
All the wrestlers that I know that went said they had a great time and the kids made it worth it.
Putting smiles on peoples faces is our job
Thank you, Vince”
He would also go on to show the poster of the WCW show back in 1995. You can view that below:
As one could expect, the reactions from fans were mixed. Some agreed with Dreamer, whilst others completely disagreed. Where do you stand?
Let us know your thoughts, opinions, and reactions in those comments below.