Earlier in the year, the WWE hosted a massive event in the land of Saudi Arabia called “WWE Greatest Royal Rumble.” The card featured legends such as Triple H, Undertaker, John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Rey Mysterio. It sparked controversy based on the fact that women were barred for competing or being on the show in any way whatsoever. This was the first of what was to become many events for the next 10 years, valued at over $450 million. This fall, the WWE is scheduled to return to Saudi Arabia, hosting their next event titled “Crown Jewel.”
To no one’s surprise, WWE is yet again facing controversy for returning to the country, but now they’re under much hotter fire.
Saudi Arabia is currently the harbinger of an international crisis, involving the missing (and allegedly murdered) US-based journalist: Jamal Khashoggi. Despite other companies such as Uber, LA Times, and Virgin Group cutting ties with the nation, WWE has yet to budge.
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, who represents the WWE’s home area had this to say regarding the matter:
“I’d hope that they would be rethinking their relationship with the kingdom especially with respect to events coming up in the next weeks like [Crown Jewel].”
Other senators have spoken up as well, one Bob Menendez of New Jersey points out that with Linda McMahon being on the presidential cabinet should really point them in the direction of reconsidering the event.
The WWE have reassured us that they’re “monitoring the situation.” That’s not enough for me, and hopefully, they reconsider where their morals stand.
Braden Jackson – @Dembrae