WWE Raw announcers were told not to mention Saudi Arabia

To make things even worse for Crown Jewel, several talent have expressed not wanting to fly to Saudi Arabia for the event.

When asked if he would lean on WWE to cancel or postpone it's Saudi Arabia live event next month if more conclusive evidence is produced that Saudi Arabia's regime was being the disappearance of the Washington Post writer who had been critical of Saudi Arabia's government policies and actions, Blumenthal said yes, but called on the USA government to take the lead. It was the first part of a decade-long partnership between WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority.

On Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight", John Oliver took President Donald Trump to task for his response to the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi entered a Saudi Arabian consulate to pick up paperwork that would allow him to re-marry and has not been seen since.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told BBC News that he was anxious disappearances like this were becoming the "new normal". Chris Murphy telling Independent Journal Review: "This is a brazen assault on the freedom of the press and a slap in the face to the United States, if this murder occurred as it seems it did". The company has removed the location information from the PPV from their main page for the event, as well as the link to buy tickets from.

The WWE event, however, is still going ahead as a statement released by Vince McMahon only mentioned that the WWE is "monitoring the situation".

WWE has come under fire for its relationship with Saudi Arabia, where it plans to hold a wrestling event next month - and now superstars are reportedly having second thoughts about performing there.

  • Rogelio Becker