John Oliver Grapples With WWE Plans For Saudi Arabia "Crown Jewel" Event

WWE under pressure to cancel Saudi Arabia show over missing journalist

The HBO show focused on the way the company gushed over Saudi Arabia and the royal family, and aired a propaganda video during the Greatest Royal Rumble event.

Tonight's episode of WWE Raw will see the build for both WWE Evolution and WWE Crown Jewel continue with more World Cup qualifying matches set.

The WWE has been expanding into Saudi Arabia, hosting a major event earlier this year which was marked by controversy over showing women wrestlers during a promotional segment.

However a singles match with Michaels that was rumoured to take place just two weeks after Crown Jewel at Survivor Series might be put on-hold, as the same source has told Ringside News that he hasn't agreed to appear at the Los Angeles event yet.

Even without the added context of Jamal Koshoggi's disappearance and alleged murder inside a Saudi consulate, the WWE has been under fire for hosting events in Saudi Arabia.

They became the target of a blistering, 18-minute report on "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" this past Sunday - which also covered the ongoing political tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, as well as the Khashoggi situation.

Oliver, specifically, called out Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - also known as MBS - for attempting to paint a portrait of a more progressive nation.

WWE released a statement saying they are "currently monitoring the situation".

"The truth is, is far from the political reformer that he's been presented as", said Oliver. The event, particularly the Crown Jewel, will earn the WWE a significant payday if it goes ahead, however USA politicians have been urging sanctions against Saudi Arabia in light of the situation. "So the private interests should review, but so should the United States government".

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