Daniel Bryan not going to Saudi Arabia, replaced by Joe

John Cena

No official reason has been given, so it could possibly be due to injury or filming commitments.

Cena was the only member of the WWE who was given a direct entry into the tournament, without having to win a match. "Similar to other US -based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the company has made a decision to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event", the WWE said.

The build towards Crown Jewel has been a controversial and criticised one, given the global political situation regarding the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Cena, much like Daniel Bryan, has refused to travel to Saudi Arabia, presumably to protect his growing career in the film industry.

During the Monday night show, onscreen general manager Baron Corbin informed Bobby Lashley he would be replacing Cena in the World Cup tournament.

Wrestlers with less accumulated main event six-figure paydays or who are shakier ground with their clout with top management might have feared ramifications if they protested rather than trusting WWE management's decision.

Last week, the wrestling organization said in their third quarter financial report that they would be proceeding on with the show. His WWE career is winding down as he has shifted to trying to gain a foothold in Hollywood and in TV.

Rumors swirled last week over Cena and fellow superstar Daniel Bryan pulling out of the event.

Samoa Joe attacked A.J. Styles and Bryan after Tuesday's match.

WWE also revealed the brackets for the tournament, and the first round matches feature Raw stars facing off against other Raw stars, and SmackDown stars facing off against other SmackDown stars. The Miz and Jeff Hardy vs.

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