By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Four U.S. Senators spoke with IJR.com about WWE running its Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia in light of the disappearance and presumed killing of reporter Jamal Khashoggi. “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,” Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut told IJR. “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 [WWE Crown Jewel].”
Senator Chris Coons suggested that WWE “should be taking a hard look” at its relationship with the Saudi government, which is accused of killing Khashoggi. Senators Lindsey Graham and Bob Menendez offered additional thoughts on the matter with Menendez suggesting that Linda McMahon being part of the president’s cabinet falls into “a grey area where the administration really should give it some thought and maybe even prevail upon them not doing it.” Read the full story at IJR.com.
Powell’s POV: WWE issued the following statement on Wednesday: “We are currently monitoring the situation.” It will be very interesting to see whether WWE cancels, postpones, or moves the event, which is part of a very lucrative ten-year agreement with Saudi Arabia’s General Sport Authority. Given all the political and media scrutiny, I suspect there’s a good chance of one of those scenarios occurring.
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