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WWE superstars reportedly uncomfortable about performing in Saudi Arabia

16 October 2018

John Oliver tore into President Donald Trump on Sunday for failing to take action against Saudi Arabia over the alleged assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

"I haven't talked to everybody on the WWE roster but I can tell you that a lot of the people that are scheduled to go to Saudi Arabia; they don't want to go to Saudi Arabia", said Alvarez. A commercial for Crown Jewel aired and it mentioned the date and start time with no references to Saudi Arabia.

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He fled the country in September 2017, and has not been since after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The entertainment wrestling league held their first event in Saudi Arabia this past Spring, and Oliver stated that fans "around the world were treated to wall-to-wall propaganda about the new Saudi Arabia, including video showing women happily driving, men dancing, and tourist destination beauty shots, as well as constant excited compliments throughout the broadcast".

US senator Richard Blumenthal from WWE's home state of CT has called on WWE to "review and relook" at its relationship with Saudi Arabia. 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".

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In response to the recent reports, WWE issued the following statement on Monday: "As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers, as we continue to monitor the situation".

Sami Zayn, a male wrestler of Syrian descent, also did not appear, with many presuming it was due to strained relations between Saudi Arabia and Syrian - though no official reason was given.

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WWE superstars reportedly uncomfortable about performing in Saudi Arabia