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John Cena won't take part in WWE's Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia

John Cena won't take part in WWE's Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia

The WWE is hosting a major event in Saudi Arabia on Friday absent two of its biggest pro-wrestling stars.

The World Cup tournament without Cena features Bobby Lashley vs. Seth Rollins and Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler in the A-bracket and Rey Mysterio vs.

Bryan won't be part of the show this Friday and after tapping out to Styles this week on SmackDown it doesn't appear as though he has a storyline as part of the show moving forward, which isn't what Bryan will want heading into Survivor Series.

The Crown Jewel will only be the second WWE event to take place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after the WWE Greatest Royal Rumble, which took place in April, 2018. He is still being advertised as the opponent of A.J. Styles in a WWE Title match as of Monday night, but tonight on Smackdown will be WWE's opportunity to write him off the show the way they did for Cena on Raw last night if Bryan is not going to participate on the event. "Regardless of what is going on in my universe, I was not going to miss this event for anything in the world". True, you can get a t-shirt with Hogan's brand on it at his Hogan's Beach Shop, but now you can also get an official one from WWE once again.

Hogan told the Orlando Sentinel how keen he was to join the WWE in Saudi Arabia. Daniel Bryan was written out of the show as well after reportedly not wanting to be associated with it.

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WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizeable and dedicated fan base.

The company reinstated him to the Hall of Fame earlier this year and is now looking to him bolster an event shrouded in controversy.

The company's participation has been under scrutiny in the wake of Khashoggi's October 2 murder at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was lured under the pretense of taking care of administrative details for his wedding.

"Similar to other USA -based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia", the WWE said, "the Company has chose to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event".


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