Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

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

John Oliver Rips Trump and WWE for Their Saudi Arabia Connections WWE under pressure to cancel Saudi Arabia show over missing journalist
Faye Gross | 16 October, 2018, 09:29

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. The issue is that WWE's shows in Saudi Arabia are unlike any other foreign house show.

Powell's POV: WWE officials deserve all the criticism they get if they follow through with holding WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia despite all signs pointing to the country's leadership being behind the presumed slaughter of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a journalist who has been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The first WWE event was staged in April, but the big, appropriately titled "Crown Jewel" pay-per-view event is set for November 2 in Riyadh. Turkish media reported that the government has audio and video footage confirming that Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate.

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Then, Oliver took a look at the long and complicated history of the USA relationship with Saudi Arabia as well as Trump's personal connections to the country and its ruling class, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS. During the segment, Oliver covered the United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia, as well as the relationships certain businesses have entered during the reign of Mohammad bin Salman.

The WWE event, however, is still going ahead as a statement released by Vince McMahon only mentioned that the WWE is "monitoring the situation". "In fact, scratch any positive story about him and you will find a much grimmer truth underneath", Oliver said, noting how the Saudis ended its ban on women driving just weeks after it reportedly jailed a group of female activists who were campaigning for the right to drive.

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