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His withdrawal comes in the wake of the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey amid controversial circumstances with possible links to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
To get Cena off the show, WWE ran a segment Monday night during Raw where acting general manager Baron Corbin was so impressed with a beat down of Finn Balor that he allowed Bobby Lashley to take Cena's spot.
WWE signed a very lucrative 10-year deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where they are required to produce two shows a year in the Middle East and with the news about Khashoggi's original disappearance surfacing a month ago, the WWE have come under pressure to pull out of the show.
US senators and some mainstream American media, such as Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, have criticizedWWE's plans to hold an upcoming event in the region.
"WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base", the company said in a statement alongside third-quarter financial results.
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'Similar to other USA -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. He also made a speech in front of 60,000 people at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, according to ESPN.
"What an honor and a privilege it is to be allowed to be a part of an event like today", Cena said in April.
Cena was scheduled to be a participant in the World Cup tournament at the event.
Also set for the event is a singles match between Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre (which could be for the Universal Championship if Strowman wins the belt at WWECrown Jewel), and Ronda Rousey defending her title against Nia Jax. WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan said in an interview last week with the Orlando Sentinel that he was "looking forward to going to Saudi Arabia with the WWE".
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