WWE skewered in HBO's "Last Week Tonight" segment on Saudi Arabia


Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was previously general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel, and has been a very high-profile critic of country's Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman and King, Salman of Saudi Arabia. The company released a statement on Thursday saying they are "monitoring the situation", but no additional word has been put out at this time.

The slaying was the Saudi government sending a message to the world that they could do it and get away with it, the "Last Week Tonight" host said. 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.

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"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.

As Oliver pointed out, a "much grimmer story" was going on in Saudi Arabia even then - for example, women who had campaigned for driving rights had been arrested even as their accomplishment was being heralded.

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The WWE "Crown Jewel" event in Saudi Arabia scheduled next month has come under fire in light of recent headlines regarding Saudi Arabia's leaders being accused of being behind the disappearance and feared murder of a USA based journalist critical of Saudi Arabia.

WWE has come under fire for its relationship with Saudi Arabia, where it plans to hold a wrestling event next month - and now superstars are reportedly having second thoughts about performing there.

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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. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told WCBS News Radio 820.