John Cena won’t wrestle in WWE event in Saudi Arabia

01 November, 2018, 23:29 | Author: Norman Carr
  • WWE wrestler Bin Wang of China is deadlocked by opponent Wesley Blake during a taping of the WWE's NXT show at Full Sail University in Winter Park Florida

Big names like Daniel Bryan and John Cena have refused to attend following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

Al-Sheikh, the man who is in charge of all WWE events in the Kingdom, would be someone who would definitely know if Hogan would be at the event - and it looks like he has got his wish.

The final WWE Raw viewership prior to tomorrow's Crown Jewel event has been revealed and once again it has dropped ahead of the PPV.

Wrestlers began arriving yesterday and the GSA first shared videos of Dean Ambrose talking about the enthusiastic fanbase in Saudi Arabia, Kurt Angle saying Saudi Arabia is important to WWE so they will continue to come, and Seth Rollins promoting the World Cup. However, on this week's edition of Monday Night RAW - a professional wrestling television programme - it was announced that Bobby Lashley would be taking his place.

In a statement, WWE said, "As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers and will address each situation accordingly".


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

Despite describing the incident as a heinous crime, the organisation announced that: "Similar to other US-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". This past July, Hogan was reinstated to the Hall of Fame, foreshadowing that WWE was aiming to bring him back into the fold on a more regular basis. "Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled".

On a serious note, obviously The New Day will have their match to regain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships from The Bar at Crown Jewel.

The last time that Hogan was on WWE programming was at WrestleMania 31 in 2015.

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