John Oliver Taunts Trump Over His ‘Intense Bromance’ With Saudi Crown Prince

Larry Hoffman
October 16, 2018

There is a situation regarding the backlash of the disappearance of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, who was a Saudi Arabian national who had been critical of aspects of the country in his reporting.

In the past week, WWE's relationship with Saudi Arabia, which includes a massive money deal worth almost $50 million, has come under fire from the mainstream world and has drawn criticism from fans online and even United States Senators.

The country's "poor record with human rights" was also cited as a reason for not wanting to step inside the squared circle.

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.

In response to the recent reports, WWE issued the following statement on Monday: "As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers, as we continue to monitor the situation".

We reported over the weekend that despite WWE proceeding with the Crown Jewel event in November, the company does seem to be aware of the mounting criticism of its deal with Saudi Arabia, as the Crown Jewel event page was temporarily removed from WWE.com on Sunday, and when it returned to the website, all mentions of Saudi Arabia had been scrubbed from the page.

WWE got mainstream press on Sunday for their upcoming Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia via Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - but they probably won't be happy about it.

WWE is less than three weeks away from its controversial "Crown Jewel" event at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh.

Senator Chris Murphy of CT, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and represents the state WWE is based, has urged them to call off the event.

"I would hope that WWE will recognize on its own a conscience and conviction, if there is proof Saudi officials approved and ordered this kind of killing", he said.

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