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WWE keeps ‘Crown Jewel’ event in Saudi Arabia, despite heavy criticism from fans

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on Thursday announced it will go forward with its “Crown Jewel” event in Saudi Arabia, despite the worldwide disgust for the premeditated murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi. WWE’s Crown Jewel would probably have taken place without much additional fanfare, if not for the recent scandal involving the brutal […]

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WWE keeps 'Crown Jewel' event in Saudi Arabia, despite heavy criticism from fans

WWE keeps ‘Crown Jewel’ event in Saudi Arabia, despite heavy criticism from fans

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on Thursday announced it will go forward with its “Crown Jewel” event in Saudi Arabia, despite the worldwide disgust for the premeditated murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi.

WWE’s Crown Jewel would probably have taken place without much additional fanfare, if not for the recent scandal involving the brutal kidnapping, torture, and murder of Saudi-born Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a vocal critic of the Saudi Arabian regime.

While Saudi Arabia’s leader, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, has said that his government wasn’t involved in Khashoggi’s murder, pretty much everyone outside the country has little doubt that he’s not being truthful about what took place. With that in mind, WWE has spent the last couple of weeks being inundated with calls to cancel the show scheduled to take place in Riyadh on November 2.

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Who will be at the show remains intriguing as earlier reports suggested that John Cena and Daniel Bryan are refusing to participate in the event. Wrestler Roman Reigns announced he is battling leukemia, and won’t show up at this year’s event as well.

When asked about the reports regarding Cena and Bryan, a WWE representative replied: “As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers and will address each situation accordingly.”

Much of this year’s hype has been built around longtime performers Triple H, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, and Kane. Apparently, legendary performers still resonate with those in Saudi Arabia though they have been infrequent combatants in many years. It is also a known fact that there will be no women on the show as it is considered a taboo in the country.

WWE’s statement:

“WWE has operated in the Middle East for nearly 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base. Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Company faced a very difficult decision as it relates to its event scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh. Similar to other U.S.-based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has decided to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event. Full-year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled.”

 

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Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Announces 2022 Lineup With Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Ye

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Coachella returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA for two weekends set for April 15 – 17 and April 22 – 24, 2022 with Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Ye, Swedish House Mafia, 88Rising’s Head In The Clouds Forever and more performing both weekends. (Full lineup as of January 12 below)

Register now for the weekend two presale and receive a unique code to purchase passes starting Friday, January 14 at 10 am PT. This is a presale and does not guarantee pass type, packages, or camping.

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Official Hotel Travel Packages are available for weekend one and weekend two, sold exclusively through Valley Music Travel. For more festival information and updates, please visit www.coachella.com.

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21 Savage

Adam Port

Alaina Castillo

Alec Benjamin

Ali Gatie

Altın Gün

Amber Mark

AMÉMÉ

Amyl and the Sniffers

Anitta

ANNA

Ari Lennox

Arlo Parks

Arooj Aftab

ARTBAT

Baby Keem

BADBADNOTGOOD

Banda MS

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Beach Bunny

Beach Goons

Bedouin

Belly

Big Sean

Billie Eilish

Bishop Briggs

Black Coffee

black midi

BROCKHAMPTON

Caribou

Cariño

Carly Rae Jepsen

Caroline Polachek

Channel Tres

Chelsea Cutler

Chicano Batman

Chris Liebing

City Girls

Code Orange

Cole Knight

Conan Gray

Cordae

Crumb

Cuco

Current Joys

Damian Lazarus

Daniel Caesar

Danny Elfman

Daphni

Dave

Dear Humans

Denzel Curry

Disclosure

Dixon

DJ Holographic

DJ Koze

DJ Lord

Doja Cat

Dom Dolla

Duck Sauce

Duke Dumont

Ed Maverick

Ela Minus

Emo Nite

Emotional Oranges

EPIK HIGH

EYEDRESS

Fatboy Slim

88rising’s HEAD IN THE CLOUDS FOREVER

FINNEAS

Floating Points

Flume

Fred again..

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

GG Magree

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Giselle Woo & The Night Owls

Giveon

Griselda

Grupo Firme

Harry Styles

Hayden James

Holly Humberstone

Hot Chip

IDLES

Inner Wave

Isaiah Rashad

J.I.D

Jamie xx

Japanese Breakfast

Jayda G

Jean Dawson

Jessie Reyez

John Summit

Joji

Karol G

Kim Petras

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

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Layla Benitez

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Lost Kings

Louis The Child

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Madeon

Maggie Rogers

Måneskin

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Mariah the Scientist

Masego

Maxo Kream

Megan Thee Stallion

MEUTE

Miane

Michael Bibi

MIKA

Molchat Doma

Natanael Cano

Nathy Peluso

Nicki Nicole

NIKI

Nilüfer Yanya

Olivia O’Brien

Omar Apollo

Orville Peck

Pabllo Vittar

Paco Osuna

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Pink Sweat$

Princess Nokia

PUP

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Rich Brian

Richie Hawtin

Rina Sawayama

Role Model

Run The Jewels

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Sampa The Great

Satori

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Snoh Aalegra

SOHMI

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Steve Lacy

Still Woozy

Stromae

Surf Curse

Swedish House Mafia

Tchami

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The Blessed Madonna + Honey Dijon

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The Hu

The Marías

The Martinez Brothers

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Viagra Boys

Vince Staples

VNSSA

Wallows

Whipped Cream

Yard Act

Ye

Yola

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