WWE could head to Saudi Arabia this Friday, but John Cena will not join them.
Apparently, Cena had felt uncomfortable with participating in Jewel of the crown after the Saudi government was implicated in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoogi. Reports began to emerge at the beginning of last week that Cena told WWE management that he would not participate in Crown Jewel if the show was still going to take place in Saudi Arabia. Last Thursday, WWE announced its intentions to run the program as scheduled in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Dinner was scheduled to participate in the WWE World Cup tournament, but in the episode last night Monday night rawBaron Corbin was "so impressed with Bobby Lashley" that he gave the place to Lashley Cena in the tournament, and in fact took Cena out of the show.
It will be interesting to see what happens in SmackDown Live Tonight, too. Daniel Bryan is scheduled to face AJ Styles in a WWE Championship game at Crown Jewel, but like Cena, Bryan expressed concern to WWE management and told them he would not be on the trip if the show It was still going to be held in Saudi Arabia. Arabia
But let's go back to Dinner.
He has been praised on social networks for taking a position and not participating in the Saudi show. Honestly, I praised it on Twitter last night when the move became official. But after reflecting, I would be interested to discover the true motivations of Cena.
If Cena takes a position, like Bryan, and is willing to refuse a large payday for moral reasons, then it's good for him. If Cena withdrew from the program because of fears of what he could do to his public perception, which he has carefully crafted for almost 20 years, then it is not a movement as virtuous as it may have appeared for the first time.
Cena has a great career in Hollywood ahead. It will not be a mega star like Dwayne Johnson's, but Cena's film career is clearly on the rise. Land larger papers and get larger paydays.
What would the images of Cena participating in Crown Jewel do to your Hollywood profile? I'm not sure it would hurt him so much, honestly, but I'm sure it would not help.
Bryan, on the other hand, is just a fighter. In addition, he recently returned to the WWE as a full-time member of the list after losing two years due to concussion symptoms. Bryan is taking a much greater risk than Cena, who is bulletproof even for the WWE administration. WWE can make Bryan's situation hell until his contract shows up.
Dinner could deserve a compliment, but maybe not. Bryan, on the other hand, is a full-time member of the list who reportedly took a stance and refused to take the Saudi blood money. Good for him. He is a role model.