WWE has been criticized for its relationship with Saudi Arabia, where it plans to hold a fight event next month, and now the superstars are having doubts about how to act there.
Several members of the WWE talent list told Sports Illustrated that they were uncomfortable with having to entertain the Saudis after the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
The country's "poor human rights record" was also cited as a reason for not wanting to enter the square circle.
Despite the riots, the WWE seems to be attached to their weapons.
"As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our artists as we continue to monitor the situation," the company said in a statement to The Post on Monday.
WWE is less than three weeks away from its controversial "Crown Jewel" event at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh.
Some of the company's biggest stars are scheduled to be there, including former UFC champion Brock Lesnar, current Universal champion Roman Reigns and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, who is leaving his retirement.
It will be the second WWE event held in Saudi Arabia this year after the "Greatest Royal Rumble" in April. The shows are part of a 10-year multi-million dollar agreement between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
They became the target of an 18-minute report on "Last week tonight with John Oliver" last Sunday, which also covered the ongoing political tensions between the United States and Saudi Arabia, as well as Khashoggi's situation.
Describing the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event, Oliver said: "Audiences around the world enjoyed wall-to-wall propaganda about the new Saudi Arabia, which included a video showing happy women driving, men dancing and salons. of beauty of tourist destinations, as well as constant congratulations throughout the transmission ".
Oliver, specifically, called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, for trying to paint a portrait of a more progressive nation.
"The truth is that MBS is far from the political reformer that has been presented as, in fact, write down any positive story about it and you will find a much more grim truth underneath," Oliver said, noting how the Saudis ended their ban on Women will drive only a few weeks after they allegedly imprisoned a group of activists campaigning on the right. drive.
Several senators have come forward and urged the WWE to eliminate the Crown Jewel event, and its agreement with Saudi Arabia completely, following the disappearance of Khashoggi and the alleged murder.
"All major private interests should review and reverse their relationship with the Saudi Kingdom in light of their continuing pattern of abuse of civil rights and civil liberties, disregard for the rule of law and bombing in Yemen using the military equipment of the States United and their possible intelligence. "Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Told WCBS News Radio 820." I hope the WWE will recognize from their own conscience and conviction if there is evidence that Saudi officials approved and ordered this type of murder, and I would "first rely on the government of the United States to do its duty so that it can lead private interests like the WWE, and the first place to look is the United States of America."