Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

WWE On Reports Of Superstars Being Uncomfortable With Traveling To Saudi Arabia

WWE On Reports Of Superstars Being Uncomfortable With Traveling To Saudi Arabia

"I haven't talked to everybody on the WWE roster but I can tell you that a lot of the people that are scheduled to go to Saudi Arabia; they don't want to go to Saudi Arabia", said Alvarez. After showing a clip of wrestler/actor John Cena expressing "a genuine thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" (that moment in the Last Week Tonight segment comes in at about the 7:50 mark above), Oliver said, "It seems the WWE is as overtly pro-Saudi Arabia as it is latently homoerotic, which is to say, intensely".

Stemming from the alleged murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, many American companies are freezing and/or removing themselves from Saudi Arabian affiliation.

They became the target of a blistering, 18-minute report on "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" this past Sunday - which also covered the ongoing political tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, as well as the Khashoggi situation.

He fled the country in September 2017, and has not been since after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish officials claim they have audio of Khashoggi being killed inside the consulate.

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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.

WWE has come under fire for its relationship with Saudi Arabia, where it plans to hold a wrestling event next month - and now superstars are reportedly having second thoughts about performing there.

A promotional video shown during the event did feature female wrestlers, however, for which the Saudi General Sports Authority felt the need to release an apology, calling it "incident material".

WWE's relationship with Saudi Arabia was skewered in a segment on "Last Week Tonight" on Sunday.

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