As reported over the last few days, John Cena has been in the news as reportedly giving notice to WWE officials that he wouldn’t be competing at the Crown Jewel PPV next week due to the Saudi government’s involvement in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
According to a report by Pro Wrestling Sheet, Daniel Bryan has also let WWE know that he won’t be working the event for much the same reasons, though it remains unclear what this means for the tournament. WWE responded to their request for a statement on the story with their usual verbiage:
“As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers and will address each situation accordingly.”
WWE has announced today that Crown Jewel will go on as planned and the question now shifts to the participation of Cena and Bryan, who are two very high profile wrestlers that have more leverage than the average performer to call their own shots.