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.
It might seem like an odd confluence of events, but the WWE is now in the middle of an global incident involving the suspected murder of a Saudi journalist in Turkey and a wrestling event that's due to take place next month in Riyadh.
WWE's Crown Jewel marks the company's return to Saudi Arabia and is still set to take place on November 2nd, despite reports indicating that Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been assassinated by the Saudi regime, a repeated violator of human rights.
It looks like WWE has become a player in the ongoing diplomatic & proxy conflict between Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
During Sunday night's episode of Last Week Tonight on HBO, show host John Oliver took WWE to task over its involvement in Saudi Arabia and took specific aim at WWE creating propaganda pieces to help promote the country's "progressive" movements.More news: No victor in Mega Millions Friday
Oliver, specifically, called out Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - also known as MBS - for attempting to paint a portrait of a more progressive nation.
USA senator Richard Blumenthal from WWE's home state of CT has called on WWE to "review and relook" at its relationship with Saudi Arabia.
WWE released a statement saying they are "currently monitoring the situation". "So the private interests should review, but so should the United States government".
"I'd hope that they would be rethinking their relationship with the kingdom, especially with respect to events coming up in the next weeks like [WWE Crown Jewel]", Senator Murphy (D-CT) said.