The murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey on 2 October led to considerable pressure being placed on WWE to cancel their Crown Jewel show, which would mark their second such event in Saudi Arabia having signed a 10-year multi-million dollar deal with that government.
With the Crown Jewel event, WWE eventually made the decision to go ahead, transparently citing business reasons in their "very hard decision" to proceed with the show.
In a one-on-one match, AJ Styles will look to defend his WWE Championship against Samoa Joe.
Cena was scheduled to compete at the eight-man World Cup Tournament, which will determine the best in the world, against the likes of Kurt Angle, Dolph Ziggler, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, The Miz and Intercontinental as well as RAW Tag Team Champion Seth Rollins.
The event will take place inside the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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-Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev for the U.S. Championship (Kickoff Show). WWE Crown Jewel will begin at 9.30 PM IST on Friday with the show expected to last anywhere from 3.5-4 hours, not including the kickoff show, which starts an hour prior to the main card.More news: Driver fights woman. Bus plunges into river. 15 die
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The WWE star appeared on Raw on Wednesday night, looking much skinnier than usual.
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"The Fight" by The Phantoms was the theme song used for Crown Jewel.
Hogan told the Orlando Sentinel how keen he was to join the WWE in Saudi Arabia.
The event will be live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1HD (both English) and Ten 3, Ten 3HD (both Hindi).
The live streaming of WWE Crown Jewel will be available on Sony Liv app and WWE app.