WWE Star Daniel Bryan Refusing To Work Crown Jewel PPV

WWE Star Daniel Bryan Refusing To Work Crown Jewel PPV

Acting general manager Baron Corbin's logic was Cena never qualified for the tournament, so Lashley is now in, even though he's just lost to Finn Balor twice in a row, and he is not in.

John Cena will not compete at WWE's Crown Jewel World Cup tournament event in Saudi Arabia on November 2, and will be replaced by Bobby Lashley, WWE authority figure Baron Corbin announced during Monday Night RAW.

After being advertised as part of the show in recent weeks, Cena was quietly removed from the match as part of Monday night's broadcast of WWE's flagship show "Monday Night Raw".

Rumours had circulated that John Cena was refusing to appear at the show. Plus, all four of SmackDown's entrants in the WWE World Cup tournament will square off in a massive tag team match, as Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy battle Randy Orton and The Miz.

WWE Crown Jewel has been a mess for a while with the news that Washington Post columnist and Virginia native Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey.

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Earlier this year, Cena was a featured performer on a mega-show the company held in Saudi Arabia in April at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in front of a crowd of more than 60,000 fans. I want to send a genuine thank you to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. for its unmatched hospitality that extends far beyond this evening.

USA senators and some mainstream American media, such as Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, have criticized WWE's plans to hold an upcoming event in the region. Female competitors were barred from competing, and the event was used as a vehicle of propaganda promoting bin Salman's regime, with Cena publicly complimenting the leadership for the opportunity to partake in the event.

Per PWInsder, no final decision had been made as of last night.

Just last week, the company said: "WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base".

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