John Oliver ROASTS WWE Over Relationship With Saudi Arabian Government


Oliver also cited John Cena thanking the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a promo at Greatest Royal Rumble as an example of WWE's miscues in the Middle East.

WWE has come under fire for planning to go forward with its November 2 "Crown Jewel" show in Riyadh even as many other American companies have begun to distance themselves from the oppressive kingdom in the wake of Khashoggi's disappearance. It was the first part of a decade-long partnership between WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority.

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Khashoggi, a journalist who has been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

BBC News report that a Turkish security source has video and audio proving Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

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While the mainstream media has been harsh on WWE for their choice, a gang of US Senators have all expressed that Vince McMahon and Co. should reconsider their relationship with the Saudis.

None of the company's female performers were allowed appear, due to the limited rights for women in Saudi Arabia - this was particularly at odds with the WWE's current PR push for their women's division. This all stems from the rising tension between the United States and Saudi Arabia after a Washing Post journalist was kidnapped and presumed murdered.

WWE released a statement saying they are "currently monitoring the situation".

The slaying was the Saudi government sending a message to the world that they could do it and get away with it, the "Last Week Tonight" host said.