Cape Town - The whispers of John Cena refusing to head over to Saudi Arabia to
take part in the controversial WWE Crown Jewel event turned out to carry
According to the CBS Sports website's Jack Jorgensen, on Monday night on Raw it was revealed that Cena, who did
not qualify for the event like the other participants, had been removed
from the eight-man World Cup tournament field he was scheduled to
WWE recently made the decision
that it would continue as planned with Crown Jewel, which will air on Friday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, despite the controversy surrounding the recent
suspicious death of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.
Part of the immediate fallout related to that decision were the rumours
from various outlets that Cena had informed the company that he was
refusing to make the trip amid the happenings in Saudi Arabia.
Given his growing profile in the Hollywood scene, it came as little
shock that the 16-time world champion was backing out. Cena did appear
for WWE in Saudi Arabia earlier this year at the Greatest Royal Rumble
back in April, defeating Triple H in the opening match.
get Cena off the show, WWE ran a segment on Monday night during Raw where
acting general manager Baron Corbin was so impressed with a beat down of
Finn Balor that he allowed Bobby Lashley to take Cena's spot.
In addition to Cena, there have also been reports that Daniel Bryan is
also taking a stand and refusing to head to Saudi Arabia.