Amid widespread criticism for not cancelling its Crown Jewel event this Friday in Saudi Arabia, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is attempting to dodge further controversy by promoting the event as happening “east of Egypt” and “not too far from the Red Sea.”
According to WWE’s website, the sports-entertainment spectacular will be broadcast on the WWE Network live from “a big outdoor stadium” in “a kingdom a short drive from Oman.”
Even though WWE’s female stars were showcased in the Evolution pay-per-view this past Sunday, no women will compete on Crown Jewel “out of fairness to the male superstars,” according to a press release, and not because of Saudi Arabia’s strictly conservative gender norms.
Despite being under intense pressure to withdraw from the scheduled Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia amid the apparent murder of an American journalist, WWE decided to carry on with the show “so as not to disappoint the great WWE fans north of Yemen.”
A spokesperson for WWE said the company is planning to host its next major international event in a country “just north of South Korea.”