Upcoming WWE show in Saudi Arabia sparks controversy

Wrestling fans in Philly weigh in.

Andrew Kramer
October 15, 2018 - 9:55 pm
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Andrew Kramer | KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With all that is going on in Saudi Arabia at the moment, World Wrestling Entertainment is receiving plenty of backlash for not canceling a show scheduled there in a few weeks called "Crown Jewel."

Many, including U.S. Senators, are hoping WWE will ultimately decide to call off the Nov. 2 event.

Many pro wrestling fans agree that the company should not bring their talent to Saudi Arabia at the moment. 

Some of those fans, who were in Philadelphia on Monday night for a taping of WWE Monday Night Raw at the Wells Fargo Center, shared their thoughts with KYW Newsradio.

"I think they absolutely should pull out," said Kevin Panetta. "I don't think they will, though, but they absolutely should with the political climate right now."

Panetta thinks the massive amount of money WWE is slated to make by holding this event will keep the company from bailing.  

Peter Grim agrees.

"I personally think they should back out and not go there," Grim said, "but they're supposed to make a lot of money. I understand why they won't, but politically and everything there's no reason they should go there, it doesn't make any sense."

"Money means a lot, but I think some things are worth more than money," added Rick Carlson, another voice in favor of  WWE abandoning the Saudi Arabia show.

The company released a statement saying they are "monitoring the situation" in Saudi Arabia. 

WWE held an event in Saudi Arabia back in April.