John Cena has pulled out of WWE’s controversial Saudi Arabia show

John Cena won't take part in WWE's Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia

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Styles later approached Paige, Smackdown Live's general manager, and demanded to face Joe at "Crown Jewel" for the WWE championship, effectively writing Bryan out of Friday's show.

On Monday, John Cena was officially scratched from Crown Jewel. However, WWE will have to make few amendments to Tuesday's episode of SmackDown as Bryan and Styles were set to go nose-to-nose in a traditional pre-fight staredown.

As part of their Q3 financial report last week, WWE confirmed they were moving forward with their Crown Jewel event.

It was originally reported by Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports that both John Cena and Daniel Bryan were refusing to take part in the WWE Crown Jewel event and yesterday the company announced that Cena is no longer taking part in the show, with Bobby Lashley replacing him.

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'WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base. 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.

WWE is getting all the negative attention for their lucrative deal with Saudi Arabia in the wake of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death at the Saudi Arabian Consulate.

Despite describing the incident as a heinous crime, the organisation announced that: "Similar to other US-based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has made a decision to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event".

This puts the planned WWE Championship match between him and AJ Styles in major jeopardy and it is now unknown what WWE is going to do to solve the situation. "Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled".

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