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

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WWE has announced that AJ Styles would defend the WWE Title against Samoa Joe at the Crown Jewel event.

"They could run an angle to take Bryan out of the match and have AJ Styles face someone else at Crown Jewel (we've heard Rusev's name mentioned as a possible replacement) or simply tape the Styles vs. Bryan match at tonight's taping to insert into the Crown Jewel broadcast".

The Crown Jewel will only be the second WWE event to take place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after the WWE Greatest Royal Rumble, which took place in April, 2018.

The event is facing backlash following the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in early October, and has already lost WWE superstar John Cena.

The report claims that Young is set to travel to Saudi Arabia as part of the show, and that WWE had a view to this development in September, around the time she was historically made the first full-time female announcer on Monday Night Raw. "Regardless of what is going on in my universe, I was not going to miss this event for anything in the world".

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

The Word Life performer addressed the crowd in saying, 'What an honor and a privilege it is to be allowed to be a part of an event like today. Nearly everything on it clicked - from the obligatory in-ring revolving door opener, to the all-star main event - and it set the brand off to "the global pay-per-view event known as Crown Jewel" (h/t: Tom Phillips) in effective fashion, with every major programme enhanced on the controversial road to Riyadh. We don't know what he will be doing on the show but WWE sources have told us that he is unlikely to ever wrestle a full-match again due to his back issues.

There has not yet been any word of any other potential changes to the Crown Jewel show.

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