WWE Talent Is Uncomfortable With Saudi Arabia Show—And They Should Be ~ The Best Football Player

WWE Talent Is Uncomfortable With Saudi Arabia Show—And They Should Be

WWE Talent Is Uncomfortable With Saudi Arabia Show—And They Should Be
WWE Talent Is Uncomfortable With Saudi Arabia Show—And They Should Be

WWE Talent Is Uncomfortable With Saudi Arabia Show—And They Should Be WWE needs transparency in its relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. If an exorbitant amount of money makes the deal worthwhile, then WWE should state the obvious and say so. But keeping the deal with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia is problematic for a number of reasons. With female talent not allowed to perform in the country, the Saudi deal hurts WWE’s efforts to champion their women’s revolution.

That was evident from the moment the partnership was announced. The new issue is the recent human rights violation that occurred in Turkey—where the Saudi government allegedly ordered and carried out the murder of a prominent Saudi journalist,

Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who had been critical of the regime. The right decision for WWE should be simple: Indefinitely suspend all shows in Saudi Arabia. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, multiple members of the WWE talent roster have expressed discomfort with the idea of performing in Saudi Arabia, especially given the nation’s poor record with human rights.

In WWE’s defense, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sold them on a vision of a progressive nation. He appeared earnest in his pursuit of Western entertainment, and sold potential business partners on a vision of a progressive Saudi Arabia, while taking modest steps—such as allowing women the right to drive—to give them reason to believe he was sincere.

WWE is far from alone in its business endeavors with Saudi Arabia. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson was another significant partner with a space tourism venture, but he halted his $1 billion investment project with Saudi Arabia following the news of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Numerous top business executives, including Dara Khosrowshahi of Uber, Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase and Bill Ford of Ford Motor, have also announced they would no longer be attending the Future Investment Initiative conference later this month in Saudi Arabia.

 
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