In a mid-October episode of his HBO show, John Oliver accused WWE of giving legitimacy to Saudi Arabia's "wall-to-wall propaganda" and willfully ignoring the kingdom's human rights abuses.
In a one-on-one match, AJ Styles will look to defend his WWE Championship against Samoa Joe. There will be a one-hour Kickoff Show beginning on Friday morning at 10CT/11ET. Unlike the previous event (WWE Greatest Royal Rumble), Crown Jewel has needed the WWE to clarify their position on hosting of event in Riyadh following the killing of a journalist allegedly by the Saudi government.
Sheamus, Cesaro, and The Big Show are now a threat to be reckoned with and they're not going to take any opponent lightly just as they're not going to go easy on any of them either.
Pakistani court acquits Christian woman on death row for blasphemy
Pakistan's Supreme Court has acquitted a Christian woman who has been on death row for nearly eight years on blasphemy charges. The landmark ruling is expected to anger Islamists who've threatened to launch nationwide protests if the court freed her.
SmackDown First Round: Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy vs.
The big talking points; Hulk Hogan emerging at the start of the broadcast to his "Real American" theme - a genuinely surreal sight and sound given the location and surrounding circumstances - and Crown Jewel ending with a McMahon standing tall for some reason.
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev for the United States championship (kickoff show). The New Day during their entrance even said, "Ohhhhhhh Crown Jewel" instead of Saudi Arabia.
The WWE star appeared on Raw on Wednesday night, looking much skinnier than usual.
The event will be live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1HD (both English) and Ten 3, Ten 3HD (both Hindi).