During WWE’s conference call on Thursday to discuss Q3 2018 financial earnings, Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon immediately shot down any discussion about Saudi Arabia.
As the Q and A portion of the call started, the first question specifically addressed WWE’s decision to go forward with Crown Jewel despite media backlash.
As first noted by John Pollock of POST Wrestling, Vince quickly shot that down.
Vince McMahon shuts down question regarding Crown Jewel and opting to run the event:
"We are not going to talk a lot about that, it's a very sensitive subject".
— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) October 25, 2018
If you missed it yesterday, WWE issued this statement on Thursday confirming they would go ahead with plans to hold Crown Jewel next Friday in Saudi Arabia.
“WWE has operated in the Middle East for nearly 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base. Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Company faced a very difficult decision as it relates to its event scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh. Similar to other U.S.-based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has decided to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event. Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled.”
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