Reports of an “imminent attack” in Saudi Arabia ahead of Crown Jewel has those in the company feeling “trepidation” according to a new report.
On November 1st, the Wall Street Journal reported that the United States government had received word from Saudi Arabia that there was an imminent threat to the Kingdom. A National Security Council spokesperson had this to say:
“We are concerned about the threat picture, and we remain in constant contact through military and intelligence channels with the Saudis. We will not hesitate to act in the defense of our interests and partners in the region.”
After reports of the threat became public, PWInsider reported that WWE was still planning to go ahead with its planned WWE Crown Jewel show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 5th. According to the report, WWE has security protocols and contingency plans in place in case any issues arise, including private security firms that could be employed. Everyone in the company remains positive about the situation.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez noted that the reports of a possible attack have people even more trepidatious than usual ahead of the show:
“There was a lot of trepidation and normally the people going on the trip are trepidatious normally going in, but now you have this on top of everything else, so … it appears that the show must go on, and hopefully everything turns out all right.”
Fans will remember that there was some uncertainty over the travel arrangements for WWE stars following Crown Jewel in 2019. Reports have suggested that those close to the situation believe talents were “held hostage” in the Middle Eastern Kingdom.