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It was an ‘Incredibly tough decision’ says Stephanie McMahon on holding Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia

Stephanie McMahon

While Vince McMahon decided not to comment on the issue further then their released statement, Stephanie McMahon talked about WWE moving forward with Crown Jewel in a little more detail.

Stephanie was recently interviewed by Sky News ahead of yesterday’s Crown Jewel event and when asked about their decision to hold Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia, Stephanie said that it was a tough decision:

“Moving forward with Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia was an incredibly tough decision, given that heinous act, But, at the end of the day, it is a business decision and, like a lot of other American companies, we decided that we’re going to move forward with the event and deliver Crown Jewel for all of our fans in Saudi Arabia and around the world.”

Though it appears that WWE won’t get away with this decision easily and as we noted before, fans heavily booed a Crown Jewel promo during the Evolution PPV.

Now the big question is if the whole situation will turn out like the walkout of CM Punk where fans will remind the company about their decision for a long time? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


  • CC

    I do not disagree with that at all, but at the same time it is a business.

    All that said, as much as we agree that they should not have done the deal in the first place from a moral stand point, I think it is a bit poor they are getting all this bad press when governments all over the world are doing shady deals with countries like this, and ones even worse. How many times have governments like US and UK provided weapons to the middle east?

  • Mike the Ike

    EVERY contract has an out.

  • Soulshroude

    Aside from ISIS, Kim Jong Un doesn’t behead his enemies.

  • oppa

    For their earnings report yes. That’s why they didn’t risk blowing this deal. If they can find a way out around Mania when they tend to make more money and can offset the press more, they may do it. But if everyone forgets about this later, it will just be as if there was not controversy.

  • Dirt McGirt

    saudi arabia was behind 9-11. saudi arabia doesn’t allow women to compete at WWE shows because they hate women and only let them drive in the last five years. saudi arabia’s government recently had a reporter murdered and dismembered because he spoke out against the saudi government.

  • Darrin Tyler

    are you kidding?

  • Rinn13

    As I said in a different article, it’s little different than if they did shows in North Korea.

  • Rinn13

    Meaning they never should have gotten into the contract in the first place. Just because Vince saw $$$$$ signs in his eyes, didn’t mean he should have gone for it.

  • Rinn13

    They held events in those countries on military bases, for the troops. Not for the people. Certainly not for the hypocritical rich elite.

  • Soulshroude

    Terrorism. Point Blank. Their holding the event in one of the most hated Countries in the world. The home of the Sha’Ria LAW.

  • Unos #1Fan

    Can I ask why a lot of fans are upset that the event is in Saudi Arabia?? WWE has held events in Iraq and Afghanistan haven’t they?? So why the big deal?

  • CC

    Not just give back those millions, probably a whole boat load more on top when they get sued for breach.

    They will probably take a hit on the stock market by continuing, but in the long run I think trying to get out of the contract could financially cripple them where as the stock market will ebb and flow as time goes on.

  • CC

    Very doubtful. Get out clauses are usually financially related such as ticket sales not meeting target etc. Outside influences would have no bearing on the contract.

    Do you think the Saudi government or whoever did this deal would not have the contract sewn up tighter than a ducks backside?

    If contracts are easy to get out of, why do you think Neville/Pac had to sit on the sidelines for so long?
    Contracts are drawn up by professionals on a level we cannot even begin to get close to, so not sure how you think it has an easy get out clause.

  • ROB-1.

    WWE needs money I guess.

  • Mike the Ike

    “It was a difficult decision….and then we looked at the paycheck again. Now we don’t care how many people get murdered.” What a joke. They could have gotten out of the contract. Every contract has an escape clause.

  • oppa

    If they canceled, they would have been in breech of their contract and would have to give back the millions they got. I’m sure once the earnings report comes out and cash out their stocks again, it will make this difficulty go away.