John Cena is officially off WWE Crown Jewel.
It was announced during Raw tonight that Cena is out of of Crown Jewel's World Cup tournament. In storyline, acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin gave the spot to Lashley, who left Finn Balor laying after their match ended in a disqualification. Corbin said that Cena never qualified for the tournament to begin with, so he was taking him out.
Robbie Fox of Barstool.com originally reported last week that both Cena and Daniel Bryan were refusing to do the show. Bryan's status for the show remains to be seen. WWE is advertising a segment for tomorrow's SmackDown where AJ Styles and Bryan will be in the same ring ahead of their WWE Championship match at Crown Jewel.
WWE has garnered significant controversy about the upcoming show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. They announced last week that they would continue on with their show after Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post who lived in Virginia, was murdered inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey by perpetrators who allegedly have ties to the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.