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Senators urge WWE to rethink Crown Jewel event


Several United States senators, including Chris Murphy of WWE's home state of Connecticut, have urged WWE to rethink the Crown Jewel show on November 2 in Saudi Arabia.

"I'd hope that they would be rethinking their relationship with the kingdom, especially with respect to events coming up in the next few weeks," said Murphy in an article by the Independent Journal Review's William Steakin.

"This is a brazen assault on the freedom of the press and a slap in the face to the United States, if this murder occurred as it seems it did."

Murphy is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Lindsey Graham, a senator from South Carolina, said, "There should be a pause," in regard to the company's business dealings with Saudi Arabia.

Graham has suggested a complete rethinking of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia based on news reports on the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist believed to have been violently murdered over being critical of the kingdom.

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey told IJR that he believes, because of the relationship between Donald Trump and Linda McMahon, that Trump should think about pressuring WWE not to do the show.

"Private enterprise is private enterprise, different than a governmental entity," said Menendez. "But because (Linda McMahon) is part of the president's cabinet, it falls into the grey area where the administration really should give it some thought and maybe even prevail upon them not doing it." 

WWE is currently monitoring the situation. There have been backup plans that are being talked about internally if the show doesn't take place.