Unlike the previous event (WWE Greatest Royal Rumble), Crown Jewel has needed the WWE to clarify their position on hosting of event in Riyadh following the killing of a journalist allegedly by the Saudi government.
In a statement to HuffPost, WWE declined to discuss the specific reasons for the absence of Cena and Bryan, saying only that "we maintain an open line of communication with our performers and will address each situation accordingly".
Cena was replaced in the World Cup match by Bobby Lashley on Monday night's WWE Raw.
Bryan had actually asked to lose his match against The Miz at WWE Super Show-Down, which could indicate that he knew the WWE Championship match would take place in Saudi Arabia and he had already made up his mind at that point that he would not be attending.
The event starts at 4pm United Kingdom time, 12pm ET/9am PT, and the pre-show will take place an hour earlier. There will be a one-hour Kickoff Show beginning on Friday morning at 10CT/11ET.
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev for the United States championship (kickoff show).
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Triple H made an official announcement of the match on the first RAW after the WWE Super Show-Down.
Crown Jewel's host nation has attracted a global outcry following the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, whether intentional or not, Hogan openly admitted that he was traveling with the company to Saudi Arabia, thus all but confirming his Crown Jewel status. It began with Hogan's likeness surfacing on the superstars page for the Crown Jewel event on the company's website, leading speculation of his involvement with Crown Jewel.