Why are SmackDown legends John Cena and Daniel Bryan not at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia?

WWE Crown Jewel takes place this Friday at the King Saud University Stadium in Saudi Arabia.

The event has sparked some intense reactions from the WWE Universe as its host nation has been dealing with plenty of controversy over the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

 John Cena decided not to grapple at the Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia

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John Cena decided not to grapple at the Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia

Khashoggi met his fate in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

But the show goes on with Shawn Michaels returning from retirement and to reform the legendary stable of D-Generation X with Triple H.

The two wrestling heroes take on The Undertaker and Kane of The Brothers of Destruction in a Tag Team Match.

 Daniel Bryan also pulled out of the event

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Daniel Bryan also pulled out of the event
 Triple H (right) with Hulk Hogan, who hosts the Crown Jewel

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Triple H (right) with Hulk Hogan, who hosts the Crown Jewel

The two big name wrestlers have refused to attend following the murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

Smackdown hero Bryan and Cena, a huge name in both Raw and SmackDown, were written out of their Crown Jewel matches after taking their stand.

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  • WWE Universal Championship – Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman
  • D-Generation X vs The Brothers Of Destruction
  • WWE title – AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe
  • WWE Smackdown Tag Team titles – The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) vs The New Day
  • WWE World Cup tournament (if Smackdown's finalist loses he is fired)
  • World Cup quarter-final – Seth Rollins vs Bobby Lashley
  • World Cup quarter-final – Kurt Angle vs Dolph Ziggler
  • World Cup quarter-final – Jeff Hardy vs The Miz
  • World Cup quarter-final – Rey Mysterio vs Randy Orton
  • World Cup semi-final – To be decided
  • World Cup semi-final – To be decided
  • World Cup final – To be decided

WWE Crown Jewel takes place this Friday at the King Saud University Stadium in Saudi Arabia.