Crown Jewel is rapidly approaching, with the controversial PPV only being green lit eight days before the bell rings.
Reportedly, both John Cena and Daniel Bryan have pulled out of the event with moral objections. Likewise, earlier this month, top politicians pulled out of the Future Investment Initiative, over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
This put Kane in a tough spot, as he is booked to team with the Undertaker to take on DX in a tag match at the event. Some wondered whether Kane, the real life mayor or Knoxville, might be pressured into removing his name from the Saudi card.
Releasing a statement through the Knoxville News Sentinel, Kane confirmed that he still planned to fulfil his obligations and attend the controversial show in Riyadh:
“Mayor Jacobs is still going to the Crown Jewel event because he made a commitment to not only the WWE, but the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation and the first responders of Knoxville and Knox County.”
The commitment spoken about concerns a payment from the WWE to the named organisations. It was reported that WWE plans to donate $100,000 to the local organisations at a live event in early 2019. Vince McMahon said the following regarding the donation back in September:
“Much like his unparalleled contributions to advancing the WWE brand during his stellar career of more than 20 years, Mayor Jacobs has begun work to improve Knox County. I appreciate his gesture to the heroes who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way and look forward to his continued progress in his mission.”
Reportedly it was mayor Jacobs that suggested who the recipients of the donation should be.
This is the second statement Kane has released to the press regarding Crown Jewel, and comes as little surprise. In his original statement, made on the 12th of October, the mayor’s spokesman, Rob Link said that the mayor’s plans hadn’t changed and he still planned to wrestle at the event.