Female competitors were barred from competing, and the event was used as a vehicle of propaganda promoting bin Salman's regime, with Cena publicly complimenting the leadership for the opportunity to partake in the event.
To get Cena off the show, WWE ran a segment Monday night during Raw where acting general manager Baron Corbin was so impressed with a beat down of Finn Balor that he allowed Bobby Lashley to take Cena's spot.
Rumored to be sitting out Crown Jewel due to misgivings about the event going on as planned in the wake of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Cena's absence was confirmed last night on Raw.
Rumours had circulated that John Cena was refusing to appear at the show. He appeared in WWE's "Greatest Royal Rumble" earlier this year in Saudi Arabia, defeating Triple H in the show's opening match.
China, Japan pledge to forge closer ties
Abe made the remark while keeping in mind Chinese vessels' intrusions into Japan's territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands. Mr Abe is expected to meet with President Xi Jinping later this week in the first full-scale Sino-Japanese summit since 2011.
There are still several major names on the card, including Brock Lesnar, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, Dolph Zigler, Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio.
Big fan of WWE? . WWE reportedly started making other plans regarding the match last week.
Cena, who in recent years has made a push into the world of mainstream Hollywood in movies and television, has yet to release a public statement about no longer taking part in the Crown Jewel show. "Regardless of what is going on in my universe, I was not going to miss this event for anything in the world".
'Similar to other USA -based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has made a decision to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event.
WWE has still not addressed Daniel's request to be left out of the event and, at time of this posting, are still openly advertising Bryan vs AJ Styles for the WWE Championship.