It looks like the WWE is ready to return to Saudi Arabia in 2019. WWE’s multi-event deal with the country went into effect back in April with the “Greatest Royal Rumble” pay-per-view (PPV). WWE followed that up with the controversial “Crown Jewel” PPV in November. Despite the murder of a Saudi journalist and several pleas from United States Senators, WWE decided to proceed with the show.
A few top stars including John Cena and Daniel Bryan refused to work the event as a result. Per a report from Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE already has dates for May and November booked for a Saudi Arabia return. However, Meltzer points out WWE has not yet announced this and will likely hold off on doing so for as long as possible.
As for the bonus checks Superstars made for performing in the event, it looks like the reaction to the pay is mixed. Meltzer described the scenario as “Some are happy. Some are not.”