WWE news, rumors: Daniel Bryan officially off Crown Jewel card in Saudi Arabia
Bryan joins John Cena in refusing to make the trip overseas on Friday
Add one more top WWE superstar to the short list that will not be making the trip over to Saudi Arabia for the Crown Jewel event this Friday. As was reported by multiple outlets over the last few days, Daniel Bryan is officially off the Crown Jewel card where he was scheduled to challenge AJ Styles for the WWE championship. This news comes on the heels of the confirmation on Raw Monday night thatand will not be joining the crew as well. In recent weeks, there had been rumors floating that both former world champions were refusing to head to Saudi Arabia amid the growing political tensions, and it turns out that was indeed the case.
Bryan's case is a little more interesting than Cena's, though, as it appears the company attempted to keep his WWE title match with Styles as part of the event. One option, according to PW Insider, was filming the Bryan vs. Styles championship match down at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando and airing that bout Friday during Crown Jewel on the WWE Network.
Instead, Bryan and Styles squared off Tuesday night on SmackDown with Styles retaining the title via submission. Samoa Joe attacked both men immediately after the match, setting up a Styles vs. Joe match for the WWE title at Crown Jewel on Friday.
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