Kane has explained why he wrestled in the main event at WWE Crown Jewel despite the controversy surrounding the show.
WWE held two big shows in Saudi Arabia in 2018. Truth be told, they were both pretty lacking. If we had to pick the worse one of the two, we would go with Crown Jewel. Above all else, we haven't been able to scrub the terrible main event from our memories. The Brothers Of Destruction versus D-Generation X.
If the match had happened 20 years ago then it would have been great. However, it happened in 2018 when three of the four men were in their 50s. It was even worse than most of us expected it would be and has tainted all four men's careers. Even worse for Kane, going to Saudi Arabia amid the controversy of a missing Washington Post journalist could have damaged his political career too.
As with everyone else who has wrestled for WWE in Saudi Arabia over the past 12 months, fans assumed the massive amount of money offered to Kane is what persuaded him to take the risk. However, The Big Red Machine has recently revealed that wasn't the case at all. Yes, money is what persuaded him to make the trip, but not money that was being paid to him.
During a Reddit AMA, a fan asked Kane why he kept his word and wrestled at Crown Jewel. The former WWE Champion explained that part of the deal included WWE donating $100,000 to the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation. The mayor of Knoxville County wrote "I made a commitment to our local first responders and I wasn't willing to break that." Not the honorable answer that most people would have been expecting.
Kane's reason for wrestling at Crown Jewel is a standup one, but what about some of the other wrestlers who have taken a payday to compete in Saudi Arabia? We'd still like to hear why Shawn Michaels tainted his career and his retirement to wrestle at Crown Jewel. HBK originally claimed there was no amount of money that could bring him back. Here's to this year's Saudi shows being less controversial and more entertaining.