John Cena could be replaced by Bobby Lashley for the WWE World Cup match at Crown Jewel this week.
16-time WWE champion Cena was scheduled to be taking part in the eight-man tournament that will "determine the best in the world".
He was due to challenge Intercontinental champion Seth Rollins, Kurt Angle, Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy on November 2 in Riyadh.
But due to the controversy surround the Middle East kingdom over the murder of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it is understood Cena will not be competing.
Cena, 41, has forged a successful career of late in Hollywood and reports suggest he is not willing to damage his reputation.
Should he not travel as expected, WWE chiefs will need to draft in a replacement. And that man could be Bobby Lashley.
The Raw superstar returned to WWE in April and has recently been paired with 205 Live superstar Lio Rush, who is acting as his new manager.
According to online WWE source WrestleVotes, the ‘Dominator’ Lashley could take Cena’s place despite claims that he is currently working with an injury.
They tweeted: "I know injury concerns have been making the rounds, but I’m hearing Bobby Lashley is John Cena’s replacement in the World Cup at WWE Crown Jewel".
WWE Raw women’s champion Ronda Rousey has backed the WWE’s decision to go ahead with its Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia.
In an apparent message to Cena, former UFC star Rousey explained the positive impact she believes the event can bring.
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"I think that pulling out of the ‘Crown Jewel’ would be the wrong move because I think that this is an opportunity to be able to share our culture," she told TMZ.
"In times of adversity between two countries, it’s the absolute wrong time to pull away. We can find what we have in common and be able to understand each other more.
Crown Jewel has been shrouded in controversy following the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Cena and Lashley did team up at WWE Super Show-Down earlier this month when they defeated Kevin Owens and Elias in Melbourne.
But if Cena does not compete this Friday in Saudi Arabia, it would be a huge blow for the WWE.
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