An estimated 37,000 members of the WWE Universe cancelled their WWE Network subscriptions during the final quarter of 2018.
According to the company's Q4 financial reports, the number of subscriptions dropped significantly during the time of Crown Jewel, the highly controversial show that was part of the WWE's decade long deal with Saudi Arabia.
Whilst an estimated lost of $370,000 seems a lot, even if these fans remained unsubscribed for a year, the total loss ($4,440,000) would be nothing compared to the money WWE have gained from the deal.
Crown Jewel was the company's second major event in Saudi Arabia, and was highly criticized following the murder of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi, allegedly at the request of the Saudi royal family.
Many fans claimed they would be cancelling their WWE Network subscriptions in protest, and encouraged others to do the same.
Despite pressure from politicians to postpone, or cancel the event, the company hosted Crown Jewel on schedule.
Crown Jewel followed April's Greatest Royal Rumble event, which received similar criticism, for the WWE working with the country despite strict laws against women and LGBTQ+ rights.
The next WWE-Saudi show will take place in May this year.
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