This might not go well. The WWE is the biggest and most powerful wrestling company in the world. It has gone from a regional promotion in the early 1980s to a global juggernaut in their field. This brings with it a lot of power and influence, but it also causes quite a few problems when it comes to various matters. Sometimes this includes lawsuits, which is the case all over again.
Over the last two plus years, there have been very few things as controversial for WWE as their deal with Saudi Arabia. The agreement has brought the company a lot of money, but at the same time it has caused them a variety of issues. This was never more clear than last fall when the roster was delayed in leaving the country, and now some people want to know what was going on. As it turns out, someone who was there is saying something about it.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, a class action lawsuit over statements WWE made over a Saudi Arabian television deal now has two “secret” witnesses. The two of them, one of which being a wrestler, took part in Crown Jewel 2019, after which the WWE roster was not allowed to leave the country. The unnamed wrestler says that as the roster was ready to leave, the flight was delayed, which was said to be over a malfunction with the plane.
Upon asking Director of Talent Relations Mark Carrano what was wrong, he was told that Vince McMahon and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman were arguing over late payments for previous shows. McMahon also allegedly cut off the feed for the local broadcast to the show, causing the first thirty minutes to not air. The wrestler also said that once the roster returned to WWE, they did not want to return to Saudi Arabia in the future but were forced to due to fear of their jobs.
That’s quite the situation. Check out the show that was taking place in the center of this whole ordeal:
Opinion: This is one of the weirdest situations that you will ever see in wrestling and I’m not sure what is going to be taking place going forward. While the company did head back to Saudi Arabia a few months later, that does not exactly make what the wrestlers allegedly went through any better. I’m not sure what is going to happen going forward, but this could be one heck of a mess.
What do you think happened in the situation? Where is this going for WWE? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!