They really aren’t seeing the problem here. Last week, WWE was back in the headlines again but not exactly for the most desired reasons. The company held its latest event in Saudi Arabia on Thursday with Crown Jewel, which received some more positive reviews than most of the other events in the country. However, it was their exit from the country which served as the more interesting part of the story, as they were unable to leave for about twenty four hours due to reasons that have been debated in the days since. The situation was discussed again at this week’s Monday Night Raw and it was a bit of an odd moment.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there was a WWE talent meeting held at about 3pm before this week’s Monday Night Raw. The meeting was to discuss the situation in Saudi Arabia, when most of the talent was stuck in the country and there was no word on when they would be allowed to get back home. WWE has said that the problem was a mechanical issue with the plane and that nothing else was wrong, though they do seem to have some other concerns.
The meeting included WWE management blaming the talent for complaining about the situation on social media and causing problems for WWE as a result. Management insisted that the problems with the flight being stuck in Saudi Arabia were mechanical and Seth Rollins gave a speech to inspire the locker room to not discuss the situation on social media and have a positive attitude about the whole situation, at least in public.
In case you don’t remember. Check out how Crown Jewel went:
Opinion: So, to recap, WWE had its talent go halfway around the world for one day, expected them to fly back to the United States the next day, go to Europe the next week for a tour, and while they were stuck, the boss and some select talent, likely including Rollins, was allowed to leave while they were not allowed to leave the country for reasons still unclear. And now, with the story all over the place, the talent is being treated as the problems in the situation for daring to complain about it online? That’s how WWE sees this whole thing? This is rather tone deaf on their part and I don’t see it getting much better.
What do you think happened in Saudi Arabia? Is WWE being unreasonable here? 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. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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