What a pair. This week, WWE is flying halfway around the world to run Crown Jewel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The shows in the country have not received the best reception for a variety of reasons, ranging from the matches themselves to their location to the fact that very little on the shows seems to matter in the long run. In addition to all of that though, there is the focus on the legends and part time performers, who usually receive the majority of the attention on the show. However, it seems that there is quite the interesting detail about some of that group of performers making their way to Crown Jewel.
According to PWInsider.com, Hulk Hogan had some issues landing in Iceland on his way to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel. The plane dealt with several tire problems and Hogan was unable to continue on to Saudi Arabia. However Hogan, who was traveling with both Jimmy Hart and Ric Flair, was able to get a seat on a plane belonging to “a friend from Minnesota” who offered them seats on his own plane, which was also going to Saudi Arabia. It turns out that the unnamed friend was none other than Brock Lesnar himself, who was flying to the show on his own plane. Flair is not mentioned in Hogan’s video due to their onscreen feud.
Hogan gave us a clue while leaving some things off. Check out his journey to Saudi Arabia:
Hogan and Flair are currently scheduled to coach a five man team each at Crown Jewel in one of the show’s featured matches. They have both announced team members over the last several weeks with bragging rights on the line in the match. Lesnar will be defending the WWE Championship against Cain Velasquez in Velasquez’s first match for the WWE. Velasquez soundly defeated Brock Lesnar for the UFC Heavyweight Championship ten years ago this week and the match has been billed as Lesnar’s chance for revenge. On the other hand, Velasquez is fighting for revenge for Rey Mysterio, a family friend injured by Lesnar.
I guess they’ve made up over this one. Check out Lesnar vs. Hogan from Lesnar’s rookie year:
Opinion: This is one of those things that would be pretty normal everywhere else but it’s some weird alternate universe in wrestling. If nothing else, the idea of Lesnar and Hart in the same place is almost impossible to fathom. It was nice of Lesnar to let them hitch a ride though as I can’t imagine there are that many flights from Iceland to Saudi Arabia on any given day. This is the kind of thing that you don’t hear about very often but it makes for a cool story, which is about all you can ask for in something like this. Now if only we could ask for a good show too.
Which of these two matches are you looking forward to more? How do you see the show going? 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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