Can you really blame them? This week’s situation in Saudi Arabia with the WWE roster not being able to get out of the country in time for SmackDown and the ensuing delay did not go well in any way. The whole thing was just a big mess with a variety of details and stories coming in ever since the story began. It might be a little while before we know what really happened, but what we do know is that it was more negative than positive. Everyone is back stateside, though now the question is what it means for the company and its wrestlers going forward.
When discussing this week’s SmackDown with a fan on Twitter, Dave Meltzer noted that a lot of the wrestlers lost a great deal of respect for Vince McMahon over the course of the week. While Meltzer does not go into specifics of why the wrestlers have a lower opinion of McMahon, the stories that have come out since the whole ordeal started include McMahon and his inner circle leaving Saudi Arabia before the talent, who was stuck behind due to what is officially being deemed mechanical issues with the plane.
Except it was a Vince's show. Look, say whatever you want about Vince, and right now after this week a lot of the talent lost a great deal of respect for him, but this was a Vince show and it was good TV. The idea of pretending it wasn't is just baffling.
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) November 2, 2019
I know the fallout has been a mess but at least the show was good. Check out the highlights from the show, and the next night on SmackDown’s even better show:
Opinion: I’m still not sure what all has happened in this whole mess, but I know that it isn’t good. At the end of the day, the show may have been good and WWE (in theory at least) is making a ton of money for the whole thing. That being said, if it is going to lead to a revolt from the locker room and drive the top talent away, I’m not sure if it is worth the hassle. I have yet to hear a positive account of the trip from a WWE performer that didn’t feel like a corporate mandated statement, but this doesn’t seem to be a good result whatsoever.
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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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