More details surfacing regarding stranded WWE superstars in Saudi Arabia

Jun 15, 2020 - by Steve Gerweck

“Anonymous”/Rumored, WWE Superstar Confirms problems in Saudi Arabia including armed guards and a ‘hostage situation’

During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed two witnesses that are now a part of the lawsuit. One is an unnamed WWE Superstar and the other works for the Saudi Arabian television company.

“The individual explained that following Crown Jewel on October 31, 2019 he along with other WWE personnel were scheduled to leave that King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh where the event was held and head to a private airport to take a charter plane to Buffalo for SmackDown.

He was told that the charter flight he was scheduled to leave on was delayed because the plane needed to be pulled around. After they boarded they were removed from the airplane. After 20 to 30 minutes, he explained he spoke with a stewardess on the flight about the delay who told him ‘It seems someone doesn’t want us to leave this country.’ He further explained the pilot seemed very distressed when he informed the passengers that the flight was unable to take off.

He recalled that they were told because of a malfunction issue but he recalled seeing a ton of guards wearing black militia attire and wearing guns that were blocking their exit and staring at the wrestlers. (“Remember we were told none of this happened?” Meltzer adds.)
“He became aware that something was wrong and explained that a number of other personnel were referring to the event as a hostage situation.

He explained he asked Senior Director of Talent Relations, Mark Carrano about what was going on and Carrano told him ‘That Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Vince McMahon had gotten into an argument over late payments in conjunction with the June 7, 2019 Super ShowDown event. Carrano informed the person that McMahon cut the live feed for the Crown Jewel event and this made the Crown Prince very mad.”

“The wrestler stated that after he returned WWE put out a letter that attempted to remove all blame from the company and that in his opinion, many wrestlers were scared of speaking out due to limited job opportunities in the industry and WWE’s comparatively high salaries. He said that many spoke on the condition of anonymity to journalists and the WWE denounced these stories as conspiracies and laughable. Nevertheless, after the events he said that he and a co-worker went straight to talent relations and said that they would not go back to Saudi Arabia.

He said that other wrestlers tried to do the same, but the WWE abused their power and threatened the future trajectory of their careers if they did not go.”

Meltzer states that the big crux of the lawsuit does happen to be the television deal disputes, but the claims allegedly made by the former talent is more than newsworthy for the wrestling fan base

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