Another WWE star has given their account of what went down last week in Saudi Arabia when a number of stars found themselves stranded and unable to travel back to the US.
Thankfully they were all finally allowed to leave and are safely back on home soil, but there were clearly issues, even if everyone is reporting different things.
Speaking to Hot 97 and Peter Rosenberg, Natalya gave her version of what happened:
“We boarded a flight. They told us to get off the plane because there was a mechanical issue. If I ever hear there’s a mechanical issue on the flight, I don’t think about anything else other than my safety. I sure as hell don’t want to be in the air if there’s a mechanical issue. Knock on wood; everything worked out.
“After the show, we went to the airport to board, and there was a series of mechanical issues. We were told by the flight attendant, ‘Hey, everybody has to deplane.’ So we deplaned, and they took us to a hotel. We stayed at a five-star hotel. We deal with so many travel issues. I was told to deplane because of a mechanical issue and that’s basically the extent of it.”
Natalya continued, “For me, just staying with the group and making sure we’re in it together. We traveled on a charter there, so, for me, being with everybody and staying with the group and waiting until they fix the situation. I, knock on wood, have never been in a situation where [the plane has] gone down or crashed.
“The second you hear from anyone, ‘You guys have a situation here.’ If there’s one ounce of a situation going on (with) the plane, I don’t want to be on it. I want to get off of it, and I want to make sure we can get on another flight or wait until it’s ratified. That was the long and short of it. I’ve been hearing everything and it makes for an interesting story.”
As you can see, Natalya is pretty much going along with the company line as you would expect.
AJ Styles spoke out yesterday regarding the issues and also suggested the problems were mechanical rather than financial as it has been reported.
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription.