In a follow up to rumours that WWE talent was being kept in Saudi Arabia due to financial issues between the company and Saudi authorities, more details have come to light.
Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that as of September 30 WWE had not been paid for the Super ShowDown event held in Saudi back in June.
WWE also avoided answering any questions regarding Saudi Arabia in the third quarter financial report, but did mention receiving $60 million between September 30 and October 31.
Meltzer said there is “clearly money owed” to WWE for the Saudi events.
As goes along with Hugo Savinovich’s story we covered earlier, Vince McMahon did indeed cut the live Saudi TV feed, and instead the show was aired in the region on a two-hour delay.
The idea at this point seems to be that this is what led to the Saudi Prince not allowing WWE talent to leave. However, this hasn’t been confirmed and should still just be taken as a rumour and nothing more.
The majority of talent that spoke to Meltzer didn’t believe the story that mechanical issues are what kept them waiting. One said they can’t wait to get out of the company.
Talent that went to the event was said to be aware that money was owed, but felt “deserted” as Vince McMahon left early on his private jet while they were all stranded and couldn’t leave. Although it is worth mentioning Vince may not have known this was going to happen when he left.
WrestleTalk.com will continue to update on this situation as information continues to come available.