Nearly two weeks ago following Crown Jewel, several WWE Superstars were left stranded in Saudi Arabia following the pay-per-view.
While WWE insisted that the delay was due to a mechanical issue with the plane, reports emerged suggesting that it was actually due to a financial dispute between the two parties.
However, a report from Stan Morris of NEAReport.com has seemingly revealed exactly what went down with WWE in Saudi Arabia last month.
The report notes that a WWE higher-up told Morris that was plane was initially delayed due to a tug that was malfunctioning. The plane was reportedly being tugged to the wrong spot, meaning it couldn’t take off as planned.
According to the report, there was also an issue in reaching an agreement over a weight problem with the plane. This issue reportedly involved Saudi government officials. This delay reportedly used a lot of the plane’s fuel supply meaning it had to be refueled.
Morris goes on to add that a sensor went off on the plane, indicating that a vital piece of equipment that was used in the fuel transfer between engines was malfunctioning. Jerry Lawler notes that the part to fix this issue couldn’t be found in Saudi Arabia and had to be flown in from Germany.
Morris notes that the talent in Saudi Arabia were kept in the dark and were very frustrated about the long delay. Wrestlers told Morris that cultural differences in how US and Saudi airport crews operate was causing a bit of an issue.
Morris spoke with United States Champion AJ Styles about the delay. Styles said that he spoke to the pilot who reassured him that the delay was caused by a mechanical issue.
The report goes on to add that the reports that a money dispute was the reason for the delay are “inaccurate”. Morris notes that Vince McMahon told talent he was expecting their flight to leave after his.