A new rumour is doing the rounds regarding the potential reason WWE stars were kept stranded in Saudi Arabia following WWE Crown Jewel.
Former WWE Spanish commentator Hugo Savinovich posted a video on Facebook, saying that through contacts in Saudi Arabia he heard the stories of mechanical issues weren’t true.
Savinovich said that WWE was owed somewhere between $300-500 million for the past two shows they’ve held in Saudi Arabia.
The story is that Vince McMahon cut off the live TV feed in Saudi Arabia to respond to this, and then the Saudi Prince went one step further and retaliated by ordering all WWE talent off the plane before it left.
The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer has responded to Savinovich’s claims on Twitter, saying that:
One person in the company said WWE is trying to get video from as much talent as possible to claim the mechanical issues on the plane were the problem. Just the fact they would do this is very strange.
The saga led to talent not making it back to the USA in time for SmackDown, which it could be argued actually worked out for the better as we got one of the most memorable episodes of WWE TV in a long while.
NXT stars were instead flown in to launch an invasion to kick off the road to Survivor Series which all three brands will now be a part of. Among other happenings, Tommaso Ciampa defeated the Miz, and Adam Cole retained his NXT Title over Daniel Bryan.
It is certainly a very interesting situation, and WrestleTalk.com will of course keep on top of any updates to this story.