There is currently an ongoing lawsuit concerning WWE’s dealings with Saudi Arabia, in particular events around the Crown Jewel event in 2019. You can read more about that by clicking here.
WWE was last in Saudi Arabia in February 2019 for the infamous Super ShowDown event, where WCW icon Goldberg defeated The Fiend Bray Wyatt for the Universal Championship.
One former WWE star actually told WrestleTalk’s Louis Dangoor that Goldberg’s win and how WWE treated The Fiend made him stop pitching ideas to creative.
Travel bans brought on as a result of COVID-19. have meant that WWE has not been able to return to Saudi Arabia thus far, and there have been questions about whether or not WWE will be able to run a show in the country this year.
Well, when asked about the possibility of WWE returning to the country in 2020 for a show at the Annual Share Holders meeting, Vince Mcmahon said it’s a possibility:
“Oh, that’s a possibility. Obviously, Saudi has been going through what we in America have been going through. As far as COVID’S concerned. Right now, I think they’re doing a little bit better than we are [in the U.S.], considerably better. So there’s a possibility that we’ll will still get a show in before the end of the year, as was scheduled. But we’re not certain because, you know, who can be certain about what COVID-19 is going to do.”
Since the March, WWE has been forced to run shows without a paying audience in Florida at either the Performance Center for Raw, SmackDown or pay-per-views, or at Full Sail for NXT.