Yesterday it was revealed that two top Smackdown stars in Kevin Owens and Daniel Bryan have both refused to take part in WWE’s upcoming event in Saudi Arabia, Super ShowDown. It has become clear that both men opted not to appear on the show as they were upset that Sami Zayn has been unable to appear at any of the previous two WWE events in Saudi Arabia due to his Syrian heritage.
Along with Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, the report suggested that Aleister Black will also not be appearing on the card. At the time, the reasons for his absence from the upcoming show were not known, but Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has revealed that the decision was actually made by the company rather than Black himself.
The former NXT Champion, who has not appeared on WWE TV since his move to Smackdown as part of the Superstar Shakeup, was reportedly pulled from the show by company higher-ups as a result of his tattoos. Per Dave Meltzer, the company made the decision to have him not appear on the show as some of his tattoos have religious connotations.
The man formerly known on the independent scene as Tommy End has largely remained quiet about the meaning behind his many tattoos, but did reveal to The Daily Star way back in 2017 the symbolism behind his back piece:
“I don’t really talk about the meaning of my tattoos, but I will give you that one. The being on my back is Lilith, in some folklore she is the first woman to ever rebel against paradise. The reason she is there for equality, equality for every man and woman – which is the most important thing there is.
The Super ShowDown event will take place in Saudi Arabia on Friday 7th June. A whole host of matches have already been confirmed for the big show, including Goldberg vs. The Undertaker, Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley, Andrade vs. “Demon” Finn Balor for the latter’s Intercontinental Championship, and Kofi Kingston defending his WWE Championship against the returning Dolph Ziggler.
Thanks to WrestlingInc. for the transcription.