Last week, several WWE superstars were left stranded in Saudi Arabia following the Crown Jewel pay-per-view. Despite the pay-per-view finishing on Thursday, they only returned to the US on Saturday evening.
WWE said that the delay was down to a “mechanical failure” with the plane, but many online have started to question whether that is the truth.
It has been reported over the last day that several WWE stars are furious at the company over their statement on the whole issue. With many stars reportedly refusing to ever go back to Saudi Arabia.
Following these rumours emerging, WWE has been forced to release a statement on the matter. The statement claims that the travel delays had nothing to do with a financial dispute between the two parties.
“We have a good relationship with our partners, and the feed issues were unrelated to anything of that nature [payment dispute]. We’ve been public with mechanical issues, the charter company has as well”
WWE and Saudi Arabia will also be “expanding their live event partnership through 2027 to include a second-annual large scale event.”.
Following the historic #CrownJewel event in Riyadh, @WWE and the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) have expanded their live event partnership through 2027 to include a second annual large-scale event. https://t.co/0CA75bROtI
— WWE Public Relations (@WWEPR) November 4, 2019
This is certainly interesting, especially considering it was reported that WWE was considering never returning to Saudi Arabia.