WWE Superstar Karl Anderson said on his Twitter account that they could not pay him to go back to Saudi Arabia after the recent trip. Anderson also joked that he needs a second pool so perhaps he would go again.
His wife Christine (“Tini”) made it clear that she does not want him to go back if WWE goes back to the country for another show.
Anderson’s wife tweeted: “2nd house!! Not a pool..but don’t ever go back AGAIN! We don’t need our daddy/papi/motherlover/absanderson/besttagteam etc. being held hostage while we’re at home worried to death.”
Her tweet confirms what many have said privately. WWE’s public story is that mechanical issues led to the travel delays that kept the talent in the country for 24 hours but the wrestlers have been saying that there was an issue between the Crown Prince and Vince McMahon.
As noted earlier, the belief among the wrestlers is that McMahon was owed millions of dollars by the Saudi government for the Super ShowDown event that took place in June. McMahon was allegedly very upset and decided to cut off the feed for Crown Jewel so people in the country could not see the show live. Apparently, things were settled and the show went on the air on delay approximately 40 minutes later.
The news about McMahon’s issues with the Saudi government got back to the talent so they were aware of what was going on as the show was happening. Hours later is when talent was told by WWE that there were mechanical issues delaying their flight home.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that wrestlers told him that they saw military police near their plane and most of the talent is not buying WWE’s story about the mechanical issues.
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