WWE Superstars have arrived in the United States after an 18+ hour plane ride back from Saudi Arabia. They won’t get time off until after Raw and SmackDown Live but the roster is happy to be closer to home.
On Saturday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said he heard from many people in the company and some had a good time in Saudi Arabia but many couldn’t wait to leave.
Meltzer said, “From what I’ve heard, I know there were people who went there who had a good time. One person told me they had a good time and they were happy and a couple of others were just like ‘this really sucked.’ Basically, most of the people knew they shouldn’t have gone.”
He said that someone noted to him that Kevin Owens’ decision to pull out of the show shocked people backstage. Daniel Bryan was never expected to go because he pulled out last year and the other two names not on the show (Aleister Black and Sami Zayn) were told by the company that they could not go.
“Kevin Owens [not going to Saudi Arabia] was his call and he’s a high [ranking] guy but people didn’t think that a guy like Kevin Owens could do that and he did.” Meltzer added, “Most guys don’t wanna rock the boat. Some guys wanted to go but I heard most didn’t think they should go. It was an awfully long trip. One person told me that if it were up to him he would never go back again but it’s not up to him so it doesn’t matter. Others were just like ‘it sucked.’ There were people who very much understood that the booking was horrible throughout so much of the show. For the guys in the battle royal, it was very much going through the motions because the whole thing was just thrown together.”
He continued, “People there were kind of not in a great mood [to fly in] for this match that can’t be good because there’s no thoughts put into it and you’re just kind of there as a piece of meat.”
Meltzer noted that he began receiving texts from wrestlers when the airplane landed in another city during the flight back to the United States.
Meltzer ended by saying, “I’m sure we’ll hear a lot in the next 36 to 48 hours about this trip.”