As noted earlier, there seems to be more to the WWE-Saudi Arabia travel delay story than just a mechanical error.
Former WWE Spanish-language announcer claimed in a Facebook video that Vince McMahon pulled the Crown Jewel TV feed from airing in Saudi Arabia because there was money owed to him for the previous two shows they ran there.
WWE’s story is that there were mechanical issues that caused wrestlers to miss SmackDown and it looks like WWE has plans to provide “evidence” that the issues were related to the plane and not money issues with the Crown Prince.
Dave Meltzer noted that one person in the company said that WWE has been trying to get as much video as possible from wrestlers so they can claim that the mechanical issues were the problem.
There are people on Twitter claiming that Crown Jewel aired on delay, which is unusual since the previous shows aired live. That could back up the claim that McMahon did indeed pull the live feed and then eventually agreed to air the show later on delay.
For the most part, wrestlers have not said anything publicly about what went down but Luke Harper took a jab at WWE’s statement that was posted on their website on Friday.
The WWE statement issued on Friday read in part, “With SmackDown set to emanate live from Buffalo, N.Y., several Superstars felt so strongly that they arranged for their own separate charter in order to make it back to the U.S. for the show. Due to unforeseen issues, that charter will not land until after the live broadcast on FOX.”
Harper said on Instagram: “Larry, I’m home. I guess I didn’t want it enough to pay for my own charter, but I’m home now. #NotTop20”
Tyson Kidd sarcastically commented on Harper’s post: “Next time we’ll pool our money together instead of being lazy.”
Andrade tweeted that he’s back home in the United States and added an emoji with zipped up lips. Curtis Axel also referenced the “Top 20,” the wrestlers who WWE says tried to charter their own plane.
It looks like there’s a lot more to this story and more news should come out in the next few days. Click here to hear everything said by Hugo Savinovich about what he says really happened in Saudi Arabia.