WWE Talent Miserable Over Saudi Arabia Event

Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez spoke about the 2019 WWE Super ShowDown Saudi Arabia event on Saturday’s edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio.  According to Meltzer, there were a few people who had a “good time” on the trip, but most people thought it “sucked.”  The wrestlers were not angry about the event itself, but over the actual quality of the pay-per view.  Meltzer said:

“Most of the people knew they shouldn’t have gone. Most guys don’t want to rock the boat. Some guys wanted to go. Most didn’t think they should go. It was an awfully long trip. One person told me if it was 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.’”

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As we have been writing about over the last few weeks, Kevin Owens was given permission to opt out of the show.  Daniel Bryan and Owens were the two biggest names on the WWE roster who decided to boycott the event.  Sami Zayn and Aleister Black were unable to go due to other reasons (Zayn has Syrian ancestry and Black has tattoos).  Meltzer said:

“Kevin Owens did it [opted out], and that was actually brought up to me. How Kevin Owens did it, shocked them. Because Daniel Bryan’s a top guy, and he’s one of the highest paid guys there, and they already let him get away with it once. And Aleister Black and Sami Zayn were WWE’s calls.”

Meltzer said the following about Kevin Owens: “He’s a high [up the ladder] guy, but people didn’t think that a guy like Kevin Owens could do that, and he did. But you know, whatever.”

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