It’s been almost a week since the WWE Crown Jewel took place in Saudi Arabia, but the controversy surrounding the PPV is far from over. WWE Crown Jewel was headlined by Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez along with fantastic match-ups between boxer Tyson Fury vs Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins vs ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt. But one of the biggest events of Saudi Arabia didn't go smoothly as WWE cut the feed to the event as the country had failed to pay the company for the broadcast, according to wrestling commentator, Hugo Savinovich.
According to many, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman allegedly retaliated to WWE’s move by delaying their plane which was supposed to take almost 175 superstars back home. Because of the delay, many superstars were not able to arrive on SmackDown which led WWE to create new storylines. According to WWE co-President George Barrios, the company was supposed to get the “outstanding” $60 million receivables before September 30, 2019, but the country was not able to deliver it on time. However, in the recent interview, Barrios has revealed WWE has got all the money from Saudi Arabia. WWE also announced that they will keep on doing two shows every year in Saudi Arabia.
Many WWE superstars who were left stranded in Saudi Arabia after the Crown Jewel PPV on Thursday, arrived safely at the JFK Airport the following afternoon. The flight which the superstars were scheduled to board, reportedly faced a major mechanical problem and as a result, many of them were unable to make it to Friday night SmackDown. However, WWE superstars are in revolt mode after WWE CEO Vince McMahon left them and flew back to the States in his private plane. According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, many WWE Superstars felt deserted in Saudi Arabia after Vince McMahon left with his staff on an earlier flight. However, it is still unknown whether the WWE Chairman knew about the flight issue before living in a private jet.