WWE Superstars are reportedly extremely unhappy with what took place in Saudi Arabia following Thursday's Crown Jewel, amind reports the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman held them up leaving the country because Vince McMahon pulled/delayed the live pay-per-view feed over missed payments for the previous two events held in the country.
Dave Meltzer revealed on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE had not received any payments for the shows as of September 30, but then during Crown Jewel the company received an unspecified and mysterious $60 million dollar payment.
Meltzer said the situation is really bad and is not sure how WWE goes forward with this. Talent reportedly told McMahon they were never going back to Saudi Arabia and others can't wait to leave the company.
Meltzer noted that the Crown Jewel PPV feed was on a 40-minute delay, thus adding to the speculation McMahon pulled the plug on the live feed and something went down during the Crown Jewel event.
Talent are reported to have felt like "hostages" and "pawns" in a game even though they were allowed to leave in the end. There were military police to escort them off the plane and although they had people working on the plane, nobody was buying the mechanical fault story.
Meltzer's co-host Bryan Alverez also brought up McMahon leaving Saudi before all the problems occurred, there has been some speculation that McMahon left knowing what was coming but other sources say he wouldn't have left if he knew the gravity of the situation.
Meltzer also added that Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman were called into Friday's SmackDown due to the lack of talent, Lesnar was originally set to quit SmackDown next week but plans were pulled forward.
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