WWE visits the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia twice a year as part of its long-term agreement. The company holds mega events of the likes of WrestleMania in the country and will continue to do so in the future.
However, the company’s deal with The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has received much criticism from fans and people in the media. The company’s decision to hold the Crown Jewel event right after the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi became a contentious issue within the United States for quite some time.
Last year, after the Crown Jewel event, many WWE superstars were unable to leave the country due to what were initially reported as “mechanical failures” on the charter plane. However, as the story unfolded in the coming months, reports emerged of a financial dispute between the two sides.
This incident also prompted a number of shareholders to file a class action lawsuit against the company regarding its dealings with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. An unidentified witness (apparently Hugo Savinovich) claimed that the country was holding WWE Superstars as “hostages.”
However, the WWE attorney rejected these claims made in the lawsuit and called the accusers victims of “bad journalism.”
During the conference call for the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Vince McMahon was asked if the company plans to hold another event in Saudi Arabia in 2020.
McMahon said this could be a possibility since Saudi Arabia is better than the United States when it comes to COVID-19. He said there is a possibility that the company will hold an event at KSA before the end of 2020 as previously scheduled.
Oh that’s a possibility. Obviously, Saudi Arabia has been going through what we in the United States have been through. In regards to COVID. Right now, I think things are doing a little better than us [en los Estados unidos], Considerably better. Therefore, there is a possibility that we will still have a show before the end of the year, as scheduled. But we are not sure because, you know, who can be sure of what COVID-19 is going to do.
It seems that even a global pandemic cannot prevent Vince McMahon and WWE from holding events in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. WWE Superstars might not be too excited about this, but the company has allegedly been successful in solving that problem in the past.
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