Roman Reigns told WWE that he didn’t want to go to Saudi Arabia for their Crown Jewel event. Then his leukemia came back and he had to take a medical hiatus so it was a moot point concerning his decision to go to Saudi Arabia. However, he is going to KSA this time around for Super ShowDown.
The Big Dog recently spoke to Newsweek where he revealed that although WWE’s relationship with Saudi Arabia does get “a lot of mixed and negative reactions,” he still sees it as promoting change.
“It gets a lot of mixed and negative reactions. The bottom line for me is if we’re going to help promote change if we’re going to set out to make an impact than I have to be a part of it. I’m not going to sit on the sideline and talk about how we can get there. I want to be a part of the action.”
“I look at it as being a part of the solution while still respecting cultures, but it’s a big world and I want to experience all of it. So if we can help make a positive impact that’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to put smiles on everyone’s faces. We don’t discriminate, that’s our goal to help and promote positivity and take that to every inch of the world.”
Regardless of what fans think WWE is going to remain in their deal with the Saudis. They have eight years to go and plenty more trips to the Middle East will need to happen.
WWE Superstars who do make the trip are treated very well by their hosts, however, it is still a serious black eye in regards to public perception as their relationship with Saudi Arabia isn’t getting any less controversial.