WWE brought their third show out of twenty to Saudi Arabia provided they carry on with two shows a year for their ten-year deal. However, this event was not well received at all by the fans or backstage.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that although he did hear that some had a “good time” in Saudi Arabia, a majority of Superstars who went to the Super ShowDown knew that WWE shouldn’t have gone to Saudi Arabia again.
“From what I’ve heard, I know there were people who went there who had a good time. One person told me they had a good time and they were happy and a couple of others were just like ‘this really sucked.’ Basically, most of the people knew they shouldn’t have gone.”
“Most guys don’t wanna rock the boat. Some guys wanted to go but I heard most didn’t think they should go. It was an awfully long trip. One person told me that if it were 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.’ There were people who very much understood that the booking was horrible throughout so much of the show. For the guys in the battle royal, it was very much going through the motions because the whole thing was just thrown together.”
Kevin Owens and Daniel Bryan could say that they didn’t want to go to KSA and the company didn’t push things for them. However, others did not have the same ability to tell WWE no considering their status with the company.
Ali donated his entire WWE Super ShowDown payday to charity and Finn Balor posted a picture of himself wearing an LGBTQ support shirt from Saudi Arabia for Pride. Other than that no outward acknowledgment has been made by any other Superstar to show dissatisfaction for taking another trip to the controversial Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia.
Quote thanks to Wrestling News