WWE agreed to a ten year deal with Saudi Arabia. They are just wrapping up the second year in that agreement and the controversy has not slowed down at all.
TMPT Empire Feature welcomed Scott Hall on their show recently. He discussed the Saudi Arabian situation with WWE. He did not go into the controversy about money or the Superstars getting stranded in the country. The former Razor Ramon did go on to praise the company’s deal with Saudi Arabia and he admitted that they can’t do anything about some of the more controversial aspects of their partner is involved with.
“I think everything is great and I love the way that I study what goes on not just what happens in all aspects of our industry and not just in the ring but I like to watch behind the scenes and just the way that WWE has educated the fans in Saudi Arabia. Like at first they notoriously came late to the show.”
“The show started and nobody was there, because they are not conditioned for that and not really responding to the matches and cheering and booing they do customarily in the US but after this as about the third or fourth time over there now the fans are getting educated how to enjoy the show to the maximum.”
“To cheer, to boo and to just have fun with it and it is great to see and how later in the night they have the first ever women’s match in Saudi Arabia. So you can say what they want, I know WWE took a lot of heat for continuing to do business with Saudi after the one reporter was killed and stuff.”
“But in their defense you can’t change anything about standing in their way, so they don’t agree with the guy being assassinated and they can’t change by sitting in Stamford, Connecticut and all the can do is come and show the American way up close and personal. I think it is a good thing.”
We’ll have to see if WWE goes back to Saudi Arabia. They are getting a ton of money that they really need from the Saudis and as their stock plummets they need as much guaranteed income as possible.
We’ll have to see what’s next, but there are already plenty of top names who said they will never be back.