WWE Crown Jewel went off without a hitch. There was a little bit of an issue when it comes to the Saudi Arabian’s live feed of the show, but Vince McMahon said that the Saudis wanted their feed delayed. Then there was a huge issue getting the Superstars home.
Corey Graves opened up about the recent Saudi Arabia issues on After The Bell. He unloaded on WWE Superstars who got on Twitter and fueled conspiracy theories about WWE’s time in Saudi Arabia.
Twenty people were able to leave Saudi Arabia on a chartered jet before anyone else. That “Saudi Twenty” has been brought up several times. Graves just didn’t want to hear those same conspiracy theories anymore.
“[Conspiracy theories] had nothing to do with who was most important or who had the most cache. There are a lot more important people than myself and Michael Cole and sweaty the camera guy who made it onto that smaller charter. The fact is it was decided who was essential to make Friday Night SmackDown as close to whole as possible and the efforts were made. Obviously, it didn’t work out, but that was the effort.”
“Understandably this led to some talent, led to some of the crew going ‘Oh my god we’re stuck here — this sucks’ — and it did. Nobody wants to be stuck in an airport that doesn’t even have a bar or a restaurant or anything like that for hours on end. Nobody wants to be sitting on a plane on the tarmac for hours on end. It sucks, there are no two ways about it, but all these conspiracy theories that have been drawn up — and half of it comes from the boys that were on the plane. If you are so insecure and you feel so strongly that you’re gonna get on Twitter and complain because our flight got screwed up for whatever the reason would be — what’s Twitter gonna do?”
Corey Graves said that “if you’re not one of the Saudi Twenty” then “that’s on you, quit crying about it on Twitter.”
The SmackDown commentator was on the first charter jet out of Saudi Arabia, but he didn’t make it back in time for the show. He obviously wasn’t very happy about how some of his co-workers handled this travel hiccup at all. Hopefully, nothing like this is ever an issue again in the future.
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