WWE Superstars were stuck in Saudi Arabia for far longer than they expected in 2019 after Crown Jewel. A huge conspiracy broke out surrounding the circumstances and Hugo Savinovich is still defending his story that the Saudis didn’t let WWE Superstars leave because The Prince was angry at Vince McMahon.
Shane “Hurricane” Helms was recently on The Angle Podcast. He spoke about the Saudi Arabia situation openly, but he didn’t see anything. There are a lot of stories coming out of the situation led by Hugo Savinovich, but Helms has another story.
He remembered being in Saudi Arabia and the travel delay, but the situation surrounding arm guards and any hostage situation was nothing he saw. He does remember shotty WI-FI and a 5 star hotel, but that didn’t stop his loved ones from worrying.
“The media really blew it out. Like unless they completely hid everything from me… all the talk about the plane, we had the one plane. It wasn’t like in America when you own American Airlines and there’s a bunch of planes out there. We had the one, and we couldn’t interchange the flight crew because we brought them with us. You know what I’m saying? And the flight crew has to get a certain amount of rest and the pilot has to get a certain amount of rest and when the thing with the plane happened, the mechanical difficulties and now the pilot didn’t have enough rest, that’s a federal law that they can’t just go, ‘Hey I’m okay, I can make it.’ You can’t do that, and like I said, we brought him with us. They didn’t have just another pilot they can call and go, ‘Hey, we need you to fly to America.”
“We got a bunch of angry assholes out here.’ But… and then that being said, they put us in five-star hotels, they were feeding us silly and I didn’t know about any of the drama that was being reported on social media whatsoever and I remember I was literally taking a picture of a dessert because we’re back at the hotel, and it was aggravating being delayed but I’ve been traveling for quarter of a century now so, delays happen.”
“You either get angry or you roll with it. What are you gonna do? And so anyway, we’re back at the hotel and I’m over there with my phone taking a picture of a dessert tray to send back home, and then I get this text, because I guess — I mean maybe I didn’t have WiFi while we were on the buses from the… maybe from the terminal or something. I can’t remember exactly what happened but I hadn’t messaged home in a few hours and so then I get this message from my woman and she’s upset and she’s like, ‘I heard you guys are trapped’ and I’m like, ‘What?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m stuffing my face with this cake. That’s how trapped I am. If this is trapped, I’m gonna stay over here.’”
“But you know, then you hear all the weird stories so I can’t really tell you 100 percent for certain I know exactly what happened but I know I was treated fine. They treated us fine. A lot of the guys kind of get hysterical of anything. Some of the younger guys, you know? But I’ve had so many travel snafus, it was just another day at the office for me.”
WWE was able to make the most of the situation. NXT “invaded” the main roster and it created compelling television with fresh matches.
We’ll have to see if NXT ever invades the main roster again. Hopefully, it won’t take leaving the roster stranded across the planet to make it happen.
Thanks to Post Wrestling for the quote