WWE is bringing another big show to Saudi Arabia on May 27th. Night of Champions will also see Sami Zayn perform at the show in Jeddah, a location he was previously not allowed to wrestle in. There is a lot more to that story.
Sami Zayn is finally allowed to make a trip to Saudi Arabia. The reason for that reaches far beyond pro wrestling. The meat of the matter is that Saudi Arabia has opened up to where Syrians can come in. When Sami was allowed in, he decided to go, and then Kevin Owens decided to go too. Owens was never banned from attending any Saudi Arabian shows, but he decided not to go in support of Sami Zayn.
Malakai Black, who wrestled for WWE as Aleister Black, was also banned from wrestling in Saudi Arabia. The controversial kingdom prohibited Black from wrestling on the shows due to the religious imagery in his tattoos.
Ringside News reached out to ask if there are any other Superstars who are banned from attending the Saudi Arabian events now that Sami Zayn is permitted. We were told by a tenured WWE staffer that, “everything in Saudi, much like all foreign countries, is on a case-by-case basis.”
We were also told that, “it’s that way in Canada, too.” This was evident in recent memory when Jimmy Uso wasn’t allowed to make a trip to Canada due to his ongoing DUI situation.
WWE fans in Saudi Arabia chanted for Sami Zayn in huge numbers during the company’s last trip to the country. Roman Reigns even took a chance to get a ton of heel heat in the process as he told those fans that they didn’t deserve to see the former NXT Champion.
Sami Zayn’s storyline with the Bloodline has seen a lot of changes since then. He is no longer the Honorary Uce, and now he is 1/2 of the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Champions. Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa will face Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens at Night of Champions with those titles on the line.
We will have continued coverage of WWE Night of Champions, and every news story surrounding the event, right here at Ringside News.
What’s your take on this policy for Saudi Arabia and WWE? Are you happy that Sami Zayn is allowed to wrestle in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this time? Sound off in the comments!