WWE Superstars try to get along backstage, but not everyone can mesh in the same way. It appears that one released WWE Superstar had a bit of backstage heat on him after the company gave him a big spotlight.
Mansoor recently revealed that he had backstage issues with his co-workers during the 2019 Super Showdown Premium Live Event. The 28-year-old, who joined WWE in 2018, competed in his home country of Saudi Arabia about a year later at the Super Showdown Premium Live Event. He also received the pop of the night in the process.
The former Maximum Male Model member won a 51-man Battle Royal by defeating 50 other Superstars. He got a big push, but only in Saudi Arabia. It was still a huge win for him
During an interview with Denise Salcedo on Instinct Culture, Mansoor revealed experiencing “major backstage heat” during the event and shared that several of his co-workers were unhappy.
“When you’re on the indies you’re taught whenever you go to a show, shake everybody’s hand, introduce yourself. That’s the right thing to do. So, get this. I go to NXT and I show up at my first NXT show, and I’m shaking everybody’s hands. And who of all people, Mace, pulls me aside and says, ‘We don’t do that here, okay. That’s an indie thing, all right. You don’t have to do that. These are all your co-workers. We get it. I was like, ‘Oh, okay.'”
“So, I end up going to the Saudi show being like, ‘I’m not gonna bother anybody. I’m not gonna shake anybody’s hand. Huge mistake. Huge mistake. Who pulls me aside but my future wrestling dad, Mustafa Ali. He said, ‘Hey brother, I’m looking out for you because you and me, you know, we’re brothers. You got major heat. You got major heat because not only did you not say hi to everybody, you’re winning the damn Battle Royal that everybody got dragged over here for. And you’re not being gracious about it.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, I was freaking out.’ I was like, ‘Oh my God!'”
WWE tried their best to keep Saudi Arabia happy around every corner. Mansoor received a great booking run in Saudi Arabia, until he was a part of Maximum Male Models, when he was mysteriously left off the card.
We’ll have to see what happens with Mansoor next. His 90-day non-compete clause is up, so he can do as he pleases now. Only time will tell where he shows up next.
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