Backstage News – Most WWE Talent “Hated” Going to Saudi Arabia for Super ShowDown


During Saturday’s edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez commented on the WWE Super ShowDown 2019 event. While people that went there reportedly “had a good time” overall, many people thought the show “sucked.” It wasn’t necessarily the trip that sucked, it was the actual show. Meltzer said,

“Most of the people knew they shouldn’t have gone. Most guys don’t want to rock the boat. Some guys wanted to go. Most didn’t think they should go. It was an awfully long trip. One person told me if it was up to him, he would never go back again, but it’s not up to him, so it doesn’t matter. Others were just like, ‘It sucked.’”

Kevin Owens was able to opt out of the show as we’ve been reporting. Owens and Daniel Bryan were two top Superstars who opted out of the event. Sami Zayn and Aleister Black couldn’t go for other reasons, as Zayn is of Syrian ancestry and Black has tattoos. Meltzer said,

“Kevin Owens did it [opted out], and that was actually brought up to me. How Kevin Owens did it, shocked them. Because Daniel Bryan’s a top guy, and he’s one of the highest paid guys there, and they already let him get away with it once. And Aleister Black and Sami Zayn were WWE’s calls.”

Regarding Owens, Meltzer said, “He’s a high [up the ladder] guy, but people didn’t think that a guy like Kevin Owens could do that, and he did. But you know, whatever.”

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