WWE signed a ten-year deal with Saudi Arabia back in 2018 which means that the company will head over to the Middle East twice a year and put on a pay-per-view event.
The Greatest Royal Rumble was the first show of the deal and it was revealed that Zayn wasn’t allowed to go to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The former Intercontinental Champion is of Syrian descent which prevents him from traveling to the country, but the star himself felt the need to address whether or not he is banned from the country as part of a recent appearance on The Blindboy Podcast.
“I don’t know. I don’t know the specifics on this. To this day I didn’t really ask because I wasn’t really keen on going anyway. But WWE did a thing, a partnership sort of or signed some sort of deal to put on these shows in Saudi Arabia for I don’t know, what? Ten years or something like that.”
“I just wasn’t invited to go and I never really dug into it too much because I wasn’t keen on going, to begin with, but I would like to discuss that for a moment because there is a certain amount… there’s a certain amount of… what’s the word I’m looking for here? You know, it became very popular, very easy to say, ‘Well you shouldn’t go to this country because they do these awful things’ and I understand it and I agree and if I was asked to perform in Israel, I wouldn’t, right?”
“But at the same time, I perform in the United States, you know what I mean? And I live in the United States. So there’s that sort of dissonance to get your head around a little bit. So I don’t know, I don’t know. I don’t know how I feel about all of that.”