Rumor Roundup November 3 – Issues In Saudi Arabia, Vince McMahon’s Reaction To SmackDown, CM Punk’s WWE Return

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WWE Has Some Issues In Saudi Arabia

Crown Jewel was one of the best WWE pay-per-views of the year, but following the show, it appears that around 175 WWE employees were stuck in The Middle Eastern country after WWE revealed that their plane had some mechanical issues. Even though WWE put out an official press release, Wade Keller is reporting that many wrestlers believe there was something more than just mechanical issues going on.

Sean Ross Sapp also revealed that “rumors among talent that Vince McMahon got in some kind of disagreement in Saudi Arabia,” but it’s unknown if the two of these issues are linked.

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WWE Stars Refusing To Return To The Middle East

The Wrestling Observer is reporting that there is a lot of “uncertainty” stemming from this trip out to Saudi Arabia, even though the company put on a history-making night. It appears that some wrestlers have come away from it with bad feelings and many are now refusing to make the trip back. Despite this, WWE still wants to keep their deal with Saudi Arabia alive, which means that the company now has to return six more times.

NXT Stars Almost Didn’t Make It To The Show

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NXT invaded SmackDown this Friday night and set up what should be an incredible Survivor Series pay-per-view but according to John Pollock of Post Wrestling, the stars almost didn’t make the show. The talent reportedly landed just minutes before the show aired and in order to get to the arena on time, they needed to have a police escort. Luckily, Shayna Baszler was there in time to make her presence known and the show then went ahead without a hitch.

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Vince McMahon’s Reaction To Friday Night SmackDown

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Due to the travel delays that plagued the main roster following Crown Jewel, Vince McMahon was forced to re-write SmackDown just hours before it aired, since there was only a handful of main roster talent left in the United States ahead of the show.

The NXT roster was called upon and declared war on the SmackDown roster with Triple H at the helm of the battle. It was one of the best SmackDown episodes in its history and according to a report by WrestlingNewsCo, Vince McMahon was telling everyone backstage that they did an excellent job and was really happy with the way that things turned out.

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CM Punk Won’t Be Joining WWE Backstage

The rumors over the past few weeks have surrounded CM Punk and the fact that FOX requested the former World Champion as one of the stars of WWE Backstage when it makes its debut later this week. These rumors were finally put to bed this week when it appears that Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet has been handed a role on the show instead. Dave Melter of The Wrestling Observer reported that he would be a regular reporter on the show.

“Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet will have a regular role on the show, likely as the reporter to break news in the role Ariel Helwani had on the UFC version of the show.”

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WrestleMania 36 Plans For Rey Mysterio And Dominik

WrestleMania 36 is now mere months away and it appears that WWE has some huge plans for Rey Mysterio and his son Dominik. Brock Lesnar quit SmackDown this Friday night in order to head over to Raw and exact some revenge on Rey Mysterio which is the beginning of a storyline that could lead all the way into next year’s showcase.

According to 411Mania, Dominik will begin his training at the Performance Centre next year and is expected to team with his father on The Grandest Stage of them All, presumably in a match against the man who attacked him a few weeks ago, Brock Lesnar.

As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.