WWE’s 10-year agreement with Saudi Arabia kicked off on a high note last year with the Greatest Royal Rumble pay-per-view. While the reviews for the next two shows were utterly horrific with Crown Jewel being a mixed bag, the huge revenue earned by WWE has kept Vince McMahon happy (well, apparently).
After Crown Jewel, Superstars and crew members were shockingly detained for long hours in The Kingdom. This angered the talents who are now rumored to be considering leaving WWE at the earliest.
On Oh, You Didn’t Know Patreon, Brad Shepard reported that the WWE deal was arranged for Saudi Vision 2030 campaign but The Kingdom is now considering “scrapping” the agreement.
“I’m told the GSA was scheduled to have a big meeting with Saudi Vision 2030 and is considering scrapping the entire deal with WWE, after Vince ordered the delayed broadcast. There’s an internal belief that may just be an excuse to try to get out of the deal with WWE.”
McMahon will never want Saudi Arabia to back out of the deal due to the guaranteed revenue it brings every year.
On the other hand, geopolitical issues may cause the United States to be tactful in dealing with one of their allies. To maintain a steady relation with Saudi Arabia, the U.S. State Department may not intervene in WWE’s dealing with The Kingdom in the future.
“There’s also concern around how the U.S. government may respond in a similar situation in the future as the State Department told WWE they may cease intervening if a situation like this happens again.”
Meanwhile, top main eventers have already reported Vince of their unwillingness to return to Saudi Arabia. Several mid-card Superstars have “quietly” expressed the same opinion as well.
“The top talent names mentioned were Roman Reigns, Kofi Kingston, Andrade, Braun Strowman and Rey Mysterio. I’m also told numerous mid-card talents have quietly expressed their unwillingness to return as well – not to Vince McMahon though.” says Shepard