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Backstage News on WWE Workers ‘Who Knew They Shouldn’t Have Gone’ to Saudi Arabia for Super ShowDown and Hated Going, Shock Over Kevin Owens Refusing to Go

June 8, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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– During today’s edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez recapped yesterday’s WWE Super ShowDown 2019 event, with Meltzer noting that he started receiving texts from people within WWE once they had left Saudi Arabia, and that while he knew people that went there that “had a good time,” many people he’s been in contact with thought the show “sucked.” He continued on workers who weren’t happy about being there, “Most of the people knew they shouldn’t have gone.”

“Most guys don’t want to rock the boat,” he added. “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.'”

He also mentioned that many of his contacts were shocked that Kevin Owens was able to opt out of the show. We reported on the Owens situation earlier. Owens and Daniel Bryan were two Superstars who opted out of the event while other Superstars, such as Sami Zayn and Aleister Black, couldn’t go for other reasons, such as Zayn’s Syrian ancestry and Black’s tattoos.

“Kevin Owens did it [opted out], and that was actually brought up to me,” Meltzer said. “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 their [WWE’s] calls.”

He went on regarding Owens, “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.”