Four WWE wrestlers are not expected to travel to Saudi Arabia next month.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful first reported that Kevin Owens told WWE that he did not want to go back and perform in the country. Dave Meltzer has since confirmed this.
John Pollock of Post Wrestling additionally reported that Sami Zayn and Aleister Black would not be appearing on the show. Zayn, who is of Syrian descent, also didn’t appear at the Greatest Royal Rumble last year due to tensions between Saudi Arabia and Syria.
Dave Meltzer reported this morning on Wrestling Observer Radio that Daniel Bryan would also not be appearing at Super Showdown. Bryan didn’t go to last year’s Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, though did appear at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
WWE’s decision to continue running events in Saudi Arabia has garnered much controversy in the wake of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder last year inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey. Despite outside pressure, WWE has continued to promote events taking place in Saudi Arabia but hasn’t mentioned the country’s name in advertising.
Their next show in Jeddah, Super Showdown, will take place at the King Abdullah International Stadium on June 7.