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Kevin Owens reportedly refused to go to Saudi Arabia

This week’s episode of SmackDown Live saw Dolph Ziggler returning to WWE TV and getting himself involved in the WWE title picture for the upcoming Super Showdown event.

This made a lot of people wonder why the company didn’t go with the Kevin Owens vs. Kofi Kingston match for the show which is the current direction for Kingston and it appears that there is a good reason behind it.

According to a report from Frightful Select, former Universal Champion has informed WWE that he doesn’t want to travel to Saudi Arabia for the upcoming event and this might be the reason why they brought back the Show Off for this bout.

While there is no word yet on the reason behind Kevin’s decision, it’s worth mentioning here that his best friend Sami Zayn was prohibited from going to the country for their last show.

The reason behind this move was Sami’s Syrian roots and the fact that Syria and UAE have had a tense relationship since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2012.


  • CC

    But as I said in another post, Kofi lucked into his resurgance by being the right person in the right place at the right time, who is to say Ziggler cannot do the same?

  • CC

    Ok, let me put it another way. Bray Wyatt has been out even longer than Dolph, but if he came back and won a title would people be crying about it?
    Regardless of the circumstances, Dolph is still a multiple time world champion, and much like Kofi himself who only lucked into his title win due to Ali being pulled due to injury, who is to say that Dolph cannot have the same kind of career resurgance by being in the right place at the right time?
    That promo he cut on Smackdown was awesome.

  • Luke

    …you know those two concepts aren’t mutually exclusive, yeah?

  • Soulshroude

    For-profit business… no. Corporation that easily sells out to the highest bidder, yes.

  • KalEl

    Dolph does not nearly have the pull or polarity of brock. You really cant compare the two. I understand where you are coming from. Lesnar is going for the universal title anyways. And also I was saying it in the dire hopes that wwe is finally changing but that’s never gonna happen

  • Soulshroude

    You heard of a term called “part timer”? Ziggler isn’t being pushed. He’s there because Owen’s denied the Saudi event. Ziggler has yet to be “pushed” directly. And yet, Brock… well, he’s still being spoon fed like a child. I get your point, yeah.

  • Literally *anything* WWE does is a cash grab. They’re a for-profit business.

  • CC

    How is it irrelevant? You stated that why kill someones momentum if they have been there regularly by having them lose to someone who has not. I am pointing out that WWE has done it in the past, and not just with Lesnar.

  • KalEl

    Nah I’ve never heard of him. Lol of course I’ve heard of him. He was not part of my statement though. Completely irrelevant

  • CC

    You heard of a guy called Brock Lesnar?

  • KalEl

    I think theyre using ziggler because kofi is going to win. Ziggler hasnt been around for a while so obviously hes not getting the belt. Why waste and kill someones momentum whos been there regularly? Just use ziggler who has no momentum at the moment

  • oppa

    If he’s standing up for the friend who helped get him here, I salute him.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Maybe they just switched things around. Ziggler was meant to return for Stomping Grounds, so they just shifted it forward a month? I don’t know.

  • Mike the Ike

    Good for him. It’s pathetic that there aren’t more real men on the roster that are refusing to go to that crap hole.

  • CC

    One thing I would say about this is regardless of whether Owens was supposed to face Kofi or not before he refused to go, that does not explain why they chose to go with Dolph as a back up. I mean, why go for someone who has not been seen in WWE since January for a random title match?

    Not saying it is not gonna be a good match, as I am a big Dolph fan, just that if Owens was the original plan, then why not choose someone who is more regular on TV?
    To me this seems like they already had plans in place for Ziggler.

  • Soulshroude

    Same thing as last year. This is not about WrestleMania, it’s about politics. Vince is in tight with the Saudi government. Otherwise, the location is null and void. This is still just a money grab. Considering it’s technically against their “Sha’Ria” law.

  • Rinn13

    I don’t like Steen, but I wouldn’t want to go to Saudi Arabia either.