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The scheduled WWE charter flight out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to tonight's Friday Night Smackdown in Buffalo, NY has been delayed for hours due to what sources indicate is a mechanical issue with the fuel line of the plane, although we have heard there are other issues. 

WWE talents and staff have been sitting on the plane for hours (they started boarding seven hours ago, as of this writing) as they have cleared customs leaving Saudi Arabia and cannot leave the plane without going through customs to enter the country again.
One source described the flight as "canceled" but we are told talents are still on the flight waiting to take off.

We are told that WWE has been able to rush out certain talents on another plane, but have not been able to confirm which.  The others are waiting to leave - and may still have several hours to wait before being able to depart and head back to the United States, which given the length of the flight, could very well mean they don't make it back to the United States back in time for tonight's live Friday Night Smackdown broadcast on FOX.

With a seven hour (and counting) wait and a 6,621 mile flight from point A to point B ahead of them, it's going to be a long day for WWE talents and staff, whether they make it to Smackdown or not. 

If WWE cannot get their talents to the Buffalo taping in time, the company will have quite the conundrum on their hands. 

We are told that WWE Champion Brock Lesnar has departed Saudi Arabia on his private plane, so it's possible he could be tapped for Smackdown.  Daniel Bryan, Sami Zayn, Drew Gulak, Elias,  Matt Hardy, and The Miz, among others, did not travel to Saudi Arabia to perform on Crown Jewel and are in the United States, so the company would have them available, on top of any other talents who were able to make it back.

Obviously, WWE could always rush other members of the Raw roster (if FOX and NBC approve Raw talent appearances) or possibly members of the WWE NXT roster to Buffalo if needed.  

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The flight was canceled - they were all sent to hotels. WWE is losing their shit trying to get the "essentials" back for Smackdown.



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PWInsider has been told the "majority" of those delayed leaving Saudi Arabia for tonight's Smackdown taping will not make the taping and are now at hotels in Riyadh. We are told there is no word yet when they are now leaving to return to the United States.

WWE has made arrangements to try to get those "absolutely neccesary" for Smackdown to the taping, we are told.

There are a LOT of people within WWE upset about the situation, going as far up the ladder as you can imagine.



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That's what happens when you take blood money. You have to occasional deal with minor inconveniences like travel delays and beheadings.  FOX must be absolutely thrilled that they threw all this money at WWE so far.

Considering the propaganda machine that WWE has been for the royal family, and the personal connections that the company has with them, I'm absolutely shocked that the government isn't bending over backwards to do away with customs formalities and getting them new planes ASAP to make them happy.

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srossi wrote: That's what happens when you take blood money. You have to occasional deal with minor inconveniences like travel delays and beheadings.  FOX must be absolutely thrilled that they threw all this money at WWE so far.This travel delay could've been anywhere, but I can see your point.  You travel that far with that little of a window to return, you've made your bed.  They pulled this shit last year on one of their Japan legs, having talent get home and report to (I think) RAW something like 12 hours later.  You can't abuse the talent this way - if you are doing Crown Jewel, you need to leave some bodies behind "just in case".  Even with a dozen people they can broadcast Smackdown.  Have Daniel Bryan put in a 30 minute clinic against somebody, maybe Miz.  Then with all of the replays, commercials, and 'Moments Ago', you've filled your first hour.  This isn't that hard to figure out, it's just that WWE doesn't book logically.



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This has happened because Vince sold the same wrestling company to four different people, USA, FOX, the Saudis and the WWE network. If he can keep the plates spinning, everyone thinks that they have bought the whole show, but he can't keep the plates spinning forever.

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With the money they are taking in on these shows they can afford to have multiple flights. I didn’t watch crown jewel but they should have had the talent from the first 3 matches at the airport yesterday ready to hop a bird before the event itself was completed.


The E needs to step up their travel spending now that they have multiple high paying partners. If I worked at Fox I would have asked the questions weeks ago; what does the talent travel look like? What are your back up plans? what is the back up back up plan? and now my questions would be how can you assure me this won’t happen again even if this is just a near miss.

Political feelings aside this is just poor planning on the E’s part.



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Franchise wrote: With the money they are taking in on these shows they can afford to have multiple flights. I didn’t watch crown jewel but they should have had the talent from the first 3 matches at the airport yesterday ready to hop a bird before the event itself was completed.I guarantee Lesnar was 500 miles from there when the card ended.



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Superstar wrote: Franchise wrote: With the money they are taking in on these shows they can afford to have multiple flights. I didn’t watch crown jewel but they should have had the talent from the first 3 matches at the airport yesterday ready to hop a bird before the event itself was completed.I guarantee Lesnar was 500 miles from there when the card ended.

He seemed like he was 500 miles from there during his match too. 



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The WWE roster is delayed in its return from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, following a historic performance at yesterday’s record-breaking WWE Crown Jewel event.

More than 175 Superstars, production crew and employees boarded a 747 charter flight back to the United States on Thursday. After the door closed, due to several aircraft problems including mechanical issues, all passengers sat on the tarmac for more than six hours. With SmackDown set to emanate live from Buffalo, N.Y., several Superstars felt so strongly that they arranged for their own separate charter in order to make it back to the U.S. for the show. Due to unforeseen issues, that charter will not land until after the live broadcast on FOX.

The remainder of WWE’s Superstars, staff and crew will depart on a charter set to depart Saudi Arabia later tonight.

As always with WWE, the show must go on. Live at 8/7 CT on FOX, SmackDown will feature Superstars, such as Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Carmella, Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke — plus, additional surprises.

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WWE has always had split rosters to avoid these types of crazy travel problems, dating back to the '80s when they had A, B, and even C towns.  Now with the brand split, there should be no excuse for this sort of thing, but as Kriss pointed out they are trying to sell everyone on a full roster when that's not practical.  The Saudi show should've been a Raw-only show as there is no way to guarantee that Smackdown talent could travel 7,000 miles in less than 24 hours and perform at a level that would meet expectations.  It's also a ridiculous thing to ask the talent to do when it's totally unnecessary.  WWE has hundreds of talents under contract, more than they can ever use, and the same 20 guys are being paraded around the world constantly as everyone else demands a release or is miserable from lack of ring time.

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I'm actually interested in watching this show. Can't remember the last time I said that about SmackDown.

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Brock has his own private plane? Fuck you Cain Velasquez.



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Tonight's ratings go up as people tune in just to see how this situation is handled, right?

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WongLee wrote: Brock has his own private plane? Fuck you Cain Velasquez.

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