WWE has denied recent claims made by an anonymous ex-WWE Superstar regarding last year’s controversial trip to Saudi Arabia.
In a statement provided through lawyer Jerry McDevitt to Forbes, the company said:
“After the Court appointed a third law firm to be lead counsel, WWE provided all three law firms with specific detailed facts from the persons with actual knowledge of the situation, including the phony allegation about the plane. The first two law firms then dropped their lawsuits to avoid sanction motions, but the third firm chose to ignore the specific facts they had been provided, and instead cited an unnamed disgruntled former wrestler with no knowledge of the facts. WWE is preparing its response to the lawsuit and will be moving to have it dismissed.”
The testimony from the former superstar was included in a new class action lawsuit relating to the trip to Saudi Arabia and the alleged mechanical failures that followed.
The source alleges WWE put out a letter that “attempted to to remove all blame from the company and that, in his opinion, many wrestlers were scared of speaking out due to the limited job opportunities in the industry and the WWE’s comparatively high salaries.”
Furthermore, the anonymous testimony says a disagreement between Vince McMahon and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman over late payments was the reason for the flight delay. The source quoted a flight attendant, who allegedly said “it seems someone doesn’t want us to leave the country.” The testimony also describes the airplane’s pilot as “distressed.”
In the filing, the source is described as somebody who “performed for the Company from 2012 to April 2020 and who participated in the October 31st Crown Jewel event.”