Sami Zayn is launching another campaign to raise money for Syrian medical relief, and it begins at the exact same time as Super Showdown.
It is Super Showdown week, and once again there is a spotlight being shone on the controversy that is WWE holding shows in Saudi Arabia. The most obvious point of all is the lack of women on the show. Due to laws and beliefs in Saudi Arabia, female wrestlers are not allowed to compete on shows in the country. The hope is that WWE's continued presence will eventually change this, but so far no good.
Another Superstar who is reportedly not allowed to compete on WWE's Saudi shows is Sami Zayn. Due to Zayn's Syrian heritage, it would appear that the powers-that-be in Saudi Arabia don't want him on the shows. Either that or WWE has made the executive decision to leave him off the cards to avoid rocking the boat.
Zayn likely doesn't care too much about not having to make the arduous trip. In fact, this time around, he has something far more important to focus his attention on. On Wednesday, Zayn revealed that he is once again launching a campaign to help raise money for Syrian medical relief. Similarly to the last time he raised money for this cause, his aim is to help launch a new mobile clinic in Syria.
Intensified attacks in NW Syria are targeting civilians & medical facilities.— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) June 5, 2019
I will once again be partnering with @sams_usa to launch a mobile clinic in Syria to bring medical aid to those in desperate need.
Our fundraiser will be launched Friday, June 7, 2pm EDT.
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Aside from the obvious good Zayn is continuing to do in Syria, it's the time his new campaign launches which has caught the eye of many fans. 2 pm EST on Friday, June 7. The exact time that Super Showdown will be kicking off in Saudi Arabia. Part of us thinks this is merely a coincidence, whereas another part of us hopes that this is Zayn's creative way of hitting back at not being welcome on the show.
The more WWE continues to return to Saudi Arabia, the more it feels like Vince McMahon will eventually have to cave to social pressure. We know they have a 10-year contract and the deal is worth a lot of money but is it enough to be worth all this controversy? Clearly, it is right now, but that might well change after a couple more trips to the Middle East.