There have been reports that the Saudi Arabian Sports Authority has once again asked WWE to book deceased Superstars on its country's shows.
WWE's relationship with Saudi Arabia is a controversial one. Female Superstars aren't allowed to perform on the shows, and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was allegedly tortured and killed by the Saudi government last year. On the wrestling front, the Saudi prince's insistence on WWE booking old and retired Superstars on the shows is making for some pretty poor matches.
The last two Saudi shows' main events are all the evidence you need that some of these Superstars shouldn't be in the ring. D-Generation X versus The Brothers of Destruction has left an unneeded black mark on the career of Shawn Michaels. Meanwhile, The Undertaker versus Goldberg at Super Showdown was incredibly hard to watch.
Shockingly, if the Saudi Prince had his way, those matches would be even worse. That's due to the fact he reportedly continues to request Superstars who have been dead for years. Last year, he reportedly asked Vince McMahon to bring Ultimate Warrior and Yokozuna to his homeland. According to Brad Shepard, he has done so again with fresh names in preparation for the next show on November 1, 2019.
According to a source in #WWE, the Saudi’s are continuing to ask the company to book dead wrestlers on their shows (obviously not realizing they’re dead). The latest requests - Eddie Guerrero, Big Boss Man and Macho Man Randy Savage with Miss Elizabeth.— Brad Shepard (@TheBradShepard) July 26, 2019
"The latest requests - Eddie Guerrero, Big Boss Man and Macho Man Randy Savage with Miss Elizabeth," Shepard reported after being given the information by a WWE source. The most alarming thing about these names, plus Warrior and Yoko, is that it isn't as if they died recently. Macho Man was the last of the group to pass away, and that tragic day happened more than eight years ago.
These latest rumors, if true, are further proof that WWE's Saudi shows are a chance for someone with too much money and power to play booker for the night. However, in this case, it doesn't seem as if the Saudi Prince has watched any wrestling since the early 2000s. If his money continues to tempt aging stars out of retirement, then you can rest assured the next Saudi shows will be just as bad as the ones we have already seen.