The event in itself could be considered a success but the fact that most of the wrestlers on the WWE roster were kept in the Kingdom for much longer than they'd expected, with their flight being delayed an unreasonably long time, it's been reported that several wrestlers are against setting foot back there.
Rusev, though, is not one of them.
“I don’t think anyone in their rightful mind is going to hold 170 people, American citizens, hostages, I don’t think that’ll reflect well anywhere,” the Bulgarian told The Sun during an interview.
“I make a lot of money, I will definitely go back."
The wrestler also noted that WWE's breaking barriers following the first-ever women's match taking place in the state at Crown Jewel.
“I love it, I love every single trip that we do there, I love how we break barriers with women wrestling there and Lana being able to go,” he added. “I think it’s a great victory for the company, not just for that, but to open new doors and new opportunities to develop further, it’s just amazing.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to be ambassadors for entertainers.”
Fans might point to the tweet Rusev posted while stuck in Saudi Arabia asking for prayers yet he says it's nothing out of the ordinary. He also admitted that there were frustrations during the delay as no one really wanted to remain there after the show was done.
“Unpleasant, of course, because we all wanted to go home after being away for over 24 hours,” he explained. “We were all ready to get out and we couldn’t.”
“The frustration just grew by each hour and me asking for prayers is nothing new,” he said regarding the tweet. “My father is a pastor, I’m a believer in God, Jesus Christ, our saviour, so I always ask for prayers just because I wanted to go home, not because we were held hostage.”
Couldn't Have Been That Bad, Right?
It appears that initial reports weren't as bad as people made them out to be. AJ Styles has said they were overblown Rusev still seems eager to head back there and make some money.
Of course, there's fire to the smoke, considering that a staff-only meeting was necessary after Crown Jewel, but no one is corroborating a hostage story.
Source: The Sun