Crown Jewel 2019 marked the fourth pay-per-view put on by WWE in Saudi Arabia, and fans are wondering if Vince McMahon's company will be returning there any time soon.
Following the event on Thursday, many WWE superstars and crew had to miss SmackDown Live on Friday, due to a reported "mechanical" issue with the plane. Without most of its talents, WWE recruited NXT superstars to help make up the show.
Reports began to surface that Saudi Arabia had owed Vince payments for their events, and that WWE wouldn't be going back any time soon. But AJ Styles suggested that it wasn't the case, and that it was simply a problem with the airplane.
WWE also released a statement that outlined they "have a good relationship with our partners," while rejecting the notion that there were disagreements over the pay between the company and Saudi Arabia.
So when will WWE head back there next? The company is planning to return to Saudi Arabia in February, according to Brad Shepard of Oh, You Didn’t Know Patreon (h/t Ringside News). That said, it was noted that "no hard date is planned," for the show.
If WWE does indeed perform its next show at Saudi Arabia in February, it will take place between the 2020 Royal Rumble (Jan. 26) and WrestleMania 36 (Apr. 5). So this event could be used to help build up the road towards WrestleMania in Tampa Bay, Florida.
WWE's first pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia was the Greatest Royal Rumble, which took place on Apr. 27, 2018, followed by Crown Jewel on Nov. 2. WWE then returned to Saudi Arabia for Super ShowDown on June 7, before coming back for Halloween to perform Crown Jewel 2019.
WWE Should Reveal Its Next Show In Saudi Arabia Soon
These events always take creative and detailed planning, so we shouldn't have to wait long for WWE to announce its next date in Saudi Arabia. February certainly marks a good time, since it would come between two of WWE's "big four" pay-per-views.