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Former Intercontinental Champion Comments On Being Banned From WWE’s Saudi Arabia PPVs

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• Former Intercontinental Champion Comments On Being Banned From WWE’s Saudi Arabia PPVs

While speaking to POST Wrestling, former Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn discussed him not being allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia and performing there at WWE events due to his Syrian roots.

Below is what he said:

“I don’t know. I don’t know the specifics on this. To this day I didn’t really ask because I wasn’t really keen on going anyway.

But WWE did a thing, a partnership sort of or signed some sort of deal to put on these shows in Saudi Arabia for I don’t know, what? 10 Years or something like that, and I just wasn’t invited to go and I never really dug into it too much because I wasn’t keen on going to begin with, but I would like to discuss that for a moment because there is a certain amount…there’s a certain amount of…what’s the word I’m looking for here?

You know, it became very popular, very easy to say, ‘Well you shouldn’t go to this country because they do these awful things’ and I understand it and I agree and if I was asked to perform in Israel, I wouldn’t, right? But at the same time, I perform in the United States, you know what I mean? And I live in the United States. So there’s that sort of dissonance to get your head around a little bit. So I don’t know, I don’t know. I don’t know how I feel about all of that.”

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