• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (December 30, 1989) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling
On this day in 1989, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1990’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
Dusty Rhodes vs. Mark Davis
Dino Bravo vs. Reno Riggins
Hercules vs. Conquistador #1
Rick Rude vs. Mario Mancini
Tag Team Title Match: Demolition (c) vs. Andre the Giant & Haku
• Lars Sullivan Can No Longer Perform At WWE PPVs In Saudi Arabia
As we all know by now, WWE wrestler Lars Sullivan (who is currently out of action with a knee injury) featured in some gay adult movies back in the day.
With that being said, The Hannibal TV noted that Sullivan can no longer perform at WWE PPVs in Saudi Arabia as being gay in Saudi Arabia is illegal and LGBT rights are not recognized by the Saudi government.
Being gay in Saudi Arabia can result in the following punishments:
– Public whipping
– Vigilante attacks
– Chemical castrations
– Prison time upto life
Former WWE wrestler Darren Young (who’s gay) faced a similar situation during WWE’s Abu Dhabi tour a few years ago and he wasn’t allowed to work the tour.
Below is the statement that WWE issued regarding this:
“WWE does not discriminate against individuals regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation, and we continue to proudly support Fred Rosser (aka WWE Superstar Darren Young) for being open about his sexuality.
Unfortunately, WWE cannot change cultures and laws around the world, and thus we did not send Fred Rosser to the United Arab Emirates for our upcoming events for his own protection.
WWE also fully supports Fred Rosser’s right to express his views on personal social media accounts rather than WWE’s corporate platforms.”
WWE has been wanting to give a monster push to Lars, but one has to wonder what it would be like if their top heel won’t be working two major PPVs in Saudi Arabia every year.
It should be noted that Lars did work a Saudi Arabia PPV earlier this year, where he defeated Lucha House Party in a 1 on 3 Handicap match via DQ at WWE Super ShowDown 2019.