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Andrade Says He Didn’t Want To Return To Saudi Arabi After 2019 Incident

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Following WWE Crown Jewel 2019 in Saudi Arabia, many WWE Superstars including now former WWE star Andrade, were left stuck at the airport for two days, unable to fly home.

The incident somewhat marred the event, with new planes having to be flown in to try and get the SmackDown Superstars back to the US as there was a show taping scheduled.

Speaking to Lucha Libre Online Andrade has recalled being stuck at the airport that day, saying that the WWE party weren’t allowed to leave the country.

“I think it was like two days they didn’t let us leave. We went into the plane, boarded, told us there was something wrong with the plane. They made up a million stories. They told us a lot of different things. I think we went up the plane two times. We were already eating, some were sleeping and then they made us get off the plane. Cain Velasquez was there, Rey Mysterio too, guys with names. There were guys with their own planes. Some had to stay behind. They brought in a plane to try and bring the SmackDown guys because there was a taping. They made up a lot of things. They treated us like kings at first but once we were done, we were stuck in this small airport. You could see some guys on the floor, falling asleep after waiting all day at the airport. I don’t know what the real story is, but they did not let us leave the country,”

Following the incident Andrade revealed that he met with Vince McMahon, and told the chairman that despite the good money on offer, he never wanted to return to Saudi Arabia.

The following week, we had a meeting with Vince. I spoke with those in the office and I said I didn’t want to return to Saudi Arabia. The money is good, but I don’t want to go to Saudi Arabia. They told us to talk to Vince, that it wasn’t that much of an issue and that it wasn’t happening again. Speak with whoever you want to, but I wasn’t going back to Saudi Arabia. You can’t imagine seeing these superstars on the floor like that, sharing protein bars because there wasn’t enough to eat. We spent two days there and were not allowed to go. I don’t know what really happened. The day there was a meeting, I didn’t go because I knew they would make something up. I remember that time vividly because my mom passed away while I was in Saudi Arabia.”

Elsewhere in the wide-ranging interview the former United States Champion detailed how he signed to a contract worth $3 million per year before he recently left the company.

Andrade last appeared on WWE television back in October 2020, where he was taken out by ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt.

Andrade was officially granted his release from WWE on March 21st.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription with additional credit to Luis Pulido and Carlos Toro for the translation.