205 Live star Mansoor has been on a long undefeated streak of late, but it has gone unannounced on WWE television.
In fact, the Saudi Arabian star hasn’t been defeated in almost two years. However, the reason behind the incredible stat has now reportedly been revealed.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the streak exists to “appease the benefactors in Saudi Arabia”
“The Mansoor winning streak, which is never referred to as much but he’s on Main Event almost every week winning and hasn’t lost a match since August 23, 2019, losing in Sanford, FL to Dominik Dijakovic (and had a TV loss to Damien Priest the week earlier) is appease the benefactors in Saudi Arabia. It is interesting politically that they would have the win streak, but never acknowledge it in the U.S., and not put it on Raw or Smackdown with the idea of attempting to push him as a legit international star”
Mansoor Al-Shehail, simply known as Mansoor, signed for WWE back in 2018. The 25-year-old won a 51-man Battle Royal at Super Showdown in 2019, lastly eliminating Elias. At WWE Crown Jewel later on in the same year, Mansoor defeated Cesaro. That November he also made a winning debut on 205 Live before defeating Dolph Ziggler at Super Showdown 2020.
WWE’s first ever Saudi Arabian Superstar made his debut on WWE Main Event in February 2021, where he overcame Drew Gulak.
While Mansoor enjoyed a night to remember at WWE Crown Jewel, the event has now become synonymous with the controversy that followed after the show was over.
After the event, almost 200 wrestlers and WWE personnel were left stranded on a aeroplane for several hours. The delay lasted so long that those still there had to find accommodation and stay an extra night in Saudi Arabia.
Drew McIntyre recently reflected on the incident, commenting that “No one knew what was going on. It was weird, and a bit scary.”