During the latest episode of After The Bell, WWE commentator, Corey Graves discussed the WWE Crown Jewel travel issues in great detail. Below are some highlights with a H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.
On if talent were upset that Vince McMahon left Saudi Arabia first:
“What really got to me was when the rumors started coming out, the first one being that Vince left everybody in Saudi Arabia. That’s not true and I’m going to tell you why – if you work here, you know that every week no matter where on the planet Earth we are, as soon as the final bell rings, as soon as it’s made sure that all the talent’s okay or whoever was in the last match, Vince gets on his jet and goes home or to the next city because the guy is busy running WWE,” Graves explained. So, it might be a sexy headline going, ‘Oh, Vince left before everybody. Everybody was stuck except for Vince, and Brock, and whoever had private charter flights. When you’re Brock Lesnar, you get certain perks. When you’re Tyson Fury and you’re one of the biggest names in sports, you get to fly on your own jet. When you’re Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, yeah, you’ve earned that. So, it wasn’t like he said, ‘To hell with the talent, to hell with the crew.’ Vince did exactly what he has done every week without fail.”
On his experience of what happened:
“As has been well publicized, there have been quite a few theories as to what actually happened,” Corey said. “Long story short, and again, I’m speaking from personal experience. This is all I know – we got in the plane, we were all in our seats ready to take off. The flight crew (shout out to them by the way because they were awesome on the way over) came around and took our food orders for the flight, but there was some confusion regarding the pilots. I was seated in the upper deck right outside the cockpit. Pilots were going back and forth; there was some sort of mechanical issue. I am not an airline pilot. I can barely wind my own watch so I don’t know exactly the ins and outs and why they all happen. We sat on the plane for a while, they shut the plane down, restarted it to see if whatever they were attempting to fix had worked, it hadn’t worked. In the time to get all of this done, the flight crew had timed out and we were all informed that we would not be taking off. They de-planed everybody.”