Kevin Owens Reportedly Turned Down WWE’s Upcoming Saudi Arabia Return

This Tuesday’s episode of Smackdown Live saw a dramatic shift in the WWE Championship picture, less than 24 hours after Kevin Owens unsuccessfully challenged Kofi Kingston for the title at Money in the Bank. 

While WWE has been teasing a potential cash-in from Brock Lesnar on either of the two current world champions, it looks like the “Beast Incarnate” is going to have to get in line, or move on, as Kingston was brutally attacked by a returning Dolph Ziggler.

Shortly after the attack it was officially announced that Ziggler would challenge Kingston for the title next month at the WWE Super Showdown event in Saudi Arabia. The company is not known for doing one-off world championship programs, so many assumed that Owens had at least one more opportunity, but at least for now it would appear that he’s been replaced at the top of the card. is reporting that Owens recently told company officials that he did not want to return to Saudi Arabia to work next month’s highly controversial event.

While a specific reason was not given, it’s worth noting that Sami Zayn has not been allowed to work the previous events in the nation due to his Syrian heritage. Other top names including John Cena have also reportedly refused to work in Saudi Arabia in the past.

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