WWE’s Best Royal Rumble was definitely an occasion that occurred. Whereas the WrestleMania of home exhibits had virtually no impact on any storylines shifting ahead for Uncooked, Smackdown, or Backlash, as there have been zero title adjustments and it was, in essence, an opportunity to tread water and make tons of cash.
Whereas it was, usually, a forgettable occasion for what occurred within the ring, one WWE famous person spent his weekend coping with real-life ramifications from his kayfabe actions in Saudi Arabia. Ariya Daivari and his brother Daivari Basic made an look to heel it up by waving the Iranian flag and proclaim the greatness of Iran within the face of WWE’s new Saudi Arabian prospects, who promptly beat him up.
It was the type of lazy nationalism for the sake of an inexpensive pop that WWE has relied on for many years, however the issue was this was WWE coming into into a really actual, very tense state of affairs with the type of tact one expects from a wrestling firm that commonly thinks about one-level deep. Sadly for Daivari, this didn’t go over particularly effectively in Saudi Arabia or in Iran and he was the one which needed to take care of the backlash, which included loss of life threats. Daivari posted to Twitter within the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday to apologize to anybody offended and clarify that it was merely a storyline for his in-ring character and never his private beliefs.
This looks like the type of factor WWE ought to have thought of as a risk and discovered a greater strategy to incorporate the brand new Saudi prospects and allow them to have a second somewhat in a method that didn’t tread into problematic waters. Hopefully it will all get smoothed over, nevertheless it’s a reminder that whereas WWE continues to evolve and deal with having a various roster higher than it did previously, it nonetheless has a methods to go in studying to not at all times go for the bottom hanging fruit.
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