Kevin Owens, Aleister Black Not Attending WWE Super ShowDown

Several wrestlers not making the trip...

As was the case with Crown Jewel last November, there will be several WWE superstars not traveling to Jeddah next month for WWE SuperDown. Two of them are Daniel Bryan and Sami Zayn, who had each previously skipped out on WWE's Saudi Arabia excursions for reasons pertaining to personal ethics or (in Zayn's case) heritage. As of this week, two more wrestlers are officially out of the card as well.

Kevin Owens will not be traveling to Jeddah. Sources within the company, according to Dave Meltzer, claim that Owens' family asked him not to go. His friendship with Zayn is potentially another reason, and Meltzer notes that Owens, upon asking off of Super ShowDown, wasn't even questioned by WWE officials.

Dolph Ziggler will be wrestling Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship on the show, in place of Owens, who was Kingston's intended opponent.

As for Aleister Black, who is also not attending, it apparently wasn't his decision not to go. According to Meltzer, he's being held off of the show due to the religious connotations of several of his tattoos. It's not apparent whether the Saudis told WWE that Black couldn't appear, or that WWE made the decision to hold him off themselves.

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.