In another update on their official website, WWE has issued an additional statement regarding the chaotic travel issues that their Superstars and employees endured on their trip back from Saudi Arabia to the United States following this week's WWE Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Riyadh.
WWE.com released the following statement early Saturday evening:
Updates on WWE roster delay returning from Saudi Arabia
The WWE roster returned to the United States on Saturday from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after being delayed on their journey following the record-breaking WWE Crown Jewel event.
Superstars took to Twitter to share their gratitude for being back home.
More than 175 Superstars, production crew and employees boarded a 747 charter flight back to the United States on Thursday. After the door closed, due to several aircraft problems including mechanical issues, all passengers sat on the tarmac for more than six hours.
With SmackDown emanating live from Buffalo, N.Y., several Superstars felt so strongly that they arranged for their own separate charter in order to make it back to the U.S. for the show. Due to unforeseen issues, that charter did not land until after the live broadcast on FOX.
"Man, (you) see and do a lot of wild things with WWE. This travel day is no exception," SmackDown Superstar Kofi Kingston said Friday. "Tried our best to get to Buffalo tonight, unfortunately got out of our control but the show must go on!"
The remainder of WWE's Superstars, staff and crew departed on a charter set to depart Saudi Arabia on Friday.
The situation gave way to a shocking edition of SmackDown, with NXT Superstars, such as NXT Champion Adam Cole, NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler, Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle and others invading and making their presence felt as Triple H declared war.
The following statement was issued by Atlas Air, the operator of the charter flight.
"A chartered passenger flight operated by Atlas Air is currently delayed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia due to a mechanical issue. The flight was scheduled to depart at 3:00 AM AST on Nov. 1. Our top priority is always to ensure our passengers arrive safely and on time at their destination. The aircraft is being repaired and will be inspected and certified before returning to service to transport our passengers to their final destination. We regret that operational disruptions delayed the flight and apologize to our passengers who were inconvenienced."