Jericho explains why he didn't like Saudi Arabia trip Submitted by Aaron Rift on 10/18/2018 at 07:43 PM
In a recent interview with Inside The Ropes, Chris Jericho spoke out about his first WWE experience in Saudi Arabia for the Greatest Royal Rumble:
"Saudi Arabia is a very strange place. It was me Finlay, (Billy) Kidman, Jamie Noble, and Adam Pearce. Combined 200 years of experience. We just get dropped off at the terminal and we walk off like morons. We don't have a handler or security. People there are very touchy-feely. 'Selfie, selfie, selfie, selfie.' I'm not kidding. Everybody wants a selfie. Times that by 100 and you start to get angry. And we're surrounding by people. I start yelling, 'get the f*** out of my face.' And they're all coming for me because the agents are all legends, but I'm the only guy they know. It's like a zombie movie. I'm pushing through these people."
"We're looking for British Airways. We get to the Delta counter and are told, 'There is no British Airways here. Wrong airport. South airport.' Where is the south airport? It's 45 minutes away from the north airport," said Jericho. "We got dropped off at the wrong airport and like morons, instead of asking, 'is this the right one?' We get off like lemmings. Now we have to get to the right airport and there are no taxis in Jeddah. No one speaks English. We ask for a taxi and they take us to a rent-a-car place. I can't rent a car in Jeddah. We finally get some rent-a-car thing. We get to the south airport and now, these are first world problems, but there's no priority line or first-class line. It's one giant line for everybody on this flight. And there's 1,000 people or 500 people on this flight. We're at the back of the line."
"I've been traveling for a long time. I don't need this shit. The money that I made, I started to think, 'This is not worth it. I don't want to come back here.' We finally check in. And the guy says, 'I know you, Greatest Royal Rumble. I'm going to give you a present.' I'm thinking he's going to upgrade me to first-class. No. He upgrades me from row 12 to row 10. Same class," said Jericho. "We go through another line of security and it's selfies the whole time. Finally, we get through customs. Usually, when you get through customs it's duty-free and restaurants and bars and lounges. You go through this place and it's nothing but a giant holding room with 10,000 people sitting there. We have an half and a half to kill and it's sweaty and hot. 'This is f***ing terrible.'"
"That was Saudi Arabia for ya. Now that I know how much money they made, they're gonna have to pay me triple to come back."