Finn Balor Issues Statement On Not Wearing Rainbow Gear At Greatest Royal Rumble

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When Finn Balor competed for the Intercontinental Championship in a Ladder Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday, he did so in plain black attire. After his big display at WrestleMania 34, where he wore black tights with a rainbow on it and had an entrance that included a large group of members of the LGBTQ community, there seemed to be an expectation he would do something similar, or at least WWE’s decision to go into Jeddah for a major event while Balor was promoting such a thing would lead to criticism.

Saudi Arabia has strict laws against homosexuality, which led many to believe it was the reason Balor didn’t wear his rainbow-themed gear promoting inclusion at Greatest Royal Rumble. Now, the WWE Superstar has released a statement on the matter.

Balor tweeted after the show implying the change in trunks was a case of his attire literally being dirty and not cleaning it.

He wrote, “My Rainbow Gear was a statement at Wrestlemania Weeekend Although the gear has not been worn since in 6 appearances(Hartford CT, Cape Town x2,Pretoria, Johannesburg ,St.Louise Saudi Arabia) My support continues despite any color choice, change or laundry schedule.”

With the message, he wrote the hashtag “#dirtypants.”

According to a CNN report from last October, the penalty for married men or non-Muslims who engage in same-sex conduct with Muslims is stoning to death.

WWE’s “Balor Club For Everyone” T-shirt is still on sale via WWE Shop and a portion of the proceeds goes to GLAAD.