Pro wrestling legend Sid Vicious canceled an appearance in Cleveland this weekend, and no, it wasn’t so that he could play in a softball league. According to Absolute Intense Wrestling, Sid claimed he couldn’t make the flight to Cleveland due to President Donald Trump‘s travel ban.
“We have some bad news to report,” Absolute Intense Wrestling said. “Our greatest fears have come true, Sid did not board his flight this morning. After several phone calls he finally answered when we used Swoggle‘s phone to call.”
“Sid claimed Donald Trump’s travel ban prevented him from boarding his flight to Cleveland this morning because of an unpaid speeding ticket and he claimed this is new government policy since he didn’t have his passport even though he was traveling within the United States and is a United States Citizen,” the post continued. “We recorded his cancelation call just so there is proof of all this and we will do our best to play the audio tonight or on a future episode of our podcast.”
“We apologize to all of the fans who were excited to meet Sid tonight and unfortunately this is something 100% out of our control,” it went on. “We invested quite a bit of money in this appearance and we have now lost out on close to $1,000 we will never get back on airline tickets, hotels, and merchandise we had made for Sid. We are going to try and do our best to find a replacement and plan on spending the rest of the day making phone calls and trying to get somebody there to replace Sid.”
Trump’s travel ban restricts travel to the United States from citizens of eight countries, six of which are predominantly Muslim. It does not affect American pro wrestlers from traveling to Cleveland. According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Swoggle, known formerly in WWE as Hornswoggle, will replace Sid at the planned meet-and-greet event.