WWE picked a hell of a time to bring back Hulk Hogan

01 November, 2018, 23:30 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
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WWE said on Monday Night Raw that wrestler Bobby Lashley - who was managed by now-President Donald Trump during his 2007 Wrestlemania match - will step in for the West Newbury, Massachusetts native at the event.

However, Barstool Sports reported that Cena and Daniel Bryan were "refusing" to participate, presumably because of the ongoing controversy over the suspicious death of Washington Post opinion writer and Saudi native Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic of the royal family.

Hogan won't be the only WWE legend taking part in the Saudi Arabia PPV, as The Undertaker and Kane aka The Brothers of Destruction, are set for a tag-team match against DX's Triple H and Shawn Michaels.

WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizeable and dedicated fan base.

According to a recent report from Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, it has been confirmed that Hulk Hogan is making a comeback to appear at Crown Jewel and that he will also be the host for the show.

Hogan hasn't made a WWE appearance since 2015 after his own contentious exit from the scene.

"Similar to other USA -based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia", the WWE said, "the Company has chose to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event". Hogan had been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame back in July, following a three-year ban from the company.

The prominent journalist was murdered in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul where he went to obtain an official document that would allow him to get married earlier this month. "Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled".

Brock Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight champion and multiple champion in WWE, will feature in a Universal championship match against Braun Strowman. In a mid-October episode of his HBO show, John Oliver accused WWE of giving legitimacy to Saudi Arabia's "wall-to-wall propaganda" and willfully ignoring the kingdom's human rights abuses.

A big development ahead of Crown Jewel.



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