Hulk Hogan Kicks Off WWE Crown Jewel As Host (Pics, Video)

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WWE Stars John Cena, Daniel Bryan Not Going To Saudi Arabia Event

- The Bar remain "SmackDown" tag team champions with a win over The New Day.

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

It was a odd road to get to the confirmation of Hogan's return on Wednesday.

The toxic environment around "Crown Jewel" prompted WWE superstar John Cena to back out of the event, while Daniel Bryan was written out of the show as well after reportedly not wanting to be associated with it.

Fireworks went off above the stadium as Hogan made his way to the ring. There also weren't any propaganda video unlike the Greatest Royal Rumble show in April. I will be covering the event live as it airs on Friday.

And so, on Friday 2 November, the event went ahead as planned.

Crown Jewel's host nation has attracted a global outcry following the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Hogan grabbed a mic as the fans chanted his name and he said that it feels good to be back with his Hulkamaniacs, brother. After some late changes, WWE Champion AJ Styles now takes on Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar battle again, with the victor taking home the vacant Universal Championship.

SmackDown hero Bryan and Cena, a huge name in both Raw and SmackDown, were written out of their Crown Jewel matches after taking a stand over Khashoggi's death. No, for valiant Smackdown General Manager and part-time wrestler Shane McMahon stepped in and. won the final of a tournament that he wasn't previously in and is thus now "the best in the world". "I'm looking forward to going to Saudi Arabia with the WWE, looking forward to WrestleMania - but yeah, we're moving forward at a rapid pace".

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