Tone-deaf WWE recalls Hulk Hogan for show in Saudi Arabia

ArticlesWWE Crown Jewel 2018 Heat Index PPV Match Card Rundown & Predictions By Anthony Mango

As if that weren't enough, Hulk Hogan will serve as the host for the event, marking his first on-screen appearance for the company since 2015 when he was sacked and removed from the WWE Hall of Fame for making racially insensitive remarks.

- Braun Strowman defeats Brock Lesnar to become a first-time WWE Universal champion.

In a statement to HuffPost, WWE declined to discuss the specific reasons for the absence of Cena and Bryan, saying only that "we maintain an open line of communication with our performers and will address each situation accordingly".

The event starts at 4pm United Kingdom time, 12pm ET/9am PT, and the pre-show will take place an hour earlier.

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.

- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev for the United States championship (kickoff show).

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An analyst who follows WWE said Hogan's return may have hurt the shares "simply by reminding investors the Saudi Arabia event is being held at all".

Elsewhere, The Bar are favourites to retain their SmackDown Tag Team titles against The New Day, and Rollins is the current favourite to win the WWE World Cup tournament.

DX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs.

The politics of the situation will keep a great number of people from enjoying 'Crown Jewel, ' but having Dean Ambrose on the show will only make it more entertaining, especially with him being so unpredictable. The kickoff show, for the United States Championship, will start at 8:30 PM.

"WWE has such a valuable relationship with Saudi Arabia it needs to bring big guns to the event", Sherman told The Post.

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