Hulk Hogan Returns To WWE At Crown Jewel PPV In Saudi Arabia

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The event gets underway with the kickoff show at 11 a.m. ET; the main card begins at noon ET.

The promotion is defiantly moving forward with the event despite widespread criticism that the company is prioritising cashing in over acknowledging the human rights crisis in the country after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

This is Hogan's first WWE TV appearance since 2015, when WWE terminated his contract for racist comments he made in his sex tape.

Hulk - who's hosting the event - told the crowd, "It's good to be back!"

WWE Crown Jewel will air at 12:00 p.m. ET Friday on the WWE Network.

Professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan is in line to make a surprise return to World Wrestling Entertainment this week, more than three years after he was sacked by the company after an audio recording of Hogan making racist remarks was released by the National Enquirer.

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

DX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs.

-Sheamus and Cesaro vs.

Bryan had actually asked to lose his match against The Miz at WWE Super Show-Down, which could indicate that he knew the WWE Championship match would take place in Saudi Arabia and he had already made up his mind at that point that he would not be attending.

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

- Triple H does the heavy lifting as DX beats The Brothers of Destruction.

However, The Champ was ultimately replaced by his WWE Super Show-Down partner Bobby Lashley.

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. The kickoff show, for the United States Championship, will start at 8:30 PM.