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

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Pro Wrestling Sheet broke the news Wednesday that Hogan will serve as the host for WWE Crown Jewel, a pay-per-view event scheduled for Friday in Riyadh Saudi Arabia.

Last night we published a large list of names that were with the WWE cast and crew for Crown Jewel, despite not being advertised for the show. He was removed from the WWE Hall of Fame and had not made any appearances with the company over a span of almost three years. The WWE received plenty of criticism for going into business with Saudi Arabia, and that was before the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The company reinstated him to the Hall of Fame earlier this year and is now looking to him bolster an event shrouded in controversy.

The event, now airing on the WWE Network, marks Hogan's first appearance on WWE TV since the Summer of 2015.

The financials are murky but WWE is expected to make between $20 million and $40 million United States per event from two Saudi Arabian shows this year under a 10-year deal. I will be covering the event live as it airs on Friday. Apparently believing it couldn't step away from that sort of money, the WWE announced the show would go on as planned.

WWE's top star John Cena and wrestling legend Daniel Bryan have been removed from the show for unspecified reasons, but rumours suggest they refused to be part of it.

Women's wrestlers could not perform at the shows because of local law, though Renee Young was a member of the broadcast team and the Ronda Rousey-Becky Lynch match at SummerSlam was mentioned.

While the exact financials of the deal are not known, it's been reported that WWE is expected to make between $20 million and $40 million for the two shows in Saudi Arabia this year, including the Greatest Royal Rumble.

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