Hulk Hogan to host WWE's controversial 'Crown Jewel'

Yolanda Curtis
November 2, 2018

Yahoo Sports also noted that WWE wasn't backing away from the event in Saudi Arabia, despite the controversy stemming from its show in Riyadh in the wake of Khashoggi's mysterious death.

The stars of WWE have touched down in Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel and the Saudi General Sports Authority wasted no time sharing videos of the wrestlers in hype mode.

John Cena notably was taken out of his WWE "World" Cup match and replaced with Bobby Lashley, effectively confirming that Cena in fact pulled out of the event.

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This has been rumored for nearly as long as the Cena story, but PWInsider is saying that Bryan made it clear he wasn't making the trip, and that WWE began making alternate plans as of last week.

The moral shortcomings of the Saudis have been well-documented in recent weeks, but only Bryan and John Cena have taken a stance against Crown Jewel.

When WWE first came to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this past April's massive Greatest Royal Rumble event they brought with them dozens and dozens of superstars from all across their roster, including several names from NXT and a few that hadn't even debuted on television yet.

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'Similar to other US -based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has made a decision to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event.

Samoa Joe hasn't been seen on WWE TV since his loss to AJ Styles back at Hell in a Cell and reports have suggested that the former NXT Champion has been dealing with an injury, which didn't stop him making his return to the ring this week on SmackDown, where he attacked AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan. I will be covering the event live beginning with the Kickoff show. "Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled". "What an honor and a privilege it is to be allowed to be a part of an event like today". It was the second time he was mentioned in a blistering story highly critical of WWE's decision to continue to do business with Saudi Arabia after other USA businesses have pulled out of existing deals on moral objections of dealing with the Saudi regime.

Why is "Crown Jewel" so controversial?

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