Hulk Hogan set for controversial WWE return

Hulk Hogan set for controversial WWE return

The event is surrounded by controversy after the WWE made a decision to go forward with it despite an American resident and Washington Post journalist being murdered earlier this month at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Turkey.

John Cena and Daniel Bryan have both been quietly written out of the "Crown Jewel" contest in Riyadh, after they reportedly refused to make the trip in light of the murder of Saudi journalist and USA resident Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month.

This will be the second big event for the WWE in Saudi Arabia this year, the first being the Greatest Royal Rumble on April 27.

But despite a worldwide outcry over the killing - and question marks over the Saudi Government's involvement - the WWE has decided it's time to end the three-year exile of one of its biggest names at Friday's event in Riyadh.

According to the report, WWE apparently wanted to keep Hogan's return low-key, which is the reason that the location was picked to be in Saudi Arabia.

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Sporting News will provide live bell-to-bell coverage of WWE Crown Jewel on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

- The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) vs. Daniel Bryan is being replaced by Samoa Joe in the WWE Championship match against AJ Styles and Cena was replaced by Bobby Lashley in the World Cup. Now, granted that Hogan isn't going to be booked as the WWE Champion or Universal titleholder anytime soon, however, the moustache-sporting, vitamin-eating former WWE and WCW World Heavyweight Champion will undoubtedly be featured prominently on WWE programming in the days to come.

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

Cena was scheduled to perform in the eight-man World Cup Tournament, which will determine the best in the world.

- Shinsuke Nakamura holds onto the WWE United States championship against Rusev.