Hulk Hogan set for controversial WWE return

Deanna Kelley
November 2, 2018

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

WWE superstars John Cena and Daniel Bryan backed out of "Crown Jewel" in protest, paving the way for Hogan's return to WWE for the first time since 2015.

WWE is set to hold its Crown Jewel event on Saturday in Saudi Arabia. Despite pressure from politicians and considerable backlash from fans in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey, WWE has chose to push forward with the event - which will be the second pay-per-view staged in Saudi Arabia this year.

The WWE is looking to an old friend to help out with perhaps the most controversial event in professional wrestling history.

Three other title matches are booked for the show, as AJ Styles will defend the WWE title against Samoa Joe, The Bar will defend the SmackDown Tag Team titles against The New Day, and Shinsuke Nakamura will defend his United States title against Rusev on the pre-show. The shows are part of a lucrative 10-year partnership between WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority in support of Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia's social and economic reform program.

The event will be live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1HD (both English) and Ten 3, Ten 3HD (both Hindi).

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Shawn Michaels and Triple H (-150 favorites) vs.

-Sheamus and Cesaro vs.

Bryan was scheduled to take on AJ Styles for the WWE Championship in a dream match.

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

- Kurt Angle beats Rey Mysterio in the final of the WWE World Cup.

- The Bar remain "SmackDown" tag team champions with a win over The New Day. The kickoff show, for the United States Championship, will start at 8:30 PM.

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