WWE shares slip as Hulk Hogan tapped to host Saudi event

Tanya Cunningham
November 2, 2018

The WWE is hosting a major event in Saudi Arabia on Friday absent two of its biggest pro-wrestling stars. The event gets underway with the kickoff show at 11 a.m. ET; the main card begins at noon ET. 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.

Current WWE superstars The New Day and Titus O'Neil issued statements responding to Hogan's return and his appearance at Crown Jewel was the first time he has been used by the company. The politics of the situation will keep a great number of people from enjoying 'Crown Jewel, ' but having Dean Ambrose on the show will only make it more entertaining, especially with him being so unpredictable.

It's unclear if WWE's audience is ready and willing to accept Hogan back into the fold, but his presence at an already controversial event isn't likely to go over well on social media.

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 section will be updated.


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