HULK SHOCK Hulk Hogan to return to WWE for first time in three years at Crown Jewel despite fury over Saudi Arabia PPV

Legend has joined list of superstars for the event - but big names like Daniel Bryan and John Cena have refused to go

01 November 2018 - 09:56

HULK HOGAN is making a shock return to WWE after three years out -  to host the controversial Crown Jewel PPV in Saudi Arabia.

Big names like Daniel Bryan and John Cena have refused to attend following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

But dsspite a worldwide outcry over the killing - and question marks over the Saudi Government's involvement - WWE.com went ahead and listed stars to appear at Friday's event in Riyadh.

Smackdown hero Bryan and Cena, a huge name in both Raw and SmackDown, were written out of their Crown Jewel matches after taking a stand over Khashoggi's death.

But it is legend Hogan's comeback that will attract most attention.

His last appearance on WWE TV was back in the summer of 2015.

Nonetheless, a more intriguing choice is that of Canadian sports broadcaster Renee Young, well-known for her WWE work behind the mike.

Many believe Saudi Arabia's dubious record on women's rights makes it an inappropriate host, given the WWE claims to be in favour of empowering women.

Meanwhile, Hogan told the Orlando Sentinel how keen he is to join the WWE in Saudi Arabia.

He said: “We’re moving forward at a rapid pace.

“It’s exciting to have this opportunity again after all these years where I was there and gone.”

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