Hulk Hogan is reportedly returning to WWE at controversial Crown Jewel PPV

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Hulk Hogan returns to WWE airwaves for the first time since 2015 (after being reinstated to the WWE Hall of Fame in July), when he was suspended for racially-charged comments.

The Hall of Famer was announced as the host of the event and made his entrance to the familiar sounds of his original "Real American" theme music. Eight superstars from RAW and Smackdown Live will battle it out for the World Cup glory in a knockout format.

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 US resident Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month.

Shortly after returning to action this April, Bryan competed at the Greatest Royal Rumble event (also held in Saudi Arabia) like everyone else on the roster.

D-Generation X will face The Brothers of Destruction in a historic Tag team match.

WWE Kickoff pre-show: Rusev vs. WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura.

- Degeneration-X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs. Smackdown, on the other hand, will be represented by Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, The Miz and Rey Mysterio.

Despite all the controversy, Crown Jewel takes place at 12 PM EST today. The kickoff show, for the United States Championship, will start at 8:30 PM. "But you know what even feels better, is after I climbed on that huge jumbo 747 jet, flew halfway across the world and landed here, I found out that the power of Hulkamania - and the power of my Hulkamaniacs - was stronger than ever". Unlike Bryan and Cena who didn't want to go to Saudi Arabia for Jamal Khashoggi's death, Ambrose's reasoning was based on the country's treatment of women and Renee's absence from the show.

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