WWE shares slip as Hulk Hogan tapped to host Saudi event

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"Bringing him back to host a show in Saudi Arabia is an epic case of tone deafness and reeks of total desperation after Cena and Bryan bailed on participating in the event".

After weeks of controversy over the event, last-minute card changes and big announcements, Crown Jewel has arrived.

The event, however, promises plenty with two world title matches, in-ring return of Shawn Michaels and a unique eight-man World Cup tournament. In a mid-October episode of his HBO show, John Oliver accused WWE of giving legitimacy to Saudi Arabia's "wall-to-wall propaganda" and willfully ignoring the kingdom's human rights abuses.

The WWE star appeared on Raw on Wednesday night, looking much skinnier than usual.

In a one-on-one match, AJ Styles will look to defend his WWE Championship against Samoa Joe.

Elsewhere, The Bar are favourites to retain their SmackDown Tag Team titles against The New Day, and Rollins is the current favourite to win the WWE World Cup tournament.

SmackDown First Round: Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy vs.

What time does WWE Crown Jewel start?

- Shinsuke Nakamura holds onto the WWE United States championship against Rusev. "Leave me alone!" The referee called for the match to be over and then Shane McMahon stopped them from making the announcement and he took The Miz's place.

Speaking to the Orlando Sentinel last week, Hogan confirmed that he would be traveling to Saudi Arabia. I will be covering the event live as it airs on Friday.

WWE Crown Jewel will have a live telecast on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD (both English) and Ten 3, Ten 3 HD (both Hindi).

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