Hulk Hogan Kicks Off WWE Crown Jewel As Host (Pics, Video)

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In a statement to HuffPost, WWE declined to discuss the specific reasons for the absence of Cena and Bryan, saying only that "we maintain an open line of communication with our performers and will address each situation accordingly".

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

Shane McMahon won the WWE World Cup after introducing himself as a late replacement for the injured Miz.

Friday is generally a good day to bury bad news and when you add in an already super-charged controversy to the mix, what better time to bring Hulk Hogan back into the fold?

- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev for the United States championship (kickoff show). WWE Crown Jewel will begin at 9.30 PM IST on Friday with the show expected to last anywhere from 3.5-4 hours, not including the kickoff show, which starts an hour prior to the main card.

- Degeneration-X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs.

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Crown Jewel's host nation has attracted a global outcry following the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

- Shinsuke Nakamura holds onto the WWE United States championship against Rusev.

Joe has taken The Leader of the Cenation's place and will reignite his rivalry with The Phenomenal One today. Hogan tipped off his role at Crown Jewel and hinted at a potential return to WrestleMania recently in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel.

Which channel will live telecast WWE Crown Jewel?

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