Hulk Hogan To Host WWE Crown Jewel PPV In Saudi Arabia

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This has been rumored for nearly as long as the Cena story, but PWInsider is saying that Bryan made it clear he wasn't making the trip, and that WWE began making alternate plans as of last week. has compiled a list of the four WWE Superstars who have worked the most matches this year, with the list including live events, Raw, SmackDown, PPV's, and Mixed Match Challenge.

In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, whether intentional or not, Hogan openly admitted that he was traveling with the company to Saudi Arabia, thus all but confirming his Crown Jewel status.

This had been predicted earlier in the year, when Turki Al-Sheikh - the Minister and Chairman of the General Sports Authority in Saudi Arabia - tweeted out a picture of Hulk Hogan along with a message about the WWE World Cup taking place at Crown Jewel.

"As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers and will address each situation accordingly", WWE said in a statement.

"WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base", the company said in a statement alongside third-quarter financial results.

"Similar to other US -based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia", the WWE said, "the Company has made a decision to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event". "Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled". The Undertaker, one of the most popular wrestlers in the history of the organization, drew a chorus of boos at the mere mention of "Crown Jewel" during an October episode of "Smackdown".

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Reports at the time stated that several WWE stars left that meeting with Hogan, who was apologizing for his racist language that was uncovered in his leaked tape, believing that Hogan's apology wasn't genuine at all and that he was only sorry for getting caught.

A big development ahead of Crown Jewel.