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WWE shares slip as Hulk Hogan tapped to host Saudi event

02 November 2018, 08:22 | Myron Mathis

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Current WWE superstars The New Day and Titus O'Neil issued statements responding to Hogan's return and his appearance at Crown Jewel was the first time he has been used by the company.

It's unclear if WWE's audience is ready and willing to accept Hogan back into the fold, but his presence at an already controversial event isn't likely to go over well on social media. After some late changes, WWE Champion AJ Styles now takes on Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar battle again, with the victor taking home the vacant Universal Championship.

WWE's top star John Cena and wrestling legend Daniel Bryan have been removed from the show for unspecified reasons, but rumours suggest they refused to be part of it.

-AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship.

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.

Roman Reigns was scheduled to defend his WWE Universal title at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh but he relinquished the title to battle his returning leukaemia.

Shawn Michaels and Triple H (-150 favorites) vs.

- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev for the United States championship (kickoff show).

- The Bar remain "SmackDown" tag team champions with a win over The New Day. Smackdown, on the other hand, will be represented by Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, The Miz and Rey Mysterio.

You can also follow all the action in Express Sport's WWE Crown Jewel results page.

The event is surrounded by controversy after the WWE made a decision to go forward with it despite an American resident and Washington Post journalist being murdered earlier this month at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Turkey.

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