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

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Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart are now in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the Crown Jewel pay-per-view event. Hulk apologized and several African-American wrestlers publicly offered their support for Hogan.

This will mark the return of Hogan for the first time since he was exiled from the company over past racially insensitive remarks that came to light back in 2015. Fans freaked out in 2016 when Hogan was name-dropped during a pay-per-view broadcast - but references to the WWE legend have since become less taboo, and he was reinstated to the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year.

News of Hogan being part of the show started with him mentioning it in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel last week.

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"So, whatcha gonna do when the power of Hulkamania and the "Crown Jewel" run wild on you, brother?!" That's right: Brock Lesnar!

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

Bryan had actually asked to lose his match against The Miz at WWE Super Show-Down, which could indicate that he knew the WWE Championship match would take place in Saudi Arabia and he had already made up his mind at that point that he would not be attending.

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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.

"Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Company faced a very hard decision as it relates to its event scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh", the WWE acknowledged in its statement.

Bigger! Badder! And usually with an event logo connecting the event to its host city, like the NY skyline or the fleur-de-lis for New Orleans incorporated into recent WrestleMania designs.

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