It was a unusual road to get to the confirmation of Hogan's return on Wednesday.
Professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan is in line to make a surprise return to World Wrestling Entertainment this week, more than three years after he was sacked by the company after an audio recording of Hogan making racist remarks was released by the National Enquirer. However, the call by WWE officials was to have the decision made to quietly list Hogan's name on the WWE website. There also weren't any propaganda video unlike the Greatest Royal Rumble show in April.
With the Crown Jewel event, WWE eventually made the decision to go ahead, transparently citing business reasons in their "very hard decision" to proceed with the show.
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Baldwin, 60, lives in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood with his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, 34, and their four children. The department said that Baldwin would "likely" be charged with misdemeanor assault.
And so, on Friday 2 November, the event went ahead as planned.
"So, whatcha gonna do when the power of Hulkamania and the "Crown Jewel" run wild on you, brother?!"
"There are a lot of plans in the works".
- Braun Strowman defeats Brock Lesnar to become a first-time WWE Universal champion.
So that one made little sense. Eight superstars from RAW and Smackdown Live will battle it out for the World Cup glory in a knockout format. No, for valiant Smackdown General Manager and part-time wrestler Shane McMahon stepped in and. won the final of a tournament that he wasn't previously in and is thus now "the best in the world". The WWE received plenty of criticism for going into business with Saudi Arabia, and that was before the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.