"Bringing him back to host a show in Saudi Arabia is an epic case of tone deafness and reeks of total desperation after Cena and Bryan bailed on participating in the event".
The toxic environment around "Crown Jewel" prompted WWE superstar John Cena to back out of the event, while Daniel Bryan was written out of the show as well after reportedly not wanting to be associated with it. Plus, there is the World Cup Tournament which sees eight wrestlers battle, with four from RAW and four from SmackDown. A triple threat between the three was initially announced for the show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but was scrapped on October 22 when Reigns relinquished the championship after learning he had been diagnosed with leukemia.
- Kurt Angle beats Rey Mysterio in the final of the WWE World Cup. There will be a one-hour Kickoff Show beginning on Friday morning at 10CT/11ET.
Elsewhere, The Bar are favourites to retain their SmackDown Tag Team titles against The New Day, and Rollins is the current favourite to win the WWE World Cup tournament.
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev for the United States championship (kickoff show).
- Degeneration-X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs. Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio are two of the most popular stars in Saudi Arabia, evident from their Greatest Royal Rumble 2018 appearance earlier this year.
Despite all the controversy, Crown Jewel takes place at 12 PM EST today. The kickoff show, for the United States Championship, will start at 8:30 PM.
That Hogan made his on-screen return at the "Crown Jewel" pay-per-view only makes things more controversial, though.