We’re still waiting for word from WWE about their plans for their Nov. 2 Crown Jewel pay-per-view (PPV). Like if it’s happening. Or where.
But despite not being part of the promotion for the show, a legendary wrestling figure is sounding like he’s booked for an appearance in the event’s originally announced locale. And as if the prospect of Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia wasn’t controversial enough in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at their consulate in Turkey, having this guy show up will really get a lot of folks worked up. Brother.
That’s right. Months after he was reinstated to the company’s Hall of Fame following his being fired because recordings of him making racist statements were released to the public, and with WWE helping to promote his nWo reunion with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall later this month, Hulk Hogan says he’s got more WWE appearances lined up. Including one in the KSA.
As Hogan told Jay Reddick of the Orlando Sentinel:
“There are a lot of plans in the works. I’m looking forward to going to Saudi Arabia with the WWE, looking forward to WrestleMania — but yeah, we’re moving forward at a rapid pace. It’s exciting to have this opportunity again after all these years where I was there and gone.”
What would Hulk do at Crown Jewel?
“This is a total ego trip, but this is what I would love: To be the hood ornament of the WWE, to be the Babe Ruth of the WWE, and to always be around when any of the big stuff is going on…
I sure would love to be a part of the WrestleManias and the big events and the grand openings and the new conquests of the WWE. Saudi Arabia! Hong Kong! China! Antarctica! The North Pole! Whatever it is, I’d like to be part of the ongoing growth of the wrestling business, and be with WWE the whole time, that’s the only place to be.”
If this event takes place in Riyadh as originally announced, it’s hard to imagine how it could be any more divisive. Using it to reintroduce a figure some members of the roster aren’t ready to welcome back might do it, though.
Or this could just be more of that “ego trip” from a famous, er, embellisher like the Hulkster.
We shall see.
Check out Jay Reddick’s entire piece on his talk with Hogan at the Orlando Sentinel’s site here.