Hulk Hogan Returning To WWE At Weirdest Possible Time
In a truly breathtaking move, the WWE has announced that Hulk Hogan will be making an appearance at the upcoming Crown Jewel Pay-Per-View event, to be held in Saudi Arabia. The event, which will be broadcast tomorrow night, has drawn extreme heat from around the world for bad timing in regards to the recent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Turkey.
John Cena and Daniel Bryan have both dropped out of the event in protest over the company’s silence in regards to both Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia’s dismal human rights record.
Many people were speculating that Crown Jewel would either be canceled whole cloth or moved to a new venue in a different company. No dice. Vince McMahon, notoriously control-obsessed CEO of the WWE, has decided to hit the booster rockets on the public scandal surrounding the show. Hogan has not been seen in the WWE since 2015, when he had his contract terminated and all record of his wrestling career expunged from the company’s public content over his use of the n-word in a leaked sex tape.
Is this, perhaps, a company-wide heel turn? Wrestling fans on Twitter are already ripping their shirts in… confusion? The timing seems bizarre even to the die-hards, who aren’t particularly eager to see a Hogan career revival, much less one that coincides with one of the WWE’s worst PR blunders in recent memory.
Whatever the motivation for the booking, whether a desperate grab at scandal eyeballs or part of some long-term McMahon vision of the WWE’s future, its outcome seems like it’s going to be mixed at best.