Daniel Bryan not going to Saudi Arabia, replaced by Joe

The Bella Twins

However, the WWE has been forced to write two major stars out of proceedings for the Saudi event.

Hogan's return follows the confirmation this week that Superstars John Cena and Daniel Bryan will not be heading to the Middle Eastern country for the much criticised grapple fest this Friday.

Prepare for double the laughs when The Bella Twins and Daniel Bryan appear on this week's episode of the Facebook Watch prank series, "You Kiddin' Me?!"

Even wrestling fans are vocally denouncing the show.

A big development ahead of Crown Jewel. Once reports surfaced about Hogan being listed, his name was removed.

We jokingly asked Linda if she ever talks WWE with Trump considering he's in the WWE Hall of Fame - but she told us they usually focus on much more important matters.

Angela Merkel 'To Step Down From Christian Democrat Party In December'
A three-way coalition with the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats was already on the cards before bedtime Sunday night. The announcement comes after her party's vote dropped 10 percent during an election on Tuesday in the German state of Hesse.

Why is "Crown Jewel" so controversial?

John Cena was originally set to compete in the World Cup tournament at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on Friday, but Cena pulled out of the event and Bobby Lashley will be replacing him in the tournament.

"The Greatest Royal Rumble" that took place in April was met with its own backlash as the company was criticized as a propaganda arm for Saudi Arabia as it looked to change its image on a global stage. Part of the immediate fallout related to that decision were the rumors from various outlets that Cena had informed the company that he was refusing to make the trip amid the happenings over in Saudi Arabia.

The murder of the journalist - who had been an outspoken critic of the Saudi leadership - put the focus on bin Salman's potential oversight of the incident, as Saudi officials have issued a series of differing explanations of how and why the whistle-blowing writer was killed.

WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizeable and dedicated fan base. Nearly everything on it clicked - from the obligatory in-ring revolving door opener, to the all-star main event - and it set the brand off to "the global pay-per-view event known as Crown Jewel" (h/t: Tom Phillips) in effective fashion, with every major programme enhanced on the controversial road to Riyadh. "Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled".

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