John Cena won’t wrestle in WWE event in Saudi Arabia

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Iconic wrestling star Hulk Hogan will make his return to WWE TV at the company's "Crown Jewel" event in Saudi Arabia this Friday.

Michaels will team with Triple H against The Undertaker and Kane, while a World Cup tournament featuring Bobby Lashley, Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, The Miz, and Rey Mysterio will also take place.

That pressure was only increased with the reports that WWE stars, John Cena and now Daniel Bryan will not travel to the Middle East to perform at the event.

Rumours of Cena's non-participation began to circulate last week but his name was kept on the promotional campaigns in the hope that he would reconsider his decision.

No female wrestlers are allowed to participate at the Saudi event.

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Hogan was last at a WWE event in July when he apologized to the WWE locker room backstage at Extreme Rules, but he never appeared on-camera. Yahoo Sports reported: Samoa Joe attacked A.J. Styles and Bryan after Tuesday's match. I will be covering the event live beginning with the Kickoff show.

WWE Champion AJ Styles has joined another exclusive WWE club as he just hit his 359th day as WWE Champion, placing his reign among the top 10 longest in company history.

'And I also want to say once again, thank all of you for allowing me to be part of something so special'. Bryan's status appeared to be up in the air, according to multiple reports. This should have been Evolution's honour for all the right reasons, but instead it's Crown Jewel's for all the wrong.

The company's participation has been under scrutiny in the wake of Khashoggi's October 2 murder at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was lured under the pretense of taking care of administrative details for his wedding.

WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizeable and dedicated fan base. "Similar to other USA -based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has made a decision to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event".