WWE Crown Jewel recap - Shawn Michaels returns to action

WWE Smackdown Live

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The event, now airing on the WWE Network, marks Hogan's first appearance on WWE TV since the Summer of 2015.

- Braun Strowman defeats Brock Lesnar to become a first-time WWE Universal champion.

Eric Sherman, Impact Wrestling's former chief strategy officer, nonetheless applauded WWE's retaining 65-year-old Hogan as a replacement for Cena and Bryan.

In a one-on-one match, AJ Styles will look to defend his WWE Championship against Samoa Joe.

"It feels good to be out here in front of the whole WWE Universe and to be out here with all my stark raving Hulkamaniacs, brother", Hogan exclaimed in the ring. Eight superstars from RAW and Smackdown Live will battle it out for the World Cup glory in a knockout format. Cena was replaced in the World Cup match by Bobby Lashley on Monday night's WWE Raw.

Many believe Saudi Arabia's dubious record on women's rights makes it an inappropriate choice, given the WWE claims to be in favour of empowering women.

John Cena and Daniel Bryan have both been quietly written out of the "Crown Jewel" contest in Riyadh, after they reportedly refused to make the trip in light of the murder of Saudi journalist and USA resident Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Bar vs. Smackdown, on the other hand, will be represented by Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, The Miz and Rey Mysterio.

Shawn Michaels and Triple H (-150 favorites) vs.

Vince McMahon reportedly got word on 10/24 that WWE would be allowed to go, and he started informing people who needed to know before confirming the status of Crown Jewel in the company's Q3 earnings report.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that WWE was never going to cancel the show.

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