Despite pressure from politicians and considerable backlash from fans in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey, WWE has made a decision to push forward with the event - which will be the second pay-per-view staged in Saudi Arabia this year. The event gets underway with the kickoff show at 11 a.m. ET; the main card begins at noon ET.
The WWE Hall of Famer opened the show wearing his traditional red & yellow garb, along with a yellow feather boa, a red bandana, and a sleeveless Hulkamania shirt. Hulk Hogan returns to WWE airwaves for the first time since 2015 (after being reinstated to the WWE Hall of Fame in July), when he was suspended for racially-charged comments.
"Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Company faced a very hard decision as it relates to its event scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh", the WWE acknowledged in its statement.
That was after plunging 6 percent in the week since WWE confirmed it was staging the event despite the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents. I will be covering the event live as it airs on Friday.
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- Degeneration-X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs.
-Sheamus and Cesaro vs.
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WWE Kickoff pre-show: Rusev vs. WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura.
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