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Major Name Being Advertised To Appear At 'WWE Crown Jewel'

With WWE Crown Jewel losing two of its top stars in John Cena and Daniel Bryan, WWE has had to make several last minute adjustments to the PPV to compensate for the lack of Cena and Bryan.
Taking Cena’s place in the World Cup tournament on the show will be Bobby Lashley, and AJ Styles will now be facing Samoa Joe for the WWE Title instead of Daniel Bryan, who had his WWE Title match against Styles on Smackdown Live this week.
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As noted, during a recent interview with The Orlando Sentinel, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan teased a possible appearance at Crown Jewel when he said, “there are a lot of plans in the works. I’m looking forward to going to Saudi Arabia with the WWE, looking forward to WrestleMania — but yeah, we’re moving forward at a rapid pace. It’s exciting to have this opportunity again after all these years where I was there and gone.”

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According to the official event page for Crown Jewel over at WWE.com, Hulk Hogan is being listed amongst the talents appearing at the PPV, taking place on November 2nd at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh.
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No word at this moment as to what role Hulk Hogan will play on the show, but it’s likely he will appear in front of the live crowd to cut some type of promo hyping WWE and the event. Below is the final match card for WWE Crown Jewel:
Brock Lesnar to battle Braun Strowman for the vacant Universal Championship
Triple H & Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker & Kane
Eight-Man World Cup Tournament to take place at WWE Crown Jewel, featuring the following matches in addition to the semifinals and finals:
-Kurt Angle vs Dolph Ziggler in a World Cup tournament match
-The Miz vs Jeff Hardy in a World Cup tournament match
-Rey Mysterio vs Randy Orton in a World Cup tournament match
-Seth Rollins vs Bobby Lashley in a World Cup tournament match
WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar vs. The New Day

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Major Update On Replacement For John Cena If He Refuses To Attend WWE 'Crown Jewel'

WWE’s Crown Jewel event has been mired in controversy for several weeks. It began with fan complaints because once again, Vince McMahon’s company chose to do business with a country that would not allow its female Superstars to perform.
But those complaints became something much more following the death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Fans believed that WWE should move the event to another venue or perhaps even reschedule for another time. WWE is moving forward however, though John Cena may not be along for the ride.
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But according to WrestleVotes, WWE may have a replacement ready to go if John does not make the trip to Saudi Arabia.

I know injury concerns have been making the rounds, but I’m hearing Bobby Lashley is John Cena’s replacement in the World Cup at #WWECrownJewel
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) October 27, 2018

Barstool Sports recently broke the news that both Cena and Daniel Bryan were refusing to work the Crown Jewel event. While many fans were perhaps surprised at this news because of both men’s standing in the company, many more likely agreed with their stance.

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Cena is booked to work the in the Eight-Man World Cup Tournament, which also features Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy and The Miz. The World Cup is a new addition to WWE and the qualifying matches for the tournament recently took place on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.
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Bobby Lashley is currently not booked for Crown Jewel, which means WWE does not have to move him around in order to put him in Cena’s spot. It’s unknown if he will replace Cena on the card or if John will indeed be part of the event.
Crown Jewel has been a major focus for WWE, which led many fans to believe that Evolution has been overlooked as a result. Evolution is the first ever all-women’s pay-per-view and takes place just five days before November 2nd’s Crown Jewel event.

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WWE News: Major 'Crown Jewel' Update, The Undertaker Announced For Rare Events In The UK

As we reported on Wednesday night, WWE has been aggressively scouting new locations for the upcoming Crown Jewel PPV should the company decide to scrap current plans to travel to Saudi Arabia for the event taking place on November 2nd in Riyadh. As of earlier this week, it had been rumored that both John Cena and Daniel Bryan notified WWE officials they do not intend to make the trip for Crown Jewel, putting several of the show’s top matches in jeopardy.
According to a new report by PWInsider, while tickets have yet to go on sale for the PPV in Riyadh, the first set of WWE officials remain scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia within the next day. The rest of the WWE crew will be traveling to the country following the next set of TV tapings, so as of this writing, it appears as if everyone in WWE remains under the impression that the event is taking place as advertised in Saudi Arabia.
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It’s also worth noting that WWE announced a new title match for Crown Jewel on Smackdown Live this week, with The New Day set to challenge The Bar in a rematch for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles. With WWE adding yet another title match to the event, and officials searching for a possible “plan B” location for the PPV, it appears as if WWE has no plans to scrap the event altogether, and should the event not take place in Saudi Arabia, it will most certainly take place at another venue, likely in The United States.

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In other WWE news, Inside The Ropes has announced a three-show tour, titled Rise of The Taker, will be taking place in The UK in 2019.

As Kenny announces the end of ITR live shows…..he is interrupted by THE UNDERTAKER!!!! The Dead Man is coming to the U.K. with ITR! OMG!!!! #undertaker pic.twitter.com/Js9IEV0J6Q
— Inside The Ropes (@Inside_TheRopes) October 23, 2018

The shows will take place on April 30th in London, England, on May 1st in Glasgow, Scotland, and on May 2nd in Manchester, England.
The events will feature a rare sit-down style show with The Undertaker discussing his storied WWE career, amongst other topics. The three-night stand in The UK will be yet another rare out-of-character appearance for The Undertaker, as he most recently participated in a shoot-style interview with Pastor Ed Young for the Sunday Series.

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WWE Responds To Report Of Talents Uncomfortable About Traveling To Saudi Arabia For 'Crown Jewel'

As pressure continues to mount against WWE to rethink its upcoming Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia, given the events of the past two weeks, WWE is still moving forward with the planned PPV in Riyadh, with build towards the show continuing on Raw this week.

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It does appear, however, as if WWE is distancing itself from mentioning the name Saudi Arabia, as the company made no mention of the Crown Jewel event taking place in the country on this week’s episode of Raw. Furthermore, there are very brief references made to the country on WWE.com’s advertisements for the event, which takes place at The King Saud University Stadium, and will be headlined by DX vs The Undertaker and Kane.
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According to a new report by Sports Illustrated, numerous WWE stars, acting under the condition of anonymity, have admitted they are not happy with the idea of traveling to Saudi Arabia given the current climate, and the report adds “multiple members of the WWE talent roster have expressed discomfort with the idea of performing in Saudi Arabia, especially given the nation’s poor record with human rights.”
The New York Post later published a follow-up to the SI report, which contained the following statement from WWE on the notion of Superstars feeling uncomfortable traveling to Saudi Arabia.
“As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers as we continue to monitor the situation.”
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Most recently, more members of the mainstream media and entertainment world have picked up on WWE running Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia, with John Oliver taking WWE to task for its ongoing relationship with the country, and the current status of the event taking place on November 2nd.
Despite the above, it appears as if WWE will not be halted by the increasing call to nix the Crown Jewel event, even in the face of top companies such as UFC, and executives such as Dara Khosrowshahi of Uber, Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase and Bill Ford of Ford Motor, all announcing they have canceled upcoming events in Saudi Arabia.

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Why Fans Should Not Expect To See John Cena In a Regular WWE Role Anytime Soon

WWE star John Cena, who has seen his full-time status with the company halted in the past two years due to age and his Hollywood movie commitments, last appeared in the ring at the WWE Super Show-Down PPV in Australia. At the event, Cena teamed up with Raw star Bobby Lashley to defeat the team of Elias and Kevin Owens.
Cena is next scheduled to compete in WWE at the upcoming Crown Jewel event scheduled to take place on November 2nd in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. At the event, Cena will be participating in the World Cup tournament to name the “greatest in the world.”
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With regards to John Cena’s Hollywood career, the sixteen-time World Champion has been in China filming Project X for the past several months, a new action movie co-starring Jackie Chan, and Cena is expected to remain in China for at least two more months. Following Project X filming, Cena will go into production for the new movie The Janson Directive, which will be produced by The Rock and his Seven Bucks production company. Cena has also been tapped to voice a character in Universal’s fantasy adventure The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, which co-stars Robert Downey, Jr of Iron Man and The Avengers fame.

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According to a new report by Variety, Cena is currently in final negotiations to star in the Paramount Players movie Playing With Fire. The movie, described as a family comedy, revolves around a group of rugged wildfire fighters who meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children.
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The Variety report does not indicate when production is expected to begin on Playing With Fire, however, with two major movie projects set for Cena before he begins filming the new comedy, it’s very safe to assume that wrestling fans should not expect Cena back in a WWE ring on a regular basis anytime soon. Going forward, it’s much more likely John Cena will make one-off appearances at big WWE events as his schedule allows him to, with 2018 seeing the leader of the Cenation appearing at pay-per-views such as WrestleMania, Greatest Royal Rumble, and the forthcoming Crown Jewel event which will mark WWE’s return to Saudi Arabia.

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WWE Downplaying Saudi Arabia's Involvement In 'Crown Jewel'

WWE Crown Jewel is set to take place on November 2. But as pro wrestling fans are now surely aware, the event has been mired in controversy. That’s due in large part to Crown Jewel‘s location.
Saudi Arabia is the host nation for Crown Jewel but the government is now under a cloud of suspicion thanks to a journalist’s disappearance and possible assassination. The journalist in question is Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi worked for the Washington Post and has been an outspoken critic of the Saudi government. Now that he’s disappeared, many believe the Saudi government is behind it.
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Now it appears that the company has decided to downplay Saudi Arabia’s involvement. WWE.com has pulled all references to Saudi Arabia from its Crown Jewel page. While this does not mean the event is changing locations, the move does seem to be an effort to quieten any negative publicity.

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The story is ongoing of course and WWE has indeed been monitoring the situation. But according to PWInsider, Crown Jewel will not change locations. This may or may not come as a surprise to fans that have been following the story but sources in WWE evidently claim Saudi Arabia will still host Crown Jewel.
Crown Jewel will feature the in-ring return of Shawn Michaels as he teams with D-Generation X co-founder Triple H against The Undertaker and Kane. Roman Reigns will defend the WWE Universal Championship against Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar. The WWE Championship will also be on the line when AJ Styles defends the title against Daniel Bryan.
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WWE will also introduce the first ever World Cup at Crown Jewel. The World Cup Tournament will be decided at the event and the qualifying matches are currently taking place on SmackDown Live.
WWE has yet to make any further announcements concerning Crown Jewel‘s status. The Floor Seat will continue to follow the story as it develops.

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WATCH: Rare Undertaker Out-Of-Character Fan Interaction Following WWE 'Super Show-Down'

WWE legend The Undertaker made his highly anticipated return to the ring at the Super Show-Down PPV in Melbourne, Australia last week, and fell to his longtime rival Triple H in a match which was billed as the “Last Time Ever” between the two Superstars.
Despite The Game picking up the win in the match, the war between The Cerebral Assassin and The Dead Man wages on, as the two will next meet in a tag team match at WWE Crown Jewel taking place on November 2nd in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Undertaker will team up with his Brothers of Destruction partner Kane to face the team of Triple H and a returning Shawn Michaels.
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A new video has surfaced on YouTube featuring an out-of-character Undertaker making his way through the airport in Australia on his way back to The United States following the Super Show-Down event, and during the video The Dead Man stops and takes some time to interact with a WWE fan. This is a rare move by The Undertaker, who typically keeps his real-life persona hidden from fans in order to protect his WWE character. You can watch the entire fan-captured video in the player above.

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With The Undertaker’s next WWE match scheduled to take place at Crown Jewel, there has been speculation that a singles match between The Phenom and Shawn Michaels might be in the works, with some sources rumoring the bout could take place next year at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
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On a related note, amidst mounting tension between The United States and Saudi Arabia following the disappearance and possible murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the Knox County, Tennessee Mayor’s office has confirmed Kane remains scheduled to compete at Crown Jewel as advertised, and will not be removing himself from the event card.

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Mayor's Office Reveals Kane's Status For 'WWE Crown Jewel' Amidst Saudi Arabia Tension

Amidst the growing tension between The United States Congress and Saudi Arabia, WWE has a planned Crown Jewel event scheduled for November 2nd in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at which The Undertaker and Kane are scheduled to face the reuniting team of Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
Kane, real name Glenn Jacobs, is also the current Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, and WWE recently donated $100,000 to the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation in exchange for Kane’s participation at upcoming WWE events including Crown Jewel and next Tuesday night’s Smackdown 1,000 special.
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Following this week’s news of the disappearance and possible murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, WWE has faced mounting pressure from United States Senators to “pause” and possibly cancel the upcoming Crown Jewel event to follow suit with possible changes in U.S. foreign policy and relations as it pertains to Saudi Arabia.

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According to a new report published by Knox News, Mayor Glenn Jacobs’ spokesman Rob Link noted that Kane’s plans to wrestle at Crown Jewel remain unchanged. “Mayor Jacobs won’t speculate on Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance,” Link said. “However, he and his family are in the mayor’s thoughts and prayers.”
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Senator Bob Corker is the latest to express his belief that Khashoggi has been murdered, and that the Saudi Arabian government is responsible for the death, although he did acknowledge it is possible another entity is responsible for his death. “Everything that I’ve seen points to the Saudis … We have no evidence that points anywhere but to them,” said Corker.
In addition to Mayor Glenn Jacobs’ office confirming the Mayor still intends to wrestle in Saudi Arabia next month, WWE issued a statement on Thursday indicating that the event is still scheduled to take place, and that the company is “currently monitoring the situation”. In the wake of the recent Saudi Arabian backlash, several high-profile companies have already pulled out of major events scheduled to take place in the country, with The New York Times cancelling its appearance at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 initiative.

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The Highly Anticipated Brock Lesnar UFC Title Fight Might Not Happen

Former WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar will be making his return to the squared circle at the upcoming WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia, at which The Beast will face Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman in a Triple Threat match for the Universal Title. Following the bout, it is expected that Lesnar will be taking time off WWE to train for his return to UFC in 2019.
Up until this week, it was assumed that Brock Lesnar will be challenging Daniel Cormier for the UFC Title sometime in the spring or summer of 2019, as the WWE star and the UFC Champion had an encounter in The Octagon following Cormier’s title win at UFC 226.
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In a new interview conducted for ESPN, Daniel Cormier admitted that he probably only has two fights left in him, and with one already confirmed to be against Derrick Lewis, the other might not include Brock Lesnar.
“Counting the Lewis fight, I think I’m down to two fights left,” Cormier said. “Maybe this will be a blessing in disguise, the fact that I don’t have a crazy, long fight camp to beat myself down. That may prolong it for me, but right now, I think I have this one and maybe one more. I can still fight in March and hit my retirement date. The one opponent that would matter to me most is Jones, because he’s beaten me twice.” (The second win was later overturned to a no contest due to a Jones positive drug test.)
“The one that would mean more financially would be Lesnar. I think I would always pick the one that means more, but my wife might have something to say about that.”
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With regards to Brock Lesnar’s WWE status, it is believed that the former Champion is currently not interested in signing new, longterm deals with WWE, and prefers signing short term contracts which include one or two matches, and allow The Beast to leverage higher money deals each time he renegotiates with WWE brass.

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Lesnar’s last WWE match came at SummerSlam this year, when he lost the Universal Title to Roman Reigns, ending The Conqueror’s history-making Title reign in the modern era of WWE. Paul Heyman, the advocate for Brock Lesnar, made his return to WWE TV on Raw recently to announce Lesnar would be invoking his Title rematch clause at Crown Jewel in November.

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John Cena Responds To Fans Who Call Him A Hypocrite For Not Wrestling Full-Time With WWE

WWE star John Cena, who made his return to the ring at this past Sunday’s Super Show-Down, has been doing media rounds in New York City this week to promote his new children’s book Elbow Grease.
During a break from the media action, Cena stopped to talk with Adam’s Apple, and you can watch the entire interview in the above video player.
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During the interview, Cena was asked about his ‘controversial’ new hairstyle, which actually trended on Twitter after his return at Super Show-Down.
“Originally I grew it out for a role, and some good fortune has come my way so I may have to keep it long, but I don’t know,” said Cena. “Everybody wants it short, so that makes me want to keep it long.”
Cena was also asked about his ex-fiancee Nikki Bella turning heel and possibly facing Ronda Rousey in a singles match, but the 16-time Champion was tepid with his response, simply saying “sounds entertaining.”
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Finally, Cena was asked about his health and if WWE fans will ever see him back in a WWE ring full-time, an idea that Cena feels would not be the wisest for him at his current age.

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Cena acknowledged that some fans might consider him a hypocrite for leaving his full-time role in WWE for a career in Hollywood, considering years ago he criticized The Rock for doing the same thing, but Cena admitted he cannot keep up with the full-time pace anymore.
“I feel the most healthy I’ve ever felt in my life,” explained Cena. “I’ve dropped 20 pounds, I’ve learned some stretching techniques over in China that my body actually feels great. But, full disclosure, I can’t run at the full demanding schedule at 41-years old that the current WWE Superstars do.
“I’m old guys. I’m 41, and performing 310 times a year isn’t what’s best for my overall health. I want to be able to run the streets at 80.”
WWE announced earlier this week that John Cena’s next match will come at WWE Crown Jewel in November in Saudia Arabia, as Cena will be competing in the World Cup tournament to name the “greatest in the world.”

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