John Cena won't take part in WWE's Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia

WWE wrestler Bin Wang of China is deadlocked by opponent Wesley Blake during a taping of the WWE's NXT show at Full Sail University in Winter Park Florida

WWE wrestler Bin Wang of China is deadlocked by opponent Wesley Blake during a taping of the WWE's NXT show at Full Sail University in Winter Park Florida

Hogan was immediately scrubbed from WWE's website and television programming in the wake of the scandal, but the company has gradually eased its restrictions on Hogan over the years.

Hogan won't be the only WWE legend taking part in the Saudi Arabia PPV, as The Undertaker and Kane aka The Brothers of Destruction, are set for a tag-team match against DX's Triple H and Shawn Michaels.

Hogan tipped off his role at Crown Jewel and hinted at a potential return to WrestleMania recently in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel.

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 chose to push forward with the event - which will be the second pay-per-view staged in Saudi Arabia this year.

WWE used a storyline explaining that the 16-time world champion was axed from the tournament because Acting RAW General Manager Baron Corbin was impressed with the beating Lashley laid out on Finn Balor and thought he deserved a spot more than Cena, who never underwent a qualifying match.

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In a statement to HuffPost, WWE declined to discuss the specific reasons for the absence of Cena and Bryan, saying only that "we maintain an open line of communication with our performers and will address each situation accordingly". "Regardless of what is going on in my universe, I was not going to miss this event for anything in the world". "What an honor and a privilege it is to be allowed to be a part of an event like today".

The company reinstated him to the Hall of Fame earlier this year and is now looking to him bolster an event shrouded in controversy.

'WWE has operated in the Middle East for almost 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base. "Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled".

-Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman for the vacant WWE Universal Championship.

WWE Crown Jewel is just the beginning of WWE's 10-year partnership with the controversial Kingdom.

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