Hulk Hogan drops a big bombshell.
Hogan has not appeared on WWE television since WrestleMania 31 when he, flanked by members of the NWO, battled D-Generation X at ringside during a bout between Sting and Triple H. On July 24, 2015, Hogan's contract was terminated by the company after tapes leaked of Hogan using racist language. All references to Hogan were scrubbed from the company's online footprint.
He was reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame on July 15, 2018 and issued an apology to the locker room ahead of the Extreme Rules event. Despite being back in the good graces of WWE, Hogan has not appeared on television. That could be changing shortly.
Speaking to Jay Reddick of the Orlando Sentinel, Hogan revealed that “There are a lot of plans in the works" before saying, "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.”
WWE signed a 10-year deal with Saudi Arabia earlier this year, so it doesn't necessarily mean he will be appearing at the Nov. 2 Crown Jewel event, if the event still happens in Saudi Arabia. The latest report states that WWE is currently scouting locations to move the event to.
Back in September, Turki Al-Sheikh, the Minister and Chairman of the General Sports Authority in Saudi Arabia, tweeted a photo of Hogan with the caption "What is the World Cup that nobody is talking about?"
As fans know, WWE is holding their own World Cup at Crown Jewel. Rumor has it that WWE booked the World Cup for Crown Jewel on the request of the General Sports Authority as a response to Saudi Arabia losing out hosting on the soccer World Cup.
Elsewhere in the interview, Hogan stated, “This is a total ego trip, but this is what I would love: To be the hood ornament of the WWE, to be the Babe Ruth of the WWE, and to always be around when any of the big stuff is going on... sure would love to be a part of the WrestleManias and the big events and the grand openings and the new conquests of the WWE. Saudi Arabia! Hong Kong! China! Antarctica! The North Pole! Whatever it is, I’d like to be part of the ongoing growth of the wrestling business, and be with WWE the whole time, that’s the only place to be.”
A decision was reportedly to be made today on whether or not WWE would pull out of the Saudi Arabia event on Nov. 2. As of now, WWE plans to move forward with the Crown Jewel.