Hulk Hogan returned to a WWE ring Friday as he made his first look since 2015 on the controversial pay-per-view Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
Hogan, whose actual title is Terry Bollea, kicked off the occasion by popping out to a packed crowd in his full pink and yellow “Hulkamania” gear together with a pink and yellow boa round his neck.
“You realize one thing maniacs, it feels so good to be out right here in entrance of the entire WWE Universe and to be out right here with my stark raven Hulkamaniacs,” Hogan mentioned in entrance of the group.
Hogan was fired from the WWE in 2015 after the discharge of a intercourse tape and a video of him utilizing the N-word.
WWE introduced in July he was reinstated into the WWE Corridor of Fame.
“This second probability follows Hogan’s quite a few public apologies and volunteering to work with younger individuals, the place he’s serving to them be taught from his mistake,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement.
The 65-year-old former champion’s return to the ring was his first since he was fired by the corporate.
He informed the group it felt good to know assist from his followers was nonetheless sturdy.
“It’s nice to see you guys. It’s superior to be right here, again within the WWE,” Hogan mentioned. “It’s unbelievable to be your host tonight. And guess what maniacs? The present begins proper now. So whatcha gonna do when the facility of Hulkamania and the Crown Jewel run wild on you, brother?”
Hogan’s look on Crown Jewel comes as the corporate got here beneath hearth for nonetheless having the occasion in Saudi Arabia regardless of the homicide of Washington Submit columnist Jamal Khashoggi on Oct. 2 within the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
“WWE has operated within the Center East for practically 20 years and has developed a large and devoted fan base,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement alongside third-quarter monetary outcomes. “Contemplating the heinous crime dedicated on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Firm confronted a really tough resolution because it pertains to its occasion scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh. Much like different U.S.-based firms who plan to proceed operations in Saudi Arabia, the Firm has determined to uphold its contractual obligations to the Common Sports activities Authority and stage the occasion.”