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WWE Crown Jewel
WWE Crown Jewel Poster.jpg
Promotional poster featuring Kane, The Undertaker, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels
Theme
song
(s)
"Disconnect (Full Mix)" by Mark Moore[1]
Information
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
Sponsor(s)Saudi General Sports Authority[2]
DateNovember 2, 2018
VenueKing Saud University Stadium[2]
CityRiyadh, Saudi Arabia[2]
WWE Network event chronology
Evolution WWE Crown Jewel NXT TakeOver: WarGames (2018)

WWE Crown Jewel[3] was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event promoted by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. It took place on November 2, 2018, at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.[2] The event hosted the first-ever WWE World Cup tournament "to determine the best in the world".[3] It also marked the in-ring return of Shawn Michaels, who retired in 2010, as well as the return of Hulk Hogan, who had not appeared on WWE television since a 2015 scandal.

The card comprised of twelve matches, including one on the pre-show. In the main event, D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) defeated The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane). In the penultimate match, Shane McMahon defeated Dolph Ziggler to win the WWE World Cup after replacing The Miz, who was ruled unable to compete after originally qualifying for the final. In other prominent matches, Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman to win the vacant Universal Championship for a record second time, and AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Championship.

Production[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

On March 5, 2018, WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority announced the Greatest Royal Rumble, a live event to be held on April 27, 2018 at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.[4][5] On September 17, 2018, WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority announced the follow up to the Greatest Royal Rumble, Crown Jewel, a live event to be held on November 2, 2018 at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. The events are part of a 10-year strategic multiplatform partnership between WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority in support of Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia’s social and economic reform program.[6][7] On October 6, 2018, it was announced that the venue for Crown Jewel was changed from the King Fahd International Stadium to the King Saud University Stadium.[2][8]

In 2015, the WWE terminated Hulk Hogan's contract due to a report by the National Enquirer and Radar Online of an anti-black rant made by Hogan on his controversial leaked sex tape in which he was heard expressing disgust with the notion of his daughter dating black men, referenced by the repeated use of the racial slur "nigger".[9] On July 15, 2018, after a three-year suspension, the company reinstated Hogan into the WWE Hall of Fame,[10] and on October 31, it was announced that Hogan would be the host of Crown Jewel.[11]

Storylines[edit | edit source]

The card consisted of twelve matches, including one on the pre-show, that resulted from scripted storylines, with results predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands.[12][13][14] Storylines were produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.[15]

At SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar defended the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns. Before the match began, Braun Strowman came out and announced that he would be cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on the winner. During the match, however, Strowman was incapacitated by Lesnar, preventing him from cashing in. The distraction allowed Reigns to defeat Lesnar and win the championship, ending Lesnar's 504-day reign.[16] The following night on Raw, General Manager Kurt Angle told Lesnar's advocate Paul Heyman that although Lesnar had a contractual rematch, it would not occur for an indefinite period of time.[17] The following week, Strowman announced that he would be cashing in against Reigns at Hell in a Cell inside the namesake structure.[18] At the event, Lesnar interfered in the match by kicking in the cell door and attacking both men, rendering them unable to continue, thus ruling the match a no contest and Reigns retained the championship.[19] The following night on Raw, both Reigns and Strowman called out Lesnar, resulting in Acting General Manager Baron Corbin scheduling a triple threat match between Reigns, Strowman, and Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel.[20] On the October 22 episode of Raw, however, Reigns relinquished the title after announcing that his leukemia, which had been in remission since late 2008, had legitimately relapsed. This turned the scheduled triple threat match into a singles match between Lesnar and Strowman for the now vacant title.[21][22]

On September 17, 2018, WWE scheduled the WWE World Cup for Crown Jewel, an eight-man tournament to "determine the best in the world" with four wrestlers representing Raw and SmackDown each.[3] On the October 8 episode of Raw, for his accomplishments in WWE, free agent John Cena was announced as the first entrant to represent Raw. That same episode, a 10-man "global" battle royal commenced where the winner would be added to the tournament. Acting General Manager Baron Corbin took part with nine local competitors, but was lastly eliminated by a returning Kurt Angle, disguised as The Conquistador, thus Angle won the battle royal to qualify for the tournament.[23] Two more qualifiers were decided on the October 9 episode of SmackDown, where Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton qualified for the tournament by defeating Samoa Joe and Big Show, respectively.[24] Raw's final two qualifiers were decided on the October 15 episode of Raw, where Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler qualified by defeating Drew McIntyre and Dean Ambrose, respectively.[25] SmackDown's final two qualifiers were decided on the SmackDown 1000 special, where The Miz and Rey Mysterio, the latter making his full-time WWE return, qualified for the tournament by defeating Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura, respectively.[26] On the October 29 episode of Raw, Acting General Manager Baron Corbin replaced Cena with Bobby Lashley after praising Lashley's post-match beat down of Finn Bálor earlier that night. In storyline, Corbin replaced Cena as he did not technically qualify for the tournament.[27] In reality, Cena legitimately refused to participate due to the controversy surrounding the event.[28] On the October 30 episode of SmackDown, SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon gave his four participants an ultimatum: if their finalist were to lose, they would be fired from SmackDown.[29]

At Super Show-Down, AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe by submission in a no countout, no disqualification match to retain the WWE Championship. On the same night, Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz to earn a WWE Championship match. Following Bryan's win, it was announced by SmackDown General Manager Paige that he would receive his WWE Championship match against Styles at Crown Jewel.[30] However, after the two had a heated exchange on the October 30 episode of SmackDown, Commissioner Shane McMahon announced that their championship match would take place that night. Styles successfully retained his championship after submitting Bryan with the Calf Crusher. Moments after the match concluded, Joe attacked both men, choking each out with the Coquina Clutch. Enraged, Styles demanded to face Joe at Crown Jewel with the title on the line, and Paige reluctantly made it official.[29] In reality, Bryan had also legitimately refused to work Crown Jewel due to the controversy surrounding the event, so WWE moved his championship match up to the October 30 episode of SmackDown.[31]

At Super Show-Down, Triple H defeated The Undertaker in a No Disqualification match. After the match, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, and Kane showed mutual respect for one another until Undertaker and Kane attacked Triple H and Michaels.[30] On the following Raw, Triple H and Michaels formally rechristened themselves as D-Generation X, challenging The Brothers of Destruction to a tag team match at Crown Jewel, marking Michaels' first match since being retired by The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI in 2010.[23]

On the SmackDown 1000 special on October 16, 2018, The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) defeated The New Day (represented by Big E and Xavier Woods) to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.[26] A rematch for the titles was scheduled for Crown Jewel.[32]

On November 1, it was announced that Shinsuke Nakamura would defend the United States Championship against Rusev on the event's pre-show.[33]

Event[edit | edit source]

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
English commentators Michael Cole
Corey Graves
Renee Young
Arabic commentators Faisal Almughaisib
Sultan Alharbi
Jude Aldajani
Ring announcer Greg Hamilton
Referees Danilo Anfibio
Jason Ayers
Shawn Bennett
John Cone
Darrick Moore
Ryan Tran
Interviewer Byron Saxton
Pre-show panel Jonathan Coachman
David Otunga
Booker T

Pre-show[edit | edit source]

During the pre-show, Shinsuke Nakamura defended the United States Championship against Rusev. In the climax, following a low blow, Nakamura performed the Kinshasa on Rusev to retain the title.

Preliminary matches[edit | edit source]

The actual pay-per-view opened with host Hulk Hogan hyping up the crowd for the event.

In the first match, Rey Mysterio faced Randy Orton in SmackDown's first WWE World Cup quarterfinal match. During the match, Orton attempted to remove Mysterio's mask. Orton countered a 619 atttempt from Mysterio into a DDT. In the end, Mysterio countered an RKO attempt into a roll-up to win the match and advance to the semi-finals. After the match, an enraged Orton attacked Mysterio with an RKO and threw Mysterio on top of the Arabic announce table.

Next, The Miz faced Jeff Hardy in SmackDown's second WWE World Cup quarterfinal match. Hardy performed a Whisper in the Wind on Miz for a near fall. In the climax, Miz countered a Twist of Fate and performed the Skull Crushing Finale on Hardy to win the match and advance to the semi-finals.

After that, Seth Rollins faced Bobby Lashley (with Lio Rush) in Raw's first WWE World Cup quarterfinal match. In the end, Rollins performed Тhe Stomp on Lashley to win the match and advance to the semi-finals.

In the fourth match, Kurt Angle faced Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) in Raw's second and the final WWE World Cup quarterfinal match. Angle performed a trio of suplexes on Ziggler for a nearfall. Ziggler performed a DDT on Angle for a nearfall. Angle performed an Angle Slam on Ziggler for a nearfall. Ziggler performed a Famouser on Angle for a nearfall. Angle applied the ankle lock on Ziggler, however, Ziggler countered. In the climax, Ziggler performed a Zig-Zag on Angle to win the match and advance to the semi-final.

Next, The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (with Big Show) defended the SmackDown Tag Team Championships against The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods). In the end, Sheamus countered a Big Ending from Big E and shoved Big E into Big Show, who was standing on the ring apron. Whilst the referee was distracted, Show performed a Knockout Punch on Big E and Sheamus performed a Brogue Kick on Big E to retain the titles.

After that, The Miz faced Rey Mysterio in SmackDown's WWE World Cup semi-final match. Miz performed the Skull Crushing Finale on Mysterio for a nearfall. Mysterio perfomed the 619 on Miz. In the end, Miz countered a splash from Mysterio into a roll-up for the win to earn a spot in the finals.

Next, Seth Rollins faced Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) in Raw's WWE World Cup semi-final match. Rollins and Ziggler exchanged a number of roll-ups for nearfalls. Rollins performed a Rip Cord Knee on Ziggler for a nearfall. Rollins performed a suicide dive on Ziggler. Ziggler performed a Famouser on Rollins for a nearfall. Ziggler countered a Falcon Arrow into a Zig-Zag on Rollins for a nearfall. In the end, as Rollins attempted a splash on Ziggler, McIntyre pushed Rollins and Ziggler performed a Superkick on Rollins to win the match to advance to the finals. After the match, Byron Saxton interviewed Ziggler where he vowed to win the WWE World Cup.

In the ninth match, AJ Styles defended the WWE Championship against Samoa Joe. Joe dominated Styles early in the match and began to target Styles' knee. Joe performed a suicide dive on Styles outside the ring. In the end, Styles performed a Phenomenal Forearm on Joe to retain the title.

After that, Braun Strowman faced Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) for the vacant Universal Championship. Acting General Manager Baron Corbin came out to present the title to the winner. Before the match began, Corbin attacked Strowman with the title. Lesnar attacked Strowman with three F-5s, however, all three resulted in nearfalls. Lesnar performed another F-5 on Strowman, but to the outside of the ring. In the end, Lesnar performed a fifth F-5 on Strowman to regain the title. With this win, Lesnar became the first two-time Universal Champion.

In the penultimate match, The Miz was originally supposed to face Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) in the finals of the WWE World Cup. McIntyre was ejected at ringside. Miz attacked Ziggler and threw him outside the ring. As Miz exited the ring, he tweaked his knee, which led to him unable to compete. This led to SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon taking Miz's place in the match. As the match officially began, McMahon attacked Ziggler, however, Acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin interfered only to get ejected at ringside. Ziggler performed a Zig-Zag on McMahon for a nearfall. In the end, McMahon performed a Coast to Coast on Ziggler to win the match and the WWE World Cup, and celebrated throughout the arena with the trophy.

Main event[edit | edit source]

In the main event, D-Generation-X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) defeated The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane) in Michaels' first match since 2010. Triple H was legitimately injured in the match, suffering a torn pectoral muscle.

Controversy[edit | edit source]

As had already been the case with their previous show in Saudi Arabia, Greatest Royal Rumble, WWE came under scrutiny for catering to a state accused of severe human rights abuses, leading a war of attrition in Yemen and suppressing women's rights.[34]

At the Greatest Royal Rumble only male performers were allowed, due to restrictions on women in Saudi Arabia. Prior to the announcement of Crown Jewel, WWE announced its first-ever all-women's pay-per-view event, WWE Evolution, which took place on October 28, 2018. Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative, denied that Evolution was intended to be a counterpoint for the all-male Saudi Arabia events, explaining that WWE's female performers "deserved the opportunity" for such a showcase, and that it "was simply the right time for this to happen."[35] Crown Jewel, however, did include female performer Renee Young on commentary.[36]

In wake of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents, WWE has faced calls to cancel the event, with prominent U.S. Democratic and Republican politicians criticizing the company's endeavors in Saudi Arabia.[37] Questions were raised whether because of the position of Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon, who is the wife of WWE CEO Vince McMahon and a former WWE executive herself, WWE's endeavors in Saudi Arabia could still be viewed as a strictly private business enterprise. Due to this, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez urged the US government to pressure WWE into canceling the event, while Republican Lindsey Graham, among others, called for WWE to reconsider their business deal with the Saudi kingdom.[38] English comedian and political commentator John Oliver also weighed in on the controversy on his show Last Week Tonight, criticizing WWE for what he saw as blatant pro-Saudi propaganda.[39]

Knox County Mayor and professional wrestler Glenn "Kane" Jacobs, who was scheduled to compete in a tag team match, announced he would work at the event,[40] contrasting reports that the majority of WWE's wrestlers felt uncomfortable working the show.[41] Former WWE wrestler John Layfield spoke on Fox News in favor of the event in order to promote change,[42] while current WWE wrestlers Randy Orton, Ronda Rousey and Mark Henry had similar remarks when speaking with TMZ.[43][44][45] On the other hand, John Cena, who was scheduled to participate in the WWE World Cup and had called it "an honor and a privilege" to compete in Saudi Arabia during the Greatest Royal Rumble, was replaced by Bobby Lashley, as he reportedly refused to work the show in wake of the Khashoggi murder.[46][47] For similar reasons, Daniel Bryan, who was scheduled to face AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, had his title match bumped up to the October 30 episode of SmackDown, and was replaced on the Crown Jewel card by Samoa Joe.[48][49]

WWE continued to promote the show, but erased all references to Saudi Arabia as the event's location.[50] On October 19, the day tickets were to go on sale, the Saudi government confirmed the death of Khashoggi within the consulate and WWE.com removed ticket information from the event page.[51] On October 25, WWE confirmed the event would go on as planned, citing contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority.[52] Speaking with Sky Sports on pushing forward with the event despite the murder, WWE CBO Stephanie McMahon spoke of "an incredibly tough decision, given that heinous act", but said that in the end it was strictly a business decision.[53]

Reception[edit | edit source]

The show received generally mixed to negative reviews from critics. The conclusions to the World Cup tournament and Universal Championship match in particular received harsh criticism.

CBS Sports' Adam Silverstein and Jack Jorgensen gave the event a "C-" rating, describing that the show "failed as a normal event but at least had enough to talk about afterward", while finding the booking and WWE's long-term plans questionable. The Universal Championship match received a "D+" rating, with Lesnar's "surprise" win being listed as a positive but being wholly outweighed by "no offense from Strowman". Five matches received a "C+" rating, including the Styles-Joe WWE Championship match for being "relatively slow", the WWE World Cup Final for being "creative though a bit confounding", and the main event tag match between DX and the Brothers of Destruction, which offered "effort and nostalgia ... but not much more" given the wrestlers' age resulting in them "operating at 50 percent of their prior capacity".[54]

Bryan Rose of the Wrestling Observer described Crown Jewel as a show that ended "mercifully" after a "very plodding, long" main event. Despite this, Bryan noted that the tag team main event was better than the main event at WWE Super Showdown. Of the WWE World Cup matches and the SmackDown tag title match, most were "paint by numbers" or "nothing special", with only Ziggler-Angle "decent" and Ziggler-Rollins "pretty good". Meanwhile, the matches of Ziggler-McMahon and Lesnar-Strowman "couldn't be more destructive towards people that need a boost the most", while a "McMahon winning [the WWE World Cup], which was to crown the best in the world, feels like an allegory for something." Lastly, Styles-Joe "was good while it lasted, but they’ve had better matches."[55]

Jason Powell of Pro Wrestling Dot Net, who viewed the event as a "cash grab" by WWE,[56] wrote that "Crown Jewel was gross for all the obvious reasons, including Vince McMahon doubling down on the controversy by bringing back Hulk Hogan." For the main event tag match, Powell wrote that despite their efforts, "everyone involved came up short regardless of how much gushing the broadcast team did afterward", and the four veterans were instead "stealing the spotlight from the deserving full-time stars of yet another generation". Powell felt that all the WWE World Cup tournament matches were "basic and brief", and that Shane McMahon (for some reason Powell could not understand) had become "yet another heel authority figure" in WWE. Powell did manage to find a few positives with the show, including the decision not to rush into giving Strowman a world title and a "quality Kickoff Show match" between Rusev and Nakamura.[57]

Results[edit | edit source]

No. Results Stipulations Times[58][59]
1P Shinsuke Nakamura (c) defeated Rusev Singles match for the WWE United States Championship[60] 9:30
2 Rey Mysterio defeated Randy Orton WWE World Cup Quarterfinal match[61] 5:30
3 The Miz defeated Jeff Hardy WWE World Cup Quarterfinal match[62] 7:05
4 Seth Rollins defeated Bobby Lashley (with Lio Rush) WWE World Cup Quarterfinal match[63] 5:30
5 Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) defeated Kurt Angle WWE World Cup Quarterfinal match[64] 8:10
6 The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (c) (with Big Show) defeated The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods) Tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship[65] 10:30
7 The Miz defeated Rey Mysterio WWE World Cup Semifinal match[66] 11:15
8 Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) defeated Seth Rollins WWE World Cup Semifinal match[67] 13:05
9 AJ Styles (c) defeated Samoa Joe Singles match for the WWE Championship[68] 11:15
10 Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) defeated Braun Strowman Singles match for the vacant WWE Universal Championship[69] 3:15
11 Shane McMahon1 defeated Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) WWE World Cup Final match[70] 2:30
12 D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) defeated The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane) Tag team match[71] 27:45
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match took place on the pre-show


WWE World Cup[edit | edit source]

The WWE World Cup was an eight-man single elimination tournament to determine the "best in the world". Four participants came from Raw and four participants came from SmackDown. Participants from Raw and SmackDown faced opponents of their own brand until one member of their brand was left, after which, the finalist from Raw faced the finalist from SmackDown.[72] John Cena was originally announced as a direct participant on account of his previous achievements in WWE, but was replaced by Bobby Lashley after he legitimately refused to work the show in wake of the Khashoggi incident.[28][73]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
Raw Seth Rollins 5:30
Raw Bobby Lashley Pin
Raw Seth Rollins Pin
Raw Dolph Ziggler 13:05
Raw Kurt Angle Pin
Raw Dolph Ziggler 8:10
Raw Dolph Ziggler Pin
SmackDown Shane McMahon1 2:30
SmackDown Jeff Hardy Pin
SmackDown The Miz 7:05
SmackDown The Miz 11:15
SmackDown Rey Mysterio Pin
SmackDown Rey Mysterio 5:30
SmackDown Randy Orton Pin

^1 - Shane McMahon was a replacement for The Miz, who was ruled unable to compete.

See also[edit | edit source]

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