|Date: October 31, 2019
|Venue: King Fahd International Stadium |City: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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The Revival are backstage claiming that they’ll be the ones to win the tag team gauntlet tonight. Over to the Raw Tag Team Champions, The Viking Raiders who say everyone will fall because the raid is here.
Tag Team Turmoil for the World Cup and to be declared the best tag team in the world.
Background: On the October 14 episode of Raw, the largest tag team turmoil match in WWE history was scheduled for Crown Jewel, with the winners receiving the WWE Tag Team World Cup and being called “the best tag team in the world”. Nine teams were announced for the match: The New Day (represented by Big E and Kofi Kingston; Xavier Woods was injured prior to the event), Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker), Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado, Gran Metalik, and/or Kalisto), Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, The O.C. (represented by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson; AJ Styles was scheduled for another match), Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, The B-Team (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas), SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder), and Raw Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar).
Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode vs. The Lucha House Party (Gran Metallik & Lince Dorado)
Crown Jewel PPV Record: Dolph Ziggler is 2-1, everyone else wrestles at this event for the first time.
Match: Dolph Ziggler and Lince Dorado start the match and it’s Ziggler with the early advantage. Both men make tags and we get some nice double team moves from the Luchas. Ziggler and Roode soon take the advantage and double team Dorado. Ziggler and Roode make quick tags, keeping Lince away from his corner. Dorado makes a hot tag to Metallik who picks up the pace. The king of the ropes springboards from one side of the ring to the other. Eventually all four men get involved, Roode pushes Dorado off the top and into a superkick from Ziggler. Dolph then superkicks Metallik and Roode hits the glorioius DDT for the three!
Result: Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler advance.
Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode vs. Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
Crown Jewel PPV Record: Hawkins and Ryder make their Crown Jewel debut tonight.
Match: Hawkins and Ryder come down at full pelt and take down both opponents. But it’s very quickly turned around and Roode and Ziggler hit a double team spinebuster/zigzag on Ryder for the three!
Result: Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode advance again!
Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode vs. Heavy Machinery (Tucker & Otis)
Crown Jewel PPV Record: Heavy Machinery wrestle at this event for the first time.
Match: Tucker starts off this portion of the match against Dolph Ziggler and the fresh man takes the advantage. Roode saves Ziggler from a splash in the corner and then tags in. Roode and Ziggler make quick tags and keep Tucker away from Otis. Tucker eventually avoids a splash in the corner from Ziggler, clotheslines Roode down and tags in Otis! Otis picks up the pace, jiggles around a lot and hits a big t-bone on Roode. Otis looks for a caterpillar on Roode but Ziggler pulls his partner out of the ring. Heavy Machinery hits the compactor on Ziggler for the three!
Result: Heavy Machinery advance.
Heavy Machinery (Otis & Tucker) vs. The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston)
Crown Jewel PPV Record: Big E & Kofi are 0-1 at Crown Jewel.
Match: Big E and Tucker kick off this match but it’s not long before both men make tags. There’s plenty of comedy in this match with Big E and Otis. Otis hits the caterpillar on Kofi. Kingsotn hits Otis with trouble in paradise but neither men are legal. Big E avoids a cross body from Tucker and New Day hit midnight hour for the three!
Result: The New Day move on.
The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs. The B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel)
Crown Jewel PPV Record: The B-Team wrestle at this event for the first time.
Match: Big E and Curtis Axel start this one. I have a feeling it won’t last long but Axel does start well. The B-Team make quick tags but Big E fights off both men. Kofi takes out Dallas and Big E hits Axel with the big ending for the three.
Result: The New Day advance.
The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)
Crown Jewel PPV Record: The Revival wrestle on this show for the first time.
Match: The Revival start this match well but Kofi is pretty fresh and puts up a fight. Thr Revival make quick tags though, showing why they are the Smackdown Tag Team Champions. They keep Kofi away from Big E for a long time. Kofi counters a suplex out of nowhere and Big E takes out Wilder, which allows Kingston to roll Sawson up for the three! After the match The Revival hit Kofi with shatter machine!
Result: The New Day go through.
The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) vs. The O.C. (Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson)
Crown Jewel PPV Record: The O.C. wrestle at this event for the first time.
Match: Gallows and Anderson look to end this one quickly but Kofi fights them off. Anderson hits a running boot on Kofi and The O.C. then hit the magic killer for the three.
Result: The O.C. advance.
The O.C. (Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson) vs. The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Crown Jewel PPV Record: The Viking Raiders wrestle at this event for the first time.
Match: We’re told that this is the final match of tag team turmoil. We’ve got two pretty fresh teams here. Erik and Gallows kick off this match and Erik starts well. Gallows then dominates for a while before both men make tags. Ivar picks up the pace, showing off his speed. Ivar stops The O.C. from hitting the magic killer on Erik but they dispokse of Ivar and then hit the magic killer on Erik for the three!
Result: The O.C. win tag team turmoil.
Review: I enjoyed this match. It had a fast pace to it and we got to see some good tag team action from the teams that were given time. I wouldn’t have called Gallows and Anderson winning it though.
There’s an ad for wwe shop and then we’re shown footage from earlier.
Byron Saxton is backstage with Rey Mysterio who says Lesnar will pay for what he did to Rey’s son.
Mansoor vs. Cesaro
Background: At Super ShowDown, NXT’s Mansoor, a Saudi native, won WWE’s largest standard battle royal. On October 14, a match between Mansoor and Cesaro was announced for Crown Jewel.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first match between these two men
Crown Jewel PPV Record: Cesaro is 1-0, Mansoor wrestles at this event for the first time.
Match: The crowd is fully behind Mansoor in this one. He offers Cesaro a handshake and the veteran slaps it away. There’s some nice wrestling between these two men in the early going. Mansoor is quite impressive actually, he has a decent arsenal and hits a standing moonsault. Cesaro takes control after hitting a big uppercut as Mantoor attempted a suicide dive. Cesaro slows down the pace but eventually Mansoor knocks Cesaro out of the ring and hits a big plancha. Mansoor hits a tornado DDT for a near fall. Cesaro hits a cheap shot for a near fall. Mansoor hits a big neckbreaker from the outside in but Cesaro gets his foot on the bottom rope. Mansoor heads to the top but Cesaro rips him down and hits a gut wrench suplex off the top for a near fall. Mansoor counters a neutraliser but then runs into a massive pop-up uppercut for a near fall. Mansoor hits a sunset flip powerbomb and a moonsault for the three!
Result: Mansoor wins by pinfall.
Review: Not a shocking result reall,y Mansoor wins matches in Saudi Arabia. This was a great match though and already this event is so much better than last years. Mansoor gets a huge win to pop the local crowd. I’m sure it’ll never be mentioned again but fair play, good match here.
Greg Hamilton interviews Mansoor after the match and Mansoor gives an emotional promo about this being his most important match of his career.
Byron Saxton is backstage with Seth Rollins who says that tonight he will walk out as Universal Champion whatever it takes. He will burn it down.
There’s a video package next for Braun Strowman and Tyson Fury.
Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury
Background: Amid Braun Strowman’s match during SmackDown’s 20th Anniversary on October 4, Strowman taunted professional boxer Tyson Fury, who was seated in the front row. Later during that match, Strowman brutally slung Dolph Ziggler into the barricade, which knocked Fury back into his seat. Following the match, Fury jumped the barricade only to be restrained by security. On the following Raw, Fury appeared, wanting an apology from Strowman. After exchanging verbal insults, a massive brawl broke out between the two that had to be separated by security and other wrestlers. At the Crown Jewel press conference in Las Vegas on October 11, it was announced that Strowman would face Fury at Crown Jewel.
Previous PPV matches: This is a WWE debut for Tyson Fury so a first match between these two men.
Crown Jewel PPV Record: Braun Strowman is 0-1.
Match: Tyson Furt has some comedy music, a hell of a lot of pyro and rises up out of the stage dressed in full traidiotnal Suadi gear. Much like earlier, it’s a cagey start to the match. Fury actually nips up at one point but Strowman knocks him down with a running boot. Fury avoids a shoulder charge in the corner and Strowman falls to the outside. The fight goes to the outside and Braun does a lap around the ring, looking for his shoulder charge but Tyson hits him with a dropkick of sorts. Furt does get some offence in, like a running boot of his own and a drop toe hold but Strowman controls the match. Strowman hits his running shoulder charge on the outside and rolls Fury back into the ring but as the big man gets up on the apron, Tyson Fury hits him with a big right hand, knocking Strowman down to the outside. Braun then gets counted out! After the match Strowman hits Fury with a running powerslam. Fury doesn’t sell it, just gets straight back up.
Result: Tyson Fury wins by count out.
Review: Oh this wasn’t terrible. It could have been really bad but wasn’t. I actually enjoyed it. It wasn’t a masterpiece but it did the job tonight. Tyson doesn’t come out of it looking too bad, he’ll be happy with his perfomance. And it’s a win for Fury win tonight!
There’s an ad for WWE 2k20.
We’re shown some footage from the pre-show battle royal with R-Truth beating Sunil Singh for the 24/7 title. We’re then shown live footage of the superstars looking for R-Truth. The Singh Brothers corner Truth and Samir Singh wins the title!
AJ Styles vs. Humberto Carrillo – United States Championship match
Background: Humberto Carrillo won a battle royal on the kick off show to earn a shot at the United States Championship. Carrillo last eliminated Erick Rowan.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Crown Jewel PPV Record: AJ Styles is 1-0, Humberto wrestles at this event for the first time.
Match: AJ Styles is joined by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Styles goes right to work on Carrillo as the bell rings. I’m expecting a fast paced match up. Humberto hits a lovely arm drag. He uses the ropes a lot, springboarding off them. Styles hits a nice neckbreaker and then slows down the pace with a chinlock. AJ hits a brainbuster for a near fall. More lovely offence from Carrillo for a near fall. Humberto hits a beautiful corkscrew plancha to the outside. AJ hits some lovely strikes and then locks on the calf crusher but Carrillo gets to the bottom rope. Carrillo is selling a knee injury, AJ hits a phenomenal forearm and that’s all she wrote.
Result: AJ Styles wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a decent match, a slow pace than I expected but a good showcase for Humberto Carrillo who I was impressed with. He bought a fast pace and some really nice offence in parts. It was AJ’s job to slow down the match and pick apart the youngster. AJ wins and retains the United States Championship tonight.
Byron Saxton is backstage with Hulk Hogan. Hogan gives Saxton the nickname “Beautiful Byron”. Not sure that’ll catch on. Hogan says that his team will have their hands raised in victory tonight. He says that he has been making his team drink a glass of sand when they’re thirsty.
Natalya vs. Lacey Evans
Background: Due to the limited rights women have in Saudi Arabia, all WWE female wrestlers had been banned from wrestling in WWE events in the country. However, during the Crown Jewel media press conference on October 30, it was announced that a match between Natalya and Lacey Evans had been approved for Crown Jewel, marking the first-ever women’s match in Saudi Arabia. In respecting the country’s culture, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon said that both would be wearing full body suits instead of their normal ring attire, although Natalya’s normal ring attire is mostly a bodysuit. Both women also wore shirts from the souvenir shops normally sold at the venue and from the WWE store featuring their branding.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two girls.
Crown Jewel PPV Record: This is the first time ever that two girls wrestle in Saudi Arabia for the WWE.
Match: It’s a back and forth start to the match. Both girls are just grinning the whole time. This feels a lot like an exhibition match. Evans counters a sharpshooter. Lacey has looked good so far in this match. Natalya hits a basement dropkick and then looks for the sharpshopoter but again Evans counters. Lacey hits a springboard moonsault for a near fall. Natalya hits a discuss lariot and then locks on the sharpshooter forcing Lacey to tap. After the match the two girls celebrate in tears.
Result: Natalya wins by submission.
Review: This match was ok, it felt like an exhibition but it had a lot of meaning behind it. Natalya picks up the win and fair play to Natalya, she’s been around a long time and deserves this win. This should open the door for women’s matches in Saudi going forward.
Team Hogan (Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ricochet, Shorty G, Ali) vs. Team Flair (Randy Orton, Bobby Lashley, Shinsuke Nakamura, Drew McIntyre & King Corbin)
Background: On the September 30 episode of Raw, Hulk Hogan and fellow WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair were guests on “Miz TV” where Hogan and Flair teased a match against each other. The Miz then announced that at Crown Jewel, there would be a 5-on-5 tag team match between Team Hogan and Team Flair, with Hogan and Flair as the respective coaches. Universal Champion Seth Rollins and Randy Orton were selected as the captains of Team Hogan and Team Flair, respectively. Later that night, Rusev joined Team Hogan while King Corbin joined Team Flair. On the October 14 episode of Raw, Ricochet was added to Team Hogan, while Bobby Lashley and Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura were added to Team Flair. That same episode, Rollins was scheduled to defend the Universal Championship at the event and was subsequently removed from the tag team match. On the following SmackDown, Hogan revealed that Ali and Shorty G (shortened from Shorty Gable) were added to his team. Later, Roman Reigns was announced as Rollins’ replacement as Team Hogan’s captain. Drew McIntyre was revealed as the final member of Team Flair on the following Raw.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first 10 man tag team match involving these men.
Crown Jewel PPV Record: Randy Orton is 0-1, Bobby Lashley is 0-1, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ricochet, Shorty G, Ali, Nakamura, McIntyre and Corbin wrestle at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: Shorty G and Shinsuke Nakamura kick off the match and it’s Gable who ties Nakamura up like a pretzel. Team hogan is certainly quicker but doesn’t have the star power that Team Flair has. It’s not long before the likes of Corbin, Ali, Lashley and Rusev are tagged in. Rusev wants to get his hands on Lashley since Lana left him for Bobby. Lashley quickly tags out to McIntyre. There are some quick tags from Team Flair as they keep Ali away from his corner. Ali hits a nice tornado DDT on McIntyre befoee he tags out to Ricochet. Ricochet picks up the pace, laying into McIntyre until a distraction from Corbin puts Team Flair back in control. Roman Reigns finally gets the hot tag and he lays into everyone! Reigns hits a legdrop on Corbin in homage to Hogan. Orton tags in but Reigns hits a superman punch for a near fall as it all starts to break down. There’s finishers from everyone but it all ends in favour of Team Flair. Rusev and Lashley finally get into it. Reigns dives out of the ring onto everyone. Back in the ring and Orton hits an RKO on Reigns for a near fall. Bodies fly everywhere as Team Hogan takes control, Reigns hits a spear on Orton and pins him for the three!
Result: Team Hogan win by way of Roman Reigns pinning Randy Orton.
Review: This match was a lot of fun. Team Flair always looked the strongest but something told me that Team Hogan was going to win. Reigns gets the win for his team, he doesn’t lose too often. It was a nice gimmick match for this show.
There’s an ad for Wrestlemania 36.
And an ad for Survivor Series.
There’s a video package next for Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt – Falls Count Anywhere match for the Universal Championship
Background: At Hell in a Cell, the Universal Championship Hell in a Cell match between defending champion Seth Rollins and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt ended by referee stoppage, thus Rollins retained. The Fiend, thought to be injured, proceeded to further attack Rollins after the match. On the October 11 episode of SmackDown (the first night of the 2019 WWE Draft), a match between Rollins (representing Raw) and Roman Reigns (representing SmackDown) was scheduled to determine which brand would earn the first draft pick of the night. Rollins won by disqualification due to The Fiend’s interference, earning Raw the first draft pick; The Fiend was later drafted to SmackDown. Although Rollins was drafted to Raw on the second night of the draft, a championship rematch between Rollins and The Fiend was scheduled for Crown Jewel as a Falls Count Anywhere match. That same night, Wyatt as his normal self hosted a segment of Firefly Fun House, only for Rollins to interrupt Wyatt inside the Fun House. Rollins attacked Wyatt, and set the Fun House ablaze. On the following SmackDown, a further stipulation was added in that the referee could not stop the match for any reason.
Previous PPV matches: These two men have wrestled on pay per view twice before. Bray won the first and the second was a no contest.
Crown Jewel PPV Record: Seth Rollins is 1-1, Wyatt wrestles at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: Again, much like Hell In A Cell, a red light engulfs the ring. It’s a back and forth start to the match with Wyatt not doing a lot in the way of seelling. The fight soon goes into the crowd where Wyatt dominates before taking the fight back to ringside. Rollins manages to take control with a suicide dive and then sets up a table on top of another. Seth then pulls out a sledgehammer but before he can use it Wyatt locks on a mandible claw! Seth uses the sledgehammer to get out of it but Wyatt takes control again. Rollins heads to the top but Wyatt pushes the Universal Champion off and through the two tables! Wyatt then pulls back the protective mats and looks to hit Sister Abigail but Seth breaks out of the grip and hits a stomp onto the steel grating for a near fall. Bray hits Sister Abigail in the crowd before going back ringside. The two battle up to the entrance stage where Rollins hits a third stomp but Wyatt gets right back up. Seth hits a fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth stomp. The Fiend keps getting back up though. Rollins superkicks Wyatt into a technical area that causes a bit of fire. Rollins goes down and some sparks go off which Rolins sells his eyes. The Fiend then rises up and locks on the mandible claw and then hits Sister Abigail for the three!
Result: Bray Wyatt wins the Universal Championship by pinfall.
Review: I quite enjoyed this match. It was better than their match at Hell In A Cell anyway. I don’t mind a scrap like this now and again. And we see an new Universal Champion. It’s nice to see WWE strike whilst the iron is hot. I love this Fiend gimmick and I look forward to his reign over on Smackdown. A good match here.
And that was Crown Jewel 2019. To be honest, this was far and away the best PPV to come out of Saudi Arabia. It was an enjoyable show. Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez was a novelty match really and really felt like a continuation of the feud between Brock Lesnar and Rey Mysterio. Then came the tag team gauntlet match which showed the depth of the tag team divisions in WWE. It was The O.C. that won the match, last beating their rivals the Viking Raiders. I like Gallows and Anderson and they have been treading water for a while so I like this result. Mansoor and Cesaro were next and this match was used to give Mansoor a huge victory in his home country. Sadly, at the expense of Cesaro. I think a win for Mansoor is fine but I don’t like seeing Cesaro lose matches like this. It was a good match though and fair play to Mansoor, he’s really improved in the ring.
Tyson Fury beat Braun Strowman in a sentence I didn’t think I would ever say. To be honest this wasn’t as awful as it could have been. I’m all for seeing more of Tyson Fury in a WWE ring, his entrance was great. I reckon these two could team up in the future. It’s a loss for Strowman though, albeit by count out. AJ Styles beat Humbero Carrillo in a fun match between two very good workers. I’m a big fan of a match like this, it’s a good rub for Carrillo despite not winning. Natalya beat Lacey Evans in a historic match but not a great one. It was very safe, it was very WWE but there was far too much smiling for my liking. Lacey Evans was completely out of gimmick and despite it being the first ever women’s match in Saudi Arabia, it was forgettable.
The underdog Team Hogan beat the “definitely wins on paper” Team Flair in a match I’d have preferred to see have gone the other way. Roman Reigns was never losing in Saudi Arabia though. I was surprised to see Randy Orton take the pin though. Bray Wyatt then beat Seth Rollins to win the Universal Championship in the main event. I enjoyed this main event, it was far superior to their Hell In A Cell match. I like Wyatt as champion, I really like that they capitalised on somebody who was hot and had momentum. Overall this was the best PPV up to now on Saudi soil, it was a good show and one I’d recommend as a fun watch. Random as hell but god fun.
Overall Rating: 66.4/100 (ranked joint 52nd out of 381)
Match Of The Night: Tag Team Turmoil
Worst Match Of The Night: Natalya vs. Lacey Evans
Surprise Of The Night: Tyson Fury gets the win over Braun Strowman
Worst Booking Of The Night: Cesaro being the man to lose to Mansoor
Superstar Of The Night: Bray Wyatt
Crown Jewel 2019 Will Be Remembered For: Cain Velasquez, Tyson Fury, and Bray Wyatt winning the Universal Championship