The WWE is hosting its first-ever all-woman pay-per-view WWE Evolution at the end of October, but as it hails its own Women’s (R)Evolution, there’s the not-so-small matter of its ten-year deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Part of the deal includes regular special events in the Kingdom, including the recent Greatest Royal Rumble, which was notable for the total exclusion of all female WWE talent either in the ring or on the mic.
The controversy doesn’t end there, though, with Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen and the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi prompting many US, UK and European businesses to withdraw events from the Kingdom.
As it stands, the WWE is “monitoring the situation”, and suggesting that WWE Crown Jewel is still going ahead.
It takes place on Friday, November 2 at 12pm ET/ 9am PT (4pm in the UK) at the provisional location of the King Saud University Stadium, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
If there is a Kick-Off show, it would start an hour earlier at 11pm ET/3pm PT (3pm in the UK), and here is everything you need to know.
What’s the location of WWE Crown Jewel?
The event was first announced to be taking place at the King Saud University Stadium, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and while that’s not officially changed, all mentions of the venue have stopped on WWETV and have also seemingly been removed from promotional materials.
There are rumours of a move to a US venue or one in the UK, with the WWE being on tour here in early November.
What’s the full match card and predictions for WWE Crown Jewel
WWE Universal Championship: Braun Strowman vs Brock Lesnar
A very sad state of affairs led up to this one-on-one, with the champ Roman Reigns relinquishing his title in an emotional speech where he revealed he is battling leukaemia for the second time.
What was set to be a Triple Threat Match for Roman’s crown is now a singles match for the vacant title.
It’ll be hard to enjoy this knowing how it came about, but if we can force that out of our minds we’ve got a pretty stonking match here.
Brock Lesnar has gone from part-timer to barely-there-at-all-er but still has an air of mystique about him despite losing the championship and his UFC dalliances.
Braun Strowman has felt like a champ in waiting for a long, long time, and we thought that his Money in the Bank briefcase win would surely be the moment.
These are two massive, massive presences and it’ll be like watching two freight trains on a collision course when they come together.
We’re going for Braun here, partly because we so desperately want the Monster on top where he deserves to be, and partly because he does this week in and week out and should be raring to go.
PREDICTION: Braun Strowman
WWE Championship: AJ Styles (v) vs Daniel Bryan
After a bunch of feuds where he (eventually) came out on top, including an all-important decider against his Fight Forever rival The Miz, it’s come to this.
A dream match many of us thought we’d never see: AJ Styles vs Daniel Bryan, in the WWE, for the WWE Championship.
We’ve been stung with dream matches like this in the very recent past, though.
Despite having everything going for it on paper, AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura never quite caught fire the way it should have.
And while this is a match we’ve all wanted for such a long time, the last few weeks of build on SmackDown Live have been surprisingly limp.
But we’re beyond fortunate to have these two wrestlers facing each other while they’re still pretty much at the very top of their game, rather than in the twilight of their careers.
We think they’ve got the ability to overcome that stilted build-up and put on a night-stealing masterclass in professional wrestling.
As for who’ll win, we’ll stick with the champ, as he’s still got a hell of a lot of momentum, but we don’t think this’ll be the end of it.
PREDICTION: AJ Styles
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) vs The New Day (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and/or Big E)
The Bar yoinked the tag belts from The New Day in a last-minute title match on SmackDown 1000 with a little help from the Big Show.
We imagine that Show will be present at Crown Jewel to help even things up, as despite The New Day only sticking a couple of fellas in the ring for these matches, their third man always tends to play a crucial part on the outside.
Despite Show’s imposing presence, this really could go either way, as both teams are such well-oiled machines who can think on the fly in any situation.
We’re going to opt for The Bar retaining, with Big Show making sure of things for the duo… though we’re not entirely certain what he’s looking for in return.
As for The New Day, it’s overdue for all three men to go it alone.
Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E are all incredible individual talents, which is often overlooked such is the excellence of their teamwork.
No need for chair shots and recriminations though, the Smart Athletic Friends should have each others’ backs as they seek, and achieve, singles success.
PREDICTION: The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus)
WWE World Cup
- John Cena
- Kurt Angle
- Jeff Hardy
- Randy Orton
- Seth Rollins
- Dolph Ziggler
- The Miz
- Rey Mysterio
As it stands, no-one quite knows what the format of this one will be. We’re assuming there’ll be seven matches on the night (wowzers) with quarter, semis and a final to crown our World Cup Winner.
In that case, a lot here may depend on the draw… get an opponent you’ve got the better of in the first couple of rounds and find yourself with just a match to go to win the big one.
Despite all the unknowns, we’re willing to stick our necks out here.
Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton are still too concerned with battling each other to keep their eye on the prize.
Kurt Angle and John Cena have the passion and experience but there’ll be too much ring rust to win three matches on the night
Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins are dealing with too much emotional fallout from the recent betrayal they’ve suffered on Monday Night Raw.
That leaves The Miz and Rey Mysterio, and from recent evidence we can think if 619 reasons why this one’s going to Rey.
PREDICTION: Rey Mysterio
D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane)
So it’s come to this. After eight years away, Shawn Michaels is back in a WWE ring as an Actual Competitor for the first time.
It was The Undertaker who “retired” him of course, so it’s fitting that the Deadman is involved in his return.
Kane and HBK got dragged into this one during the build to The Undertaker and Triple H’s ‘Last Time Ever’ singles match in Australia, and now they’re actually part of things in this tag battle.
We’re in two minds on Shawn Michaels’s comeback. Perhaps the only man in the company with a perfect retirement match and moment, throwing that all away and for what?
We imagine the E is making it worth his while, and the line is that his pride has been seriously wounded by Taker’s barbs. No respect = no retirement.
Whatever the story is here, the(ahem) bald truth is that there’s three part-timers and one guy just out of retirement with a combined age of 27825789257 in the ring.
We’re just hoping that all four manage to put on something special to warrant HBK’s return, and we’re thinking that hunger and drive on his return will help him win this one.
As for what’s next? The word is a one-on-one rematch between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, either at Survivor Series this year or WrestleMania the next.
Depending on the stakes, that’s something that could be very interesting indeed…
PREDICTION: D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels)
What date and start time is WWE Crown Jewel in the UK?
WWE Crown Jewel is on Friday, November 2 and the event’s start time is 4pm. Any Kick-Off show would starts one hour earlier, at 3pm.
What date and start time is WWE Crown Jewel in the US?
WWE Crown Jewel is on Friday, November 2 and the event’s start time is 12pm ET/ 9am PT. Any Kick-Off show would start one hour earlier at 11am ET (8am PT).
How do I watch WWE Crown Jewel?
Given the volatile situation, tickets are not yet on sale for WWE Crown Jewel. As it stands, your options are either the WWE Network, which we highly recommend, or if you don’t have a fast, reliable internet connection, the more traditional – and expensive – pay-per-view.
How do I live stream WWE Crown Jewel on the WWE Network?
The WWE Network is priced at £9.99 per month in the UK and $9.99 per month in the US – first-time subscribers get a month free.
You can access it via the following platforms and devices – click for info on how to access with each app:
- Google Chromecast
- Kindle Fire/Kindle Fire TV
- Android devices
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- iOS devices (iPhone and iPad)
- LG Smart TVs
- Panasonic Smart TVs
- PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
- Roku via the WWE App
- Samsung Smart TVs (2013 and 2014 models)
- Sony Internet-connected TVs and Streaming Blu-ray Players
- Windows 10
- Xbox One and Xbox 360
How do I watch WWE Crown Jewel on WWE pay-per-view in the UK?
You can buy WWE Crown Jewel on pay-per-view in the UK via Sky Sports Box Office – priced at £19.95.
How do I watch WWE Crown Jewel on WWE pay-per-view in the US?
You can buy WWE Crown Jewel on pay-per-view in the US via your local provider – full list here.
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