Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of WWE Crown Jewel on All Hallows Eve!
WWE returns to Saudi Arabia – although you won’t hear that from the company – for another major PPV. Although, to be fair, this is the first Saudi show that actually is a PPV and not just a weird stop-gap. Like all other middle-east shows, the card is stacked, so let’s get down to it.
It’s hard to predict what the main event will be today, but chances are it will be Cain Velasquez Vs. Brock Lesnar. This huge match for the WWE Championship is an odd one; the fans haven’t really taken to Cain, and it’s hard to know if the match will get really hook fans. It’s hard to imagine Velasquez winning, but it’s equally hard imagining him lose. So this one will be fascinating regardless, even if it’s a disaster.
And speaking of disasters, Seth Rollins faces The Fiend in a Falls Count Anywhere match, with the Universal Championship on the line. Last month these two square-off in an overbooked Hell In A Cell match that, as is stands, is probably the worst WWE match of the year. Today WWE can make amends by having Wyatt brutalise Rollins and take the title, but that’s not likely to happen as that would leave Raw with no title. And having The Fiend lose to Rollins would kill all momentum and have Wyatt back where he’s been for four years. Talk about booking yourself into a corner.
The other marquee match today is the headline match between Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman. These two giants do not like one and other, and they will face-off today in a big to see who is the bigger bad ass, quite literally. Truth be told, wresting fans don’t like these kind of matches because Fury is likely to win, thus ruining the credibility of Strowman. But hey, who knows, maybe it will be fun regardless.
The other matches announced for Crown Jewel are Lacey Evans Vs. Natalya in the first-ever woman’s match in Saudi Arabia, Team Flair Vs. Team Hogan, Cesaro Vs. Mansoor, and a 20-man Battle Royal with the winner facing AJ Styles for the United States Championship. So it’s a stacked card and it starts with the Kick-Off Show at 12 PM EST. You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter, download the Ringside News app, or just stay right here to follow along. Enjoy the show!
The panel joins us live from Stamford Connecticut, and it consists of Charly Caruso, Booker T, David Otunga, and Scott Stanford. The panel run down the entire Crown Jewel card.
Byron Saxton is joined backstage by Hall of Famer, Ric Flair. Byron asks Flair about the match tonight and he calls Hogan his “lifetime nemesis”. He rhymes off his team and says they’re all future Hall of Famers, so he can guarantee victory. And after they put on the show of a lifetime for Saudi Arabia, they will jet-fly back to the States and brag that Flair beat Hogan. The Nature Boy gets all riled-up and ranting before walking off.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 31, 2019
Back with the panel and they’re laughing at Flair’s antics. Scott asks Booker T if he prefers Flair’s ruthless team to Hogan’s more measured one, and T says yes. He cites Drew McIntyre as a difference maker, and says tonight is about making your opponents beg for mercy. Otunga wants to address the elephant in the room; Rusev and his drama with Lana. Scott Stanford asks how Rusev will be able to prioritise the match when Lashley is in the same ring. They say it will be difficult and Booker says a hot woman can make you crazy.
We see a video package for the Tyson Fury/Braun Strowman feud. The panel discuss whether or not Fury is naive to think he can wrestle with Braun. They point-out the sizeable weight difference between the two and say Fury is underestimating the strength of Strowman.
There’s a video from the last Crown Jewel event, in which Mansoor won the largest Battle Royal in WWE history. Tonight Mansoor goes one-on-one with Cesaro and the panel say the kid is out of his depth today. They say Cesaro is one of the best on the WWE roster and he’s underrated, which says a lot about him.
20-Man Battle Royal
The Winner Gets A United States Championship Match
The multi-man match gets underway and everyone tries to throw each other over the ropes. Andrade, Erick Rowan, R-Truth, and Buddy Murphy are the ones to watch, given they are the only ones who got entrances, but Humberto Carrillo is also in there.
Erick Rowan headbutts Heath Slater in the corner. Drake Maverick tries to lift Rowan, but gets military pressed over the ropes and to the floor. Drake Maverick Eliminated.
A gang of Superstars attempt to throw Erick Rowan out but he fights them all off and tosses Heath Slater out. Heath Slater Eliminated. Tony Nese tries to knock Rowan from the apron to the floor but the big man lifts him by the throat over and to the floor. Tony Nese Eliminated. Luke Harper then tosses both Brian Kendrick and Eric Young out. Brian Kendrick Eliminated. Eric Young Eliminated.
Samir Singh is at ringside, not competing, but he has his 24/7 Championship on hand watching his brother. Titus O’Neil clotheslines Mojo Rawley over the ropes and out. Mojo Rawley Eliminated. Andrade struggles with Sin Cara against the ropes, then flips him over. Sin Cara Eliminated. Titus O’Neil tries to toss Apollo Crews out but the tables turn and it’s Titus who goes flying out! Titus O’Neil Eliminated.
👀 HARPER. ROWAN.
— WWE (@WWE) October 31, 2019
We get a split-screen commercial for Crown Jewel, during which time nobody was eliminated. Harper and Rowan come face-to-face in the centre of the ring and tease fighting, but No Way Jose gets between them and tries to encourage a dance. Rowan starts doing a little John Travolta but then hits a discus clothesline and tosses him out. No Way Jose Eliminated.
Rowan and Harper argue but then Akira Tozawa slaps the back of Rowan and yells at him. Rowan lifts Tozawa and sets him on the top rope, where Harper superkicks him off. Akira Tozawa Eliminated. We see AJ Styles watching on a monitor backstage. Shelton Benjamin puts Humberto Carrillo against the ropes and runs at him, only to be suckered over the ropes. Shelton Benjamin Eliminated.
Apollo Crews runs at Luke Harper and gets flipped over the ropes to the floor. Apollo Crews Eliminated. Harper and Rowan have eliminated half of the match. Rowan looks to Iron Claw Buddy Murphy on the apron but the Aussie knees him the head, then climbs the ropes but gets kicked off and hits the barricade. Buddy Murphy Eliminated. Meanwhile, R-Truth is tossed over and out by Andrade. R-Truth Eliminated.
As Andrade celebrates the elimination, he gets thrown over and out by Carrillo. Andrade Eliminated. For his troubles, Carrillo gets the Iron Claw Chokeslam from Erick Rowan. Sunil Singh is tossed over and out by Cedric Alexander. Sunil Singh Eliminated. We’re down to four and Rowan attacks Alexander from behind, while Harper attacks Carrillo. The big men double-team the babyfaces, while the fans chant for Harper. Alexander is clocked with a big boot from Rowan and tossed out. Cedric Alexander Eliminated.
The Singh Brothers are leaving together but R-Truth comes out from under the ring and rolls-up Samir for the win. R-Truth is the 24/7 Champion. Truth is chased to the back by jobbers, meanwhile we’re down to three in the ring. Carrillo dropkicks Harper into Rowan, but then the big men double-team him. Harper tries to throw-out Carrillo but Rowan tosses him out instead! Luke Harper Eliminated. Just as soon as Rowan turns on his brother, Carrillo slides under Rowan’s legs and forces him out!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo
Humberto Carrillo has won the right to face AJ Styles for the United States Championship later tonight.
— WWE (@WWE) October 31, 2019
The Kick-Off panel talk about the historic women’s match tonight between Natalya and Lacey Evans, saying how important it is for women everywhere.
Byron Saxton interviews Kofi Kingston and Big E backstage and asks how they handle the injury to Xavier Woods. Big E says Woods was cut-down in his prime but he told him not to cry. Kofi says they’ve faced adversity in recent weeks but tonight they’re going to become the best tag team in the world, then take the momentum to SmackDown tomorrow and become the 7X Tag Team Champions!
We see Heavy Machinery backstage and Otis says he’s hungry for the cup. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler are then shown backstage and they say they’re already the best looking and the best athletes, but tonight they add the title of best in the world.
The panel run down the card again before taking a look at the feud between “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins. Scott asks how does Seth Rollins have the mental capacity to face The Fiend tonight when he can’t be kept down? Booker T says you can’t prepare for a match like this, and he predicts a win for The Fiend. Otunga says The Fiend brings out the worst in Seth Rollins and he’s nervous for him. And that’s the end of the Kick-Off Show!