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WWE Crown Jewel recap and results: Everything that happened at the Saudi Arabia WWE Network event

WWE Crown Jewel recap and results: Everything that happened at the Saudi Arabia WWE Network event
Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Kane at WWE Crown Jewel. Pic credit: WWE

When the WWE chose to go to Saudi Arabia for WWE Crown Jewel despite United States government warnings, they risked a public relations nightmare but hoped to put on a show that fans would enjoy.

There were four title matches, a mini-tournament to determine the Best in the World and the return of Shawn Michaels from retirement.

However, did they succeed? Here is a look at the WWE Crown Jewel results.

Complete WWE Crown Jewel results

  • WWE US Title Match: Champion Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev
  • Tournament Match: Rey Mysterio defeated Randy Orton
  • Tournament Match: Miz defeated Jeff Hardy
  • Tournament Match: Seth Rollins defeated Lashley
  • Tournament Match: Dolph Ziggler defeated Kurt Angle
  • Smackdown Tag Team Title Match: Champions The Bar defeated The New Day
  • Tournament Match: Miz defeated Rey Mysterio
  • Tournament Match: Dolph Ziggler defeated Seth Rollins
  • WWE Title Match: Champion AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe
  • Universal Title Match: Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman
  • Tournament Finals: Shane McMahon defeated Dolph Ziggler
  • DX defeated The Brothers of Destruction

WWE Crown Jewel recap

Despite this not being a pay-per-view, WWE chose to have a pre-match for WWE Crown Jewel.

WWE US Title Match: Champion Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev

With neither the United States Champion nor the popular Rusev in the World Cup tournament, they got thrown together here for a title match. Remember, at the last Saudi Arabia show, the Prince wanted Rusev there to battle Undertaker, so he is popular in the Kingdom.

Despite this, Shinsuke Nakamura picked up the win in a good match between the two after hitting a low blow and then hitting the Kinshasa for the three count.

Winner and Still Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura (2.5 stars)

The WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia opened with none other than Hulk Hogan coming out to his theme song “Real American,” which is interesting considering the problems between Saudi Arabia and the United States right now.

Hulk Hogan thanks his Hulkamaniacs and says he is happy to be back in the WWE (which presumably makes Hulk Hogan’s return official). He then poses some more to “Real American.”

The WWE World Cup started next, which is still a bit controversial since every wrestler in the World Cup is from America (Rey Mysterio is from San Diego).

Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio

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This would be a match of polar opposites, with Rey Mysterio a high flyer and Randy Orton a grappler who likes to punish his opponent’s body parts.

However, the match was a bit shorter than usual, only going five-and-a-half minutes and ending with Rey Mysterio winning with a fluke cradle.

After the match, Randy Orton threw a fit and destroyed Rey Mysterio before slamming him onto the announcer’s table.

Winner: Rey Mysterio (2.5 stars)

Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz

The second match on the SmackDown Live side saw Jeff Hardy battle The Miz. This, as expected, was a solid match between one of the best of all-time and one of the greatest heels in the WWE.

The two went for just around seven minutes before The Miz was able to kick out of a cradle by Hardy and then hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.

This puts The Miz against Rey Mysterio in the next round.

Winner: The Miz (3 stars)

Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley

Moving over to the Monday Night Raw side of the tournament, the first match is Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley. Of course, Lashley is replacing John Cena, who refused to work the Saudi Arabia event to protect his Hollywood acting career.

This was yet another short match, which honestly is for the best in a tournament environment. Lashley was dominant for most of the match but Seth Rollins won when he dodged a spear and then hit the Blackout for the win.

Winner: Seth Rollins (2.5 stars)

Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler

This was a surprising addition to the World Cup, as Kurt Angle has not wrestled in a while and hasn’t looked great since his return to the WWE when it comes to in-ring action. However, Dolph Ziggler can make almost anyone look good.

This was the longest match of the first round. What is most impressive is that this was Angle’s best match since his WWE return and the two went eight minutes before Ziggler pinned him after the Zig Zag.

Ziggler winning was a surprise since this is Kurt Angle, but it also was the right call.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler (2.5 stars)

WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship: The Bar vs. New Day

New Day came to the ring on a flying carpet, which might be seen as offensive to some. They also threw out pancakes, so that should make people happy.

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The Bar is the champions. This was the longest match on WWE Crown Jewel so far, going over 10 minutes. The two teams always put on great matches but this was just another match for them and did nothing that fans haven’t seen before.

Big Show was also there and helped distract New Day so Sheamus could hit the Brogue Kick to Big E for the win.

Winners and Still Champions: The Bar (3 Stars)

Back to the WWE World Cup tournament.

Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz

The finals on the SmackDown Live side saw the always popular Rey Mysterio battle The Miz. Rey played the injured face, selling the beating that Randy Orton gave him earlier.

Despite the injury, the match went over 11 minutes and ended with Miz winning with the cradle after Rey Mysterio went for the Frog Splash but hit Miz’s knees.

Winner: The Miz (3 stars)

Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler

The finals on the Monday Night Raw side was guaranteed to be a great match as Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler have been putting on fantastic matches all year.

This was no different and in a surprise ending, Dolph Ziggler is who picked up the win. Drew McIntyre was at ringside and that made the difference as he distracted Seth when he went for a high-risk move but Drew pushed him off the top buckle and Dolph won with the superkick.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler (3.5 stars)

WWE Championship: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

This was guaranteed to be a great match, as the two are perfect together. The only problem is that they have fought way too much recently and it is starting to get old.

The match lasted just over 11 minutes and saw AJ Styles retain with the Springboard Forearm to retain the title.

Winner and Still Champion: AJ Styles (3.5 Stars)

Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman

This was a chance to put Braun Strowman in the championship spot and start something new but that isn’t what happened. Brock Lesnar won in two minutes thanks to Baron Corbin interference and now the champion is someone who is never on Raw again.

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It took multiple F5’s and Braun kept kicking out until the last one did him in. He still looked strong, but losing in two minutes really takes a lot away from Strowman’s dominance.

Winner and New Champion: Brock Lesnar (NO Stars)

Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler

This is the finals of the World Cup tournament and Miz has a lot to fight for. If he loses, Shane McMahon said that he will be fired.

However, Miz fell wrong and hurt his knee. It looked really bad and the referee wanted to give the match to Ziggler but Shane McMahon put himself into the tournament and took Miz’s place.

Then, in a ridiculous decision, Shane McMahon beat Dolph Ziggler in two minutes to win the tournament. The only thing that can redeem this is if Miz faked his injury to save his job and Shane got the win because he was fresh and Ziggler had already wrestled twice.

Winner: Shane McMahon (NO Stars)

Degeneration X vs. Brothers of Destruction

This is Shawn Michaels official return to the WWE after his long retirement. The match was never expected to be anything but a nostalgia trip for fans of the Attitude Era.

With that said, it lasted 27 minutes, which was more than double any other match on the show — with four guys who were all in their 50s.

Shawn Michaels, for his part, showed that he is still one of the best wrestlers in WWE history and looked really good considering he has been out for so long. Other than that, the match seemed longer than it really was.

It ended with Triple H pinning Kane after hitting the Pedigree.

Winners: Degeneration X (1.5 STARS)

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, more

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