In one of the most puzzling moments of WWE Crown Jewel, the World Cup tournament winner was not even entered in the tournament — and isn’t even a wrestler — as Shane McMahon won and walked out with the trophy.
The way this went down was strange, to say the least.
The World Cup was already shaken up when John Cena refused to compete in Saudi Arabia reportedly due to concerns of how it would affect his future in Hollywood.
The WWE changed up the booking and made it Monday Night Raw vs. SmackDown Live with each show on different sides of the bracket to ensure that it would be a Raw vs. SmackDown finale.
Then, on SmackDown Live last week, Shane McMahon threatened his superstars, saying he would fire the wrestler who made it to the finals if they lost.
The finals ended up being Dolph Ziggler (who beat Seth Rollins and Kurt Angle) against The Miz (who beat Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy).
When the match between the two superstars started, Miz came down outside the ring wrong and officials believed he blew out his knee. As he was helped to the back, Baron Corbin wanted the match deemed a forfeit but Shane McMahon said he would replace Miz.
Since McMahon had not wrestled and Ziggler already fought two matches, McMahon won quickly and took home the trophy.
Many fans speculated that The Miz faked his injury to keep from getting fired.
Cageside Seats reported that the Shane McMahon win was put in motion to set up a SmackDown vs. Raw feud — especially since Survivor Series is coming.
Originally, it was thought that Kurt Angle would put a team up against a Baron Corbin team for control of Monday Night Raw but it appears that the SmackDown vs. Raw match might replace that.
The Wrestling Observer Radio reported that the idea of miz faking an injury was likely true and Miz is not injured at all. They also added this should be the start of a heel turn for Shane McMahon.
The idea is that the ratings are slipping on SmackDown Live and a heel running the show might be what it needs to add drama to increase ratings once again — especially if it is with Shane McMahon in the role.