The first-ever world cup tournament will take place at the Crown Jewel PPV event. WWE came with the announcement that eight superstars will participate in this series. Four each from both Raw and Smackdown Live will compete in this unique format of matches to crown first world cup winner in the WWE. After last night’s Smackdown 1000, we now know the full lineup of the world cup tournament.
Two qualifying matches took place on Smackdown 1000 to fill up the last two slots available. The Miz vs. Rusev was the first matchup that saw a quick end. Kurt Angle was doing commentary for this match sitting at ringside. Rusev took out The Miz with a spinning kick to early control of the match. The latter one rolled out of the ring to take a breather.
But Rusev went outside and threw The Miz back into the ring. He grabbed the referee trying to distract him. Aiden English came from the back and tripped Rusev. This allowed The Miz to enter the ring and pin Rusev via a simple roll-up. Following this win, The Miz became the seventh participant of the World Cup tournament at the Crown Jewel PPV event.
The second qualifier for world cup tournament at Crown Jewel PPV was a dream match for the fans. Rey Mysterio returned to in-ring competition against Shinsuke Nakamura on Smackdown 1000. It was after more than three years that the high-flyer returned to in-ring competition on his show. He made the moment even more auspicious by picking up a solid win upon comeback.
Nakamura tried to take an early advantage in this Smackdown 1000 match hitting a snapmare. But a flurry of kicks put the US Champion down after a few moments. Nakamura held him into a Tree of Woe. Rey Mysterio countered with a super Hurricurana move for a near fall. He laid down Nakamura with a 619 followed up with a springboard splash to get the pinfall.
As a result, Rey Mysterio has now become the final participant in world cup tournament at Crown Jewel. John Cena is the first participant to enter this league courtesy of his own legacy. The other superstars in this tourney will be Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy, The Miz, and Rey Mysterio.