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We previously hinted that John Cena does not want to participate at Crown Jewel PPV. The Jamal Khashoggi incident has one of the most sensitive topics in recent times. Various countries put allegations on Saudi Arabia for killing an innocent journalist. USA media was also against WWE’s move to the middle-east country despite the controversies. But the million dollar deal was too much lucrative from the company’s perspective.
Must read: The Full Lineup of the world cup tournament
So the Crown Jewel event will take place as per the original schedule at Saudi Arabia. The WWE World Cup tournament will also take place on the show. But it will not feature John Cena in it as announced earlier. The Cenation Leader was not willing to compete in this tourney and WWE kept him aside, accordingly. They have sidelined him via a storyline angle on WWE Raw.
Bobby Lashley competed in a match on WWE Raw against Finn Balor. The latter one dominated the match for the better part until Lio Rush interfered. He pushed Balor off the top rope to disqualify the match. This allowed Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush to deliver a double beatdown on Balor on the show. This impressed the acting general manager of WWE Raw and he eventually rewarded him.
Corbin declared that Bobby Lashley will replace John Cena in the World Cup Tournament on this Friday night. The 16-time world champion has never qualified to enter this series and nor did the Dominator, either. The new heel n the flagship show was more than happy to learn this announcement and seemed confident to win the tournament. WWE.com also released a statement on this change,
“Though John Cena was originally slated to be a part of the matchup, that all changed on the Oct. 29 edition of Raw. After Bobby Lashley unleashed a vicious beatdown on Finn Bálor, General Manager Baron Corbin rewarded him by putting him into WWE’s World Cup, replacing Cena, the one Superstar who hadn’t won a qualifying match.”
Speaking of this, we also got to know about who is going to be his opponent at Crown Jewel. Seth Rollins will take on against him in the first round of the world cup tournament. WWE revealed the full bracket of matches featuring all the eight superstars from both WWE Raw and Smackdown,
* Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley (Winner faces Angle or Ziggler)
* Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler (Winner faces Rollins or Lashley)
* Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz (Winner faces Mysterio or Orton)
* Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton (Winner faces Hardy or Miz)
The lineup ensures that one of the superstars from WWE Raw will compete against a Smackdown star in the finale. All of these matches will take place at the Crown Jewel PPV on WWE Network on this Friday night.