The 2019 edition of the Riyadh season culminates tonight in the form of the second Crown Jewel pay-per-view event. This will be the only global PPV hosted by the company this year.
In general, WWE gathers legends to host some historic matches in Saudi Arabia. That tradition changes as two mainstream names will be making their debut in the WWE replacing the legends in main-event matches. Spoilers from WWE Crown Jewel
Also, there will be a battle royale, tag team turmoil, first-ever Women’s division match in Saudi Arabia, Team Hogan vs. Team Flair and much more to make the card stacked than ever. WWE Network will broadcast the show from 9.30 PM onwards on IST that emanates from the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3 are the will also broadcast the show from the above-mentioned time. There will be repeated telecasts on 12 & 7 PM, tomorrow.
Check out the match card of WWE Crown Jewel with potential outcomes,
9-team World Cup tag team turmoil match: The New Day vs. Heavy Machinery vs. The O.C. vs. The Viking Raiders vs. The Revival vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode vs. Lucha House Party vs. The B-Team vs. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
This is a showcase match to matchup the bigger feel of Crown Jewel. WWE usually tries to utilize as many superstars as possible on the card and thus this match has come by which may not have a fallout. However, the winners will get to call them the ‘best tag team of the world.’ We pick a heel team to win the bout so that they could brag about this in the upcoming weeks. The OCs are dominating the Raw roster with their heel antics and they are pretty favorite to win this thing. Or else, the current Raw tag team champions The Viking Raiders could also pick up the win.
20-man battle royale
A young superstar is likely to win this opener match of Crown Jewel to earn a title shot against AJ Styles for the US title. Aleister Black could have been a sure-shot winner since Raw executive director Paul Heyman is high on him. But in his absence, it should be someone among Humberto Carrillo, Andrade or Buddy Murphy to win the contest and get a chance to showcase his skills against AJ Styles.
United States Championship match: AJ Styles (c) vs. battle royale winner
The Phenomenal One has been putting up the worth watch matches on WWE Raw against youngsters. Ever since becoming the US Champion, the creative team used him effectively against young names and Crown Jewel won’t be any different. Any one of the above-mentioned names will take him to the limit before he capitalizes with the OCs standing in his corner. After the match, there may be a beatdown reserved for the challenger as this has become a regular norm for the OCs.
Cesaro vs. Mansoor
This matchup had to be announced just to make way for Mansoor on the Crown Jewel match card. Last time around, he won a huge battle royal in his home country of Saudi Arabia which resulted in nothing for him. In this match too, a veteran Cesaro will put over the young talent with a win so that Mansoor can enjoy the session. But we don’t expect him to get a push following this victory.
Natalya vs. Lacey Evans
WWE came up with a big headliner during the press conference for Crown Jewel, last night announcing the first-ever Women’s division matchup in the country. This was a way to garner some mainstream attention as they are up to making another history in the country which had restrictions for the female athletes. Apart from this, WWE Universe won’t be having any added reason to see this repetitive matchup from Monday Night Raw. WWE may decide to go with Natalya while deciding the winner.
Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury
A real attraction for the Crown Jewel match card is going to be the presence of Tyson Fury. WWE Universe will be waiting to see how the Heavyweight boxer fairs in his wrestling debut match. Despite what his performance would be, he will come out of the match with his hands raised. He is still undefeated inside the boxing ring and there’s no way that WWE will put an end to this. As for Strowman, it’s nothing new for him to put over other superstars digesting losses.
Team Hogan (Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ricochet, Shorty G and Ali) vs. Team Flair (Randy Orton, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Drew McIntyre)
Spoilers available regarding this matchup for Crown Jewel suggest that Team Hulk Hogan is the favorite to pick up the win. If Roman Reigns is set to get a big push in the upcoming months then he will pick up the win on behalf of his team. However, there is one Drew McIntyre in his opponent team who knows him better than anyone. If anybody can throw a real challenge in front of him, it’s the Scottish Psychopath. He is reportedly set for future championship shots on Raw, as well. So we pick McIntyre to pick up the win while representing Team Flair.
Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
IWC will probably won’t be happy with this match, for the second time in a row. The Fiend has already been drafted to SmackDown which wipes out his chances of winning the WWE Championship, anyway. So the fans may keep showering Rollins with boos after he retains the title. It will be interesting to see how WWE protects Wyatt from getting pinfall loss or submission.
WWE Championship match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Cain Velasquez
The main event of Crown Jewel is going to be an unmissable affair between two of the former UFC Heavyweights. Prior to this, we have not seen any wrestling match between two MMA competitors. These two already have enough bad blood between them which will produce a physical matchup. In the end, it will be Lesnar standing tall to retain the WWE Championship using his veteran qualities inside the squared circle. But the rivalry is likely to restart around WrestleMania season, next year.