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Crown Jewel 2018 is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event promoted by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. The event will take place on November 2, 2018 at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The event is WWE's second PPV held in Saudi Arabia and will feature the first-ever WWE World Cup tournament. It will also mark the in-ring return of Shawn Michaels, who retired in 2010.

Production

Background

On March 5, 2018, WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority announced the Greatest Royal Rumble, a live event to be held on April 27, 2018 at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. On September 17, 2018, WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority announced the follow up to the Greatest Royal Rumble, Crown Jewel, a live event to be held on November 2, 2018 at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. The event is a part of a 10-year strategic multiplatform partnership between WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority in support of Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia's social and economic reform program.

Storylines

The card will comprise matches resulting from scripted storylines, with results predetermined by WWE on the Raw and SmackDown brands. Storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.

On September 16, 2018, at Hell in a Cell, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman fought to a no contest in the namesake match for the Universal Championship after former champion Brock Lesnar attacked both men. The following night on Raw, acting general manager Baron Corbin scheduled a triple threat match between Reigns, Strowman and Lesnar for the title at Crown Jewel.

On September 17, 2018, WWE announced that the event would host the first-ever WWE World Cup, a tournament to "determine the best in the world."

At Super Show-Down, AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe by submission in a no countout, no disqualification match to retain the WWE Championship while Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz to earn a WWE Championship match. Following Bryan's win, it was announced by General Manager Paige that he would receive his WWE Championship match against Styles at Crown Jewel.

At Super Show-Down, Triple H defeated The Undertaker in a No Disqualification match. After the match, Undertaker and Kane attacked Triple H and Shawn Michaels. On the following Raw, Triple H and Michaels would formally rechristen themselves as D-Generation X, challenging The Brothers of Destruction to a tag team match at Crown Jewel, marking Michaels' first match since being retired by The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI in 2010.

Controversy

WWE has faced calls to cancel the event, with prominent politicians criticizing the company's endeavors in Saudi Arabia, in wake of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. Knox County Mayor and professional wrestler Glenn "Kane" Jacobs announced he will work at the event.

As with Greatest Royal Rumble, the event will only feature male wrestlers due to the limited women's rights policies of Saudi Arabia. Critics noted that WWE had scheduled Evolution—its first-ever all-women's PPV event—just over a week before Crown Jewel, and speculated that this event was intended to divert attention away from the exclusion of women from Crown Jewel.

Match Preview

Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Braun StrowmanPreview
AJ Styles vs. Daniel BryanPreview
D-Generation X vs. Brothers of DestructionPreview

Matches

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

WWE World Cup participants

4 participants will come from Raw and 4 participants will come from SmackDown. All 8 participants have been confirmed.

Wrestler Date Qualified Brand representing Notes
John CenaOctober 8, 2018RawAnnounced as a participant
Kurt AngleQualified by winning a battle royal as The Conquistador.
Jeff Hardy October 9, 2018 SmackDown Qualified by defeating Samoa Joe via referee stoppage
Randy Orton Qualified by defeating The Big Show
Seth Rollins October 15, 2018 Raw Qualified by defeating Drew McIntyre via countout
Dolph Ziggler Qualified by defeating Dean Ambrose
The Miz October 16, 2018 SmackDown 1000 Qualified by defeating Rusev
Rey Mysterio Qualified by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Pre-show
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

DVD release

  • Amazon [ WWE Crown Jewel 2018 on DVD]

External links

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2018 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views

NXT TakeOver: PhiladelphiaRoyal RumbleElimination ChamberFastlaneNXT TakeOver: New OrleansWrestleManiaGreatest Royal RumbleBacklashNXT TakeOver: Chicago IIMoney in the BankExtreme RulesNXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IVSummerSlamHell in a CellSuper Show-DownEvolutionCrown JewelNXT TakeOver: WarGames IISurvivor SeriesTLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs