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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.
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.
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.
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.
|Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman||Preview|
|AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan||Preview|
|D-Generation X vs. Brothers of Destruction||Preview|
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman in a Triple threat match for the WWE Universal Championship
WWE World Cup participants
|Wrestler||Date Qualified||Brand representing||Notes|
|John Cena||October 8, 2018||Raw||Announced as a participant|
|Kurt Angle||Qualified 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
- Crown Jewel 2018 Official website
- [ Crown Jewel 2018 Pre Show on WWE Network]
- [ Crown Jewel 2018 on WWE Network]
- [ Crown Jewel 2018 Pre Show at CAGEMATCH.net]
- Crown Jewel 2018 at CAGEMATCH.net
|2018 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views|
NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia • Royal Rumble • Elimination Chamber • Fastlane • NXT TakeOver: New Orleans • WrestleMania • Greatest Royal Rumble • Backlash • NXT TakeOver: Chicago II • Money in the Bank • Extreme Rules • NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV • SummerSlam • Hell in a Cell • Super Show-Down • Evolution • Crown Jewel • NXT TakeOver: WarGames II • Survivor Series • TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs