WWE Crown Jewel full results from Saudi Arabia
WWE’s Crown Jewel show in Saudi Arabia went ahead on Friday, despite the controversy surrounding last month’s death of US-journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The event taking place in Saudi had been in question until last week and both John Cena and Daniel Bryan – due to compete – pulled out of the event.
Cena was replaced in the World Cup event, replaced by Bobby Lashley, who took part in the eight-man tournament to crown ‘The Best in the World’.
Bryan’s WWE title opportunity instead took place on SmackDown; his defeat to AJ Styles, and the subsequent post-match attack from Samoa Joe, meant the Phenomenal One defended against Joe here.
The Bar defended their SmackDown tag titles against The New Day, while Brock Lesnar took on Braun Strowman for the WWE Championship, vacated by Roman Reigns after he announced his battle with leukemia.
In the main event, D-Generation X took on Kane and The Undertaker in Shawn Michaels’ first in-ring match in over eight years.
All the results, as they happened, below…
US Title match: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) def. Rusev
Another low blow. followed by the kinshasa.
Victory for the champion.
World Cup 1st Round: Rey Mysterio def. Randy Orton
A back and forth encounter.
Mysterio appeared well in control, only for Orton to block a 619 and slam him into the mat with a ddt from the second rope, before Orton looked ready to land an RKO – only for Mysterio to counter and roll up the Viper for victory.
Orton elected to batter Mysterio after the match, leading to him being helped back to the locker room.
World Cup 1st Round: The Miz def. Jeff Hardy
Full of confidence, The Miz strode to the ring. And ultimately, he delivered.
Hardy went for the twist of fate, only for Miz to hit a skull-crushing finale and claim the win.
World Cup 1st Round: Seth Rollins def. Bobby Lashley
Lashley dominated from the off against the Intercontinental champion.
But after missing a spear, Rollins quickly took advantage, hitting the stomp and taking the win.
World Cup 1st Round: Dolph Ziggler def. Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle’s back in the ring and puts in an excellent display – but Ziggler is resilient and somehow gets the win.
Angle has the ankle lock on Ziggler in the centre of the ring, but he refuses to tap; eventually he rolls out, and turns the tables, hitting a zig-zag and getting the pinfall.
SmackDown tag team title match: The Bar (c) def. New Day
It pays to have a giant in your corner.
Cesaro dominated early against Kofi, only for Big E to get in and turn things around.
However, Big Show proved his worth on the side, a massive right hand hitting Big E – and Sheamus did the rest.
World Cup semi-final: The Miz def. Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio hits the 619. He climbs to the top rope.
But as he comes down, The Miz gets his knees up and with the roll up scores the pin and the victory.
The Miz into the final.
World Cup semi-final: Dolph Ziggler def. Seth Rollins
If Big Show paid off for The Bar, then Drew McIntyre paid off for Ziggler here.
The Show Off couldn’t put away the intercontinental champion – until McIntyre interfered and threw him off the top rope.
Ziggler landed the super kick and finally got the three count.
WWE Championship match: AJ Styles (c) def. Samoa Joe
Another match in this duo’s long-standing rivalry, and another victory for The Phenomenal One.
Styles hit the phenomenal forearm, downed Joe, and defended his title once again. Who’s next?
WWE Universal Championship match: Brock Lesnar def. Braun Strowman
Everything changes. But everything stays the same.
Brock Lesnar is once again the champion.
Baron Corbin, Raw’s acting general manager, attacked Strowman before the match with the belt. Lesnar hit five F-5s on the Monster among Men, and that finally did for Strowman. Lesnar back on top on Monday Night Raw.
World Cup final: Shane McMahon def. Dolph Ziggler
Right, let’s get this straight.
Ziggler and The Miz fight before the match gets underway, The Miz gets injured… and McMahon steps in.
Shane-O-Mac eventually gets on top, flies coast-to-coast, and runs off celebrating with the win and the trophy.
Tag Team Match: D-Generation X def. The Undertaker and Kane
Shawn Michaels returned to the ring for the first time in eight-and-a-half years as DX teamed up to face the Brothers of Destruction in a main event war.
Moment of the match was undoubtedly Michaels leaping from the top rope to the outside and producing a moonsault, landing on both Kane and The Undertaker.
And Michaels played a key role in the end of the match, hitting Kane with a superkick, before Triple H landed the pedigree, handing DX victory.
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