WWE Crown Jewel results: Live updates, recap, grades, World Cup, start time, highlights

There has been endless controversy surrounding WWE Crown Jewel, but after it once looking like the event would not take place, it will officially go down Friday afternoon from King Saud Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While the show has been promoted by WWE, the company has not mentioned the location of the event since an American resident journalist was murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey a couple weeks ago. As such, it is unknown what exactly this event will look like and whether WWE will again go deep praising the country as it did during the Greatest Royal Rumble.

Both of WWE’s heavyweight titles will be contested on the show with the universal championship finding a home after Roman Reigns was forced to relinquish the title. Reigns announced two weeks ago that the leukemia he had been battling over the last 11 years had resurfaced, necessitating he drop the title and step away from the squared circle. CBS Sports will be with you the entire way Friday afternoon updating this story with the latest results, analysis, grades and highlights from the show below.

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WWE Crown Jewel matches

  • DeGeneration X vs. Brothers of Destruction
  • Universal Championship — Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar
  • WWE Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe

WWE Crown Jewel live results, highlights

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WWE Crown Jewel recap, grades

United States Championship — Shinsuke Nakamura (c) def. Rusev via pinfall to retain the title (Kickoff Show): In a match that was filled with constant action, it looked like Rusev was on his way to winning the U.S. title after he locked Nakamura in the Accolade in the middle of the ring. But as Nakamura began to crawl toward the ropes, Rusev released the hold in attempt to lock it in stronger. Nakamura took the opportunity to head-butt Rusev’s groin and followed with Kinshasa to pick up the 1-2-3. Better match than expected for a kickoff show but nothing too special. Grade: C-

World Cup, Quarterfinals — Rey Mysterio def. Randy Orton via pinfall to advance: In a short match, as most of these World Cup matches will be, Mysterio took down Orton by folding him up in a pinning combination. Immediately afterward, Orton hit Mysterio with an RKO, launched Mysterio out of the ring and threw him over the announce table. Whether that extra punishment will hurt Mysterio later on will be interesting to see. Grade: C

World Cup, Quarterfinals — The Miz def. Jeff Hardy via pinfall to advance: Hardy dominated most of the match and looked ready to put Miz away with a Twist of Fate, but Miz quickly countered into the Skull-Crushing Finale for a rare clean win for the heel. Grade: C

World Cup, Quarterfinals — Seth Rollins def. Bobby Lashley via pinfall to advance: Lio Rush entered with Lashley and put him over strong on the mic, deviating from the normal lines he uses each week on WWE television. Lashley dominated the early going with his strength, but a pair of suicide dives from Rollins took Lashley down outside the ring. Rollins sold his injuries following the attack from Dean Ambrose throughout the bout. In a quick finish, Rollins absorbed a big blow, leapfrogged a charge from Lashley and surprised with the Stomp for the pinfall. Grade: C+

World Cup, Quarterfinals — Dolph Ziggler def. Kurt Angle via pinfall to advance: The momentum was Ziggler’s in the early going, and it looked like angle had a clean win midway through the mass when he hit the Angle Slam clean in the middle of the ring. Ziggler kicked out at two, which is exactly what Angle did a few moments later when Ziggler hit him with the the Famouser. Angle dodged a Zig-Zag attempt and rolled Ziggler over into his ankle lock, and it did not look like he would be able to get out. Ziggler eventually rolled through, shoved angle through the turnbuckles into the ring post and hit the Zig-Zag for the victory. Grade: B-

SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The Bar (c) def. The New Day via pinfall to retain the titles: Entering the ringside area on a “magic carpet” hovering next to the entrance ramp on an elevated platform, New Day received a huge ovation. With Sheamus elevated on Big E’s shoulders in the corner, Kofi Kingston hit a double stomp to his back, followed by a Big E powerslam, but New Day only got a two count. A short while later, with the referee distracted, Big E found himself run into the corner. Big Show climbed to the top rope and hit the knockout punch, and SHeamus followed with a Brogue Kick for the 1-2-3. Grade: B

World Cup, Semifinals — Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz: Live now.

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