Well, they’re doing it again. After all the controversy surrounding Crown Jewel last year, the WWE is still not taking advice from politicians and forging ahead with its 10-year contract with Saudi Arabia. That means they’ll once again be bringing wrestling to the kingdom on Thursday, October 31st at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. Last year was a bit of a bust, and well, this year is a throwback of epic proportions with old school wrestling heroes – that’s the most positive spin we can put on it anyway.
Of course, no WWE women will be appearing due to laws in the kingdom and a few big Superstars have made it known that they won’t be partaking either. But still, this is all we’ve got until Survivor Series, so here’s what we know about the WWE Crown Jewel 2019 match card so far.
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Crown Jewel Match Card
Team Hulk Hogan (Seth Rollins, Rusev, and TBD) vs. Team Ric Flair (Randy Orton, King Corbin, and TBD) in a 5-on-5 Tag Team Match
Let’s welcome back a feud from the 90s because, well, why not? The Nature Boy and Hulk Hogan re-fanned the flames of their rivalry on Miz TV recently and then proceeded to select the first two members of their teams to do battle and see who’s the best (since clearly they won’t be duking it out in the ring themselves – at least we hope not). Orton and Flair go way back to their days as members of Evolution, so that was an obvious choice. As the top babyface in the game, Rollins is naturally on the good-guy team of Hogan. We’ll learn who the other six contestants will be over the coming weeks, but until then, just be glad we’re not going to watch the old guys fight… or are we? Look for Bobby Lashley to get in on the action too, particularly after stealing Rusev’s girl Lana and mocking him on Raw. He seems like a clear fit for Flair’s team.
Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
Is this guy never leaving the WWE for good? Guess not. Brock Lesnar is no stranger to Saudi Arabia, and after replacing Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel last year, he’s headlining this one too! After quickly defeating Kofi Kingston on SmackDown to win the WWE Championship, this belt was sure to be on the line as wrestling takes over the kingdom. Velasquez recently made his crossover into the WWE with a SmackDown debut, chasing the Beast off after his defeat of Kingston. Now he’ll get to take on Lesnar himself for a shot at that same title. This was all confirmed on Friday by Triple H at a press conference in Vegas. Now we’ve got two former UFC heavyweights battling it out for the WWE Championship belt. Fun fact: Velasquez once beat Lesnar in that ol’ UFC ring, so now we get to see if he can do it again. (We sure hope so.) Let’s go, new blood!
Tyson Fury vs. Braun Strowman
After confronting Braun Strowman in a staredown on SmackDown and then engaging in a brawl that had to be pulled apart by security on Raw, it looked like we might be seeing British boxer Tyson Fury more regularly on WWE programming. (Is everybody trying to become a wrestler these days or what?!) Saudi Arabia sounds like a convenient place for the Gypsy King and the Monster Among Men to meet up, right? Fury will likely only be making this wrestling debut to promote his upcoming boxing rematch with Deontay Wilder… and to become slightly more famous, of course! Wrestling fans are excited, but some of Fury’s supporters worry that this could hurt him physically (and therefore his boxing career) in the long run. He’s got a recently healed cut on his face that could open back up too. There was a lot of speculation about whether this match would definitely go down, but Triple H confirmed it on Friday!
The Undertaker vs. ???
The Deadman has been advertised as appearing at this Middle Eastern event, but we don’t know yet what his role will be exactly. Apparently, the Saudi prince is a big fan of golden age WWE wrestling legends like the Undertaker, so it would only be appropriate for him to show up! He’s kind of a staple here, appearing with Kane last year to take on Triple H and Shawn Michaels, so who knows what he’ll do (or who he’ll face) this year? The ‘Taker has been seen in the gym on social media recently looking pretty lean, so he it appears he’s getting ready for something…
Edge Might Make His Return
We saw Edge make a surprise appearance at SummerSlam – in his hometown of Toronto – when he laid a spear on Elias. Despite having never been medically cleared to return to wrestling, Edge has mentioned on his podcast that he felt like he could physically get back into the ring but WWE medical staff wouldn’t allow it. He’s now left the podcast (mysterious?) and fans are speculating that he’s actually coming back. Could that be at Crown Jewel? Weirder things have happened. And that spear shows us that Edge may in fact feel up to it! Plus, the money that these guys get for showing up in Saudi Arabia while others are turning it down can be very tempting. Stay tuned.
WWE Crown Jewel 2019 Details:
WWE Crown Jewel will take place on Thursday, October 31st at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Due to the time difference, the event will begin at 1PM EST. You can stream it live on the WWE Network.
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