WWE makes the trip to Saudi Arabia for the second time this year as Crown Jewel is set to kick off on Halloween. Remember Crown Jewel a year ago? Let’s not. In all seriousness, we can all agree that last year’s event was probably one of the worst pay-per-views in WWE history (at least the main event). 2019, however, looks […]
WWE makes the trip to Saudi Arabia for the second time this year as Crown Jewel is set to kick off on Halloween.
Remember Crown Jewel a year ago? Let’s not.
In all seriousness, we can all agree that last year’s event was probably one of the worst pay-per-views in WWE history (at least the main event).
2019, however, looks interesting. Two big names in former heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury and former UFC fighter Cain Velasquez will both step into a WWE ring for the first time. On top of that, we have two legends forming two squads, to battle head-to-head while the Hell in a Cell Universal championship match gets a re-do.
Without further ado, here are my predictions for the 2019 edition of Crown Jewel.
20-Man Battle Royal (winner faces AJ Styles for the United States Championship) (pre-show)
- Sunil Singh
- Mojo Rawley
- Erik Rowan
- Sin Cara
- The Brian Kendrick
- Titus O’Neil
- Tony Nese
- Akira Tozawa
- Shelton Benjamin
- Apollo Crews
- Buddy Murphy
- Drake Maverick
- Eric Young
- Luke Harper
- Cedric Alexander
- Heath Slater
- Humberto Carrillo
- No Way Jose
Prediction: Andrade wins the Battle Royal to face AJ Styles for the United States Championship
A traditional battle royal looks to be the only pre-show match on the card. 20 superstars looks a lot better than the 50-man chaos they did at the last Saudi Arabia show. It could be a toss-up but I’ll go with Andrade here. Andrade could use a win like this and having a potential match against AJ Styles would be a good one.
United States Championship – AJ Styles (c) vs. Battle Royal Winner
Prediction: AJ Styles retains the United States Championship
In the end, this is really a house show and history has shown that there have been no title changes during the last couple of Saudi Arabia shows (not counting Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy winning the Raw Tag Team Championship due to the title being vacant, to begin with). Styles retains, but it should be a good one no matter who he goes up against.
Lacey Evans vs. Natalya
Prediction: Natalya wins
History will be made here as it was announced that Lacey Evans and Natalya are the first female wrestlers to participate in Saudi Arabia. I think this was a good call by WWE so they can showcase the female talent. One would think..why didn’t Becky Lynch or Charlotte Flair get the nod here?
Still, it is a historic bout but the winner could be a toss-up. I have the veteran in Natalya winning here.
Mansoor vs. Cesaro
Prediction: Mansoor wins
Mansoor is the first Saudi Arabian born signed to WWE and won the 50-man battle royal at the last show a few months back. He’ll have a good opportunity to go up against one of the best workers in WWE in Cesaro.
As much as I want Cesaro to win here, WWE will likely give the hometown guy the win here.
Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury
Prediction: Tyson Fury
Fury did not sign up to lose here. Fury is a big box office draw that is using this as a platform. Strowman has been booked poorly by WWE for the past few years and it’ll likely happen at Crown Jewel. Hopefully, he moves past things and starts up something different. It will be interesting to see how Fury will do in this scenario.
Tag Team Turmoil match for the WWE World Cup
- The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel)
- Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
- Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
- Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker)
- Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado, Kalisto, and/or Gran Metalik)
- The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, and/or Xavier Woods)
- The O.C. (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and/or Karl Anderson)
- The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)
- The Vikings Raiders (Hanson and Rowe)
Prediction: The Viking Raiders win the WWE World Cup
The tag team division has not been booked properly for a while now. There is a lot of talent in this turmoil match and if the teams are given time, they’ll put on a nice performance.
I have The Viking Raiders winning here. They are currently the Raw Tag Team Champions and it can be a nice accolade to add to their impressive career resume. It legitimizes the team and titles, which WWE needs to do.
Team Hogan vs. Team Flair
- Roman Reigns
- Shorty G
- Bobby Lashley
- Drew McIntyre
- King Corbin
- Randy Orton
- Shinsuke Nakamura
Prediction: Team Flair wins
While usually in this scenario, the face team wins but I think WWE pulls a swerve here. I think this is a good opportunity for Drew McIntyre to finally get the push fans have been asking for since he returned to WWE. He was drafted high in the draft despite being hurt and Ric Flair made it a big deal as his last pick for his team. He gets the pin and it can launch him into the Universal Championship picture.
WWE Championship – Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Cain Velasquez
Prediction: Cain Velasquez wins by DQ, Brock Lesnar retains the WWE Championship
Velasquez was a big signing by the WWE and there is no way he loses his first big pay-per-view match. The match buildup itself was odd as the match did not seem it was for the WWE title, leaving a lot of fans (including myself) beliving that Kofi Kingston should not have lost the title in the first place, but that is a story for another day.
Have Lesnar lose by DQ or Velasquez counting out protects the new WWE signee but does not have Lesnar lose the title.
Universal Championship – Seth Rollins vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in a Falls Count Anywhere match
Prediction: Seth Rollins retains the Universal Championship
WWE has put themselves in a whole here are making the Hell in a Cell match and having a rematch right after. It is clear that the company is high on Rollins which I do not mind but if that was the case, they should have kept Wyatt away from the title picture until they wanted to make a change.
I’m not sure how this match is going to end but it would not shock me if Rollins wins without a pinfall. Let’s see how that goes.
At the end of the day, Saudi Arabia events are just glorified house shows. The Fury and Velasquez matches should be interesting to watch while the Universal Championship match has a lot of questions. One thing is for certain, I think this will be better than last year’s event.