WWE Crown Jewel

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WWE Crown Jewel
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Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (2018–2019, 2021–present)
SmackDown (2018–2019, 2021–present)
205 Live (2019)
First event2018

WWE Crown Jewel is a professional wrestling event produced by WWE, an American-based promotion. It is broadcast live and available only through pay-per-view (PPV) and the online streaming services Peacock and the WWE Network. The event was established in 2018 and is one of WWE's recurring events that take place in Saudi Arabia as part of a 10-year partnership in support of Saudi Vision 2030; the inaugural Crown Jewel was the second event in this partnership. Crown Jewel has thus far only taken place in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

History[edit]

In early 2018, the American professional wrestling promotion WWE began a 10-year strategic multiplatform partnership with the General Sports Authority in support of Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia's social and economic reform program.[1][2] The first pay-per-view (PPV) and WWE Network event under this partnership, the Greatest Royal Rumble, was held at the King Abdullah Sports City's King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah on April 27, 2018.[3][4] A follow-up was held on November 2 titled Crown Jewel, which was held at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.[5]

A second Crown Jewel event was then held the following year on October 31, 2019, at the King Fahd International Stadium, also in Riyadh, thus establishing Crown Jewel as a recurring event for the Saudi Arabian partnership, and specifically, a recurring event in Riyadh.[6] Because of COVID-19 pandemic-related regulations, Crown Jewel did not occur in 2020; however, the event returned in 2021 and was held on October 21 at the Mohammed Abdu Arena on the Boulevard in Riyadh.[7] The 2021 event was also the first Crown Jewel to air on Peacock's WWE Network channel, following the merger of the American version of the WWE Network under Peacock in March that year.[8] That same month, the company revealed their PPV calendar for 2022, and Crown Jewel was not included. However, the exact events for some scheduled dates were not revealed, including a to be announced event for October, a month that previous Crown Jewel events have been held in.[9]

Events[edit]

Event Date City Venue Main event Ref
Crown Jewel (2018) November 2, 2018 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia King Saud University Stadium D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) vs. The Brothers of Destruction (Kane and The Undertaker) [5]
Crown Jewel (2019) October 31, 2019 King Fahd International Stadium Seth Rollins (c) vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt in a Falls Count Anywhere match that could not be stopped for any reason for the WWE Universal Championship [6][10]
Crown Jewel (2021) October 21, 2021 Mohammed Abdu Arena on the Boulevard Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship [7][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saudi Arabia to host the Greatest Royal Rumble". WWE. March 5, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "National Transformation Program 2020" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-28.
  3. ^ Adam Silverstein (March 5, 2018). "WWE news, rumors: 'Greatest Royal Rumble,' NXT injury, Jericho-NJPW done?". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Jefferson Lake (March 5, 2018). "WWE: Saudi Arabia to host 50-man Royal Rumble". Sky Sports. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Lee, Joseph (October 6, 2018). "WWE News: Crown Jewel Moved To Smaller Venue, John Cena Thanks JBL For Hair Tips, Shawn Michaels and Triple H Comment On Super Show-Down". 411Mania. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "WWE schedule, list of PPVs for 2019: Money in the Bank, Backlash date, location". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  7. ^ a b Nason, Josh (July 26, 2021). "WWE returning to Saudi Arabia on October 21". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Archived from the original on July 27, 2021. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  8. ^ WWE.com Staff (March 8, 2021). "WWE Network to launch on Peacock March 18". WWE. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  9. ^ WWE.com Staff (October 25, 2021). "WWE unveils 2022 pay-per-view schedule". WWE. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  10. ^ "THE NEXT WWE EVENT IN SAUDI ARABIA WILL TAKE PLACE.... | PWInsider.com". pwinsider.com.
  11. ^ Johnson, Mike (August 16, 2021). "WWE Returning to Saudi Arabia". PWInsider. Retrieved September 3, 2021.