Welcome to POST Wrestling’s coverage of WWE’s Crown Jewel event from Mrsool Park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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WWE Crown Jewel
November 5, 2022
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns©vs. logan paul
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship: The Uses © vs. Butch & Ridge Holland
- Raw Women’s Championship, Last Woman Standing: Bianca Belair © vs. Bayley
- Braun Strowman def. Omos in 7:20
- Finn Balor, Damian Priest & Dominik Mysterio def. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows in 14:01
- Steel Cage Match: Drew McIntyre def. Karrion Kross in 13:01
- Women’s Tag Team Championship: Dakota Kai & IYO SKY def. Alexa Bliss & Asuka © in 12:51
- Brock Lesnar def. Bobby Lashley in 6:01
Brock Lesnar vs. bobby lashley
Lashley shoved Lesnar into the steps from behind and hit a spear on the floor. The match began with Lashley hitting a second spear as Lesnar rolled to the floor. Lashley put Lesnar through the barricade with his third spear of the match. Lashley hit a fourth spear inside the ring and Lesnar kicked out.
Lesnar avoided the Hurt Lock and hit multiple German suplexes on Lashley while limping before hitting the F-5, which Lashley kicked out from.
Lashley hit a spine-buster and the audience booed him. Lashley applied the Hurt Lock and Lesnar screamed that he didn’t want to give up. Lesnar struggled to the corner and kicked off the turnbuckle to land on top of Lashley and catch him with a pinfall out of nowhere.
WINNER: Brock Lesnar in 6 minutes and 1 second
Lashley re-applied the Hurt Lock to Lesnar after the match and was booed by the audience as he left.
Barrett pushed that Lashley kicked Lesnar’s ass and Lesnar got lucky. This should force a third match in the series with a 1-1 split this year after Lashley’s win at the Royal Rumble. It was a high-octane start to the match with spears and an F-5 but a pretty weak finish that was designed as a fluke rather than a conclusive one.
Asuka & Alexa Bliss vs. Dakota Kai & IYO SKY for the Women’s Tag Team Championship
Byron Saxton interviews Asuka & Bliss backstage and a Bray Wyatt image flickered on the screen, which threw Bliss off momentarily.
All four women were dressed in body suits as they were on the show earlier this year rather than the oversized t-shirts.
Aja Smith is the referee for the match.
Asuka and SKY were tagged in, allowing Michael Cole to provide his Joshi history lesson about Triple Tails.
Asuka and Bliss hit double hip attacks and baseball slides sending their opponents to the floor. SKY came back with a springboard dropkick that hung Asuka upside down on the rope and fell to the floor of her selling her right knee. The crowd was loudly chanting for Asuka as she was worked on by Kai. Asuka fought back and dropped both with a clothesline and bulldog combo, allowing her to tag Bliss.
SKY hit a double underhook backbreaker to Bliss but couldn’t climb to the top as Bliss stopped her and executed a Code Red.
SKY & Kai went for a double-team superplex on Bliss, Asuka limped her way over to execute a Tower of Doom, which her tag partner took the worst of.
SKY distracted Bliss as she went for Twisted Bliss, allowing Kai to get her knees up. SKY missed an Asai moonsault to the floor and was decked by a knee strike from Asuka.
Bliss landed a DDT on Kai, Bliss climbed and was attacked by Nikki Cross, who hit a hangman’s neck breaker and Kai pinned Bliss.
WINNERS: Dakota Kai (pinned Alexa Bliss) & IYO SKY in 12 minutes and 51 seconds
The focus was Nikki Cross at the end, costing Asuka & Bliss the titles just five days after they won them. Cole reminded people about the history between Bliss and Cross when they were best friends.
It was a good match the two teams had and had references to Asuka’s knee injury weeks ago on television playing a part in the match.
Logan & Jake Paul arrived and were interviewed by Byron Saxton. Logan said he is about to shock the world and all it takes is one lucky punch.
Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross in a Steel Cage Match
Kross got the advantage after crotching McIntyre on the rope and using a catapulting to his throat underneath the bottom rope.
Barrett called it a “game changer” when McIntyre caused a car accident for Kross. Yes, a game changer if criminal charges were filed.
McIntyre hit a Michinoku Driver and did his sit-up suplex sending Kross off the turnbuckle. Kross stopped the momentum with a running knee strike. Kross telegraphed his attack by subtly noting, “I’m going to hit you.” This advance warning allowed McIntyre to block and send Kross into the fence.
Kross hit the Doomsday Saito and Scarlett yelled, “take him down”, he was down.
McIntyre came back to life and set up for the Claymore but was distracted by Scarlett and Kross went for the Kross Jacket, he hit the Kross Hammer (if Kris Kross and MC Hammer had collaborated in the early ’90s).
McIntyre hit a superplex and attempted to exit through the door, but Scarlett sprayed McIntyre and the referee with mace. Kross crawled to the door but McIntyre applied an ankle lock, which Kross escaped from. McIntyre landed the Claymore, and both were down as Scarlett locked the door and had the key.
McIntyre climbed over as Scarlett frantically unlocked the cage door for Kross but McIntyre was faster and won the match after landing on the floor.
WINNER: Drew McIntyre in 13 minutes and 1 second
The announcers placed the blame on Scarlett for making a mistake that cost Kross the match. Kross yelled, “this wasn’t supposed to happen”, maybe he’ll indulge us with the original plans.
It was a good match, not great, but the audience was engaged for the most part but didn’t feel like a major blow-off to this program but rather an exercise in escaping a contraption with Scarlett serving as a larger obstacle for McIntyre than Kross.
Saxton asked Roman Reigns to respond to Paul’s comment that it only takes “one lucky punch”, this did not elicit an answer from Reigns, who walked away. Paul Heyman cut the promo and called Reigns “the greatest offensive player in the history of WWE”.
Finn Balor, Damian Priest & Dominik Mysterio vs. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Cole alluded to Dominik and Rhea Ripley being a couple and Barrett pushed back and said they’ve never said that. Ripley is in the corner of The Judgment Day.
Cole identified Karl Anderson as the NEVER Openweight champion. He did not mention Hikuleo waiting in the wings.
The OC took turns in the ring with Dominik until he danced to the floor and begged off. Priest leveled Anderson with a superkick on the floor for the shift. The worked over Anderson and Balor yanked Styles off the apron when Anderson was about to tag him.
Gallows is tagged and he tossed Dominik into the ring, Balor ran across the ring and lost his footing as he spilled to the floor. Priest saved Dominik from the Magic Killer.
Styles and Balor were tagged with Styles hitting the Ushigoroshi. Balor countered the calf crusher and applied a figure-four, which was broken by Anderson. Gallows hit the Gallows Pole on Dominik.
Everyone went down after a superplex to Balor and electrics chairs on Anderson and Dominik, which elicited a “this is awesome” chant.
Ripley prevented Styles from hitting the Phenomenal Forearm and dropped him on the edge of the apron. Cole yelled, “someone has to kick her ASS.”
Balor hit the shotgun dropkick and Coupe de Grace on Styles for the victory.
WINNER: Finn Balor (pinned AJ Styles), Damian Priest & Dominik Mysterio in 14 minutes and 1 second
If you’re looking for clean finishes, this has not been the show for that.
The heat was on Ripley, which is clearly building to The OC finding someone to combat her in the future, which has been built up on television but made them look silly not having someone for this match.
The six-man was a good match, at the level you would expect for a match on Raw that had time to build and the audience got into the big moments. Dominik has really improved in the heel role and works so much better as the undersized heel than a babyface.
omos vs. Braun Strowman
Strowman went face-to-face with Omos, who placed his hand in the air, and they had a test of strength. Omos hit an Irish whip and splash to Strowman in the corner before dropping him with a boot. Omos did a lot more trash-talking than usual as he controlled Strowman and tossed him around.
Strowman came back with strikes and needed two attempts to clothesline him to the floor. Omos stopped the Freight Train on the floor by dropping Strowman.
Omos misses an Avalanche into the corner allowing Strowman to lift Omos and hit the powerslam to win.
WINNER: Braun Strowman in 7 minutes and 20 seconds
The match that structured in a way where Omos had to sell very little and heavily focused on Strowman as the underdog. It was not a great match but the story was Omos was dominating him and was caught after one mistake, it was essentially the same story as the Lashley and Lesnar match.