WWE returns to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia this Saturday with a stacked Crown Jewel card. The event is the first Saudi event under Triple H’s regime, and it comes at a time of heightened concern as Saudi Arabia has told the United States of a possible “imminent attack” on them from Iran. As of this writing, WWE is planning to travel to the Middle Eastern country to put the show on, but the situation is fluid and updates will be noted here as they happen.
How to watch WWE Crown Jewel 2022
WWE Crown Jewel 2022 will air live on Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network in the rest of the world.
WWE Crown Jewel 2022 start time
WWE Crown Jewel 2022 begins at 12pm ET on Saturday, November 5, 2022.
WWE Crown Jewel 2022 full card and predictions
Bray Wyatt brings mystical energy to WWE Crown Jewel
Shane: I have no idea what to expect here with Bray Wyatt. There have been so many reports and speculations going around with what this new character is, what the Wyatt 6 might be, who Uncle Howdy is, where Bo Dallas fits in to this, etc. And honestly, every idea I’ve heard could possibly happen if done right. This is what makes Bray’s return so exciting to me because who the eff knows what’s actually going to happen. One idea I saw and kinda like is Bray facing off against the physical incarnations of the Firefly Funhouse Puppets. You know, those creepy things we saw pop up at Extreme Rules. You could easily get different wrestlers to put on the masks and face Bray in different matches till eventually making it to Uncle Howdy. That idea, as crazy as it is, sounds like a fun ride to me. And if Bray has creative control, he might be crazy and creative enough to make it happen.
As far as Crown Jewel goes, I’m hoping we get another interaction between Bray and Uncle Howdy. As interesting as this story has been, I think it’s time for something to happen to drive the story and characters forward.
Braun Strowman vs. Omos
Shane: Much like other stars who have recently returned under the HHH regime, Strowman shouldn’t lose in his first major PPV match since returning. Not that that’s really an excuse for Braun to win, because I would have picked him anyways. I’m not expecting a squash match here, but Omos is so limited in the ring that I wouldn’t complain too much if he did get squashed. It will look impressive though when Strowman hits his finisher, no matter what it happens to be on Saturday.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Jay: I’ll co-sign what Shane so eloquently stated. They likely paid a good sum of money to have Braun back and I can’t really see them having him do the honors for Omos. I think this match will exceed expectations as while Omos is still developing, Braun is a pro and MVP knows a thing or two about storytelling. I expect this to be a bowling-shoe ugly spotfest with a nice big spot that can be disseminated on social media.
Winner: Braun Strowman.
The O.C. vs. The Judgment Day
Shane: Rhea Ripley is the trump card here. I’ve been racking my brain to come up with who the O.C. could bring in to counterbalance the Rhea threat and I can’t come up with anybody who makes sense. Beth Phoenix comes to mind and she kinda fits in with her husband recently feuding with The Judgment Day, but that feels too forced to work. On top of this, the O.C. have had a pretty weak run since returning a couple of weeks ago. The return wasn’t really hot, but now I’m not even sure there’s a flame. I just really can’t see an outcome that sees the Judgment Day losing.
Winners: The Judgment Day
Jay: I disagree with Shane here. The Judgment Day does have some heat, in a “oh, Charmander just learned Ember“ sort of way, but The O.C. have that new money smell to them so they’re taking the win. Plus, they have been teasing someone to neutralize Rhea and there is no shortage of free agents on the market that could make an appearance. Hell, what’s Mia Yim doing?
Winners: The O.C.
Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley
Shane: This is going to be man meat slapping man meat and I can’t wait. Sign me up for an intense hoss fight! Either man can win and I will be happy with the outcome. But, for the sake of predictions, I’m going to side with Lesnar. Let him get his win back from last year’s Royal Rumble.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Jay: Brock Lesnar. This is going to be a great match and likely better than their Rumble clash. Lesnar is more comfortable in his skin as a face and is more dynamic in-ring, Lashley has seemingly found new depths of his talent, and they’re going to have the ability to be more creative under Papa H’s regime. This should be a an all-time classic.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross (Steel Cage Match)
Shane: Was I the only one who felt their strap match at Extreme Rules was disappointing at best? I was expecting a much more physical beatdown and I was almost put to sleep. There wasn’t much chemistry there and their performance last month doesn’t really make me excited to see the sequel. Not to mention the whole angle where Drew caused a car accident on SmackDown felt like an extreme overreaction. I’m just not feeling this one. Let’s let Karrion win, definitively, so we can move on. And please, please, let this be better than last time.
Winner: Karrion Kross
Jay: This is tough. I feel like Drew needs his win back but getting heat on Kross is tempting. I have to go with Drew. I think they can turn the ship around after the lackluster strap match and the only way to continue the feud is to have Drew get a win back.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Asuka and Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Damage CTRL for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Shane: First of all, why is this match even happening? Second of all, I’m going to disagree with Jay here just for argument’s sake. When the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles were introduced, we had new champs after new champs after new champs – in order to add lineage and, therefore, prestige? I think? So, maybe HHH is thinking the same thing here. Add title reigns to the belts lineage to help make them feel important? Heck, looks like I’m coming up Damage CTRL all night.
Winners: Damage CTRL
Jay: This match is happening because Damage CTRL lost the tag titles randomly to Asuka and Bliss, which derailed their momentum quite a bit. I think Damage CTRL are great antagonists and function well at the center of the women’s division but, I think they need a bit more spark. It was strange to see them lose the tag titles, especially since Bayley is likely losing definitively to Belair this Saturday, so I’m kind of at a loss. On one hand, they need their heat back but on the other hand I can’t see the titles flopping back from Asuka and Bliss so quickly. So it’s a toss up.
Winner: Asuka and Bliss? Probably?
The Usos (c) vs. The Brawling Brutes for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship
Shane: This match is just a placeholder to help add another victory to the Usos’ title reign. I don’t see the Brawling Brutes as a threat and let’s be honest, they’re not. Easy win for the tag champs. After Crown Jewel, Jimmy and Jey can shift their focus to the New Day as that’s an easy money match waiting to happen.
Winners: The Usos
Jay: Yeah, The Usos are taking it. Why are we even talking about this?
Winners: The Usos
Bianca Belair (c) vs. Bayley for the Raw Women’s Championship (Last Woman Standing)
Shane: This might be the hardest match of the night to call and that’s not a bad thing. I can honestly see this going either way and have bounced the result of the match back and forth in my head a hundred times. I could easily see Bayley winning here, but on the other hand, this is a Last Woman Standing Match and I’m not sure Bianca should lose with this stipulation. She’s too much of a strong babyface. But she could still lose. There’s WarGames coming up later this month and Bayley winning could help build heat towards that too. I really can’t complain much about the booking since Triple H took over, but I think he missed a major opportunity last time to put Bayley over at Extreme Rules. I’m going to go with Bayley here, even though I think it’s a month too late.
Jay: Bianca. Bianca’s reign is still going strong and Bayley is getting to that “Jericho” level of over where she only gets stronger with losses. As much as I’d love to see Bayley win here, I think Bianca will take it.
Winner: Bianca Belair
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Logan Paul for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
Shane: For the love of God, Roman better win here. I hope he beats the ever loving crap out of Logan Paul and he takes a much needed permanent vacation from WWE.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Jay: Oh yeah, Logan Paul is going to take it. He’s going to be the one that ends a 2+ year title reign of the hottest act in wrestling. Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Cesario, Seth Rollins, John Cena and Brock Lesnar couldn’t do it, but Logan Paul will. What a headline. I mean, I know the once-in-a-lifetime, ready-made story with The Rock can potentially happen at Mania, but c’mon – think of the views for Logan Paul’s podcast!
Jokes aside, this is going to be a pretty good match. Paul is a fish to water when it comes to wrestling and Roman is Roman who will be Roman. This is a great attraction type match that fits in with the rest of the card.
Winner: Roman Reigns
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