The WWE Crown Jewel Premium Live Event is in the books. It wasn’t as good as Extreme Rules, but I thought it was a solid wrestling show from top to bottom.

It is refreshing to see that this Saudi Arabian show has some meaning as the initial shows were not good at all. It was a glorified house show. Ultimately, WWE realized they needed to make these shows more compelling, and that’s what they’ve done for the most part. If you missed anything from the show, check out John Canton’s Crown Jewel recap here.

#5: Damage CTRL wins the Women’s Tag Team Titles

Somewhat surprisingly, Dakota Kai and Iyo Skye defeated Asuka and Alexa Bliss to become the new Women’s Tag Team Champions. Asuka and Alexa only held the tag titles for six days. It’s weird that they’d swap titles less than a week later but I don’t mind. In the last decade we have witnessed many years of titles. Mandy Rose, The Usos, and Roman Reigns are the current champions who have held their titles for over a year. So, I don’t mind the hot potato of the title as long as it fits the story and makes sense. It once helped Nikki Cross eliminate Alexa Bliss from the match. They are former friends so it looks like Nikki Cross could be on Team Damage CTRL at Wargames.

What’s next for the Women’s Tag Team Titles? Well, it’s clear that Triple H is focusing more on the titles under him. Seeing them at premium live events other than just WrestleMania is a nice change from the previous regime. I think it’s possible Sasha Banks and Naomi damage Ctrl to take down the titles but you never know. I’m glad they’re spending some time on it.

#4: Judgment Day defeats the OC

This is another one that surprised me. I thought OC would win their first PLE back but I guess that means the feud will continue which I don’t mind. I am a fan of all contestants. It was a good match. Not great by any means but it was good. Karl Anderson has been an exceptionally good worker since returning to WWE. He’s acting like he has something to prove and it’s noticeable. Of course, Rhea Ripley played a role in this decision. All this OC has brought a woman to confront Rhea. I think this is bringing Beth Phoenix back to the battle of Replay. Riya’s hair gave a small hint. They could bring in someone like Mia Yim, but I think Beth fits the story better. This could make it 4-on-4 in Survivor Series. So Beth and Rhea can get the lead in the singles match as well. I’m fine with either. I’m interested in the story and that’s what matters.

#3: Brock Lesnar defeated Bobby Lashley

Brock Lesnar

I am not surprised by the result. The layout of the match surprised me. Bobby Lashley basically beat Brock’s ass the entire match. There were moments of humiliation for The Beast but most of the match was just a giant ass being whored by The Almighty. Unfortunately, Bobby fell for the old push-off-the-turnbuckle trick that we’ve seen so many times. When Bobby applied The Hurt Lock, Brock got a quick win by pushing the turnbuckle and pinning Bobby to the mat. Bobby attacks Brock after the match so a third match is coming. It could be the Royal Rumble. They can wait until WrestleMania 39. It will be interesting to see if this is some kind of heel turn for Lashley or a desperate offensive after the loss. I know he wants The Hurt Business back together so we’ll see. It was a solid match, but you could tell they were saving some stuff for the third match.

#2: Bianca Baylor retains her Raw Women’s Championship

This result surprised me a little because I thought Bayley would win the Raw Women’s Title, especially after Iyo and Dakota won the Tag Titles. Bianca asserts her dominance. Her Raw Women’s Title career is miles better than her SmackDown Women’s Title career in terms of booking and importance alone. She has held the title for more than 200 days so far. Seven months have passed and there is no end in sight. It was a great match. Maybe even my match of the night with the main event. It had everything. A creative finish pinning Bayley between the ladders. It is as if this mutual enmity is over. Bianca has hit it clean as Whistle at Extreme Rules and Crown Jewel. Now only war games are left. I think Damage Ctrl will be on one side against Team Bianca. It’s just a matter of who fills the team. I am very interested in it.

#1: Roman Reigns retains his WWE Undisputed Universal Championship

This is a match that surprised many, including myself. Logan Paul goes all out for the undisputed championship. I don’t think anyone expected him to win but he put on a hell of a show. When you realize he tore his Meniscus, MCL, and possibly his ACL halfway through the match. I’d say this is Roman’s second best match of the year behind Brock at SummerSlam. Say what you want about Paul but he proved himself in this match. To do what he did with injuries earns a lot of respect from me. If those are the injuries, he’s probably looking at a 7-9 month recovery period so he’s going to be out for a while.

This was a statement match between Logan and Roman Reigns. Roman doesn’t wrestle much anymore so when he does, all of his matches feel like a big fight. I assume Roman will be at Survivor Series to compete in the War Games. After that, many speculate that The Rock is on the horizon for WrestleMania. Let us see what the future holds for the tribal chief.

Additional entries

Braun Strowman defeated Omos in perhaps the best singles match to date. It turned out much better than I expected. Omos is improving, however small the improvement.

The Usos defeated The Brawling Brutes to retain the tag titles. Most everyone saw this coming. The Usos will probably break the tag team title record on Friday on Smackdown.

Drew McIntyre defeated Carrion Cross in a steel cage. The finish gave Drew the win but he also protected Cross as he wasn’t pinned or submitted so I think he accomplished his goal.

Bray Wyatt cut another memorable promo. He’s fulfilling this storyline right now and the fans are buying. We’ve got more cryptic messages. I’m fine with a slow burn but we probably have to see some kind of reveal soon or fans may lose interest.


That’s it for the Crown Jewel recap. I thought it was a solid show from top to bottom as far as wrestling goes but nothing really stood out. Next on the agenda is the Survivor series of war games. I have looked forward to the Survivor Series for over a decade. Let’s see how they deliver.

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