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WWE Crown Jewel 2018 Results – Shocking Result In WWE World Cup

Peter Barnes reviews WWE’s highly controversial second pay-per-view event in Saudi Arabia, WWE Crown Jewel including the first ever confrontation between The Brothers of Destruction and D-Generation X.

The much-maligned event went ahead, despite the commentary team barely mentioning the location, which is quite noticeable against the usual method of the team name-dropping the host city a few times per hour. Let’s take a look at what went down in the ring,

First of all, Hulk Hogan came out for his hosting duties, as how better to kick off a controversial, hugely divisive show than to have a controversial, hugely divisive human host it?

 

World Cup (To Determine The Best In The World) Quarter-Final – Rey Mysterio vs Randy Orton

Result: Rey Mysterio wins via pinfall

Grade: C+

Thoughts: This was a good way to open the show and develop the story-line for subsequent matches, with Randy Orton’s post match attack, leaving Mysterio requiring help to the back and putting his Semi-final match in jeopardy before it’s even begun. I also liked the roll-call of each of the competitors accolades as they walked to the ring, it made it feel more like boxing or MMA, but it does plant the seed that maybe WWE are unsure whether they are to be treated as sports entertainment or legitimate sport.

 

World Cup (TDTBITW) Quarter-Final – Jeff Hardy vs The Miz

Result: The Miz wins via pinfall

Grade: C-

Thoughts: Another solid match, if not unspectacular, but this is tournament wrestling, the winner of the tournament is supposed to go through 3 matches to get the trophy, so there’s some logic behind not going all-in in the first round.

 

World Cup (TDTBITW) Quarter-Final – Seth Rollins vs Bobby Lashley (w Lio Rush)

Result: Seth Rollins wins via pinfall

Grade: B

Thoughts: These middling grades are reflective of the emotional investment I had in the match, in that I wasn’t too invested. That being said, the wrestlers still put on a good match in a Seth Rollins has good match shocker. Lio Rush is really grating as a manager, but I suppose that’s the point of him.

 

World Cup (TDTBITW) Quarter-Final – Kurt Angle vs Dolph Ziggler (w Drew McIntyre)

Result: Dolph Ziggler wins via pinfall

Grade: C+

Thoughts: This was Kurt Angle’s first singles match since his return, so I fully expected him to win. For him not to, comes as somewhat of a shock. Being pinned clean after the one finisher puts Dolph over quite well, especially as Dolph was able to kick out of the Angle Slam and survive the Ankle Lock. The damage sustained in the submission could come back to haunt Dolph later.

 

Smackdown Tag Team Championships: The Bar (c) (w Big Show) vs The New Day

Result: The Bar win via pinfall after shenanigans

Grade: A-

Thoughts: I love these two teams, they have amazing chemistry and work incredibly well together. The addition of the Big Show adds an extra dimension and this could set-up a singles push for Big E in the battle of the Bigs. I know this sounds ridiculous but these two teams would make the following concept work, and if the WWE don’t book this match, then they are missing a trick. I present to you: Big E vs Big Show in a ladder match for the custody of the word Big.

 

 

World Cup (TDTBITW) Semi-Final: The Miz vs Rey Mysterio

Result: The Miz wins via pinfall

Grade: B-

Thoughts: In a match I predicted to happen at this stage, the post-match beatdown from Randy Orton did come home to roost, so from a logic point of view this works very nicely and helps build the Miz as an opportunist who is lucky to be making the final. Who knows if his luck will hold out, but it does help his heel credentials to be so fortuitous.

 

World Cup (TDTBITW) Semi-Final: Seth Rollins vs Dolph Ziggler (w Drew McIntyre)

Result: Dolph Ziggler wins via pinfall

Grade: A-

Thoughts: These two continue to have good matches with one another to follow on from their continued travails for the Intercontinental Title. Drew gets involved late on whilst Dolph uses his ankle injury to great effect, distracting the referee whilst Drew inserts himself in the match.

 

 

WWE Championship Match – AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe

Result: AJ Styles wins via pinfall

Grade: C

Thoughts: A good match, as always with these two, I just feel this has been rather overdone by now and I worry for Joe’s potential going forward, you can only have so many chances to win the title. Also, this reign has got a little stale, the matches themselves are main-event but the series of matches has gone formulaic, and something different is needed.

 

WWE Universal Title (vacant) – Braun Strowman vs Brock Lesnar

Result: Brock Lesnar wins via pinfall

Grade: F-

Thoughts: This grade is based mainly on the result, the length of the match and the new titleholder going forward. Does Brock get paid by the minute? That’s literally my only rationale for such a short match as it doesn’t reset any expectations.

In my mind, the WWE couldn’t possibly go back to such a maligned champion. Not after they’re having a maligned event, in a maligned country, hosted by a maligned Hall of Famer. Aha, I’ve just spotted a link here. This now makes perfect sense, but I’m still grading it low. The did at least protect Braun by having Baron Corbin attack him before the match, which allowed Brock to hit so many F5s but have you ever seen a Braun match have so little offense from the Monster among men.

 

World Cup (TDTBITW) Final: Dolph Ziggler vs The Miz Shane McMahon

Result: Shane McMahon wins via pinfall

Grade: B

Thoughts: This was scheduled to be a heel vs heel final, which showed almost immediately, as Drew was chucked out of the match before it began, and then Miz attacking Dolph prior to the bell. Following this, Miz gets injured jumping out of the ring, which looked innocuous enough, but injuries can happen in ways that are stranger than fiction, such as Glenn McGrath missing the 2005 Ashes because he stood on a cricket ball funnily.

After lots of remonstrating at ringside, Shane-O-Mac enters the fray, stopping the final being won by default, and then taking the win from Dolph. If you made me guess who won the World Cup whilst not being in the tournament, I don’t think I would have ever said Shane. Although this booking seems bizarre, it does set up potentials for Survivor Series, and shows signs that maybe Dolph can’t win without the Big Scot Drew in his corner.

 

 

Brothers of Destruction vs D-Generation X

Result: D-Generation X win via pinfall

Grade: B-

Thoughts: Aside from my feelings that Shawn Michaels had the perfect retirement and should have stayed retired, this was a good match. Triple H has now been involved in the main event at two Pay-per-views in a row, and his match got a long time. In fact, as a comparison, the Undertaker’s entrance was longer than the Universal Title match.

 

Overall Thoughts: I went in not wanting to enjoy the show due to the political climate, and it was a show that was there. It didn’t register any huge flickers of emotion. There was one sign of progression, in that Renee Young was on commentary and was shown on screen. I don’t think anything will change the WWE’s decision to work with Saudi Arabia, not if recent events are anything to go by. So if they are to continue, I hope that progression can be made and more women can be involved.

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