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WWE Crown Jewel results, live streaming match coverage: Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman

WWE Crown Jewel is all set to pop off today (Fri., Nov. 2, 2018) from the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at 12:00 p.m. ET, live on the WWE Network. You may also be able to watch this on pay-per-view (PPV) if your cable provider is carrying the event.

CagesideSeats.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, match-by-match coverage of Crown Jewel below, beginning with the first match of the evening and right on through to the main event.

Kick your off your shoes, relax, and enjoy all the action with your favorite pro wrestling website. And remember to keep refreshing!


WWE CROWN JEWEL QUICK RESULTS

D-Generation X def. Brothers of Destruction
Shane McMahon def. Dolph Ziggler (World Cup finals)
Brock Lesnar def. Braun Strowman
AJ Styles def. Samoa Joe
Dolph Ziggler def. Seth Rollins (World Cup semifinal)
The Miz def. Rey Mysterio (World Cup semifinal)
The Bar def. The New Day
Dolph Ziggler def. Kurt Angle (World Cup quarterfinal)
Seth Rollins def. Bobby Lashley (World Cup quarterfinal)
The Miz def. Jeff Hardy (World Cup quarterfinal)
Rey Mysterio def. Randy Orton (World Cup quarterfinal)
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Rusev


WWE CROWN JEWEL LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE

Hey folks, normally you’d see some lyrics here as part of my usual intro to the liveblog, but today, for this show, I feel like I’ve got something more serious I need to say instead.

As you may or may not know, I accepted myself after twenty years of struggling and came out as transgender early this year. I was, as we say, freshly hatched when Greatest Royal Rumble came around, not even two months out of the closet, and so the propaganda videos WWE played there had a real fresh sting to them. “Come to Jeddah, everyone is welcome!”, they said, but well... Women might be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia now, but girls like me? Not welcome so much, as a brief perusal of Wikipedia’s article on LGBT rights in Saudi Arabia will show you.

So even before details of Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder and dismemberment at the hands of the Saudi regime came out, I was uneasy about WWE continuing to take money from the Saudis in return for broadcasting their propaganda. Putting a wrestling show on is one thing-- everyone deserves to have wrestling available to them, and few promotions are as well-equipped as WWE to take wrestling to all corners of the globe, after all-- but being a paid propaganda outlet is another.

I gave serious thought to not liveblogging this one as a result of that unease but, because I love my colleagues here at Cageside Seats for giving me an opportunity that put me on solid enough ground to start my transition in the first place and because I agree with our man Brent Brookhouse that the best thing to be done in this situation is to keep letting WWE know how we feel about it, I decided I’d rather take a minute and use my platform here to open up to y’all and let you know where I’m at before I carry on with the liveblog.

(And also, frankly, not least because my own government isn’t much more welcoming to me personally right now, what with the various ways the United States federal government has been looking to define legal gender as unchangeable and based on observed genital configuration at birth, legalize employment and housing discrimination against trans folks, and so on. Feels a little hollow to take a stand against a foreign government when my own is looking to erase my existence, y’know?)

So, with all that being said... on with the show!

The pre-show kicks off with Jonathan Coachman welcoming us and introducing his panel of Booker T and David Otunga. They hype up the card before tossing to a video package covering the return of Roman Reigns’ leukemia and subsequent vacating of the WWE Universal Championship. Some discussion of the match for the vacant title follows, and a video package about Randy Orton follows after that.

Rey Mysterio gets a video package after him, and then the panel moves onto video package and discussion of AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe after a short break for house ads. Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley are our next WWE World Cup participants to get video packages.


Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (c) (WWE United States Championship)

Probing kicks from Nakamura, Rusev keeps his distance, test of strength into a front chancery and the Bulgarian Brute puts Shinsuke into the corner for a clubbing. Shoulder thrusts in the next corner, straight suplex, only a one count! Putting boots to the champion, right hand, scoop but the slam gets floated over, kick to the back of the knee and a single-leg lungblower get the King of Strong Style rolling again.

Putting boots to Rusev, kicking at his ribs, the Bulgarian Lion catches a kick but eats the leg-feed enzuigiri before kicking out at two off a jump kick. Guillotine choke to follow it, Rusev struggling to break his grip but Shinsuke takes him to the mat for those vicious falling knees. Rusev to his feet, body blows can’t shake Nakamura off and he just locks it in tighter!

Rusev finally shakes him off with a gourdbuster and clutches at his throat, trying to regain his breath. Trading forearms in the middle of the ring, Nakamura cuts him off with a knee but gets decked by a trio of lariats! Rusev fired up, charging in, backsplash and then that beautiful Shinjiro Ohtani spinning wheel kick of his! Calling for it, Machka Kick sidestepped, strike rush but Rusev gets under him for a back suplex!

My WWE Network goes out for a moment and when I get it back up, Nakamura dives off the second into the Machka Kick... NOPE! Stomp to the back but Shinsuke crawls under the bottom rope to escape! Diving knee off the top, he doesn’t get all of it and it’s only a nearfall! Fired up, lying in wait... RUSEV COUNTERS WITH A DROP TOEHOLD! HE’S GOT THE ACCOLADE ON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! NAKAMURA CRAWLING, REACHING, RUSEV DRAGS HIM IN... SHINSUKE CLOCKS HIM IN THE GENTLEMAN’S AREA!

Referee Darrick Moore didn’t see it, Shinsuke lines him up...

Shinsuke Nakamura wins by pinfall with Kinshasa to retain the WWE United States Championship.


The panel discusses the match we just saw and we get our next round of World Cup video packages, centered on Jeff Hardy and the Miz. Discussion of their tournament match follows, and then the same treatment for Dolph Ziggler and Kurt Angle, plus a recap of Shane McMahon’s stipulation that if a SmackDown entrant loses in the finals, they’ll be fired, and the panel make their picks for overall winners in the tournament.

Our main event of D-Generation X vs. Brothers of Destruction gets the last package-and-discussion spot and closes the pre-show out.


The main show opens with a video package hyping up today’s matches and putting the “grandeur” and “magnificence” of the “first-ever” Crown Jewel over.

The show opens with Hulk Hogan making his entrance. He talks about how he found out that the power of Hulkamania is stronger than ever right here at the Crown Jewel and how great it is to be back in WWE and hosting tonight.

A spotlight is shown on a Saudi gentleman in the crowd.

We get picture-in-picture promos from both Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton about what winning the WWE World Cup Tournament to Determine Who Is Best in the World means to them.

Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio (WWE World Cup Tournament to Determine Who Is Best in the World First Round Match)

Circling, Mysterio pauses to take in the chants for him before they get to the collar and elbow and Orton knocks him to the mat. Rey with leg kicks, Randy clocks him with a knee in return, off the ropes, slide low, more kicks, back body drop puts Mysterio on the apron, from where he lands a gamengiri, springboard... CAUGHT OUT OF MID-AIR WITH A DROPKICK FOR TWO!

Gourdbuster over the top rope, stomps to the midsection, the Viper firmly in control and he sets Rey up top. Untying his mask, Rey fights back with elbows, jockeying for position in the corner, Mysterio gets the diving seated senton! Off the ropes, duck a lariat, springboard crossbody connects, front kick after Randy shoves him off, la casadora into the bulldog!

More leg kicks, trying to knot Orton’s hamstring up, an enzuigiri sets him on the second... 619 CAUGHT AND REVERSED INTO THE HANGING DDT! The Viper goes to that special place, lying in wait, RKO reversed into a folding press... IT’S OVER!

Rey Mysterio wins by pinfall with a folding press.

Post-match, Orton attacks Mysterio! To the floor... BACK SUPLEX FACEBUSTER INTO THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!


Miz is warming up backstage, shadowboxing, when an interview rolls up. He says there’s no stopping him from proving he’s the best in the world, and says he’s going to step over broken-down Jeff Hardy and Mysterio on his way to the finals, so he feels... awesome.

Again, both Jeff Hardy and Miz get picture-in-picture promos talking about what the WWE World Cup Tournament to Determine Who Is Best in the World means to them.

Jeff Hardy vs. the Miz (WWE World Cup Tournament to Determine Who Is Best in the World First Round Match)

Collar and elbow, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block and Miz proclaims that he’s the best in the world. Hardy with a headlock this time, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, hip toss denied but Jeff’s lands, kick to the gut, rolling solebutt, into the corner, whip out of it, the A-Lister sidesteps the charge, goes for his finish but gets reversed into a victory roll for two!

Sitout jawbreaker, Hardy rolling, smashing his face into the turnbuckles over and over, going for Hardyac Arrest but Miz blocks with his feet up! Knee to the spin into a reverse chinlock, the A-Lister grinding him down, back elbows, into the inverted facelock backbreaker / neckbreaker combo for two! Smashing Brother Nero’s face into the turnbuckles, off the ropes, running dropkicks but Hardy blocks a third with a clothesline!

Jeff blocking rights, whip reversed, double axhandle, Manhattan Drop to the double leg drop to the midsection and the basement dropkick... NOPE! Fired up, kick to the midsection, Twist of Fate denied but Whisper in the Wind finds the mark... STILL NO! Leg kick, A-Lister looking for the figure four, countered into a small package for two!

Sidestep the kick, Hardy dumps him to the floor and baseball slides him up the ramp! Jeff walks the barricade... DIVING LARIAT! Shirt off, back inside, up top but Miz rolls away and Hardy has to go back to the drawing board. Drop toehold into a schoolboy but referee Rod Zapata catches Miz with his feet on the ropes! Jockeying for position, Twist of Fate blocked, full nelson...

Miz wins by pinfall with Skull-Crushing Finale.


Commentary gives us an updated look at the bracket before moving on.

Seth Rollins also gets picture-in-picture promos talking about what the WWE World Cup Tournament to Determine Who Is Best in the World means to him, but Lashley’s comes in the form of Lio Rush’s usual introduction for him.

Bobby Lashley vs. Seth Rollins (WWE World Cup Tournament to Determine Who Is Best in the World First Round Match)

Lashley shoves Rollins away and flexes to start. Seth firing off punches and chops, Bob meets him with right hands and a whip, but a front kick and an enzuigiri take him to the floor, Rollins runs the ropes... AND LASHLEY SLIPS BACK IN TO CUT HIM OFF WITH A THRUST SPINEBUSTER FOR TWO! Raining punches down, clawing at Seth’s face before locking a cobra clutch on.

Knee lift cuts the escape off, smashing Rollins’ face into the turnbuckles repeatedly before whipping him across and freight training him with a shoulder thrust. Swinging neckbreaker for two and into a reverse chinlock momentarily before reapllying the cobra clutch and then switching to a full nelson. Swinging him around as he rises, but Rollins slips out so Lashley thinks fast and hits a reverse STO!

Delayed vertical follows but Seth counters it and clotheslines Lashley to the floor! Off the ropes, the suicide dive connects this time, off one more time and that one hits just as true! Back inside, Bob cuts Rollins off in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, Seth with the sunset flip but Lashley slips out before the buckle bomb! Canadian backbreaker rack, the Architect slips out, leapfrogs the charge, roll-through...

Seth Rollins wins by pinfall with Blackout.


We toss backstage to Kurt Angle being interviewed.

He says the butterflies are back and it feels good. People doubt that he can win the tournament at this stage of his career, but they doubted him winning a gold medal with a broken freakin’ neck, and he did, and he’s going to prove to everyone that he’s still the best in the world. Oh, it’s true, it’s damn true.

Dolph Ziggler (alongside Drew McIntyre) gets a picture-in-picture promo talking about how nobody feels what it’s like to be best in the world besides him.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kurt Angle (WWE World Cup Tournament to Determine Who Is Best in the World First Round Match)

Ziggler coming in low, trying to pick the leg but Angle throws him off. Back in, Kurt shoots low this time, leg pick, intense jockeying for position, Angle gets a waistlock takedown out of it and grabs a front chancery. Reversed to a hammerlock and then into the sleeper hold, Kurt posts to his feet, shoots him off, eats the shoulder block, drop down, and Angle hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex!

A German suplex follows, Kurt has him lined up, another German suplex but Dolph blocks a third and regroups on the apron. Angle looking to German suplex him off the apron, Ziggler hanging on for dear life and he knocks the gold medalist down with a back elbow! Hard whip puts Kurt hard into the steel steps and we head back inside. Choking Angle over the bottom rope, hangman’s neckbreaker gets two and Dolph goes back to the sleeper hold.

Shifting to a reverse chinlock, Kurt posts to his feet, firing elbows for a break, Ziggler ducks a lariat and goes right back to the sleeper hold in the middle of the ring! Angle rams him into the corner and slings him aside to break, boot up, and we’re into the rolling German suplexes! Three in total, as always... NOPE! Big DDT from Dolph gets two! Going for the Fameasser... COUNTERED INTO THE ANGLE SLAM FOR TWO!

THE STRAPS ARE DOWN! Picking the leg, Dolph kicks him away and this time the Fameasser connects... NO GOOD! Zig Zag blocked, sunset flip connects but Kurt rolls through and he’s got the ankle lock on in the middle of the ring! Ziggler screaming agony, crawling, reaching, almost but Angle drags him back into the middle of the ring! Digging deep, trying to roll over but Kurt just repositions him!

Finally Dolph slings him off and hobbles to the corner, sidestepping Angle into the post! Zig Zag connects...

Dolph Ziggler wins by pinfall with the Zig Zag.


Commentary discusses their picks to win the whole deal and hype up the remainder of our card.

New Day make their entrance for their tag title match atop a magic carpet.

New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs. the Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus) (c) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)

E and Sheamus to start, intense in the lockup, right to the corner, Big with a headlock and a shoulder block after the shoot off. Hip swivel, another headlock, shot off, hip toss blocked but E decks him with a lariat for two! Kingston legal, diving stomp to the Celtic Warrior’s arm but he gets backed into the heel corner in short order and Cesaro tags in.

Whip to the corner, monkey flip, Kofi lands on his feet and he busts a move before dropkicking a charging Cesaro for two! Headlock, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, looking for a back elbow, Cesaro catches the waistlock, standing switch, back elbow, Karelin lift countered into a headscissors that puts the Swiss national into the corner. Big crossbody from Kingston for two but Cesaro levels him with an uppercut and tags Sheamus in.

Putting boots to Kingston, cheap shots from Cesaro and Big Show when referee Ryan Tran is occupied and Cesaro tags back in. Cravate applied, Kofi fights out, tag to Sheamus, double whip into a double lariat for two. Crossface strikes into a top wristlock, slugging it out soon after, Sheamus blocks the tag and tags out himself. Choking Kingston over the middle rope as Show tells him to just give up.

Karelin lift gets two and Cesaro follows with a cobra clutch, shaking his longtime rival around in the hold. Shift to a front chancery as Kofi tries to escape, cut him off with a knee lift, wild haymaker at E but the distraction is enough for Kingston to hit a back body drop! Tag to Sheamus, he clears the apron, shoulder thrust, picking Kingston up, ramming him into the turnbuckles, tag into an assisted Jackhammer... NOPE!

Drawing Kofi up, shoving him into their corner but he starts fighting back, boot up, clubbing blocks, tag to Sheamus, Kofi lands on his feet off a back suplex and puts the Celtic Warrior into the post, clearing the way! Crawling, reaching... TAGS MADE! E in hot with the trifecta of belly-to-belly suplexes! Hip swivel, off the ropes, big splash... THE KNEES WERE UP!

Sheamus tags in, caught by the big Rock Bottom for two! Drawing himself up the apron, Big runs the ropes but Sheamus counters the spear with a knee to the face! Hard knee in the corner sets mounted punches up, but some interference and a tag from Kingston sets him up... DOUBLE STOMP ASSISTED POWERBOMB BUT CESARO MAKES THE SAVE! Rolling solebutt from Kofi sends Cesaro to the floor and E tags back in.

Alley oop dive takes Cesaro out, Big takes the straps down but Show is up on the apron for the distraction! Duck the Brogue Kick, schoolboy for two, Big Ending clutch, the Celtic Warrior throws E off, referee gets in the middle, Big Show hits the WMD, Sheamus is ready...

The Bar win by pinfall with a Brogue Kick from Sheamus on Big E to retain the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.


My WWE Network feed drops and I believe I miss an interview where Miz claims to be dealing with a sore throat.

Rey Mysterio is interviewed backstage and says he’s been underestimated by bigger and better and so his W is just that much sweeter.

Rey Mysterio vs. the Miz (WWE World Cup Tournament to Determine Who Is Best in the World Semifinal Match)

Miz charges in, Mysterio sidesteps and fires a leg kick off. A-Lister with a waistlock, Rey out with elbows, standing switch, off the ropes, drop down, roll through a sunset flip, Miz ducks a kick, schoolboy for two! Fast-paced jockeying for position, Mysterio clocks him with a kick to the face for one! Throwing Rey to the floor, he rolls through to his feet and clips Miz with a dropkick!

Off the ropes, suicide dive under the bottom rope but both men are battered from their first round matches and it takes a minute for Rey to capitalize. Back inside, forearm, mounted punches in the corner and... my WWE Network locks up again. When I get it back, Miz is in control with a bodyscissors in the middle of the ring. Rey slips out and again the A-Lister passes him hard to the floor under the bottom rope! Following hard after, putting Mysterio into the barricade and following up back in the ring with a cobra twist.

Another Network dropout because why not and when my feed comes back Rey hits a DDT that leaves both men down and out as referee Danilo Anfibio counts. Trading right hands in the middle of the ring once they rise, Rey pulls ahead, big springboard crossbody... NOPE! Knucklelock springboard Frankensteiner, Rey follows up with a right, whip reversed, up and over, tilt-a-whirl headscissors into the turnbuckles!

Duck a right hand, springboard headscissors puts Miz into position but he blocks the 619 and counters la casadora into a face-smash into the turnbuckles, Skull-Crushing Finale... NOT ENOUGH TO PUT REY MYSTERIO AWAY! Rey on his knees, Miz lays the It Kicks in but Rey ducks the buzzsaw, folding press... NOPE! Setting him up... 619 connects! Mysterio heads up top... KNEES UP ON THE DIVING SPLASH!

Miz turns him over...

Miz wins by pinfall with a lateral press.


Seth Rollins is interviewed backstage.

He says they wouldn’t call the winner best in the world if it were easy, and they’re all facing adversity tonight. But lucky for him, he does his best work when the odds are against him and his back is against the wall.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins (WWE World Cup Tournament to Determine Who Is Best in the World Semifinal Match)

Test of strength to start, Rollins tries to pick a leg but Ziggler blocks and they stalemate. Back to the test, Dolph picks a leg, Seth reverses, again we stalemate. Ziggler with a kick to the midsection, targeting the neck with elbows and a side headlock takeover. Shot off, drop down, crossbody caught into a slam and Rollins is fighting back into it.

Lariat puts the Show-Off to the floor, Seth decides not to dive and instead follows after with chops on the floor. Smashing Dolph into the barricade a few times, back inside and Drew McIntyre gets in the Architect’s face. Rollins dares him to hit him and get his little buddy DQ’d but the giant Scot backs off. Back in, Ziggler gets the big DDT... NOPE!

Referee Darrick Moore tries to back Dolph off but Ziggler stays on him and continues targeting the neck. Seth throwing right hands, Dolph kicks his leg out from under him and hits a hangman’s neckbreaker for two. Reverse chinlock, bending him back for maximum stress before wrestling him to the mat. Rollins to his feet, throwing Dolph off but when he charges in, Ziggler sidesteps and covers him for two.

Choking the Architect over the top rope, Moore warns him and when he heads back in, Seth blocks his punches and fires his own back. Whip reversed, corkscrew back elbow wipes Rollins out but again the cover is only good for two. Disdainful kicks, Seth picks the leg but Ziggler kicks him hard into the turnbuckles and capitalizes with a neckbreaker... NOPE!

Rollins blocks another and turns it into a backslide for two before blocking the DDT, float over, O’Connor roll, reversed, no pins! Sit down on the sunset flip, nope, reversed, still no, pins on pins, powerbomb countered, nope! Superkick blocked, ripcord knee strike connects, Rollins falls into the cover... NOPE! Tuning up the band, McIntyre runs interference but gets swatted away and Seth catapults him to the floor!

Suicide dive on both guys, springboarding back in, Ziggler hits the Fameasser... NOPE! Jockeying for position in the corner, superplex, rolling through, Falcon Arrow denied, Zig Zag... SETH ROLLINS KICKS OUT! Zig Zag blocked, Avada Kedavra connects, Rollins takes a second to wipe Drew out, up top, knocking Ziggler down but McIntyre returns and knocks Rollins off the top.

Dolph is ready...

Dolph Ziggler wins by pinfall with a superkick.

Ziggler is interviewed post-match and says he’s been saying the same thing for years-- nobody ever believed in him, but next time you see him in the ring, he’ll be holding his trophy because he’s the best in the world.


AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe (WWE Championship)

Styles right in, hammering Joe with punches, Samoa turns him around but AJ hammers his knee with a kick that cracks across the arena! Circling, Joe blocks a leg kick but Styles chops blocs him and presses the attack into the corner with further leg kicks. Shoulder thrusts, referee Jason Ayers warning him off and Joe bails to the floor. Sidestep a knee, duck a moonsault, but AJ throws Samoa into the ringpost and breaks the count!

Joe puts Styles into the barricade and follows it up with a hard suicide dive that rams the champion into the announce table! Back inside, AJ recovers, whip reversed, back elbow and the enzuigiri in the corner, knees and a chop in the middle of the ring and into a neck crank. Trading strikes on the escape, Joe pulls ahead, chops and slaps, Styles with the Pele kick and both men are down and out!

AJ up and at ‘em, chops into the corner, caling for the Styles Clash but he gets thrown off, into the corner... MOONSAULT INVERTED DDT! Joe to the floor, Styles hits the plancha forearm and rolls Samoa back in, springboard, nobody home, off the ropes, snap scoop powerslam gets Joe a two count! Big lariat follows it up... NOPE! AJ back at it, roll into the Calf Killer, Joe gets the ropes in short order but the damage is done!

Following it up, Samoa cuts him off and locks the Coquina Clutch on! Styles uses the bad leg to lever himself out of it and Joe is forced to seek the sanctuary of the ropes! Pele kick connects, Joe remains staggered, to the apron, forearm connects, AJ springboards...

AJ Styles wins by pinfall with the Phenomenal Forearm to retain the WWE Championship.


Acting Raw general manager Baron Corbin makes his entrance to preside over the next match.

CORBIN CLOCKS STROWMAN WITH THE TITLE BELT BEFORE THE BELL!

Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE Universal Championship)

F-5... NOPE! Fireman’s carry, up for another... STILL NO! Lesnar stares on in disbelief as Strowman sputters and struggles to get himself back together, drawing himself up the ropes and to his feet. Fireman’s carry again, a third F-5... BRAUN STROWMAN WILL NOT STAY DOWN! Drawing himself up Brock’s legs as the Beast adjusts his gloves, fireman’s carry again... F-5 OVER THE TOP AND TO THE FLOOR!

Referee Shawn Bennett counts... BRAUN MAKES IT BACK IN THE RING! Lesnar takes the gloves off, again with a fireman’s carry, this time Strowman slips out and gets a boot up! Charging in, F-5 number five... IT’S OVER!

Brock Lesnar wins by pinfall with the F-5, winning the vacant WWE Universal Championship.


We get a video package for Survivor Series and commentary confirms that Styles / Lesnar II will be happening at the show now, as well as Rollins vs. Nakamura.

Shane McMahon makes his entrance to preside over the finals of the WWE World Cup Tournament to Determine Who Is Best in the World.

Referee Ryan Tran ejects Drew McIntyre before the match begins and Miz puts boots to Ziggler! They brawl on the floor and Miz puts Ziggler into the steel steps!

The A-Lister throws Dolph in the ring to start the match but his leg is all jacked up and he’s having trouble getting to his feet. Tran attends to him and he swears he can get into the ring, but he stumbles and falls and he makes the call that he can’t let him compete.

Shane McMahon refuses to let it go down like this and interrupts Greg Hamilton announcing the forfeit victory. McMahon says if Miz can’t go, he’ll go!

Dolph Ziggler vs. Shane McMahon (WWE World Cup Tournament to Determine Who Is Best in the World Finals)

McMahon in with punches, forcing Ziggler to turtle up in the corner. Whip across, back elbow, a little shuffle and Corbin trips Shane up from ringside. Referee Ryan Tran ejects acting Raw general manager Baron Corbin from ringside but Ziggler takes advantage with the Zig Zag... NOT ENOUGH! Right hands, clawing at McMahon’s eyes, stomping at his back, drawing him up but Shane fires body blows back at him.

Leg pick, catapult puts Ziggler hard into the turnbuckles, Shane sees his moment and heads up top... COAST TO COAST! IT’S OVER?!

Shane McMahon wins by pinfall with Coast to Coast, winning WWE World Cup and proving that he is, in fact, the best in the world.

Shane celebrates at length with the trophy.


Brothers of Destruction (Kane & the Undertaker) vs. D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H)

Kane and HHH to start, Triple trying to goad Undertaker into leaving the apron to no avail. Right hand, the Big Red Machine shrugs it off and biels Hunter into the corner! Sidestep the charge, big sliding right, right hook in the corner, whip across, charging lariat and follow it up with an arm wringer. H with an eyepoke, wristlock, arm wringer and a tag to Michaels.

Shawn in with a diving double axehandle, arm wringer, Kane with a goozle, shoving him in the corner, HBK ducks a shot and fires chops off. Whip reversed, snap swinging neckbreaker and Kane sits up! Goozle, escape with chops, Michaels off the ropes, sunset flip attempt, the Big Red Machine blocks and draws him up for a slam but HBK escapes, Sweet Chin Music... Kane backs off before full extension!

A cocky Michaels calls for Taker to tag in and the Deadman obliges! Electric atmosphere as Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker stare each other down and HBK crotch chops at him. Big chops, off the ropes into a boot, Taker working him over with a wristlock, arm wringer, stepping up the turnbuckles, Hunter blocks and the match breaks down with all four men in the ring!

Brothers of Destruction clear house... RELEASE CHOKEBOMB ON MICHAELS! They dump HBK over the top rope to join HHH and stand tall with fists raised as DX regroup. Back in, firing chops off, DX dump the Brothers to the floor but they pull them out and remain in control. Chopping away, putting Shawn back in the ring, things settle back down as he resumes things where he left off.

Knucklelock, stepping up the turnbuckles, walking the ropes... OLD SCHOOL! Goozle choke in the corner, Taker threatens referee John Cone when he warns him off and the delay gives Michaels time to sidestep the charge and tag Triple H in. Big chops, whip reveresd, the single knee facebreaker connects but the Deadman shrugs it off and drops the Game with a lariat!

Tag to Kane, they put boots to Triple, scoop and a slam, off the ropes for an elbow drop but Hunter rolls away from it. Trading chops for punches, H runs the ropes, blocks a side slam, kick to the gut, DDT and both men are down and out! Shawn tags in, big chops, whip reversed, flying forearm into a kip-up! Manhattan Drop, another chop, another cycle, clear the apron, going for a slam but the Big Red Machine blocks.

Michaels floats over a suplex attempt, Hunter comes in, double-team suplex on Kane! HBK up top... DIVING ELBOW DROP! Tuning up the band, Kane catches Sweet Chin Music... CHOKESLAM! Taker tags in, right hands, those carcinogenic fists of his, a headbutt, whip across, scoop... SNAKE EYES! Off the ropes, Mafia kick, guillotine leg drop... NOPE!

DESPERATION SWEET CHIN MUSIC BUT HE CAN’T CAPITALIZE! TAKER SITS UP! He dumps Michaels to the floor and clears the announce tables, looking for the Tombstone but HHH makes the save! He throws Kane into the steel steps and whips the Deadman into the barricade! KANE RECOVERS AND CHOKESLAMS TRIPLE THROUGH THE TABLE! Undertaker sets Michaels up on the apron... GUILLOTINE LEG DROP ACROSS THE APRON!

The Deadman draws him up, puts him back in the ring, and covers him but it’s only two! Tag to Kane, he whips HBK into the corner and follows it up with shoulder thrusts, kicks and chokes, tag to Taker as they continue working the freshly unretired Shawn Michaels over. Shockingly deep cover off a straight suplex, hammerfists, tag back to Kane, Michaels fighting back out of the corner, side slam... NO!

Big Red Machine headed up top, he cuts Kane off and both men are down and out. To the floor, Taker scoops Michaels up but he slips out and puts the Deadman into the ringpost! Back inside, Kane cuts him off and rams him into the corner, setting him atop the turnbuckles. Jockeying for position, HBK knocks Kane down so hard his mask falls off! Shawn perches up top... MOONSAULT TO THE FLOOR!

Hunter’s back on the apron at long last, Michaels claws his way back in, crawling, scraping... TAG MADE! HHH lights Kane up with chops, whip reversed, single knee facebreaker, charging forearm, the running knee, spinning spinebuster takes the Undertaker out when he runs in! Taker sits up, kick to the midsection, Pedigree countered to a back body drop, goozle blocked, scoop, Tombstone denied!

Pedigree connects! Triple dumps Kane to the floor, goes back to the Deadman and picks a leg... and gets caught in Hell’s Gate! HBK comes in to break it up, ducks a chokeslam, Sweet Chin Music knocks Kane into Undertaker and breaks the submission up! All four men are down and out, the Brothers of Destruction sit up together and rise to their feet.

Slash the throat, scoop them up but Shawn rakes Kane’s eyes and Hunter frees him in return! Sweet Chin Music for both Undertaker and Kane in turn! Underhooks...

D-Generation X win by pinfall with a Pedigree from Triple H on Kane.

DX celebrate together in the ring.

That’s the show, folks.

(Yeah, I’m as shocked as y’all are that we made it all the way through without any propaganda videos!)

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