Our opening match at Crown Jewel, a pay-per-view (PPV) WWE is noticeably not mentioning is in Saudi Arabia in their promotion, was a United States title showdown between champion Shinsuke Nakamura and last-minute challenger Rusev.
Personally, I was more interested in Renee Young being seated at ringside with Michael Cole and Corey Graves. She was dressed in black and had a long-sleeved sweater on with thumb holes to ensure she didn’t accidentally show any arm skin, but her head and face were uncovered. Sadly, I didn’t hear a “this is hope” chant.
In the ring at King Saud University Stadium on Fri., Nov. 2, it was all Nakamura after an early flurry from the Bulgarian Brute, but there was a Rusev Day celebration during a later comeback. He even got a nice nearfall off a knee strike, and another when Shinsuke leapt right into a superkick.
You never know when the MACHKA will strike!#WWECrownJewel @RusevBUL pic.twitter.com/WY3IcbTyCS— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2018
Rusev also managed to counter a Kinshasa into an Accolade, but the champ managed to slip free, and hit a low blow with the back of his head when the challenger tried to reapply the hold.
His finisher connected a short time later, and we’re all still living in the United States of Nak-America.
Get complete Crown Jewel results and coverage of the entire card here.