WWE Crown Jewel is going down tonight (Sat. Nov. 4, 2023) from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, starting at 12 pm ET, live on Peacock (in the U.S.) and WWE Network (everywhere else).
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WWE CROWN JEWEL QUICK RESULTS
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) def. LA Knight
- Cody Rhodes def. Damian Priest
- Women’s Championship: Iyo Sky (c) def. Bianca Belair
- United States Championship: Logan Paul def. Rey Mysterio (c)
- Solo Sikoa def. John Cena
- Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) def. Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Raquel Rodriguez, and Zoey Stark
- World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins (c) def. Drew McIntyre
- Sami Zayn def. JD McDonagh
WWE CROWN JEWEL LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
No lyrics today, y’all.
As always you know I like to take some time on these Saudi shows to spotlight the intolerance of the regime towards queer folks like myself, but this time I’m taking a little bit of a left turn, and not least because elements of our own government here in the United States have become almost as hostile, to the point where people like me are being advised to avoid traveling to entire states.
It’s very easy to start feeling like everywhere sucks and there’s nothing to be done but to sit and watch the walls close in, and it’s true— just about everywhere on the planet right now sucks for queer folks in general and trans folks in specific. Conservative politicians everywhere have latched onto spreading fear and hate about us as a means to gain or maintain power.
So if the world oppresses us, where do we find peace? We find it in each other, of course. The world is falling down around us but my world is full of joy and love as my wife and I and our girlfriend are about to move in together, to expand our bubble of love and warmth and safety to include each other every day. I am so excited, y’all!
In the end, all we really have is each other, and there’s nothing you can do but hold on and try to love as much as you can.
On with the show!
JD McDonagh vs. Sami Zayn
Collar and elbow, arm wringer from McDonagh, shift to a hammerlock, back to the wristlock, Zayn rolls through, big arm drag into an armbar! Mounted punches in the corner, Sami slinging him off the ropes, JD rolls to the apron for a breather! Snapping Zayn’s neck over the top rope, whip across, hard in the throat!
Setting Sami up in the corner, Zayn off the top, McDonagh blasts him with a dropkick... NOPE! Off the ropes, Sami with a lariat that turns him inside out! Whip across, back body drop, duck a followup, standing spanish fly... SAMI KICKS OUT! Helluva Kick sets him up...
Sami Zayn wins by pinfall with the Blue Thunder Driver.
The main show kicks off with a video about the idea of “the big time” and how that relates to tonight’s show.
Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins (c) (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
Collar and elbow, McIntyre backs him into the corner and breaks clean. Off the ropes, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, criss-cross, shoulder blocks exchanged and Rollins goes down! Chops in the corner, straight suplex, Seth ducks a lariat and starts laying chops in. Whip reversed, sidestep sends Drew to the floor and Rollins follows it with a wrecking ball dropkick and a knee off the apron!
Suicide dive caught and McIntyre levels him with a belly-to-belly suplex! Spinebuster, jackknife, only two and Drew is in control! Rollins creates an opening, basement superkick and a running knee and McIntyre is down! Quebrada... SO CLOSE! Block a suplex, off ther opes, tilt-a-whirl Falcon Arrow... DREW KICKS OUT!
Up top, superplex, Drew counters, sheerdrop brainbuster... STILL NO! Buckle bomb attempt, his back gives out, McIntyre with the Future Shock... ANOTHER NEARFALL! Lying in wait, Seth doesn’t getup fast enough, referee Shawn Bennett checks on him, playing possum, small package for two!
Clothesline to the floor, Rollins lines him up and hits the suicide dive! Drew puts him back-first into the steel steps! Hoisting him up, backbreaker into the apron! Back inside, Seth floats over, Pedigree... SO CLOSE! Drew counts down, charges in, superkick connects! Blackout follows... MCINTYRE WON’T STAY DOWN!
Rollins perches, Phoenix Splash, nobody home, Drew pops up... SETH KICKS OUT OF THE CLAYMORE! Sidestep another Claymore, Pedigree connects, off the ropes...
Seth Rollins wins by pinfall with Blackout, retaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Post-match, Damian Priest runs down with the Money in the Bank briefcase and referee Danilo Anfibio in tow! But before he can cash in, a masked man attacks from behind! It’s Sami Zayn and he runs off with the Money in the Bank briefcase through the crowd!
Backstage, Drew McIntyre is brooding and Rhea Ripley walks by and shrugs.
Nia Jax vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Zoey Stark (WWE Women’s World Championship)
Trading a bunch of nearfalls inthe first minute, Jax shoves Rodriguez into the post and trips Ripley into the apron! Back inside, Nia with an elbow for Baszler and a bodyslam for Stark! Shayna wants a German suplex and Raquel helps her get Jax over with a boot! Pairing off, trading punches, Rodriguez and Rhea get the advantage on Baszler and Zoey respectively!
Raquel holding court with lariats, big powerslam for Stark and a revolution World’s Strongest Slam for Baszler! Ripley floats over, low dropkick cuts her off and shoulder thrusts in the corner for Zoey! Back suplex facebuster puts Shayna down and Rhea’s fired up!
Nia into it with the champion, Lou Thesz Press into smashing her face into the mat! Leg drop, Stark gets involved, sidestep into the corner, Arabian press splash! Shayna into it with Raquel, deathlock, catch a kick from Rhea and she’s trapped in one too! Pulling Jax down into the Kirifuda Clutch and all three women are fading!
Zoey struggling in the ropes and she breaks it up and goes up top, but Ripley cuts her off with chops! Jockeying for position, Rodriguez joins them, struggling, Baszler under them... TOWER OF DOOM! Back to Rhea and Raquel going at it, both women down after stereo boots, rolling to the apron, Stark springboards... BRILLO ZOEY!
Back inside, missile dropkick, Z360 connects... NIA BREAKS IT UP! Clobbering Stark with a body avalanche, headed up top, Zoey rolls out under, Rodriguez gets Jax up... ONE-ARM POWERBOMB BUT RHEA BREAKS IT UP! Ripley cuts Baszler off, Riptide, Zoey breaks it up!
Up top, Rhea Riptides Zoey into a cover Raquel was making on Shayna...
Rhea Ripley wins by pinfall with a lateral press on Shayna Baszler, retaining the WWE Women’s World Championship.
We get a tourism hype reel of WWE Superstars talking about how great it is to visit Saudi Arabia, a place where I could be put to death for existing!
John Cena vs. Solo Sikoa
Circling, duck a lariat, Cena with a side headlock takeover, stomping the arm! Arm wringers and shoulder blocks, cover for one, right back into an armbar to try and neutralize the Samoan Spike! Seated senton to the elbow, wrapping his arm in the ropes and wrenching back on the wrist!
Pass to the floor, smashing his arm into the steel steps! Back inside, Sikoa with a headbutt, putting boots to John, spinning wheel kick, seated senton connects! Duck under the spike, fireman’s carry, Solo slips out, superkick for two! Duck the spike, STF applied in the middle of the ring!
Sikoa gets away, Tree of Woe headbutt to the midsection and he’s starting to feel it! Off the ropes, shoulder block, shoulder block, fall-forward Blue Thunder Driver, “You can’t see me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle connects! Waiting, fireman’s carry, Solo slips out, Samoan Drop!
Ode to Rikishi connects, more back and forth, big nearfalls, a desperate Rock Bottom from Cena and both guys are down and out! Solo back up, John desperately blocks the spike, takes him down into the STF! Sikoa gets the ropes to force the break and hits the Samoan Spike but his hand is injured and he can’t capitalize!
A second Samoan Spike, Cena clutching his throat, Solo shaking feeling back into his arm, he hits a third Samoan Spike! A FOURTH SAMOAN SPIKE! SPIKING JOHN’S THROAT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND IT’S OVER!
Solo Sikoa wins by pinfall with about a dozen Samoan Spikes.
The Miz makes his entrance to host MizTV with Ibrahim Al Hajjaj, who is apparently Saudi Arabia’s greatest movie star.
Al Hajjaj says it’s an honor to be here and apparently in the movie Sattar his character wants to be a WWE Superstar. Miz starts to ask him if he ever gets the itch to do it for real—
Enter Grayson Waller.
He says it’s nice to have an actual movie star on MizTV and he calls for the set to be replaced with the Grayson Waller Effect set, and miraculously, the crew do it. They trade barbs back and forth and Ibrahim says there’s plenty of him to go around. He says he came he came here to be on the hottest talk show in WWE, and that’s MizTV.
Waller tells him to try again, and Al Hajjaj again picks MizTV. Waller plays the “I’m a big star” card and tells Ibrahim to get out of his ring, Miz tries to step up but Al Hajjaj holds him back. Ibrahim arranges his robe so he can fight and Grayson takes him out with a single kick!
Miz blasts Waller with a big boot and dismantles the Grayson Waller Effect set before throwing him over for an enzuigi from Ibrahim! Skull-Crushing Finale! Al Hajjaj wants to follow it up and he hits a People’s Elbow!
Logan Paul vs. Rey Mysterio (c) (WWE United States Championship)
Mysterio with a waistlock early, Paul reverses to a wristlock, short-arm shoulder blocks, elevated wristlock. Rey trying to mount a comeback, off the ropes, hang short on a leapfrog, mock clapping for Logan! Off the ropes, tijeras sets him up, back body drop blocks the 619!
Elbow from the apron, up top, diving crossbody, Paul rolls through, fireman’s carry, stampede into the turnbuckles, Finlay Roll sets up a quebrada... NOPE! Waistlock takedown, slowing things down to grind Rey down. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker follows, military press drop, off the ropes, big splash... NOT ENOUGH!
Logan has a bear hug, I can hardly bear it! Rey fights out, posts him, taking a breather, suicide dive connects! Back inside, senton and a crossbody for two! Oklahoma roll, la Casita, he can’t keep Paul down! Logan with his Buckshot.. STILL NO! Mysterio with an arm-trap crossface but Paul gets the ropes for the break!
Logan catches him out of midair into a powerslamf or two! Headed up top, pulling Rey up with him, jockeying for position, moonsault fallaway slam... SO CLOSE! Powerbomb countered with a Frankensteiner, off the ropes, 619 blocked! Springboard lariat ducked, enzuigiri, Mysterio up top, Paul gets under him, electric chair, reversed, sunset flip powerbomb connects!
Leapfrog Yoshi Tonic... LOGAN KICKS OUT! One of Paul’s buddies is at ringside and slips him brass knuckles! Rey posts him and the knucks go flying but his toady is crawling around at ringside to retrieve them! SANTOS ESCOBAR COMES OUT OF THE CROWD TO STOP HIM!
Santos leaves the knucks on the apron and chases the guy out of the arena! Setting him up for the 619, Logan grabs the knucks, 619 connects, springboard...
Logan Paul wins by pinfall with a loaded punch, becoming your new WWE United States Champion.
Post-match, Logan tells Rey he loves and respects him but he had to do what he had to do, but Mysterio isn’t having it and tells him he knows what he did.
Commentary hypes up Elimination Chamber in Australia ahead of ticket sales opening up on Friday, November 10.
Bianca Belair is interviewed backstage.
She’s excited about tonight and what she did to Bayley last night was phase one, and now IYO SKY is alone for phase two as she gets her title back.
Bianca Belair vs. IYO SKY (c) (WWE Women’s Championship)
Belair hot out the gates, action quick to the floor, well in control as she rolls SKY back in and grabs a handfu of hair! Front chancery, delayed vertical suplex connects! Backflip up and over, dropkick in the corner, Bianca fired up! Charging in, posted in the corner, dragon screw from the champion!
Dropping knees on Belair’s leg, working her over at some length, roll-through double stomp to the midsection! Bianca sidesteps a missile dropkick and both women are down and out! In the thick of it, back and forth, big German suplex from the challenger gets a nearfall! Shotei misses, roll through, cover for two!
Off the ropes, tijeras blocked, Belair hosses her up for a Gallon Throw! Tug of war, Bianca to the apron, Bayley is at ringside to run interference and IYO is able to slam her off the top for two! To the floor, SKY with the Orihara moonsault! Back in, springboard dropkick, cover for two!
Waistlock, standing switch, IYO slips out through the ropes and comes back with a springboard! Caught, Glam Slam connects, cover but Bayley’s running interference and referee Jessika Carr is distracted! To the floor, thinking about KOD through the annoucne desk... BUT KAIRI SANE IS HERE AND TAKES BIANCA OUT WITH AN URAKEN!
A second shot, Carr busy with IYO SKY the whole time, she turns around and starts counting, IYO counts along but Belair makes it back in! IYO right off the top...
IYO SKY wins by pinfall with the moonsault, retaining the WWE Women’s Championship.
Post-match, Sane and SKY beat Belair down! Kairi up top... DIVING ELBOW!
Cody Rhodes vs. Damian Priest
Priest puts boots to Rhodes during his entrance! Cody pops up and referee Shawn Bennett calls for the bell! Whip across, duck a lariat, slide under, Rhodes with the drop-down slap and another one! Damian bails to the floor and goes to work on Cody when he slides out after him!
Kick combinations, Rhodes cuts him off with an overhand chop, whip reversed, up and over, but Cody comes up lame and Priest drops him with a rolling elbow and follows it with a reverse STO... NOPE! Off the ropes Rhodes catches him with a dropkick! Snap scoop powerslam, Cody’s fired up, Beautiful Disaster connects... STILL NO!
Rhodes clears the Arabic announce desk but Damian takes him off his feet with a lariat! Breaking the count, back outside, Cody with a suicide dive that puts him on the table! Climbing up with Priest, drawing him up, Damian boxes his ears and hits Reckoning!
JD McDonagh comes down, Cody takes him out, Priest is right there for South of Heaven... NO GOOD! Back and forth, Rhodes with the Cody Cutter... DAMIAN WON’T STAY DOWN! Cody digs deep, a trifecta of Crosses Rhodes...
Cody Rhodes wins by pinfall with Cross Rhodes.
LA Knights vs. Roman Reigns (c) (WWE Undisputed Universal Championship)
Reigns hot out the gates, smashing Knight’s face into the turnbuckles, passing him to the floor, back inside, now Roman is taking a breather away from LA. Knight with a dropkick through the ropes, elbow to the throat, diving lariat! Reigns turns him around, fighting around the Arabic announce desk, back inside, Roman in control and soaking in the, uh... love... from the Saudi fans.
The Tribal Chief applies a cravate, shifting gears, leaping lariat for two! Corner lariat, throwing Knight aside, back on his feet unsteady and they trade right hands in the middle of the ring! Side Russian legsweep, front kick, big DDT... NOT ENOUGH! Boots in the corner, running knee, scoop, Roman floats over and hits a Rock Bottom... STILL NO!
Argentine backbreaker from Knight, calling for it, off the ropes... SUPERMAN PUNCH CUTS HIM DOWN BUT CAN’T KEEP HIM DOWN! Howling, LA leapfrogs the spear and he goes into the turnbuckles face-first! Shoulder blocks, over and over, Knight sets him up top, takes him down, People’s Elbow... NO DEAL!
Solo Sikoa comes to the stage, Jim Uso pulls Reigns out of the ring! LA busy looking at Solo but he turns around and grabs Uso only to eat a Superman Punch right after! Back in, howling again, spear... LA KNIGHT KICKS OUT OF THE SPEAR! Mounted punches, Roman getting frustrated, drawing him up into the guillotine choke!
Knight fading but not failing, getting to his knees, to his feet, body blows break him free but Reigns goes right back to it! LA passes him into the ropes, BFT... BUT JIM USO PUTS ROMAN’S LEG ON THE BOTTOM ROPE TO BREAK THE COUNT! Taking Uso to the floor, bouncing his head off the table, the same for Reigns, following it up by posting the champion!
Turning around, block a superkick from Jimmy, slam through the announce desk! SPEAR THROUGH THE TIMEKEEPER’S BARRICADE! Back inside...
Roman Reigns wins by pinfall with the spear, retaining the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship.
Roman stands tall with the title.
That’s the show, folks.