WWE Crown Jewel is all set to take place today (Sat., Nov. 5, 2022) from Mrsool Park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It begins at 12:00 pm ET on Peacock in the U.S., and WWE Network everywhere else.
Luckily for you Cagesiders, our staff of learned wrestling blowhards is here to help figure out just how the event is going to play out with predictions for each match on the card.
Let’s get right to it.
WWE CROWN JEWEL PREDICTIONS
WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Logan Paul
Geno Mrosko: There is a negative percent chance that Logan Paul wins this match. There’s just no world that exists where he can win here. Pick: Roman Reigns
Sean Rueter: Watching the world burn doesn’t sound that much worse than what we’re currently watching it do, but I still don’t think WWE will go the shock route here. Pick: Roman Reigns
Kyle Decker: Man, could you imagine? Pick: Roman Reigns
Claire Elizabeth: Credit where credit’s due, Logan has shown real aptitude, and WWE loves chasing an outside star, but there’s no way in Satan’s hell he should win this. I’d rather have David Arquette, frankly. Pick: Roman Reigns
Cain A. Knight: Logan Paul will land that one lucky shot, but it still won’t be good enough to prevent Roman from smashing him. Pick: Roman Reigns
Marcus Benjamin: Why does WWE make us even do things like this? Cain is more than likely correct: Logan lands a lucky punch but it’s just not enough to knock off a god. Pick: Roman Reigns
Raw Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing: Bianca Belair (c) vs. Bayley
Geno Mrosko: It’s felt like Bayley might take the title at various points but it doesn’t feel like that anymore. Pick: Bianca Belair
Sean Rueter: If they were going to pull the trigger on this, it would have happened by now. Pick: Bianca Belair
Kyle Decker: We’re at the point in this feud where they either need to do the change or move on. With a lack of strong heels to step to Bianca if she wins here, I’m going to say she doesn’t, but I’m certainly not confident about it. Pick: Bayley
Claire Elizabeth: Yeah I don’t see it, especially after Damage CTRL lost the tag titles. They simply aren’t meant to be an especially dominant heel stable, and Bayley can move on just fine to, uh… I dunno… Pick: Bianca Belair
Cain A. Knight: Bianca Belair is right there with Roman Reigns as the strongest booked stars on the WWE roster over the last two years. I’m thinking they will save her eventual title loss for either Charlotte Flair or Ronda Rousey. Pick: Bianca Belair
Marcus Benjamin: They’re not changing titles overseas. Not this one anyway. Damage CNTRL might win something here but not this title. Pick: Bianca Belair
Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs. Ridge Holland & BUTCH
Geno Mrosko: No reason to think they’ll do a title change here. Pick: The Usos
Sean Rueter: FIGHT NIGHT is a regional holiday, I don’t think they celebrate it in Saudi Arabia. Pick: The Usos
Kyle Decker: Even if Jey Uso is still not at pique Ucey, they should be able to handle the Brutes here. Pick: The Usos
Claire Elizabeth: The Bloodline is so, so great right now, don’t screw it up for anything less than Sami Uso taking the tag titles. Pick: The Usos
Cain A. Knight: The Usos can’t become the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history if they lose the belts here. Pick: The Usos
Marcus Benjamin: Time to get Ucey. Pick: The Usos
Tag Team Championship: Alexa Bliss & Asuka (c) vs. Damage CTRL
Geno Mrosko: I could 100-percent see them flipping the titles back, if only just to make sure there’s a title change on the show. Pick: Damage CTRL
Sean Rueter: Just because something kayfabe newsworthy should happen on this show, let’s say they flip the belts back to Kai & SKY en route to a feud between the current champs. Pick: Damage CTRL
Kyle Decker: Would be a bit odd to hotshot the titles like this, but it certainly wouldn’t make the belts look weaker if they did and could infuse some excitement. It’s very possible CTRL win those belts back soon. That said, I don’t see the change happening within six days of Alexa & Asuka’s win. Pick: Alexa Bliss & Asuka
Claire Elizabeth: They’ve gotten a little better about making these shows matter but they still feel a lot like glorified house shows and I think you do the babyface win, maybe with a little drama to justify another rematch in a week or two. Pick: Alexa Bliss & Asuka
Cain A. Knight: I think Damage CTRL is coming up empty in Saudi Arabia. Pick: Asuka & Alexa Bliss
Marcus Benjamin: I’m picking Damage CNTRL here. Kai-N-SKY get the belts back after losing them on Raw, and get to leave Saudi Arabia with at least one victory under their belts. Well, their new belts. Pick: Damage CNTRL
Steel Cage: Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross
Geno Mrosko: This is WWE, and even under Triple H the heel isn’t going to win in the end … is he? Pick: Drew McIntyre
Sean Rueter: While they could put her in a KSA-approved bodysuit, I’m assuming Scarlett isn’t making the trip. They can spin a Kross loss on not having his better half in his corner. Pick: Drew McIntyre
Kyle Decker: The plan has to be to continue to build up Kross. Drew’s in a good spot where he’s pretty over. Karrion is not at that point. He needs to keep winning until fans buy in more. Pick: Karrion Kross
Claire Elizabeth: On a certain level, all I want in life is for Drew to reuse the finish from his steel cage match against Roderick Strong at Evolve 38. Trapped between the cage and the ring as Roddy hammered him with kick after kick until he passed out… brilliant stuff. Pick: Karrion Kross
Cain A. Knight: It feels like Kross needs a lot more help to get over, so I think he’s beating McIntyre again. And he probably should, given Karrion was the victim in that bizarre car crash angle. Pick: Karrion Kross
Marcus Benjamin: This really is a coin flip for me. Drew can take a loss at this point in his career, so Kross going over makes the most sense. But, Drew is Drew. Pick: Karrion Kross
Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley
Geno Mrosko: This is where Brock gets his win back to gear up for the big PPV shows to start 2023. Pick: Brock Lesnar
Sean Rueter: He’s done the job for Roman twice this year. Love you Bob, but you’re not Roman. Pick: Brock Lesnar
Kyle Decker: Going out on a limb here and going with Bobby to get the win. Feels like he needs the comeuppance after Brock screwed him. It’ll be interesting in general to see if Brock’s booking changes at all without Vince at the helm. Probably not and I’m probably wrong, but I’m sticking with it. Pick: Bobby Lashley
Claire Elizabeth: Brock is Brock, Brock is bulletproof, gotta get my boy Franklin Roberto Lashley a big win he can coast on for like five years. Pick: Bobby Lashley
Cain A. Knight: Brock Lesnar is on a two match losing streak. He’s not losing a third. Pick: Brock Lesnar
Marcus Benjamin: Brock doesn’t come back to lose. Unless it’s to Roman. And he’s definitely not going overseas to lose. Pick: Brock Lesnar.
Braun Strowman vs. Omos
Geno Mrosko: Seems obvious they see more in Strowman and this match is probably going to give us the answer on that. Pick: Braun Strowman
Sean Rueter: As long as meat is slapped, who really cares? Pick: Omos
Kyle Decker: One of these dudes was brought back to WWE for a reason and that person isn’t Omos. Pick: Braun Strowman
Claire Elizabeth: No contest when Timmy puts down his action figures because his mom called him to the kitchen for lunch? Nah? Not buying it? Omos has had a great run but it’s far nearer to the end than the beginning. Pick: Braun Strowman
Cain A. Knight: This is Strowman’s first important match in WWE since his return, so he’s not losing. Braun’s presence on the WWE roster makes Omos obsolete, and that’s why Omos is here to put Braun over before disappearing into obscurity. Pick: Braun Strowman
Marcus Benjamin: Sigh. Pick: Braun Strowman
The O.C. vs. The Judgment Day
Geno Mrosko: So who is going to be the neutralizer for Rhea Ripley? Pick: The O.C.
Sean Rueter: Another win for the bad guys, setting the stage for Raquel or Beth or whoever to handle the Rhea problem at WarGames. Pick: The Judgement Day
Kyle Decker: The O.C. should win this match since they’re getting re-established. But Triple H seems to love the Judgment Day. I also think whomever they choose to neutralize Rhea will happen back in the States. Pick: Judgment Day
Claire Elizabeth: House show rules, baby, Finn Balor’s gonna slip on a banana peel and the good brothers are gonna get that one-two-threeski. PS— where the hell is my Omen in the Sky gosh darn it? Pick: The OC
Cain A. Knight: This will be the night that AJ Styles and his pals find a way to neutralize Rhea Ripley for long enough to score the win. Pick: The O.C.
Marcus Benjamin: This is the match I’m looking forward to the most. Specifically how Team California neutralizes Rhea Ripley. Pick: The O.C.
That’s how we see the card playing out.