WWE Crown Jewel is finally here; it has been a long time coming. Paul “Triple H” Levesque has put together an eight-match card that has a little bit of everything for fans of bothRAWandSmackDown, with even a few recent NXT grads on the card for fans of Shawn Michaels’ now-white and gold brand. The show is coming a little earlier than the usual WWE “Premium Live Event,” because the show is being broadcast live on Peacock from Saudi Arabia.
The night is guaranteed to be good because there are four titles on the line and four more grudge matches between longtime enemies are scheduled, but who will triumph and who will lose, and what mysteries could The Fed have in store? Let’s try to find out, then.
8. Alexa Bliss and Asuka retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships were taken from the Damage CTRL team of Dakota Kai and IYO SKY on the final episode of RAW by Alexa Bliss and Asuka. Although this was a curious decision because it allowed Damage CTRL to switch brands and dominate both SmackDown and RAW, their home show, it’s difficult to envision Trips returning the championships to his former NXT standouts after only a few days. This strap will presumably remain with the impromptu tag team, for better or worse.
— Wrestling Observer (@WONF4W) November 1, 2022
7. The Usos continue their march towards the longest tag team reign in WWE
The Usos have held the Smackdown Tag Team Championships for 475 days, which is exactly eight days less than New Day did from August 2015 to December 2016 while they held the RAW Tag Team Championships. Could they let go of the Brawling Brutes’ straps? Sure, but it seems highly doubtful that anyone other than Jimmy and Jey will be holding up the straps prior to the champs’ match against the New Day on the Tuesday episode of SmackDown.
NEXT WEEK on #SmackDown
— WWE (@WWE) November 5, 2022
6. Bayley beats Bianca Belair
Does Bayley’s victory over Bianca Belair at Crown Jewel make sense? The leader of their team should have a championship, even if her teammates don’t, as Damage CTRL is currently stuck onRAW. Belair is a brilliant champion who deserves to hold the title, but if Levesque has bigger plans for the Damage CTRL storyline, it could make sense for the “EST of WWE” to take a step back in order to go forward, especially if Sasha Banks makes a comeback.
— Female Locker Room (@femalelroom) November 4, 2022
5. Braun Strowman vs. Omos is short and sour
What do Omas and Braun Strowman have in common? They are both WWE Superstars, they are both enormous, and neither of them has a move repertoire that is particularly extensive. While they can both work excellent matches and have in the past, this seems more like an effort to show Vince McMahon that WWE can have two giants than it does about putting on a five-star classic.
— Playboy Pleasure (@PlayboyBPAC) November 5, 2022
4. Drew McIntyre finally gets the win
Drew McIntyre eventually defeats his previous Extreme Rules opponent after suffering bullying from Carrion Kross and Scarlett ever since they made their SmackDown debuts in August. This victory is made possible by the steel cage that should keep the match one-on-one. After a few months of losses, it would be wonderful to see McIntyre earn a significant victory, even if it wasn’t a victory over Roman Reigns in Wales.
sharing this picture for people who didn’t watch Smackdown to try and figure out what’s happening lol pic.twitter.com/osWCHk5D2D
— Denise ‘Hollywood’ Salcedo (@_denisesalcedo) September 24, 2022
3. Freddie Prinze Jr. is right about Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley
The encounter between Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley is what Freddie Prinze Jr. is most looking forward to at Crown Jewel, and there is a strong chance that it will be a good one.
Although the two of them have a combined 45 years of in-ring experience, they have only competed in three fights together, including just one solo match at the Royal Rumble earlier this year. For the fourth time this year, two verified heavyweights will square off in a match that isn’t about titles as the others have been. Instead, it’s for pride.
And I REALLY WANT BOBBY TO WALK OUT VICTORIOUS pic.twitter.com/h0MXLLpODR
— Jay Carson (@FreeWrestleMind) November 2, 2022
2. Karl Anderson should have defended his Never Openweight Championship
On November 5th, 2022, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson had two reservations. A.J. Styles, who initially made friends with the now-former Good Brothers as a member of the Bullet Club, Luke, now-Doc Gallows, and Anderson instead decided to wrestle with The OC at Battle Autumn in Japan instead of Hikuleo of NJPW. Unfortunately, “Bright Lights” made the wrong choice, and he will probably lose to Judgement Day and Rhea Ripley again.
— Karl The Machine Gun Anderson (@MachineGunKA) October 26, 2022
1. Roman Reigns retains (duh)
Hot take: Roman Reigns will win because it is the weakest championship bout of his reign as the Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, as he always does when he is booked for the main event. Logan won’t get the match he wants with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson because even Jake Paul’s presence on the outside won’t be enough to balance the forces. Oh well, I suppose.
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) November 5, 2022