WWE Crown Jewel – Reigns beats Lesnar, Woods the King of the Ring, Vega wins Queen’s Crown


Roman Reigns capped an evening at WWE Crown Jewel that was good for incumbent champions by defeating Brock Lesnar, courtesy of a referee bump, help from The Usos and a transfer of questionable motivation from Paul Heyman.

In their first assembly in over three years, Reigns and Lesnar placed on an intense, extremely bodily match that got here down to 1 key second. After each males had every hit their ending strikes to no avail — with spears, German suplexes, Superman punches and F-5s flying round — a second F-5 from Lesnar noticed him unintentionally swing Reigns’ legs into the head of referee Charles Robinson, rendering him incapable of counting the pinfall.

In the confusion, Lesnar tried to revive Robinson, and with that second to recuperate, Reigns scrambled up and speared Lesnar. With each males down and susceptible on the floor, Paul Heyman — the present advocate for Reigns and former advocate for Lesnar whose allegiances have been known as into query — slid the Universal title belt into the center of the ring and mentioned, “You know what to do with it,” with out specifying whom he was speaking to.

As Reigns and Lesnar had a tug of struggle for the belt, Reigns’ cousins, The Usos, double-superkicked Lesnar. Reigns, who was left holding the belt, smashed Lesnar in the face after which, as a brand new referee ran to the ring, lined Lesnar to efficiently retain his title.

The look on Heyman’s face was one of shock, but it surely was masterfully unclear which method that feeling swung. It appears that the battle between Reigns and Lesnar is way from over, and whether or not tensions resume instantly or months down the line, a rematch stays one of the most anticipated matches WWE can placed on proper now.

Triple-threat match for the SmackDown girls’s championship: Becky Lynch (c) def. Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks

Belair, Banks and Lynch walked into Crown Jewel and placed on an incredible efficiency. The solely aspect that weighed down their triple menace for the SmackDown girls’s championship was the stability of energy and titles in the girls’s division and the state of the rosters submit-draft, leaving the conclusion for this match pretty predictable, barring a significant curveball.

Belair as soon as once more proved her unbelievable progress as a performer, as she has in particular person matches with every of the “Four Horsewomen.” Her one-armed press slam of Banks was a second that captured the consideration of the viewers, and from there on out, the three girls performing on this match had the crowd in the palms of their palms.

It was an impressively artistic match that allowed for Belair, Lynch and Banks to get their moments in the highlight, whereas providing occasional lighthearted moments, like when Lynch went for a double dropkick on Banks and Belair and obtained caught in midair. After a short, humorous pause throughout which era Lynch bargained for her properly-being, Belair and Banks double-slammed her into the nook.

Despite temporary moments of one-on-one motion, this triple menace had properly-deliberate and properly-executed spots that always utilized all three girls at the identical time, which is spectacular in its personal proper. Belair had the first severe push towards a win with a KOD try, throughout which she swung Lynch’s legs to assault Banks and knock her off the apron.

Belair starred once more with a stalled vertical suplex, and whereas she held Lynch up in the air, she stomped Banks on the floor. A simultaneous Banks Statement and Dis-Arm-Her on Belair quickly adopted, however neither lady might get Belair to faucet out.

Banks locked Lynch up in a Banks Statement, however Belair broke it up with a again handspring flip. Near falls, a pinfall and submission breakups abounded from there. Lynch’s Dis-Arm-Her on Belair was temporary, and when Banks interjected, Lynch locked them each in a double Dis-Arm-Her. Belair stood up with the weight of each girls on her again to interrupt it up.

Belair lastly related on her signature KOD to Lynch, and Belair and Banks scrambled briefly to the outdoors to battle one another out of the ring. Banks obtained again into the ring first, however Lynch rolled her up, and utilizing the backside rope for leverage, she secured the win and a profitable title protection.

What’s subsequent: If precedent is any indication, the Raw-bound Lynch will swap titles with the SmackDown-sure Charlotte Flair, doubtlessly as early as Friday evening on SmackDown. It’s an unsatisfying transaction, as we noticed a 12 months in the past when The New Day and The Street Profits swapped their respective tag workforce titles. But except one thing dramatic occurs, it appears to be the likeliest answer. Belair, who can also be Raw sure, appears to have unfinished enterprise to resolve with Lynch.

WWE championship: Big E (c) def. Drew McIntyre

The consequence of the WWE championship match between Big E and Drew McIntyre was possible the most predictable on the Crown Jewel card. Also extremely predictable was the general high quality of the match.

The tempo of the match not often slowed from bell to bell, and it was arduous to separate the two males for the majority of the first half of the match. Big E had the first large swing with a Stretch Muffler submission try on McIntyre, and a scramble after McIntyre fought his method out led to Big E connecting on a Big Ending — but it surely solely obtained him a two rely.

McIntyre fought his method again, and he related on a prime rope Bulldog. Big E ducked a Claymore try, however McIntyre’s second kick related flush. But that, too, was good just for a two rely.

McIntyre teased a Big Ending of his personal, however Big E shook him off, displayed unimaginable power spinning the gigantic McIntyre round his physique, and set himself up for a second Big Ending, which earned him the pinfall victory.

What’s subsequent: With McIntyre heading to SmackDown, renewing tensions with Roman Reigns which have often bubbled up over the previous couple of years is smart. As for Big E, a brand new challenger should step forth on Monday. It might very properly be one of the new additions to the Raw roster.

King of the Ring finals: Xavier Woods def. Finn Balor

The New Day has reached ranges of success that few might have predicted, even at the top of their energy as tag workforce champions. Kofi Kingston went to WrestleMania and defeated Daniel Bryan and have become WWE champion. Big E grew to become WWE champion after cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase. And after making an attempt to talk his childhood dream into existence for years, Xavier Woods is now King of the Ring.

Woods defeated Finn Balor in the finals of the match at Crown Jewel, displaying off expertise as a singles wrestler that he hasn’t had the alternative to point out fairly often in his WWE tenure, which had virtually solely been spent as a tag workforce performer.

The match itself was entertaining. After some prolonged mat exchanges, a Slingblade by Balor was met instantly by a superkick from Woods. There can be 4 close to falls for Woods over the course of the match, every inching nearer to the wanted three rely.

Balor snatched the momentum a number of instances and was loads plausible as a winner of this match. But Balor’s efforts to play spoiler, which culminated when he obtained his knees up on a Woods flying elbow try, had been in useless.

A Slingblade and a basement dropkick for Balor arrange the Coup de Grace, however Woods obtained out of the method. An offensive flurry set Woods up for an additional shot at a flying elbow. This time he related, and lined Balor for the three rely.

What’s subsequent: It’s arduous to say. Woods and Kingston had been unceremoniously cut up from Big E in the WWE Draft, once more, and it appears as if revisiting their outdated rivalry with The Usos is prone to be in the playing cards. Hopefully, we get to see extra of Woods as a solo star shifting ahead, and this King of the Ring is greater than only a temporary, shortly forgotten notch on his belt.

Hell in a Cell match: Edge def. Seth Rollins

The rubber match of the lengthy-operating rivalry between Edge and Seth Rollins in some way raised the bar following two different great matches. And whereas Edge’s hand was raised at the finish of a 27-minute spectacle, each males proved why they’re thought of amongst the biggest in-ring performers in the historical past of the wrestling enterprise.

“This is awesome” chants rang out in Riyadh earlier than the match even started, as the crowd anticipated what was to come back. But even the most optimistic of these in the crowd could not have foreseen simply how superbly violent the match can be.

From the second Rollins’ suicide dive try missed, sending him headfirst into the aspect of the cage, the degree of dedication and sacrifice that he and Edge had been keen to place in to their match was clear. Chairs, tables, chains and the Hell in a Cell cage itself every grew to become very important items of the story Edge and Rollins advised in the ring.

The innovation all through was unimaginable, together with a second by which Edge pushed Rollins off the prime rope, bounced him headfirst into the cage midway up, after which Rollins fell helplessly via the desk beneath. Rollins hit a sundown flip powerbomb whereas falling off a ladder, sending Edge via a desk beneath.

Both males tried to make use of one another’s signature offense, to various ranges of success. Rollins went as far as to wrap a metal chain round his foot to boost his assaults.

But as Rollins laid Edge’s head on prime of a chair on the floor, his hubris grew to become his downfall. “This is how your fairy tale ends,” shouted Rollins. Rollins went for a stomp to Edge’s head whereas it hovered over a metal chair, however Edge grabbed the chair and stood it up vertically at the final second for a low blow on his opponent.

Edge set himself up for a range of chokes, utilizing the identical chain, in addition to a damaged chair brace for assist. But he pushed past that time, set Rollins up in the identical precarious place he had been in moments earlier than, after which stomped Rollins’ head down right into a metal chair to win.

What’s subsequent: Edge and Rollins each moved from SmackDown to Monday Night Raw in the 2021 WWE Draft, however this match had an air of finality to it. Only time will inform.

Queen’s crown finals: Zelina Vega def. Doudrop

The first-ever WWE Queen’s Crown belongs to Zelina Vega, who defeated Doudrop in the finals of the inaugural match to seize the title.

Doudrop had the benefit for many of the match, however two key moments swung Vega’s method — a powerful twister DDT and the Code Red flipping powerbomb that in the end gained her the match.

What’s subsequent: The title of “queen” will possible profit Vega a terrific deal. After an initially fruitful partnership with Andrade early in her WWE profession, Vega struggled to step ahead in a expertise-wealthy girls’s division and was even launched from WWE. But of the individuals on this match, she is going to possible profit the most from this accomplishment.

Hopefully, the girls’s division outdoors of a choose few title matches in WWE can get the time they deserve. The Queen’s Crown match last clocked in at simply shy of six minutes, and that is twice so long as any of the six match matches that preceded it. It’s going to be tough to make stars past the “Four Horsewomen” and Bianca Belair with out giving different girls sufficient time to show themselves in the ring.

Raw tag workforce championship: Riddle & Randy Orton (c) def. AJ Styles & Omos

Orton and Riddle, collectively often known as RK-Bro, efficiently retained their Raw tag workforce title at Crown Jewel in opposition to AJ Styles and Omos. From the second Riddle made his ring entrance on the again of a camel to the befuddlement of each his tag workforce associate and their opponents, it felt as if it was their match to win.

Styles obtained rag-dolled by Orton and Riddle early, however from the second Omos tagged in, he took over the match and have become the focus for the majority of the motion. He shortly took out each males, as Styles often tagged in to get a number of licks in for himself.

Riddle ultimately mounted a comeback on Styles, and Orton used Styles as a battering ram to knock Omos off the apron to stability issues out. Riddle interrupted a chokeslam try from Omos on Orton by grabbing Omos’ leg, and whereas Omos was taken out in the confusion, Orton was left dazed. Styles lined up for the phenomenal forearm however as a substitute flew straight into an RKO from Orton. They added a floating bro from Riddle for good measure, and the champions retained their title.

What’s subsequent: The stability of energy shifted considerably in the WWE Draft, with the Mysterios, The Street Profits and the Dirty Dawgs shifting to Raw. Hopefully that may breathe some new life into the tag workforce division on Monday nights.

No Holds Barred: Goldberg def. Bobby Lashley

Goldberg was set to win this match from the outset, after Bobby Lashley attacked his son at SummerSlam following their WWE championship match. But the unsurprising nature of his win does little to take the sting out of him stopping the momentum of one more prime energetic celebrity on a present in Saudi Arabia after which disappearing for the subsequent few months.

Lashley had the early edge, as he wrapped a series round his hand and rained down punches on Goldberg. Then Lashley attacked Goldberg’s left knee that was injured at SummerSlam, connecting on a chop block after which trapping Goldberg’s leg in a chair, which he then stomped on from the center rope.

Lashley charged towards Goldberg, making an attempt to spear him via a desk arrange in the nook, however Goldberg moved and Lashley ate the full impression of the desk. Goldberg hit a spear after which a jackhammer. But he did not go for the cowl and took his gloves off. Goldberg despatched Lashey outdoors of the ring and speared him via a ringside barrier for good measure.

Lashley primarily gave up, and he walked to the prime of the ramp the place he was met by Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander. His Hurt Business stablemates joined Lashley at the prime of the ramp with kendo sticks, however Benjamin and Alexander had been shortly dispatched, leaving it one on one with kendo sticks. Goldberg once more obtained the higher of the change after which speared Lashley off the stage.

The “no-holds-barred” match apparently carried “falls count anywhere” guidelines, as Goldberg lined Lashley the place they lay, and that was the finish of the match.

What’s subsequent: It hasn’t been a terrific stretch for Lashley, who misplaced the WWE championship to a Big E Money in the Bank money-in and subsequently didn’t regain that title. Hopefully, his future performs out higher than “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, who misplaced the Universal title to Goldberg at Super ShowDown 2020 and by no means actually recovered.

Mansoor def. Mustafa Ali

Mansoor’s successful streak in Saudi Arabia stretched to 4 together with his victory over Mustafa Ali at Crown Jewel 2021. After successful a 50-man battle royal at Super ShowDown 2019, and one-on-one wins over Cesaro (Crown Jewel 2019) and Dolph Ziggler (Super ShowDown 2020), Mansoor as soon as once more recorded a victory meant to enchantment on to the native crowd.

Mansoor weathered an extended choke-out try, and when Ali missed the second of two 450 splash makes an attempt, Mansoor springboarded from the apron to the inside, landed a neckbreaker and secured the win.

Ali attacked Mansoor submit-match, just for a masked man to slowly stroll right down to the ring. He ultimately revealed himself as Tarek Hamdi, a 2020 Olympic silver medalist in karate who represented Saudi Arabia in Tokyo. With a kick to Ali’s head, the crowd obtained an additional dose of hometown happiness.

What’s subsequent: Both Mansoor and Ali had been drafted from Raw to SmackDown, so it won’t be the final chapter between the rivals-turned-tag workforce companions-turned rivals.

The Usos def. The Hurt Business

With the newly reformed Hurt Business staying on Raw, and The Usos remaining on SmackDown, this non-title match carried little in the method of stakes. It wasn’t shocking to see The Usos, the SmackDown tag workforce champions, win. Hopefully Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin will be capable to rebuild some momentum as half of a reunited unit past being a storytelling machine.

What’s subsequent: In the quick future, Benjamin and Alexander might very properly play a job in the No Holds Barred match between Bobby Lashley and Goldberg. The Usos will virtually definitely issue into the Universal championship match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, if historical past is any indication.

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