WWE Crown Jewel 2022 Guide: Roman Reigns vs. Logan Paul for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley, Bianca Belair vs. Bayley in a Last Woman Standing Match for the Raw Women’s Championship and more
A number of big changes have been made to WWE since Vince McMahon retired. Turns out the biannual trips to Saudi Arabia will remain in place, probably because the company is bound to a decade-long deal. The first trip to the Middle East without the former CEO will be Crown Jewel on November 5, 2022. Clear your Saturday afternoon and note down that the show will begin at 12pm EST due to the time difference, possibly with a kickoff show starting an hour before that. Fans in the US will be able to watch the show live on Peacock, while everyone else can watch on the WWE Network.
- Asuka and Alexa Bliss vs. Damage CTRL for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships
- Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley
- Bianca Belair vs. Bayley in a Last Woman Standing Match for the Raw Women’s Championship
- Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross in a Steel Cage Match
- Omos vs. Braun Strowman
- Roman Reigns vs. Logan Paul for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
- The OC vs. The Judgment Day
- The Usos vs. The Brawling Brutes for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships
UPDATE: 2022/11/03 15:35 EST BY JOSH COULSON
- A Women’s Tag Title match was added to the card during the go-home Raw.
UPDATE: 2022/10/30 17:46 EST BY JOSH COULSON
- Two more title matches were added to the card during the October 28, 2022 edition of SmackDown.
UPDATE: 2022/10/24 17:06 EST BY JOSH COULSON
- Two more matches were added to the card during the October 21, 2022, edition of SmackDown.
UPDATE: 2022/10/18 16:31 EST BY JOSH COULSON
- Two new matches were added to the card during the October 17 edition of Raw.
Asuka and Alexa Bliss vs. Damage CTRL for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships
With less than a week to go until Crown Jewel, Asuka and Alexa Bliss pulled off a minor shock. The pair dethroned Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai as the Tag Champions., Flying right in the face of WWE’s claim that it wouldn’t do automatic title rematches anymore, the former champions will get a rematch this Saturday at Crown Jewel.
There’s a chance WWE looked at the card and thought there aren’t going to be enough title changes on the show, and the only reason Kai and Sky lost on Raw was to win the gold back on Saturday. That seems unlikely, so Bliss and Asuka to retain in this one.
Bianca Belair vs. Bayley in a Last Woman Standing Match for the Raw Women’s Championship
You might not like WWE’s Saudi shows, for a number of good reasons, but the silver lining is women are actually allowed to compete on the shows now. For so long now that it is almost the norm. At Crown Jewel, Bayley will get what might well be her last chance for a while to do what she claims she returned to do, beat Belair for the Raw Women’s Title.
That alone makes it likely Bayley will win this one. It wouldn’t be great if she loses to The EST on another big stage. However, Charlotte Flair appears to be waiting in the wings, and a match against Belair for the title as soon as she walks through the door also seems likely.
Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley
There was a time not too long ago when it seemed Brock Lesnar was done with WWE. Then that Saudi money came calling and at Crown Jewel, The Beast will be back to clash with Bobby Lashley. Don’t worry about why and just accept this is exactly the type of match we’ll always get on these shows.
Those of you hoping Lashley gets the win here might want to dial down their expectations. This feels very much like another Lesnar win, albeit more hard-fought than their first match, with Lashley potentially getting his revenge in the men’s Rumble next year.
Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross in a Steel Cage Match
Drew McIntyre’s quest to become a World Champion once again has been well and truly derailed by Karrion Kross. After clashing in a Strap Match at Extreme Rules, it has now been confirmed that the two mortal enemies will go to war once again at Crown Jewel, but this time they will be inside a Steel Cage.
The stipulation has been added so that Scarlett (hopefully) can’t get involved in the match. Scarlett helped Kross win at Extreme Rules, but without her in there with him, this one will likely end in a McIntyre victory.
Omos vs. Braun Strowman
There was a time when it felt like Braun Strowman had been booted from WWE to make room for Omos, and that since he had been brought back, Omos would be on his way out. Instead, the two behemoths are going to clash, and that clash will go down in Saudi Arabia.
Strowman issued the challenge and MVP accepted it on Omos’s behalf. The Nigerian star finally standing in the ring with Strowman made for quite the visual as The Monster Among Monsters was made to look small for the first time in his career. It still seems likely the former Universal Champion will win this one, though.
Roman Reigns vs. Logan Paul for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
Whether you’re a fan of his run or not, the world is waiting to see who will be the lucky Superstar that finally brings Roman Reigns’ time with the titles to an end. The next man being given the chance to do that will be Logan Paul at Crown Jewel.
The reaction to Paul getting a shot at WWE’s richest prize in what is just his third match in wrestling hasn’t exactly been welcomed with open arms. The Saudi shows are very much a spectacle outside of the regular WWE bubble, though. With that in mind, there’s very little chance Paul wins this one.
The OC vs. The Judgment Day
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are back in WWE, and they’re back to help AJ Styles. The Phenomenal One was attempting to take down The Judgment Day alone, so was in desperate need of some backup. As for the first time all six men will clash, that’ll go down at Crown Jewel.
The combination of The Judgment Day seriously getting one over on Edge and this being The OC’s first big match back together, it seems almost nailed on that Styles and co. will be winning this one.
The Usos vs. The Brawling Brutes for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships
The Usos are quickly closing in on breaking the record for the longest-reigning Tag Champions in WWE history. The twins will be on 471 days by Crown Jewel, leaving them less than two weeks short of breaking New Day’s record. That probably means The Brawling Brutes will be the only team standing in the way of Jimmy and Jey making history.
As for whether Ridge Holland and Butch will be the ones to stop them, yeah, that’s gonna be a no. It’ll be a great match, but there won’t be a title change. Maybe we’ll get a big Usos vs. New Day match on SmackDown the week after, giving the record holders the absolute final chance to stop The Usos taking their crown.