WWE Crown Jewel 2022: How to Watch, Match Card, Predictions
WWE Crown Jewel is upon us, and if you plan to tune in this Saturday November 5 on Peacock, make sure you’re prepared for the early start time at noon ET. It’s not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon leading into the Breeders’ Cup and Clemson-Notre Dame on NBC.
While in the past, some of the matches for WWE Crown Jewel were centered around nostalgia and reliving past glory, the event has evolved where it’s as consequential as any other Premium Live Event. As you’ll see below, there’s a handful of championship matches on the card, as well as multiple high-profile grudge matches. Bray Wyatt is also expected to make an appearance at the event. Even if it’s just his entrance and another promo, we’ll take any breadcrumbs we can get.
Roman Reigns hasn’t wrestled since his showdown with Drew McIntyre at Clash at the Castle on September 3, so any time he gets into the ring is a special occasion. That alone makes the main event captivating, even if Logan Paul is a long shot to actually defeat the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion in his third career match. The presence of Logan’s brother Jake Paul, fresh off a win over 47-year-old Anderson Silva last weekend, should only add to the atmosphere to combat whatever presence of The Bloodline is in tow. It probably won’t change the expected result, but it should at least be interesting.
We’ve compiled everything you need to know for Saturday’s event, including our previews and predictions for each match.
WWE Crown Jewel Event Details: How to Watch, Start Time, Date, Location
|Date||Saturday, November 5, 2022|
|Start Time||12PM EST/4 PM GST/9AM PST (Kickoff starts at 11AM ET/3 PM GST/8AM PT)|
|How to Watch||Peacock (United States), WWE Network (Outside US)|
|Location||Mrsool Park, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Roman Reigns w/ The Bloodline (c) vs. Logan Paul w/ Jake Paul||WWE Undisputed Universal Championship|
|Bianca Belair (c) vs. Bayley w/ Damage CTRL||Raw Women’s Championship||Last Woman Standing Match|
|Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley||None|
|The Usos (c) vs. The Brawling Brutes||Undisputed Tag Team Championship|
|Asuka & Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Dakota Kai & IYO SKY||Women’s Tag Team Championship|
|The Judgment Day vs. The O.C.||None|
|Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross||None||Cage Match|
|Braun Strowman vs. Omos w/ MVP||None|
Note: (c) indicates the champion heading into the match.
Roman Reigns vs. Logan Paul – Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Match
Come on. Do I really need to draw this one out? Is the winner really in doubt here?
Look, credit to WWE for playing up the “it just takes one lucky punch” angle and Logan Paul‘s knockout punch in this storyline. It’s made for some great promos with Roman Reigns and Paul and has helped build Logan Paul up as a legitimate Superstar, which makes sense given he’ll be around for a while. But there is no way and I mean NO WAY The Tribal Chief is losing his championship before WrestleMania at this point, especially not to Paul. He’s the hottest name is wrestling right now in the hottest group in the business with The Bloodline and WWE didn’t build up his legendary reign for it to end now.
The story leading up to this has been good and I honestly think the entertainment quality of the match itself will be very high, but the result has never been in doubt. Acknowledge your Tribal Chief. -Mike Murphy
Prediction: Roman Reigns
Bianca Belair (c) vs. Bayley – Raw Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing Match
This current iteration of the rivalry between Bianca Belair and Bayley began when we were first introduced to what would become Damage CTRL at SummerSlam on July 30. Belair, after successfully defending her Raw Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch, was greeted by a returning Bayley and two fresh allies in the form of Dakota Kai and IYO SKY. In the months since, Bayley has tried her darndest to take control (see what we did there?) of the women’s division. And there have been some victories on that end, including Bayley pinning Belair in the six-woman tag team match at Clash at the Castle and again in a singles match on Raw a couple of weeks ago, though she needed some interference from Nikki Cross to do it. However, Bayley failed to capture the gold at Extreme Rules and she might have to get to the back of the line if she loses this Saturday.
On one hand, Dakota Kai & IYO SKY losing the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on Raw was a tough blow, but on the other hand Bayley was able to deliver a devastating Bayley to Belly to Bianca through a production table near ringside. Bayley probably wasn’t feeling great after that bump, but Belair at least goes into the match a bit wounded. There’s also the prospect of looking ahead here. If Crown Jewel ends with Belair as champion and Alexa Bliss & Asuka retaining, there’s just not a lot of juice going into a potential War Games match at Survivor Series on November 26.
It wouldn’t make much sense to have the whiplash of Kai & SKY quickly getting the tag belts back, so we’re guessing that Bayley connives her way into winning the title this Saturday. You can almost count on a controversial ending, likely with Kai & SKY helping incapacitate Belair or burying her under enough tables and ladders that she’s unable to stand. Either way, it will only intensify the situation leading into battle later this month. -D.J. Short
Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley
This is going to be fun. The lead up hasn’t been, but the match will be. Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley are two of the most entertaining big men to watch and it was really disappointing to see Roman Reigns ruin their first encounter of 2022 all the way back at the Royal Rumble. That shouldn’t be the case this time around.
Expect spears, suplexes and F-5s galore in what should be a short but explosive bought. While I would love to see Lashley win here, I think with him coming off a super strong run as United States Champion he can afford to eat this loss to a Lesnar that’s coming off a rough defeat to Reigns at SummerSlam. I also think this program will be given the legs that it wasn’t at the beginning of the year and will probably run to Survivor Series, if not the 2023 Royal Rumble. That will hopefully allow Lashley to emerge from the program’s conclusion victorious after starting it off on the losing end. -Mike Murphy
Prediction: Brock Lesnar
The Usos (c) vs. The Brawling Brutes – Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships Match
The Usos have been the undisputed WWE tag team champions for almost seven months now and it’s hard to see their dominant run in the tag team scene ending here. The Brawling Brutes certainly have motivation on their side after The Bloodline took out Sheamus two weeks ago. Ridge Holland & Butch actually scored a win over Solo Sikoa & Sami Zayn on SmackDown last week, taking advantage of the continued rift between Jey Uso and “The Honorary Uce.” The Usos might appear vulnerable as a result of the squabbling, but are they actually vulnerable enough to lose the gold? We’re guessing not.
It’s unclear if Sami Zayn will be present for the event, but Solo Sikoa should be and he’s proved to be an enforcer before in these situations. Just ask Drew McIntyre about that. It should be a “banger” of a match, but look for Jimmy & Jey to retain in an unscrupulous manner. Whenever The Usos eventually lose these belts, it’s likely to happen in a high-profile angle. This ain’t it. -D.J. Short
Prediction: The Usos
Asuka and Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Dakota Kai and IYO SKY – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
The latest match announced for Crown Jewel is a rematch of the main event of this week’s Raw. Asuka and Alexa Bliss are your new WWE Women’s Tag Team champions. Damage CTRL made a big point of emphasis on taking out both Asuka and Bliss and putting them on the shelf. Now the former champions are looking for a measure of revenge and to regain the gold. These women have developed some chemistry in the ring over the last few months as it’s been one big feud along with Bianca Belair and Bayley all being involved. Both teams have now picked up victories over one another in the last few months with Kai and SKY originally eliminating Asuka and Bliss from the tag team tournament for the Women’s Championships.
As far as this rubber match the champions retain so that we avoid playing hot potato with the championships. This feud is likely far from over as we could see this finally end at Survivor Series: War Games but for now, our champions continue onward. -James Carr
Prediction: Asuka & Alexa Bliss
The O.C. vs. The Judgment Day
After being outnumbered by the Judgment Day, A.J. Styles brought in some old friends to try and even up the sides when Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows returned to reform the O.C. While their return was a welcomed one to the WWE Universe, things haven’t gotten that much better for Styles, and the main reason for that is Rhea Ripley. While the O.C. has been able to more than hold their own against Finn Balor, Damien Priest and Dominik Mysterio, they’re missing a female to combat Ripley. Rhea has been wreaking havoc on Gallows in particular. Ripley shocked everyone when she scooped him up with ease and bodyslammed him on the floor during a tag team match. She followed that up by low-blowing Anderson, leading to the victory. And then last week, Anderson was able to pick up a singles victory over Priest, but immediately following the win, Ripley struck again with another low blow, this time on Gallows, which led to a beatdown of the O.C.
This one also has some fun backstory that not everyone in the WWE Universe is probably too aware of. While the Superstars have alluded to some of the history, Finn Balor created a group called Bullet Club in Japan back in 2013 before he ever debuted for WWE. Karl Anderson was one of the original members of Bullet Club as well, and Gallows joined the group later that year. Balor was kicked out of the group after a loss to his long-time rival Ryusuke Taguchi (which also was the storyline way to write him off before he debuted for NXT), and later that same night, A.J. Styles debuted as the newest member of Bulley Club. While it would be pretty confusing to try and explain all of this during a Raw broadcast (there’s an extensive Bullet Club Wikipedia rabbit hole to journey into if you have the time), it has been nice that they’ve at least loosely acknowledged the past in the build-up.
But backstory aside, how will this one play out? Can The O.C. find a way to neutralize Ripley on the outside? Raquel Gonzalez has been in the mix on house shows, so she would make a lot of sense. Back when Edge was embroiled in a feud with Judgment Day, it seemed like a clash between Ripley and Beth Phoenix was inevitable, but that never seemed to materialize. And then there’s Charlotte Flair who seemingly has been ready to return for months now, and her and Ripley have had some great matches in the past, including their epic clash from WrestleMania 36. This one really could go either way, especially if a female equalizer is introduced here. But I’m going to go with the Judgment Day picking up another win as feels too early for them to lose some momentum. There’s a lot of potential in this group to be major players at the top of the card. -Ed Williams
Prediction: The Judgment Day
Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross – Steel Cage Match
After Karrion Kross picked up a victory over Drew McIntyre at last month’s Extreme Rules Premium Live Event. This feud has continued with a lot of the same tactics except McIntyre has been the aggressor. Drew has been on a warpath to show that at any time he can turn Kross’ lights out. McIntyre has been made to look as strong as possible following two straight losses at Premium Live Events. McIntyre crashed his car into Kross’ in the parking area then bounced his head off of a truck leaving him laid out in response to what happened at Extreme Rules. The following week McIntyre laid down the challenge for it all to come to an end at Crown Jewel in a steel cage.
I think for Kross to keep the momentum that he’s gained since his return he needs to win again. Another victory over McIntyre would cement what Kross has been talking about for the last 2 months which is the fact that Drew’s time at the top of WWE is over. Kross has repeatedly mentioned that he will be the one who represents a new beginning for WWE. While Scarlett will be locked out of the steel cage, we know that doesn’t mean she can’t get involved in some capacity. I’m going to call that Scarlett slams the cage door on Drew as he has the match won or provides Kross with a weapon to neutralize Drew. Here’s to hoping that after this match both superstars can go their separate ways with new opponents. -James Carr
Prediction: Karrion Kross
Braun Strowman vs. Omos w/ MVP
Talk about a battle of the behemoths. If they called Hogan-Andre the Irresistible Force vs. the Immovable Object, then what the heck do you call this? Well, hopefully we don’t end up calling it a train wreck, but that’s definitely within the realm of possibility. The formula behind this one is tried and true – Giant A (7'3”, 403 pounds) is bigger than Giant B (6'8”, 340 pounds) and wants to assert his dominance. While there is definitely some intrigue any time you can get two guys this big squaring off against each other, the intrigue can wear off quickly, so this match needs to be a short one.
I expect Omos to get in some early offense so that the Monster of All Monsters has to overcome some adversity. But in the end, Strowman should prove that the Nigerian Nightmare won’t cause him to lose any sleep. Strowman has shown some really good fire since returning and just has a lot more to offer both in the ring and as a character in general. A loss to Omos would be a brutal blow to his long-term prospects. On the flipside, Omos has been around long enough now where it’s time to start to really question whether he has what it takes for a future inside the squared circle. Our official prediction is that Monster of All Monsters puts the Nigerian Nightmare to bed. -Ed Williams
Prediction: Braun Strowman