The 2021 WWE Crown Jewel Kickoff pre-show opens up with a shot of fans entering the Mohammed Abdu Arena on The Boulevard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kayla Braxton welcomes us to the Crown Jewel Kickoff. She is live from the WWE TV studios in Stamford, CT with Matt Camp and Peter Rosenberg.
They announce that Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns will now be a No DQ match, and the No Holds Barred match between Bobby Lashley and WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg will also be Falls Count Anywhere. The panel goes over the rest of the card and we get a preview and discussion for the WWE Title match.
We get a preview and discussions for the Queen’s Crown finals between Doudrop and Zelina Vega, and the King of the Ring finals between Xavier Woods and Finn Balor. Camp believes Woods will become King. The camera cuts backstage and shows us the locker room door of WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg as the panel talks about tonight’s No Holds Barred Falls Count Anywhere match. The panel looks at the updated RAW and SmackDown rosters from the WWE Draft, which will officially go into effect tomorrow night with SmackDown. Kayla says the No DQ stipulation for Lesnar vs. Reigns has been pulled because the participants want nothing to do with the stipulation. We get a video package for Lesnar vs. Reigns now. Kevin Patrick catches up with Paul Heyman backstage. Heyman insists he never went over the Crown Jewel contract with Lesnar, as Lesnar alleged. Camp picks Reigns to retain, and Rosenberg agrees. Kayla sends us to the Mohammed Abdu Arena on The Boulevard in Riyadh. Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. They hype tonight’s show and send us to the ring.
The Usos vs. Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin
We go to the ring for tonight’s Kickoff opener as SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos come out for this non-title match – Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso. Out next are Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander as Greg Hamilton does the introductions.
Now the bell sounds and we’re off-and-running with this one. The crowd in Saudi Arabia immediately breaks out in an enthusiastic “Uso! Uso!” chant as the early action gets underway. We see Uso dominate the action early on, taking it to Alexander as the fans rally behind him with “Let’s go Uso!” chants.
Alexander ends up cutting Uso’s momentum short and then he makes the tag to Benjamin, who comes into the ring and picks up where he left off, putting a sleeper-hold on the crowd in the process. Benjamin tags Alexander back in and the two hit a double-team spot on Uso for a near fall.
After Cedric works him over for a bit, he brings Benjamin back in and the longtime veteran keeps the pressure on one-half of the SmackDown Tag-Team Champions, all-the-while keeping him on his side of the ring and far away from the tag he badly needs to make to his brother.
Uso starts to show signs of life, as the crowd comes to life a bit as well, although The Hurt Business do a good job of shutting that down before it gets started. Jey Uso fires up again and starts blasting Benjamin with big shots that gets the crowd going again. This time he buys himself some time by decking Benjamin. He finally makes the tag.
The crowd goes nuts as the fresh Jimmy Uso hits the ring. Benjamin also makes the tag and in comes Alexander to take the fired up offensive comeback of The Usos as the crowd continues to go nuts. Benjamin ends up tagging back in and connecting with his Pay Dirt spot but the Usos survive and end up hitting double super kicks and a big Uso splash off the top-rope for the pin fall victory.
Winners: The Usos
We head back to the pre-show panel, where Braxton, Camp and Rosenberg run down the lineup again for today’s WWE Crown Jewel 2021 special event, which continues with the main card starting momentarily. From there, they set up the elaborate video package to tell the story leading up to tonight’s Hell In A Cell showdown between Edge and Seth Rollins.
After that, we return to the panel again where the trio give their insight and analysis into the Edge-Rollins rivalry. Braxton then asks Camp and Rosenberg for their predictions on many of tonight’s big matches and then we wrap up the Kickoff Show with Braxton reading a tweet from Xavier Woods and sending us into the main show. Here we go!
2021 WWE Crown Jewel Results
Together signature airs and then we transition into the usual bad ass cold open video for the third annual WWE Crown Jewel special event from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
After the package wraps up, we hear the ominous music that plays as the Hell In A Cell cage is lowered over the ring. We then hear the familiar sounds of “BURN IT DOWN!!!!” as Seth freakin’ Rollins makes his way out.
Rollins heads down to the ring for our opening bout of the evening as fire pyro explodes from the entrance ramp. He settles inside the ring enclosed by the HIAC structure and his music dies down.
We hear the fans boo as we watch Rollins survey the audience from one side of the building to the other. He is then startled as we hear “YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME!” and then on this day, we see clearly as “The Rated-R Superstar” emerges.
Edge makes his way down to the ring as the crowd reacts in Saudi Arabia and fireworks and pyro explodes from the entrance area as the WWE Hall of Fame legend prepares to enter hell for his grudge match showdown against Rollins.
There’s a big fight feel, and it’s only noon on the east coast, folks! Crown Jewel is live! It sounds like the fans are actually singing along with the lyrics to Edge’s theme as he checks the strength of the HIAC cage surrounding the ring before entering.
Now we see Rollins and Edge intensely staring each other down inside the ring as the bell sounds to officially get this one off-and-running. They finally collide and start brawling with a wild exchange of back-and-forth strikes. Edge beats Rollins down in the corner but then Rollins turns the tables and does the same to him.
Edge fights back into the lead again as the fans break out in an early, thunderous “This is awesome!” chant. Edge beats Rollins down and looks out to the crowd, who break out in “Yes!” chants. Edge goes to pick up Rollins but Rollins catches him off guard and chokes him throat-first over the top rope before connecting with a leaping springboard knee to the dome.
Rollins sees Edge recovering on the floor at ringside and decides to hit the ropes to build up a head of steam for a dive through the ropes. It goes bad for him, however, as Edge side-steps him and helps guide him for his landing — face-first into the HIAC cage. Edge grinds Rollins face into the cell to follow-up and then he rams him into it. He rams him into the steel steps after that and he now finds himself in a comfortable offensive lead.
This doesn’t last long, however, as Rollins shifts the momentum in his favor moments later and immediately turns up the violence level as well. He looks to tear the eye of Edge out. He rams him into the cell when the action spills out to the ringside area. The fans chant “Let’s go Edge!” as Rollins continues to dominate the action, slamming and bashing Edge into anything solid in sight.
Edge recovers and brings two chairs in the ring as the commentators remind new fans about his fondness of con-chair-to’s. Rollins avoids it and takes back over. After a leg of the chair is broken off, which has become a regular weapon used in recent Edge matches, Rollins ends up with it and he bashes it directly into the eye of “The Rated-R Superstar.” The fans immediately go dead silent after the scary looking spot.
Rollins continues to beat down the WWE Hall of Fame legend, and now a table has been introduced to the match. The fans react with a loud cheer, even though Rollins was the one who brought it into play, setting it up outside of the ring. The battle gets going again before he can use it. Rollins finally gets Edge down and begins climbing up to the top-rope. Edge pops up and shoves Rollins off, and Rollins goes crashing violently through the table he set up moments ago at ringside.
We see the action return to the ring, as Edge brings a lifeless Rollins back into the squared circle and delivers some more punishment before heading back out to the ringside area to retrieve half of the steel steps. He brings them into the ring and sets them up in the middle. He drags Rollins over to them and connects with an Edge-O-Matic on Rollins that sees Rollins land hard on the unforgiving steel steps. Edge picks up a steel chair as the fans chant “This is awesome!”
“The Rated-R Superstar” takes the chair with him and heads up the ropes with it as Rollins is still laid out on the steel steps in the ring. He comes flying off with an elbow smash with the chair over his arm and connects. He goes for the cover after this, but Rollins somehow finds a way to kick out and keep this brutal HIAC match alive. Edge stalks Rollins looking for a spear, but Rollins recovers and blasts him with a super kick as he comes charging in. He follows that up with a Pedigree and a pin attempt, but somehow Edge kicks out as well.
Rollins backs in a corner and stalks Edge. He looks for the stomp but Edge avoids it and hits Rollins with his own buckle-bomb spot. After that he blasts him with a spear and goes for the cover. The fans bit on it being the finish, although Rollins again managed to kick out at two. The fans react to the kick out with an absolutely thunderous “This is awesome!” chant as the commentators point out that this is only the first match of the show.
Now we see Edge head back out to the ringside area looking for something. He reaches under the ring and pulls out a table and slides it into the ring. He isn’t satisfied, however, and heads back under the ring and pulls out a ladder. The fans react with a loud gasp and cheer as Edge wears a sadistic look on his face and puts the giant ladder into the ring. He re-enters the ring as well and lawn-darts the top of the still-folded ladder into the face of Rollins. He sets it up leaning in the corner of the ring. He goes to whip Rollins into it but Rollins reverses and whips Edge into it — hard.
The two brawl back-and-forth and then Rollins takes over again. He sets up a table inside the ring and the ladder is set up near it as well. Edge climbs up one side of the ladder while Rollins is on the top-rope on the opposite side of the ladder. He flips over Edge’s head and connects with a sunset bomb that puts “The Rated-R Superstar” through the table. He goes for the cover and still, Edge somehow finds a way to kick out before the count of three.
A frustrated Rollins heads out to the ringside area and starts looking for any kind of other weapons under the ring. He pulls out whatever he can find and then sees Edge staggering around lifeless, completely out of it on his feet. He decides to re-enter the ring and he decks him with a super kick. He lays Edge out with a few more big shots and then starts taunting him as he lays lifeless on the mat. He goes over to a tool box he threw in the ring when looking for weapons a moment ago.
He grabs a long steel chain that he found in it and he wraps it around his boot as he is backed up in the corner stalking Edge with a violent steel-chain-wrapped stomp in mind. He waits for Edge to get up and Edge manages to barely sit up. Rollins walks over and blasts Edge with a super kick with the chain-wrapped boot. We see cuts and bloody welts all over the back of Edge as he falls down to the mat. Rollins isn’t satisfied, so he grabs a steel chair and lays it on the mat. He puts Edge’s face/head on it and backs into the corner after shouting in his face, “This is how it ends!”
Rollins runs to Edge with violent intentions but Edge pops up and grabs the chair his head was laying on and rams it into the low blow region of Rollins. Edge gets back to his feet and waits for Rollins to get up as well. He then blasts him with a big super kick. Rollins makes it up to his knees and crawls to Edge, only to get laid out with another super kick. Edge grabs the chain wrapped around Rollins’ boot and he unwraps it. He takes it and wraps it around Rollins’ face and squeezes it. Rollins crawls to the toolbox still in the ring and grabs a wrench. Edge takes it from him and uses it to pull back on Rollins open mouth with it in the crossface position.
Just as it looked like Rollins was about to tap out but Edge decides to let him go in favor of a more violent, barbaric ending. He backs up and stalks Rollins, waiting for him to get up just enough that he charges back towards him and connects with a big stomp. He goes for the cover and this time he gets it. What an absolutely incredible opening contest here at WWE Crown Jewel.
After the match, the music hits while Edge is still laid out on top of Rollins. We go to replays. Edge looks a bit emotional as he stands tall now while fans cheer him on. The fireworks go off as the Cell is raised above the ring. Edge sits on his knees in the middle of the ring, recovering from the match. He gets back up and exits the ring while fans cheer him on. About 10 minutes for the post-match.
Mansoor vs. Mustafa Ali
Back from a break and out first comes Mustafa Ali for the next match. We see a few happenings that led to this grudge match. Hometown star Mansoor is out next to a big pop.
The bell sounds and we’re off-and-running with this one. Ali jumps off to an early offensive lead, however it doesn’t last long, as Mansoor fires up and gets the crowd on their feet as he takes it to Ali. Ali takes a breather at ringside to regroup, stopping only to yell at the fans to shut up.
He heads back in the ring and Mansoor goes right back to work on him and Ali is having trouble dealing with the momentum that the Saudi Superstar has built. Ali attempts to roll out to ringside to regroup again, but this time Mansoor is having none of it, as he hits a dropkick through the ropes.
He goes to follow-up, however Ali yanks him down feet-first off the ring apron and he bounces out to the floor, with his head bashing on the hard corner of the ring apron on the way down. Ali stops to taunt the fans a bit and then brings the action back into the ring.
Mansoor fights back into competitive form, but Ali stops him and connects with a big tornado DDT that shifts the momentum back into his favor. Ali beats Mansoor down while shouting and taunting him, calling him a worthless loser and blasting him with kicks in the corner.
Finally Mansoor hears one too many insults and he catches a kick and gets up with an angry look on his face. He starts fighting back and beating Ali down. The crowd rallies behind him as he continues to work over Ali in the corner of the ring. Ali tries popping up but runs right into a big clothesline from Mansoor that turns him inside-out.
We see Mansoor run and go for a dive through the ropes, but he launched himself right into a dropkick from Ali on the floor. Ali heads to the top-rope and goes for a crazy high spot, but Mansoor rolls out of the way. He then connects with a belly-to-belly suplex. He heads to the top-rope backwards and hits a moonsault.
He sells his neck that Ali has been working on throughout the match upon landing and then goes for the cover. Ali reverses into a koji clutch after the count of two. Mansoor eventually makes it to the ropes to force the hold to be broken. Ali goes for the 450 splash off the top but Mansoor moves. He then hits a springboard neckbreaker of his own and scores the pin fall victory over Ali. His hometown fans give him a nice reception after the victory.
After the match, we see Mansoor celebrating when Ali attacks him out of frustration for losing. He beats him down and then out of nowhere, some music hits and out comes someone dressed up in a karate gi with a red belt on, as well as a Saudi Arabian head-dress.
We discover that it is Saudi Olympic karateka Tareg Hamedi, who earned a silver medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo in the 75kg division of Kumite. The commentators inform us of this and how he was disqualified from winning gold after knocking out his opponent.
Ali and Hamedi have a staredown as the crowd gives this a mega-reaction, and they are clearly aware of who this is, even though virtually everyone watching will probably be scratching their heads. He hits the same blow that got him DQ’d, which the commentators point out. He leaves Ali laying and then he and Mansoor celebrate for the Saudi fans.
– Back from a break and we get a Breast Cancer Awareness Month video. Titus O’Neil is in the ring with Natalya now. They have four Saudi breast cancer survivors with them, representing the Zahra Breast Cancer Association. They each have a custom WWE Women’s Title belt with them. Natalya and Titus get the crowd to cheer them on.
Raw Tag-Team Championships
AJ Styles & Omos vs. RK-Bro (c)
We’re back inside Mohammed Abdu Arena in Riyadh and we see some highlights of AJ Styles and Omos causing havoc in recent weeks, beating down The Street Profits and others as they continue their journey to recapture the Raw Tag-Team Championships.
The theme for AJ Styles plays and out comes “The Phenomenal One” along with his tag-team partner, the giant Omos. The challengers settle inside the squared circle and then their music dies down.
Now the familiar sounds of Randy Orton’s theme hits and out comes the reigning, defending Raw Tag-Team Champions — RK-Bro. “The Viper” and Riddle head out and begin making their way to the ring, only for Riddle to scoot to the back. Orton looks upset thinking Riddle bailed on him, but then “The Original Bro” comes back out on a camel.
Riddle rides the camel down to the ring looking like the happiest person on planet earth, while Orton looks confused and even a bit jealous as the champs make their grand entrance to the ring for our first title match of the day here at Crown Jewel.
The bell sounds and it will be Riddle and Styles kicking things off for their respective teams. Styles blasts Riddle with the first shots and then taunts him and the fans. The fans are already chanting “This is awesome!” as Riddle starts firing away at Styles with kicks. He then tags Orton into the match.
Orton hits the ring and picks up where Riddle left off, taking it to Styles as the fans break out in a thunderous “RKO! RKO!” chant. Orton tried to oblige them, as he goes for an “RKO out of nowhere,” however Styles has it well-scouted and manages to avoid it. Orton opts instead to stomp every bit of Styles’ body, “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin style, as the fans react to each shot.
Riddle tags back in and Orton hoists him up in the air by lifting him up for a back-flip splash onto Styles for a near fall. Riddle picks Styles up in a gut-wrench suplex spot without going for the actual suplex. He holds him in that position and swings him around in circles and then slams him down. The fans give that a big reaction and then Styles heads over and tags in Omos.
Omos stares Riddle down as the fans quiet down and the giant begins his beatdown of “The Original Bro.” He hoists Riddle up, but Riddle escapes out the back door and quickly scrambles to his corner and makes the tag to Orton. Orton stares at Omos and soaks in his massive size before stepping through the ropes to begin his attempt at fighting this mammoth human being.
We see Orton blast Omos with a big punch, only for the big man to laugh it off and ask him if that’s all he’s got. He tries this a few more times and then Omos finally responds with a shot of his own, decking Orton with a big boot to the face. He hoists Orton up with ease and then drops him face-first on the top turnbuckle. Styles shouts instructions at Omos from the apron as Orton continues to find himself on the wrong end of a one-sided beatdown.
Now Omos drags Orton over to his team’s corner and makes the tag to Styles. Styles comes in and picks up where Omos left off, taking it to “The Viper” as the fans try and rally behind him with “Randy! Randy!” chants. Randy tries firing up and he throws some punches at Styles, but Styles kills his comeback attempt with a picture-perfect drop kick. He then tags Omos back into the match. Omos grabs a hold of Orton with a vice-like grip on his traps.
After inflicting some more punishment, Omos tags Styles back in. Orton also tags out and back in comes Riddle. Styles blasts Riddle with a Pele kick that finds the mark, but Riddle recovers quickly and gains the upper-hand on “The Phenomenal One.” He then tags Orton back in. Orton takes Styles out and then drapes him over the middle rope for his trademark DDT spot. He sees Omos coming and lets go of Styles. He heads over to Omos and Riddle helps from the ringside area on the floor.
Orton returns his focus to Styles, who is setting Orton up for a big “Phenomenal Forearm” finisher, but Orton sees it coming. Styles ends up springboarding off the ropes with Orton catching him with an RKO out of nowhere. Riddle comes off the top with his Floating Bro finisher to follow-up and then they score the pin fall to retain their Raw Tag-Team Championships.
Winners and STILL Raw Tag-Team Champions: RK-Bro
After the match, Orton and Riddle stand tall in the middle of the ring and hug as the music hits. We go to replays.
We head backstage where Kevin Patrick is standing by with SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Lynch is offended by Patrick asking about losing to Sasha Banks on the recent supersized SmackDown on FS1 show leading up to tonight’s title defense in a triple-threat match. She says she thought they were better than that, since Patrick also comes from “the old country.” She then talks about not being fond of being in a match she doesn’t even have to be involved in the finish to lose her title. She says despite this, she is going to remind everyone just who the hell she is. She walks off and we head to a quick ad break on that note.
Queen’s Crown Tournament Finals
Zelina Vega vs. Doudrop
We go back to the ring for the finals of the inaugural Queen’s Crown Tournament. Zelina Vega is out first, followed by Doudrop. Both Superstars are covered up.
They meet in the middle of the ring and have words. Doudrop shoves her away. Vega comes back with kicks but Doudrop catches a kick and headbutts her to the mat. Vega comes back and flies off the top but Doudrop catches her. Vega slides down but Doudrop goes to work on her with more offense.
Doudrop with a big slam in the middle of the ring, then an elbow drop. Doudrop goes on until Vega turns it around and mounts offense. Vega with a big tornado DDT for a close 2 count. Vega tries again but Doudrop kicks out. Vega applies a modified Dragon Sleeper now as the referee checks on Doudrop. Doudrop smashes Vega back into the corner and they tangle. Doudrop levels her with a clothesline and they both go down.
Doudrop misses a corner cannonball and Vega attacks but can’t get the pin. Doudrop counters and nails a big sidewalk slam for another close 2 count. More back and forth now. Doudrop with a big running senton for another close 2 count. Vega moves as Doudrop goes for a big splash. Vega comes right back and delivers the Code Red powerbomb for the pin to win the tournament and become Queen.
Winner and FIRST-EVER Queen’s Crown Tournament Winner: Zelina Vega
After the match, Vega stands tall and looks a bit emotional as she does her royal wave to the crowd. Vega heads to the stage and puts on her cape, then puts on the crown as fans cheer her on. Vega then grabs the scepter and takes a seat in the Queen’s Crown throne as she is announced as Queen Zelina. The pyro goes off and fireworks explode over the arena as Vega celebrates.
No Holds Barred, Falls Count Anywhere Match
Bobby Lashley vs. Goldberg
We see the elaborate video package that tells the story leading up to tonight’s grudge match showdown between “The All Mighty” Bobby Lashley and WWE Hall of Fame legend Goldberg.
From there, we re-enter Mohammed Abdu Arena where Lashley’s theme hits and “The All Mighty” one himself begins making his way down to the ring. He settles inside the squared circle and his music dies down.
The commentators remind us the added stipulation given to this contest during the Kickoff Show, as the previously announced No Holds Barred match will now also be a Falls Count Anywhere bout.
After a pause to build some anticipation, we see a shot backstage as someone comes up and knocks on the locker room door of Goldberg and then the legend emerges. He is escorted by security as he makes his way to the entrance area.
Finally, we see smoke fill the entrance area and white out the camera shot on the WWE Network / Peacock broadcast as the iconic music of the pro wrestling legend plays and the fans in Saudi Arabia break out into loud “Goldberg! Goldberg!” chants to the tune of his theme.
He emerges through the smoke and then heads to the ring as the chants continue. As he settles into the ring, we see Lashley wrapping his hand with a steel chain prior to the bell sounding.
The bell rings and Goldberg didn’t see Lashley wrap a chain around his fist. They go at it and Goldberg takes the chain strikes to start. Lashley beats Goldberg down and launches him into the ring post shoulder-first as some fans boo. Lashley beats Goldberg down and goes to ringside. Lashley looks under the ring but goes over and grabs a steel chair instead.
Lashley uses the chair on Goldberg, then sends him shoulder-first into the ring post again. Lashley brings a table into the ring now as Goldberg slowly recovers. Lashley beats Goldberg back down with elbow strikes, then stands on his injured left knee as Goldberg screams out in pain from the corner. Lashley leans the table up in the corner. Goldberg gets back to his feet but Lashley charges with a chop block and takes him back down. Lashley plays to the crowd for boos. Lashley goes to work on Goldberg’s injured knee now. Lashley wraps the chair around Goldberg’s knee and grinds it, then stomps on it.
Lashley goes to the bottom rope and stomps the chair around Goldberg’s leg once again. Lashley stands tall for more boos as the referee checks on Goldberg. Lashley stalks Goldberg from the corner as fans chant for Goldberg to get up. Goldberg crawls to the ropes and tries to pull himself u. Lashley charges for a Spear but Goldberg moves and Lashley crashes through the table. Goldberg slowly gets back to his feet now.
Goldberg gets up and meets Lashley in mid-air with a big Spear. Fans pop for Goldberg as he grabs Lashley for the Jackhammer. He lifts Lashley and drops him with the Jackhammer, but does not go for the pin. Goldberg takes his gloves off and stomps on Lashley. Goldberg tosses Lashley to the floor and follows. Goldberg charges and puts Lashley through the barrier with a Spear. Goldberg talks some trash about Lashley putting his hands on his son. Fans chant for Goldberg again.
Goldberg picks Lashley up from the timekeeper’s area debris, then drops him over the top of the barrier while yelling in his face. Goldberg slams Lashley face-first into the announce table. Lashley is dazed as Goldberg works him around the ringside area now. Goldberg takes apart the steel ring steps, places Lashley face-down on the steel and tells him he’s going to pay. Goldberg grabs the other half of the steps and slams them at Lashley but Lashley moves out of the way just in time.
Goldberg stalks Lashley up the ramp to the stage now. Lashley slowly gets back to his feet as Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin come down with kendo sticks. Shelton charges first and gets dropped, the same with Cedric, with ease by Goldberg. Lashley holds a kendo stick now, staring Goldberg down. Goldberg picks up a kendo stick also. They meet on the stage and Goldberg beats Lashley down with the kendo stick. Goldberg with more kendo stick shots. Goldberg snaps the stick in two and tosses it as Lashley slowly gets back up. Goldberg charges and delivers a huge Spear to knock Lashley off the stage. They both go crashing down below on the floor and Goldberg holds it for the pin to win.
After the match, Goldberg stands tall but is limping around. The music starts up as fans chant his name. Goldberg walks back over and looks down at Lashley, who is laid out next to the stage. Goldberg limps back to the ringside area and hugs a group of kids at ringside. Goldberg limps back to the stage to make his exit. We see Lashley walking away from the debris now. Goldberg looks at the camera and warns to never mess with his family.
King of the Ring Tournament Finals
Finn Balor vs. Jinder Mahal or Xavier Woods
We go back to the ring for the finals of the 20121 WWE King of the Ring Tournament as Finn Balor makes his way out first. Out next is Xavier Woods, who plays Francesca on the way to the ring as fans chant for The New Day. Woods stops and talks to the camera about how he’s about to become King.
The bell rings and they do a show of respect fist bump. They lock up and go at it, trading holds and counters. They go to the mat and trade holds there. They break and get back to their feet. They charge and Woods counters with a side-Russian leg sweep for a 2 count. Woods rolls Balor up but Balor comes back with a basement dropkick for a 2 count. Balor grounds Woods with a headlock now.
Balor and Woods trade shots and Balor ends up hitting a nice reverse neck-breaker for a pin fall attempt. Woods kicks out. Balor backs in a corner and then runs and hits a sling blade on Woods. He stops in the other corner and stalks him, waiting for him to get up. He charges at him when he does but walks right into a super kick from Woods for his efforts.
The two both take a moment to recover as they are each down and out after the big shot connects from Woods. Back on their feet, they trade shots until Balor lays Woods out with a leaping overhead kick that blasts him in the dome. Balor goes for another big shot when Woods gets up, but Woods avoids it and decks Balor. He then takes him to the top-rope and connects with a picture-perfect super plex for a close near fall.
We hear a loud “This is awesome!” chant that does spread throughout the arena this time. Woods heads to the top-rope and walks the rope a bit before launching himself off for a flying elbow smash. Balor ends up countering it as Woods was coming down. This leads to a fired up comeback from Balor. He hits his usual pre-finisher spots and then heads to the top-rope for the Coup de Grace, only for Woods to avoid it.
Woods fires up and hits a bunch of kicks and then a gut-buster on Balor. He then heads up to the top-rope. He walks the top-rope a bit again and once more launches himself off with a flying elbow smash that connects this time. He makes the cover and scores the pin fall victory. Xavier Woods is your 2021 WWE King of the Ring.
Winner and King Of The Ring Tournament Champion: Xavier Woods
He gets emotional immediately after scoring the pin and then talks into the camera about how he said this was his destiny. We see replays of the finish as Woods heads up the ramp to take his rightful spot on the throne. He puts the crown on and then the announcer says “all hail King Xavier.” He puts his robe on as fireworks and pyro explodes and the fans give him a big pop as his music plays to continue his fun-spirited celebration. Got to love it!
WWE Title Match
Drew McIntyre vs. Big E
We go back to the ring and out comes Drew McIntyre to a big pop and pyro. Drew carries his sword, Angela, to the ring with him. Out next comes WWE Champion Big E to a pop. Big E stops and poses on the entrance-way, talking to the title as the fireworks go off. We get formal ring introductions.
Big E and Drew meet in the middle of the ring as Big E talks some trash. They back off and here we go. They charge from the corners and lock up, then break. Big E with a headlock now. They break and collide with shoulders in the middle of the ring. Big E tells him to go again. They collide with shoulders a second time. They go for a test of strength now but Drew kicks and twists the arm up, then applies a headlock. Drew levels Big E with a big shoulder, then tosses him to the mat and grounds him by the arm.
They run the ropes again and now Big E drops Drew. Big E drags Drew over to the edge of the apron and unloads with forearm shots as the referee counts. Big E returns to the apron and goes for the splash but Drew rolls to the floor for a breather. Big E follows but Drew launches him on the floor with a big overhead suplex at ringside.
Drew brings it back in the ring and unloads in the corner. Drew with a side-Russian leg sweep and we get a unique pin for 2. Drew grounds Big E by his arm again. Big E fights up and out but Drew catches him with a huge jumping Spinebuster in the middle of the ring. Big E kicks out just in time. Drew with more big strikes. Big E comes back with two big belly-to-belly suplexes, then a third. Big E stands over Drew and dances, then goes for the splash but Drew jumps up and launches him with an over head suplex. Drew keeps control, delivers a neckbreaker, then kips up for another pop as he yells out to the crowd.
Drew goes for the Futureshock DDT but Big E grabs him, slams him and delivers the running splash in the middle of the ring. Drew kicks out at 2. Big E starts to rally the crowd now. Drew blocks a Big Ending, then rolls Big E for a close 2 count. Drew scoops Big E for a big Michinoku Driver for another close 2 count. More back and forth now. Big E with a big Uranage for another close 2 count. Drew with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt. Big E back-slides Drew for another close pin attempt. Drew rolls through and drops Big E with the Futureshock DDT for another close call.
Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Drew goes for a Claymore but Big E catches him in a big powerbomb. Big E applies the Stretch Muffler now, forcing Drew to yell out in the middle of the ring. Drew breaks free and rolls Big E into an ankle lock. Big E kicks him away and drops him with the Big Ending in the middle of the ring. Drew kicks out just in time and Big E can’t believe it.
Big E takes Drew to the top turnbuckle now but a dazed Drew falls to the apron. Big E pulls him back up for a super Big Ending. Drew fights back and delivers a super bulldog from the top. Big E still kicks out and Drew can’t believe it now. Drew charges for the Claymore Kick but Big E goes down and rolls out of the way. Big E gets up first as Drew rolls to the apron. Big E charges but Drew nails a big Claymore out of nowhere. Drew covers but Big E kicks out right before the 3 count. The Saudi crowd chants “holy shit!” now.
Fans chant “one more time!” at Drew it sounds like. They tangle as Big E goes for the Big Ending. Big E keeps control and keeps Drew up on his shoulders, then drops down with the Big Ending, nailing it this time in the middle of the ring. Big E holds it for the pin to retain.
Winner: Big E
After the match, Big E stands tall and takes the WWE Title as his music hits. Big E hits the turnbuckles to pose for the crowd as they cheer him on. We go to replays. Drew exits and looks back at the ring as we get a show of respect with Big E talking to the title again, and saying Drew brought it. Big E goes on about how he’s just getting started.
Triple Threat for the SmackDown Women’s Title
Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch (c)
We go back to the ring as the rules are announced for the next match. Out first comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, who will officially become a RAW Superstar tomorrow night thanks to the WWE Draft. We see how Becky captured the title in just 26 seconds by defeating Bianca Belair at SummerSlam. Out next comes Sasha Banks. We see recent happenings between the competitors in this match. Banks stop on the apron and poses as pyro goes off. Belair is out last, swinging her hair on the way to the ring. All three Superstars are covered up. We get formal ring introductions from Hamilton.
The bell rings and here we go. They size each other up and Banks kicks Becky then locks Belair in a headlock. Belair dodges her and drops Becky with a shoulder. Banks and Belair go at it now. Belair catches a crossbody but Becky jumps on her back. Belair tosses Becky off and swings Banks’ legs at her. Belair with a fall-away slam to Banks and a kip-up for a pop. Belair runs into Banks’ knees in the corner. Banks goes to the top but Belair rocks her and presses her high in the air above her head, then with just one arm. Belair then drops Banks to the mat.
Becky trips Belair from the floor, then pulls her out and sends her into the barrier. Becky comes in but Banks takes her down for a 2 count. Banks and Becky go back & forth now. Banks with a deep arm drag for 2 as Becky comes right back to her feet, surprising Banks. Becky blocks a Backstabber but has a kick caught by Banks. Banks with a Meteora for a close 2 count. Belair comes back to the apron but gets knocked off again. Banks with a Banks Statement to Becky in the middle of the ring but Belair breaks it up. Belair unloads on Banks in the corner while Becky recovers. Becky takes over on Banks and launches her into Belair. They continue trading offense in the corner and Belair puts Banks on her shoulders for a KOD but Becky knocks them both down with a missile dropkick from the top. Fans chant “this is awesome!” as Becky covers Belair for 2, then Banks for 2.
Becky controls the match and gets a pop. Belair dodges a leg drop from Becky. Becky and Belair tangle now. Becky with a bulldog for a 2 count. Banks fights Becky from the apron but Becky unloads with strikes. Becky with a top rope leg drop while Banks is draped over the middle rope. Banks kicks out at 2. Fans chant “this is awesome!” again Becky stomps Belair, then stomps Banks. Becky with a Bexploder suplex to Belair, then a Bexploder to Banks. Becky covers both of them at the same time but they kick out.
Becky talks some trash about how the title is hers. She keeps both challengers down while yelling about being the history maker here. Becky goes back to the top but they both catch her in mid-air. She pleads with them while they hold her up, but they launch her back into the turnbuckles with a double Buckle Bomb. Banks and Belair go at it now. They trade pin attempts and more offense in the middle of the ring. Belair has a back-slide blocked. Banks arm drags her but Belair comes right back with a shoulder. Belair shows off some over Banks. Belair clotheslines Banks and kips-up. Belair with a long vertical suplex but Banks lands on her feet. Banks with a suplex of her own. Banks holds it to pay tribute to WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero with the Three Amigos.
Fans chant “Eddie!” now. Banks goes to the top but stomps Becky in the corner to keep her down. Banks goes for the Frogsplash on Belair but has to roll through as she moves. They tangle in the corner where Becky is still down at. Belair drops Banks off the bottom rope and shoves her to the floor as she charged into the corner. Becky goes to work on Belair now. They trade 2 counts. Becky with a knee to the gut. Becky with a kick but Belair catches her with a Spinebuster for a 2 count.
Becky and Belair go at it some more. Banks gets knocked off the apron. Becky avoids a KOD but Belair nails a Gutbuster. Belair goes for a splash but Becky gets her knees up. Becky with a 2 count but Banks runs in and tries to stop them from pinning each other. Belair gets the upperhand but misses a moonsault as Becky and Banks both move out of the way. Banks has the Banks Statement on Belair while Becky has the Dis-Arm-Her applied at the same time. They break it and Banks unloads on Becky in the corner. Banks shows off for a pop. Becky with uppercuts to Banks out of the corner. Becky stomps Banks and goes to the top. Banks avoids the flying attack, then drops Becky with a Backstabber. Banks with the Banks Statement to Becky now in the middle of the ring.
Belair comes in and nails the handspring moonsault to both of them. Belair pins Becky for 2, then Banks for 2. Belair shows some frustration now. Banks mounts offense now but she’s frustrated. Banks sends Becky out and drops Belair. Banks grabs Belair’s hair and swings it around, then kicks her while holding the hair. Banks taunts Belair but Belair grabs a kick and slams her, then rolls her for 2 as Becky makes the save just in time. Becky with a running right hand to Belair in the corner. Banks swings for Becky but drops Belair and she rolls out. Becky and Banks tangle and Becky hits the Man-Handle Slam but Belair runs back in and breaks the pin up just in time.
Becky and Belair trade strikes and trash talking from their knees now. Belair blocks the Man-Handle Slam and goes for the Glam Slam but Becky sends her into the corner, then the apron. Becky unloads with right hands. Becky holds Belair’s hair and climbs the corner but Banks come sin out of nowhere, kicking Becky to the floor, then nailing Belair with a knee. Banks runs and slides for a powerbomb from the apron to the floor but Belair hangs on. Belair goes to the floor but Banks kicks her. Belair blocks a tornado DDT on the floor. Belair blocks a Backstabber. Becky leaps off the Arabic announce table, taking them both down for a pop. Becky rolls Belair in the ring to a “this is awesome!” chant. Becky slams Belair and goes right into the Dis-Arm-Her in the middle of the ring. Belair resists but Becky locks it in.
Banks runs in but Becky drops her. Becky now has a double Dis-Arm-Her applied to both challengers at the same time. Belair powers up with both of them and Becky goes down while Banks hits a Backstabber to Belair out of the move. Becky drops Banks with kicks. Banks blocks the Man-Handle Slam but Belair comes from behind and drops Becky with the KOD. Banks comes from behind to toss Belair to the floor before she can get the pin, but Belair sends her out. Banks pulls Belair to the floor. Banks runs back in to put Becky away but Becky rolls her up for the pin to win and retain.
Winner: Becky Lynch
After the match, Becky stands tall as her music hits. We go to replays. Becky raises the title in the air as pyro goes off and fireworks go off above the arena. Becky celebrates as Banks and Belair look on disappointed and emotional on the mat.
— We get a (long) video recapping the events between Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar.
WWE Universal Championship
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event as WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns with Paul Heyman. They stop and the pyro goes off before heading to the ring. Reigns raises the title again in the ring as more pyro goes off. The music stops for a minute until starting back up for Brock Lesnar. Lesnar comes out to a huge pop and kicks forward from the stage as pyro goes off and fireworks explode above the arena. Lesnar marches to the ring for his first match in 19 months. He walks around the ring as Reigns stares him down. Lesnar hops up on the apron as more pyro goes off. Lesnar enters the ring and faces off with Reigns in the middle. Heyman exits and we get formal ring introductions from Hamilton.
The bell rings and here we go. Lesnar goes for Reigns and locks up against the ropes. The referee breaks them in the corner and Reigns backs away. Lesnar is still bouncing around. Lesnar smiles and laughs before attacking and beating Reigns down in the corner. Lesnar goes again and grabs him for the German suplex but Reigns rocks him and backs him away. Lesnar attacks again but Reigns avoids another German attempt. Reigns beats Lesnar around now. Lesnar scoops Reigns out of nowhere and rams him into the corner with big shoulder thrusts. Reigns comes right back with big right hands.
Lesnar ducks and goes for a German but Reigns holds on to the top rope. Lesnar delivers German #1 for a big pop. Fans chant “Suplex City!” now but Reigns holds on to the ropes to avoid another. Lesnar with more big thrusts in the corner. Lesnar stomps away in the corner now.
Reigns hangs Lesnar up on the top. Reigns pulls Lesnar to the floor but Reigns sends him into the barrier. Reigns comes right back swinging and sends him into the ring post. Reigns dodges a F5 on the floor and apparently hit a thumb to the eye on his way back in, slowing Lesnar down for a second and angering him. Lesnar comes back in but Reigns knocks him back to the floor with a Superman Punch.
Reigns runs the ring and leaps over the top rope, taking Lesnar down on the floor for a big pop. Fans chant “holy shit!” and the referee starts counting. Reigns brings it back in and stalks Lesnar, then delivers a big Spear. Lesnar kicks out at 2. Fans do dueling chants now. Reigns stalks as Lesnar is dazed. Reigns staggers him with a Superman Punch against the ropes. Reigns finally drops Lesnar with the second Superman Punch. Lesnar pulls himself back up. Reigns calls for the finish and charges but runs into the ring post as Lesnar jumps over his Spear. Reigns collides with the post and goes down but Lesnar also collapses, from exhaustion according to Cole.
Fans chant “this is awesome!” as they both struggle to get back up. Heyman looks on as Lesnar gets up and delivers a German suplex #2 to Reigns. They both get up and fans want to see another. Lesnar delivers German #3. Lesnar mocks Reigns and calls for the finish like Reigns does. Lesnar with German #4. Lesnar stands tall and yells out again, mocking Reigns some more.
Lesnar scoops Reigns for a big F5 in the middle of the ring but Reigns kicks out. Lesnar looks to the sky as he can’t believe it. The crowd is wild as Lesnar gets back up first. Reigns is struggling to get up at Lesnar’s feet. Lesnar scoops him for a second F5 but Reigns counters and turns it into the Guillotine submission in the middle of the ring. Reigns tightens the hold to wear Lesnar down but he’s not fading yet, still on his feet with Reigns locked in. Lesnar turns the Guillotine into a Spinebuster. Lesnar also goes down and he’s hurt. Fans chant for Lesnar as he gets back up. Lesnar goes for another F5 and he hits it but Reigns’ knees hit referee Charles Robinson on the way down. Lesnar covers Reigns and gets the three count but the referee is laid out.
Lesnar stands over the referee and yells out in frustration. Lesnar picks the referee up and drops him to try and wake him up. The referee just rolls to the floor. Lesnar turns back around to a big Spear from Reigns. They’re both laid out in the middle of the ring now. Heyman watches closely as Lesnar and Reigns struggle to get up. Heyman tosses the belt in between the two, and yells that “you know what to do with it!” and then he turns around, covering his eyes.
Lesnar and Reigns struggle for the title but Lesnar gets it, standing back up to his feet. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos rush the ring and drop Lesnar with a double superkick. They head back out and Reigns drops Lesnar with a title belt shot. Reigns then covers Lesnar as a second referee hits the ring to count the pin.
Winner: Roman Reigns
After the match, the music hits as The Bloodline stands tall together at ringside and celebrates, with Heyman joining them. We go to replays. The Bloodline poses on the stage now as Lesnar struggles to get back up in the ring. Heyman stands next to Lesnar but he looks a bit worried, and confused. Lesnar looks on from the mat as Reigns and his crew head to the back. The 2021 WWE Crown Jewel event goes off the air with Lesnar looking on from the mat.
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