Tossing Salt Presents:
WWE Crown Jewel:
Thoughts & Predictions
October 31, 2018
Dedicated to the memory of Stevie James Locklear. January 5, 2001 – October 29, 2018. Rest In Peace Stevie. We love you!
Coming up this Friday morning is arguably one of the most controversial shows by WWE ever as they take a trip across the ocean to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for WWE Crown Jewel. This show will air in the United States at 12:00 noon EST, exclusively on the WWE Network. Given all the recent political controversy, this show has been on the verge of cancellation many times already and two of WWE’s top stars, John Cena and Daniel Bryan, have opted to not make this trip nor be a part of the event. But the rest of the roster, the men anyways, are going and it’s going to be a night of history and great action. It’s the return of Shawn Michaels to the ring after almost 8 years of retirement for the first ever tag team event between he and partner Triple H, aka “DX” versus Kane & The Undertaker, the Brothers of Destruction. Plus the vacant Universal Championship will be decided, the WWE Championship will be defended and there’s a tournament of sorts to determine who gets to be called the “Best In The World”. It’s a packed card. And with all of that said and done, let’s now get ready and make a few predictions about the event. And here we go.
DX (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) vs. The Undertaker & Kane.
Based on the Triple H versus Taker match at the Super Showdown, I’m not expecting a classic great match. I’m expecting each man to stick to the tried and true methods and work a solid, steady fight that is as much psychology as it is actual moves. The smoke and mirrors will be out in full force as well. Do you think that maybe we’ll see a full force DX reunion and have Road Dogg, Billy Gunn & X-Pac all show up to help HHH and HBK? No, me neither. I’ll go with the basic “Rule of 3” here. HHH won the match down under so that means that Undertaker should win this one. Taker pins HBK and thus, we get the “rubber match” between HBK and Taker somewhere down the road, either at SummerSlam or Wrestlemania. Works for me.
Winners: The Undertaker and Kane
Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman for the vacant WWE Universal Championship.
Braun Strowman should NOT be the WWE Universal Champion. No! No! No! No! And while I’m not particularly thrilled at the idea of Brock Lesnar being the champion again, it’s a swerve and would mean more Paul Heyman each and every week on RAW. That would be a good thing. Braun is not ready to be the big guy on RAW. Brock is always ready. I’m going with Brock here.
Winner and NEW Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe.
So Daniel Bryan is out and had his match last night on Smackdown Live. And now, it’s picking up where things left off with Samoa Joe taking the match and challenging AJ for the belt. Joe had reportedly been pulled off the road due to injuries so is he even ready for a match like this? He’s old school so he’ll work the match and be great at it. It’s time to give Joe the ball and let him run with the title for a bit. He should have, in my opinion, won the belt when they were down under, but WWE didn’t do it. They should do it here and hopefully , they will. Joe is stepping up when WWE needs him and thus, give the man a bone or better yet, give him a belt. It won’t hurt AJ in the slightest and Joe deserves it.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion: Samoa Joe
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bar vs. New Day.
The Bar should have their new buddy and insurance policy, The Big Show, with them as they face the two of the three that are the New Day and defend their newly won Smackdown Tag Team Championships. New Day is old news to me and don’t need the titles right now. The Bar don’t need them either, but just won the belts and it’s too early to lose them. I think we’ll see Sheamus and Cesaro retain.
Winners and STILL WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) w/ The Big Show
World Cup Round One: Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley
From all reports, Lashley is working injured with shoulder problems. Doesn’t matter anyhow because his spokesman, Lio Rush, annoys the hell out of me. I guess that’s his gimmick and Lashley did need someone with him to make him stand out and give him more of a character. But still, oh vey! Seth is the hot child here and I can see him moving on to the next round, unless Ambrose gets involved that is.
Winner: Seth Rollins (Advances to Semi-Finals)
World Cup Round One: Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler with Drew McIntyre.
Nothing against Kurt, but he hasn’t wrestled a real singles match in years and Drew McIntyre will be there to help his partner out too. Kurt is doing the J.O.B. here. It’s true. It’s damn true!
Winner Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre (Advances To Semi-Finals)
World Cup Round One: Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton.
Why is Rey here? Why is Rey here? I still don’t get it. But Randy is a company man and Rey is the big star (really?) making the big comeback. Rey wins.
Winner: Rey Mysterio (Advances To Semi-Finals)
World Cup Round One: Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz.
Nothing against Jeff, but with the exception of a few days as the U.S. Champion, he’s been barely a blip on the radar in WWE. Miz on the other hand, is all over the place and getting geared up for what should be a major push in his near future. Miz wins and the crowd thinks that it is… (wait for it) AWESOME!
Winner: The Miz (Advances To Semi-Finals)
World Cup Semi-Finals.
So these matches, if my predictions hold up, will be Seth versus Dolph and Rey versus The Miz to determine who goes on to finals and the right to be called CM Punk 2018, aka “The Best In The World!”. In the Seth versus Dolph match, look for Drew to distract the referee as Dean Ambrose gets involved and costs Seth his chance at winning the event. Dolph wins. And in the Rey versus Miz match, I’ve got to go with Miz, just as a WWE shot at Daniel Bryan for not coming to the event. So Miz wins this one.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and The Miz
World Cup Tournament Final.
This should be a rare heel versus heel match as two men who know each other very well and are great friends in real life, face off for the right to be called “Best In The World”. It’s Dolph versus The Miz. I’d normally go with The Miz, but since Shane McMahon made the announcement on Smackdown Live last night that if Smackdown doesn’t win the “World Cup”, the Smackdown star who loses it for them will not be wrestling on Smackdown Live, that just adds drama and we can get maybe a repeat of the Owens / Shane feud with Miz losing and Shane being the petty McMahon he is and seeking some payback as he makes Miz’s life hell. So for the sake of story-telling, let’s give this one to the man from Ohio. No, the other man from Ohio.
Winner of the WWE World Cup and “Best In The World” – Dolph Ziggler
And there you go. So am I right? Am I wrong? Are you even going to be watching WWE Crown Jewel? Let me know what you think about the matches, the event and if it should even be happening. I want to know what you think about it all. And with that, I’m out of here. Work beckons in a few minutes and this is going to be a very long day. Have a great one and take care and I’ll catch you later.