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Quote With Crown Jewel 2019 coming up this Sunday night, the go-home show of Monday Night Raw has given us an indication of what talent is booked for the pay-per-view and who is not currently scheduled. Of course, the card is always subject to change and WWE may end up making alterations to this lineup, but at the moment, the men and women in this breakdown are not currently advertised as being part of this event.

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In some cases, this may be justified, or even a purposeful plan to set up a surprise. In other cases, it may be ridiculous. That is up to you to decide as we take a look at which superstars aren’t being promoted for this show.

The Entire Women’s Division

Per usual with the Saudi Arabia shows, no female superstars have been permitted to perform, meaning the entirety of the women’s division in WWE will be sitting this out.

Here’s hoping the next time, that will change.


From the Raw Men’s Division

— Aleister Black: You would think Black would want someone to pick a fight with him. However, he’s on the list of people not allowed to perform due to the religious nature of some of his tattoos.

— The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor): Nearly every tag team on the main roster is fighting for the World Cup, yet The Ascension still couldn’t be the 10th to round out the match. That’s how little WWE prioritizes them.

— The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar): WWE is keeping AOP out of the tag team turmoil match to avoid having to be stuck with either booking them as the winners or having them lose.

— EC3: For the life of me, I don’t know why EC3 wasn’t chosen to be in the 20-man battle royal. Was that an oversight or a purposeful neglect situation?


— Kevin Owens: KO has turned down competing in Saudi Arabia in the past. We can assume he did the same here.

— The Miz: While The Miz has been instrumental in the Team Hogan and Team Flair feud, his absence from this event is curious. Why wasn’t he one of the people in the battle royal? That’s very interesting and it might just be that he turned it down this time or WWE didn’t want to use him that way and had nothing else in mind for him to do.

— Rey Mysterio: While he isn’t officially booked for the card, we can assume Mysterio will be ringside for the WWE Championship match.

— Samoa Joe: Samoa Joe is still dealing with a broken thumb injury.

— The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford): Much like AOP, The Street Profits are being protected. Their absence from Crown Jewel is just to avoid them losing the tag team turmoil match.

— The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso): The Usos have been MIA since the DUI situation and it is unknown when they’ll be returning, let alone which brand they’ll be on.

From the SmackDown Men’s Division

— Big Show: While technically still listed as a member of the SmackDown roster, Big Show is much more of an ambassador than an active wrestler.

— The Colons (Epico Colon & Primo Colon): Just like The Ascension, The Colons are being ignored for the tag team turmoil match, which isn’t surprising. What’s truly shocking is that WWE hasn’t just released them.

— Daniel Bryan: Since Bryan turned down working for the Saudi shows in the past, we can assume he did the same here, too.


— Drew Gulak: I’m very perplexed about Gulak’s lack of inclusion in the battle royal. I had thought he would be a guarantee.

— Elias: For the time being, Elias is still out of action with an ankle injury.

— The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy): Matt Hardy could be called upon to wrestle, but WWE has kept him on ice with Jeff’s knee injury.

— Jinder Mahal: Mahal suffered a ruptured patellar tendon injury in a match against Ali on June 15th and will be out several months.

— Lars Sullivan: The Freak will be out of action until 2020 due to a knee injury.

— Sami Zayn: For cultural and political reasons, the Saudi Arabian government does not want Sami Zayn on their shows.

— Sheamus: The Celtic Warrior has been out of action quite some time due to injuries, and WWE has not given a timetable as to when or if he will be returning to the ring.

— Xavier Woods: Woods recently tore his Achilles tendon and will be out of action for nearly a year or so.

So last weekend we put our clocks back an hour and USA don't until this week so the time difference is 4 and 7 instead of 5 and 8 hours with USA. It's why we get shows this week at midnight not 1 am. So I think the kick off show starts 4 pm our time and the main show 5 pm and will probably go on until 10 pm based on past shows.

It's a shame so many are missing and hopefully one day they can do a full card there.

The Miz seems the biggest person missing if you don't include the usual suspects.
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Lacey Evan's vs Natalya will take place at Crown Jewel and become the first ever womens match in Saudi Arabia.

It's a historic moment for sport in that country however I somewhat feel this match isnt big enough- unless of course the reason its these 2 is incase there is major backlash - their major stars would be protected 
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I'm sure the usual band of WWE haters will have nothing but negative thoughts on this event but I thought it was excellent, great matches from start to finish and for the most part it did a good job of advancing a few current storylines and gave the fans the results they wanted.

So Lesnar vs Velasquez, yes it was very short and sweet but I'm almost certain the match was booked this way because Velasquez is nursing a knee injury and is also still very inexperienced in a wrestling ring, plus hes not in the best shape he could be in, the last thing WWE wanted was another Goldberg style catastrophe. While the match was short I actually enjoyed the realistic MMA style these two brought to this match and would definitely like to see a much longer match between them down the line, I'm sure this is just part one of this feud and they also built to a future match between Mysterio and Lesnar with the post match stuff. Overall I didn't have a problem with how this was booked.

The tag team gauntlet match was enjoyable, decent action from start to finish and I'm glad the OC won the trophy and the bragging rights.

Cesaro vs Mansoor was a really good fast paced match full of high spots, Mansoor looked good and of course got the feel good win in front of the home crowd, good stuff and was booked exactly how it should be, this was a showcase for the home town hero and Cesaro was a great choice as a good hand in the ring to put Mansoor over strong.

AJ vs Humberto Carrillo I would say was actually the worst match of the night and it was still far from being a dud, was a solid enough match.

I'm interested to see other peoples thoughts on Braun Strowman vs Tyson Fury as I'm sure many folk will crap all over it, I thought for a celebrity cameo match this was decent, Tyson for a guy with no wrestling background did a admirable job in the ring and in my view this match exceeded expectations. The finish protected Braun and gave Tyson the expected win.
Good stuff I liked it.

The ladies match was obviously a ground breaking occasion, I think Nattie and Lacey were selected as WWE were likely reluctant to put any top stars into this position and just wanted to test the waters here with a low key exhibition match. Obviously the ladies were fully covered up and it felt like they were holding back in the ring a little working a mostly mat based technical style match, perhaps the Saudi officials didn't want to advocate too much woman on woman violence. A solid enough match for what it was and you could tell both Nattie and Lacey were very emotional about being a part of this.

So the Hogan/Flair tag match, I enjoyed it, with this amount of talent in a ring its never going to be terrible and for what it was I thought it was a good match, some fun spots and I liked the interaction between Lashley and Rusev which of course furthered their angle. My only complaint here is that I would have liked to have seen this match be used as a showcase for McIntyre instead of going with the predictable happy ending of Reigns looking strong and winning the match, but overall I had no real complaints and it didn't do any harm to any of the talent as its basically a throwaway attraction match.

The main event - loved it! Great brawl all around the arena from Bray and Seth, far better than the Hell in a Cell match. The Fiend is the best thing in WWE in years I love this character and WWE aside from the cell finish are still booking The Fiend well. WWE finally went with the right decision and put the belt on Bray, the fans would have rejected a Seth win and this creates a very interesting scenario with both World titles now on Smackdown. The ending to this match was a fantastic visual with the explosions and then Wyatt rising up and taking out Seth, then of course the fade to black and The Fiend with the title.
Great stuff top marks to WWE on this one.

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The travel situation sounds really bad with a number of top stars not wanting to travel to Saudi Arabia again.

Apparently the plane fault reason given was bullshit and it was because Saudi still owned Vince money from the previous show.

Vince then stopped the live feed in Saudi Arabia for the natives and Bin Salman was petty enough to hold 150+ that had travelled there captive.

It's bad ownership from Vince who left behind his workers by rushing home on his chartered flight with Kevin Dunn and his other cronies.

As the boss, company owner and man responsible he should have been the last person not the first to get back to America.

Vince and those closet to him (rumoured to be about a dozen) should have stayed behind.

Then based on family circumstances (such as AJ Styles missing his son wrestle) those seats should have been taken by his talent to get them out of there.
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Alot of the talent have vented their anger about it online 

Alot of people seem really pissed off by it 
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This was very unfortunate and bad planning by WWE really to have Crown Jewel and Smackdown so close together, I tend to think that once the crew knew they weren't going anywhere they would have been very comfortable in a luxury hotel somewhere but I get that for those with families it must have been heartbreaking.

Vince really should have stayed behind to show support to his troops that much I agree on. Apparently Hogan, Flair, Vince, Lesnar, Fury and Heyman all got away on privately chartered flights. Tyson Fury I can understand as he was only there as a celebrity cameo and Lesnar has private travel as part of his contract I think.

If the rumours are true about WWE not being paid for the Saudi shows and Vince cancelling the television feed resulting in the flight being cancelled then I would guess this could be the end of these Saudi events. Probably a good thing as they do seem to be snake bit what with the controversy, negative fan feedback, issues with the heat, most of the shows being poorly received and now issues with travel too. It will hurt WWE financially though as the shows are worth a fortune but with now more talent threatening to join Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owen's in boycotting the shows might be best to cut their losses.
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