The WWE landscape will change significantly after the Oct. 21 Crown Jewel event. Crown Jewel not only represents WWE’s return to Saudi Arabia for the next in a series of highly controversial events in the country, but also serves as the final event before the changes of the WWE Draft go into effect for both Raw and SmackDown.
Brock Lesnar will make his in-ring return at the event, battling dominant universal champion Roman Reigns in a huge showdown. There is currently one other championship match officially set for the card, with Becky Lynch defending the SmackDown women’s championship against Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks.
The card is still very much in development, but we do know four title matches that are currently set for the card. Let’s take a look at what we know — and what we expect — at WWE Crown Jewel.
WWE Crown Jewel matches
Universal Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar: Reigns vs. Lesnar is a huge matchup that WWE is excitedly building toward after Lesnar returned at the end of SummerSlam. Paul Heyman, current advisor to Reigns and former advocate to Lesnar, has been central to the storyline, with Reigns’ trust in Heyman eroding. With Reigns having held the title for more than a year, Lesnar represents the biggest test of his time as champion.
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair vs. Sasha Banks: Banks made her surprise return to ruin the Extreme Rules rematch between Lynch and Belair. That made sense after Banks and Belair were set to rematch for the title at SummerSlam before Banks was unable to compete. Instead, Lynch returned from a long absence due to pregnancy to beat Belair and win the title in less than 30 seconds. Now, Lynch has to fend off the challenge of both women, though Belair will be moving to Raw after the match. That doesn’t mean she can’t win the belt, however, as Raw women’s champion Charlotte Flair was drafted to SmackDown on the first night of the draft.
Raw Tag Team Championship — RK-Bro (c) vs. AJ Styles & Omos: Randy Orton and Riddle won the tag belts from Styles and Omos at SummerSlam, ending a dominant championship reign. Styles and Omos haven’t stopped focussing on getting their revenge and WWE made it official that the championship rematch would take place at Crown Jewel.
WWE Crown Jewel predictions
WWE Championship — Big E (c) vs. Drew McIntyre: McIntyre moves off of Raw and to SmackDown after Crown Jewel. Still, he ended a recent Raw by staring down Big E after the champion defended the title against Bobby Lashley. It seems that has set up a clash driven by stakes of “Will McIntyre take the title to SmackDown?”
Bobby Lashley vs. Goldberg: This match has yet to be made official, but seems like a sure thing. Lashley beat Goldberg at SummerSlam and also attacked Goldberg’s son after the match. Goldberg has made it clear he would get his revenge eventually, going as far as to say that he is hoping to “get lucky” and “kill” Lashley.
King of the Ring finals: WWE is bringing back King of the Ring and it seems they are planning to bring the tournament to the end at Crown Jewel. This is in line with many of the other “notable accomplishments” on past events in Saudi Arabia, including the WWE World Cup and Greatest Royal Rumble.
Queen’s Crown finals: Similar to King of the Ring, it is believed WWE will end their women’s tournament at Crown Jewel.