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WWE Crown Jewel 2023: How to Watch and What to Expect
Crown Jewel 2023 is almost here. Here's everything the WWE Universe needs to know!
Fastlane is firmly in the WWE Universe's rear-view mirror, which means Crown Jewel 2023 is right around the corner! Here's everything you need to know: How to watch, what to expect, and which high-profile matches are currently slated for the event!
What is WWE Crown Jewel?
Since 2018, Crown Jewel has been an annual event on the WWE calendar (with one exception in 2020). It reflects a ten-year partnership between WWE and Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Sport, a government-backed agency seeking to reform the country's many economic and social programs. The partnership ensures the WWE Universe living in Saudi Arabia gets to experience their favorite Superstars performing live once to twice a year. Other WWE events hosted there include Elimination Chamber, Night of Champions, and other shows.
Where and When Will Crown Jewel 2023 Take Place?
The WWE Universe won't have to wait much longer to witness Crown Jewel 2023 – it's scheduled for November 4, 2023, and it will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Long-time WWE fans will be familiar with the city of Riyadh; it has played host to every Crown Jewel event dating back to 2018, as well as 2020's Super ShowDown event.
How Can You Watch Crown Jewel 2023?
Like all shows from Saudi Arabia, Crown Jewel 2023 will be broadcast live on November 4, 2023, exclusively on Peacock for fans in the United States. The WWE Universe is used to taking in Premium Live Events on Peacock by now, but Crown Jewel 2023 will have an early start time: 1 p.m. ET! (Yes, that means West Coast fans will be treated to an extra-special morning edition of WWE!)
Shows that start at unique times make us happy; there's something about watching WWE in the middle of the day that puts a smile on our faces – no matter where in the world the event is occurring!
As usual, we expect an official Crown Jewel Kickoff Show to begin an hour before the event on November 4.
What To Expect From WWE Crown Jewel 2023?
If the 2022 edition of Crown Jewel is any indication, the WWE Universe is in for quite a night!
Crown Jewel 2022 was a WWE Premium Live Event for the ages. The main event saw Logan Paul nearly pull off the impossible and walk away with the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. However, the key word there is "nearly." Roman Reigns once again proved why he's arguably the most dominant champion in WWE history as he managed to dispatch the Maverick after a surprisingly even matchup. Elsewhere on the card, Bianca Belair and Bayley put on a show for the Saudi Arabia crowd as they competed in a Last Woman Standing match that saw Bianca retain her Raw Women's Championship.
Throughout the years, Crown Jewel has been a haven for once-in-a-lifetime moments, unforgettable title changes, and history being made. We fully expect the 2023 edition of the blockbuster event to be just as impactful!
WWE Crown Jewel 2023 Match Lineup
If you thought Seth Rollins would slow down his unprecedented pace of defending the World Heavyweight Championship at every opportunity, think again: On November 4, Rollins will be defending his title against Drew McIntyre in a match where even the most avid Rollins supporters are pegging the champion as a massive underdog!
Let's face it: Rollins escaped from his feud with Shinsuke Nakamura by the skin of his teeth, and frankly, we're surprised that the World Heavyweight Champion can even walk after the damage Nakamura inflicted upon his chronically injured back. Drew McIntyre is, without a doubt, more physically imposing than Nakamura, which makes us believe Rollins has finally gotten in over his head.
Over on the women's side of the Monday Night Raw roster, tensions will come to a boiling point at Crown Jewel. Rhea Ripley has enjoyed unprecedented success as the WWE Women's World Champion ever since she made good on her promise to dethrone Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania. However, Rhea is slated for her most formidable title defense yet as she will attempt to retain the Women's World Title against Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark, and Raquel Rodriguez in a Fatal Five-Way match!
When the dust settles in Saudi Arabia, who knows which Superstar will stand tall with the Women's World Title around their waist? You can make a case for any of the women competing in this match to be worthy of being called champion. Nia Jax has been playing the role of spoiler ever since her shocking return to WWE last month. Shayna Baszler – fresh off running her former friend, Ronda Rousey, out of WWE entirely – is always a dangerous opponent, while Zoey Stark and Raquel Rodriguez represent the future of the Raw women's division: Hungry, capable, and willing to do whatever it takes to hold the title! While it's never wise to bet against someone like Rhea Ripley, we're worried that Mami's title reign could be in jeopardy.
In addition, the rumors that Logan Paul and Rey Mysterio will clash for Mysterio's United States Championship were proven true. Paul turned heads recently when, after a recent boxing match in the United Kingdom, he turned his victory speech into a shocking, seemingly off-the-cuff challenge to Mysterio! As the fighting champion he is, Mysterio accepted, and now Logan Paul finds himself challenging for his first-ever title in WWE as the United States Championship is on the line at Crown Jewel. While Logan Paul has undoubtedly found success in WWE so far, he's never faced a Hall of Famer yet. As we all know, the Greatest Mask of All Time won't give up his championship without a fight! In addition, Cody Rhodes will take on The Judgment Day's Damien Priest after a prolonged feud that began with a battle over the Tag Team Title. After plenty of barbs between one another, Cody will make his disdain for the faction clear while Priest tries to finish his opponent's story for good.
As for the most exciting bout of the night, Crown Jewel's main event is one that the WWE Universe has been clamoring for for quite some time. Roman Reigns will defend the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against LA Knight on November 4. Thanks to an assist from John Cena, Knight will finally cash in on months of goodwill from the WWE Universe as the top contender to the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. There has been a hotter Superstar in WWE than LA Knight, and we can't wait to see if he has what it takes to be the man to finally dethrone Roman Reigns and put a monkey wrench into The Bloodline's plans for good.
Originally published Oct 17, 2023.