WWE announced they will be returning to Saudi Arabia for another WWE Network and Pay-per-view event on November 2nd. It was announced on Monday on RAW because of Brock Lesnar’s actions at Hell In A Cell leading to a no contest in the Universal Title HIAC main event that there will be a Triple Threat match for the Universal Title – (C) Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar.
The Crown Jewel event will take place in the same month as Survivor Series and the recently announced, Starrcade show. Additionally, Crown Jewel takes place just five days after the all-women’s PPV, Evolution.
As you may recall, the controversial Greatest Royal Rumble event took place in Saudi Arabia earlier this year and it’s estimated WWE was paid $40 million or more to host the event. WWE’s involvement with the Saudi General Sports Authority was criticized by many, including Hall of Famer Lita who called it a direct conflict of interest when it comes to the female movement in the company — as women weren’t allowed to participate.
Below is the official announcement from WWE.com:
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA and STAMFORD, Conn. — The Saudi General Sports Authority, in partnership with WWE, will present WWE Crown Jewel at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday, November 2, including a Universal Championship Triple Threat Match featuring Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman, and the first-ever WWE World Cup tournament to determine the best in the world.
General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia Chairman His Excellency Turki Al Sheikh, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia invite the world to celebrate this signature event. Following WWE’s sold-out Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah in April, this is the second event as part of a long-term partnership between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
WWE Crown Jewel will stream live on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view outside of the Middle East. Ticket availability and regional broadcast information will be announced in the coming weeks.