WWE Crown Jewel 2021 is going to be the third WWE event promoted under the Crown Jewel chronology. It will be the fifth WWE event held under a 10-year partnership. The event is taking place in support of Saudi Vision 2030. The event is set to take place on 21st October 2021 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. WWE Crown Jewel 2021 matches will take place at King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh. WWE Crown Jewel 2021 will be the first event to take place in Saudi Arabia since February 2020. The last Crown Jewel event took place in October 2019 at the King Fahd International Stadium situated in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
WWE’s Crown Jewel event is a professional pay-per-view event. It is a WWE Network event created for the Raw, Smackdown, and 205 Live brand divisions. The event was announced during the SummerSlam pay-per-view event that took place in August through an ad. The advertisement confirmed that the WWE Crown Jewel would take place in October 2021. The event will be WWE’s first international event since the pandemic. The match cards for the event haven’t been announced yet. WWE has had a lot of success in Saudi Arabia. There is a strategic relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their 2030 vision for live events.
WWE Crown Jewel Background
WWE signed a 10-year strategic multiplatform partnership with the General Sports Authority in support of Saudi Vision 2030 at the beginning of 2018. Saudi Vision 2030 is Saudi Arabia’s social and economic reform program. The first event through the newly established partnership took place on April 27, 2018. The event was the Greatest Royal Rumble and was held at the King Abdullah Sports City’s King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah. A follow-up of this event was announced in September. This was the Crown Jewel event, which was held on November 2, 2018. An announcement was made on September 27, 2019. The announcement confirmed that a second Crown Jewel event would be held at the King Fahd International Stadium on October 31.
WWE Crown Jewel 2019
WWE Crown Jewel 2019 consisted of nine matches, which also included one on the Kickoff pre-show. Bray Wyatt, dubbed “The Fiend,” defeated Seth Rollins in a Falls Count Anywhere match that could not be stopped for any reason. This allowed The Fiend to win the Universal Championship. Brock Lesnar also defeated Cain Velasquez by submission to retain the WWE championship in another prominent match. In another match, professional boxer Tyson Fury defeated Braun Strowman by count-out, and Lacey Evans was defeated by submission by Natalya. This was a milestone match as it was the first professional women’s match to take place in Saudi Arabia.
The event received a positive reception from the critics. Some matches like the tag team turmoil match, United States Championship match, 5 on 5 tag team match were praised. The singles match between Mansoor and Cesaro received great praise. The Lesnar vs. Velasquez and Fury vs. Strowman matches were criticized. Though, the Universal Championship match received a fairly polarized reception. The first Women’s match in Saudi Arabia also received a polarized reaction for its booking and the significance that it held. It was considered to be average in quality by a lot of fans.
WWE Crown Jewel 2021 Matches Speculation
The match cards for Crown Jewel 2021 have not been announced yet. It’s been speculated that the Universal Championship match will take place between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Brock Lesnar will most probably be at the Crown Jewel. There hasn’t been a Crown Jewel without Brock Lesnar. Lesnar returned to the Summer Slam with his new beard and ponytail look to take on Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
And who can forget the Goldberg vs. Lashley match! In summer slam 2021, Lashley successfully defended the WWE title against Goldberg. It is now being reported by Wrestle Votes that WWE is planning on the Goldberg vs. Lashley rematch. It will take place in Saudi Arabia in October.
Telecast in India
Crown Jewel will be available for Indian audiences via the WWE Network on 21 October 2021 at 10:30 PM IST. The fans can enjoy the event exclusively on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 3 channels.