To call Crown Jewel 2019 the best of the four Saudi Arabia supershows
would be an understatement.
Thursday’s PPV was the first of the bunch to truly be newsworthy,
noteworthy and historic all at the same time. We witnessed history with the
first women’s wrestling match in the country. We saw a major title change hands.
We saw some decent wrestling on the card.
Most importantly, we walked away from Crown Jewel with
something to talk about on SmackDown that in theory should get people to tune
in. That doesn’t happen often, especially after the Saudi shows.
However, the PPV was not without its usual drawbacks. The
battle royal was largely a waste. The two most hyped matches on the card underperformed
even low expectations. And the tag team turmoil match must have been booked on
a napkin in catering a half-hour before bell time, because it was the dumbest
outcome short of the B-Team winning it all.
This version of Crown Jewel will be remembered going
forward, but it’s not the kind of show you’ll settle in and rewatch. But if you
caught it, you probably don’t feel like it was a waste of your time.
With that said, let’s buckle down and find out what made
this show click and what made it clang.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.