2022 WWE Crown Jewel Predictions, Card, Matchups, PPV Preview, Start Time, Date, Location

2022 WWE Crown Jewel Predictions, Card, Matchups, PPV Preview, Start Time, Date, Location

The WWE Crown Jewel is set to go down on Saturday as WWE returns to Saudi Arabia. WWE is bringing most of its top stars to the event, marking another major turn in its contentious relationship with the country’s government.

In the main event, Roman Reigns will defend the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship against social media star Logan Paul. Reigns has been the Universal Champion since August 2020, and unified that title with the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 38 in April. Paul only had two matches in his career, teaming with The Miz to defeat The Mysterios and then defeating The Miz in a singles match.

Also on the card is an actual recreation of Godzilla vs. Kong. Two of WWE’s biggest superstars, Braun Strowman and Omos, will test the strength of the ring on Saturday when they trade blows. Other notable matches include Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Bellaire vs. Bayley in the Last Woman Standing match and Drew McIntyre vs. Carrion Cross in a steel cage.

Let’s take a closer look at who our CBS Sports pundits are predicting in the WWE Crown Jewel, which begins Saturday at noon ET from Mrsool Park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and airs live on the Peacock.

2022 WWE Crown Jewel Predictions

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship – Roman Reigns (c) vs. Logan Paul. This is such a strange encounter. It seemed like WWE would build Paul up through more special matches before putting him in any title matches. While he did stand out in both of his matches, the bottom line is that Paul is by no means walking away as the undisputed champion. That said, there is a chance he could win by disqualification and remain undefeated while not taking the title from Reigns. It makes more sense that Reigns just wins here, while Paul looks good enough that he’s not done any harm as a rising star. Selection: Roman Reigns retains the title. Brent Brookhouse (aka Shaquiel Mahjouri)

Raw Women’s Championship – Bianca Bellaire (c) vs. Bayley (Last Women’s Evergreen Match). In any other matchup, I’d likely lean toward Bailey to end Beller’s long run and freshen things up a bit. But when Bayley goes through the rules of Last Woman Standing, it doesn’t feel right, and Beller getting Superwoman through another challenge is much more likely. Selection: Bianca Bellaire retains the title — Brookhouse

The damage CTRL trajectory is confusing. The group was set to take over the women’s division after their debut. Dakota Kai and IYO SKY lost a tag team title match, won two weeks later and recently dropped the belts to Alexa Bliss and Asuka. The trio was also singlehandedly eliminated by Bellaire at Extreme Rules. WWE was probably wise not to repeat The Bloodline’s title reign with Damage CTRL, but their momentum started and stopped a lot. Saving the group probably means handing Bayley the title by nefarious means. Selection: Bayley wins the title — Mahjuri

Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley. Lesnar lost to Lashley at the Royal Rumble earlier this year. It was the first time the two men had ever met in a one-on-one match. WWE would likely want to revisit this match again in 2023, and letting Lesnar get the win back is the most direct way to do that. It’s also hard to imagine Lesnar losing three in a row. You have to go back to 2003 to find out when that happened. Option: Brock Lesnar wins — Brookhouse (aka Mahjuri)

Drew McIntyre vs. Carrion Cross (Steel Cage Match). McIntyre can’t afford three straight pay-per-view losses. The Scotsman was one of WWE’s few believable main eventers towards the end of Vince McMahon’s tenure, and it would be a shame to see him fall from grace after a strong showing at Clash at the Castle. Cross has been very well presented so far. His aura is certainly worth maintaining, but Kroos does not have a clear and direct path to the world title. Give McIntyre a much-needed win against Cross to set up the trilogy. Selection: Drew McIntyre wins — Mahjuri (aka Brookhouse)

Braun Strowman Vs. Omos. Omos is very much a work in progress, and that’s okay. He must not win. Strowman is a much more experienced big man that you can confidently put into a big feud. Strowman leaving last year was weird. WWE spent so much time building up a monster of a man with amazing athleticism only to drop him. Shredded and looking better than ever, the Crown Jewel should be Strowman’s stepping stone to something bigger. Option: Braun Strowman wins — Mahjuri (aka Brookhouse)

OC vs. Doomsday. Judgment Day got some much-needed momentum against Edge at Extreme Rules, and you’d like to see them build on it. Unfortunately, it might not be worth it for the OC to lose. Stiles plays the most successful of all six competitors. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows recently returned to WWE after being woefully underutilized in their last stint. The three have cohesion and a long-standing friendship, so there shouldn’t be too many differences in their chemistry. Expect the OC to emerge victorious to take advantage of The Good Brothers’ latest comeback. Selection: OC wins — Mahjuri (aka Brookhouse)

Undisputed Tag Team Championship — The Usos (c) vs. The Brawling Brutes. The Potters, along with leader Seamus, have become a consistently entertaining group. That said, it’s almost impossible to see The Usos losing the undisputed belts in a match without more build-up. Selection: The Usos retain the titles — Brookhouse (aka Mahjuri)

Women’s Tag Team Championship — Alexa Bliss & Asuka (c) vs. Damage CTRL: Women’s tag belts still feel like they have no real consistent direction. In IYO SKY and Dakota Kai, they felt like a tool to support Damage CTRL as a power. But the run was relatively short-lived and the titles went to Bliss and Asuka in what seemed like a random Raw matchup. It’s hard to see them reversing after a week. What would be the point of changing the title if they did? Selection: Alexa Bliss and Asuka retain the titles — Brookhouse (aka Mahjuri)

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