At a special press conference at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh this Wednesday morning, WWE announced that the first-ever WWE women’s match in Saudi Arabia will take place at “WWE Crown Jewel” as part of Riyadh Season, which includes more than 100 events over a two-month span featuring world-class entertainment and sports properties.
WWE Superstars Natalya and Lacey Evans will battle at “Crown Jewel”, one of WWE’s premier pay-per-view events, which also will feature the likes of Roman Reigns, the undefeated lineal heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar, Universal Champion Seth Rollins and many more.
To say that Natalya has had a storied history with Evans in recent months is an understatement. The two competitors have fought tooth and nail in several high-stakes contests, including a brutal Last Woman Standing Match on Monday Night Raw, which The Queen of Harts won by powerbombing her foe off the side of the stage and through a table. The Queen of Harts and The Lady will certainly welcome the opportunity to once again get their hands on each other, and they’ll be doing so in a historic match at King Fahd International Stadium.
If it was reported on Tuesday that Lacey Evans, Natalya and Lana had made the trip over to Saudi Arabia with the rest of the WWE crew, there had been no talk of a women’s match taking place until this morning. Natalya vs Lacey Evans will be the first-ever women’s wrestling match to take place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The company already made history on December 2017 when Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss wrestled the WWE’s first-ever Women’s match in the UAE, as Alexa Bliss defends the RAW Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks in Abu Dhabi.
WWE Crown Jewel airs live on Thursday, October 31 at 5 PM GMT on WWE Network, with the WWE Crown Jewel Kickoff beginning at 4 PM GMT on WWE Network, WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Twitch.
Here’s the card of the event:
- WWE Title Match: Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar (c)
- Falls Count Anywhere Match for the WWE Universal Title: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins (c) Match cannot be stopped for any reason.
- WWE United States Title Match: Winner of the 20-Man Battle Royal vs. AJ Styles (c)
- World Cup Tag Team Turmoil Match: RAW Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival vs. The New Day vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode vs. Heavy Machinery vs. Lucha House Party vs. Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins vs. The OC vs. The B Team – Winners will be crowned World Cup winners and the Greatest Tag Team In the World.
- Team Hogan vs. Team Flair: 5-on-5 Match: Captain Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ricochet, Ali, Shorty Gable vs. Captain Randy Orton, Drew McIntyre, King Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura – WWE Hall of Famers Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan will be present as the coaches.
- Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury
- Cesaro vs. Mansoor Al-Shehail
- Natalya vs Lacey Evans
- Kickoff Pre-show: 20-Man Battle Royal: WWE 24/7 Champion Sunil Singh, Mojo Rawley, Erick Rowan, R-Truth, Sin Cara, The Brian Kendrick, Titus O’Neil, Tony Nese, Akira Tozawa, Shelton Benjamin, Apollo Crews, Buddy Murphy, Andrade, Drake Maverick, Eric Young, Luke Harper, Cedric Alexander, Heath Slater, Humberto Carrillo, No Way Jose – Winner to challenge AJ Styles for the WWE United States Title later in the night.
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