The WWE is experiencing an immense high right now! Fan interest has skyrocketed, all three brands of the largest wrestling organization in the world are thriving, interesting storylines are in abundance, and there's a substantial mix of good & bad guys/gals to throw your full support behind. With an injection of strong creative and worthwhile in-ring performances keeping WWE strong, the Superstars of Raw and SmackDown are preparing to head back to Saudi Arabia for the latest installment of the Crown Jewel PLE. On November 4, 2023, the legendary Mohammed Abdu Arena will host the WWE and hopefully put on a hell of a show for everyone in attendance and watching at home. Now let's take a look at this event's match card as I offer up my WWE Crown Jewel 2023 predictions!
WWE Crown Jewel 2023: Matches & Predictions
WWE Crown Jewel 2023 Predictions
Sami Zayn vs. JD McDonagh
Preview & Predictions: Sami Zayn has had it up to HERE with The Judgment Day! November marks the return of Survivor Series, which I'm sure will culminate with that stable squaring up with the main individuals they've screwed over in the past few months. Zayn will clearly be one of them, of course. But at the moment, he's locking up with that group's most disrespected member JD McDonagh, who I'm sure will try to make a great impression on his fellow crew members and finally gain the full extent of their trust. That mission will fail, however - Zayn is taking him down!
Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Logan Paul (WWE United States Championship)
Preview & Predictions: LOGAN PAUL JUST DOESN'T MISS! Ever since he's hopped into the wrestling ring, Logan has gained tons of positive acclaim thanks to how much of a natural he is. He looked so great against the likes of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Richochet in singles matches. During his WWE in-ring debut at WrestleMania 38, he tagged with The Miz and shocked everyone by just how good he is when pitted against Rey and Dominik Mysterio. Now we're finally getting to see Logan square up with the older Mysterio in a singles encounter for the US Championship on the grand stage.
I'm sure this one is going to be yet another banger on the long list of bangers Logan has already amassed thus far. Here's a shocker when it comes to my WWE Crown Jewel 2023 predictions - I think Rey's going to drop the strap here in a shock title change that'll give Logan his first championship in WWE. Let's get another wild prediction going here - Logan will hold onto the US Championship until WrestleMania 40 and will drop it to LA Knight!
Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Nia Jax vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Zoey Stark vs. Raquel Rodriguez (Fatal Five-Way Match for the Women's World Championship)
Preview & Predictions: FINALLY! Raw Women's World Champion Rhea Ripley is getting a major featured spot on a PLE this year and it happens to involve four other worthy contenders for her title. Rhea's previous challenger Raquel Rodriguez, the returning Nia Jax, and the wildcard match participants Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark are all here to mix it up in a Fatal Five-Way Match. This multi-person contest has all the makings of a great match that will give Rhea a feather in her cap for her championship reign that desperately needs it. Even with the odds stacked firmly against her, I still foresee Rhea leaving with her Women's World Championship still intact. To be quite honest, I don't think she's dropping the strap until next year's WrestleMania 40! Call me crazy but I could totally see Tiffany Stratton getting called up to the main roster and earning a title shot against Rhea on the biggest stage of them all.
Cody Rhodes vs. Damian Priest
Preview & Predictions: The Judgment Day has been running rampant across Monday Night Raw with a vengeance lately! It's been pretty cool to see a stable that was once dead in the water rise to the occasion and run their respective WWE-branded show just as well as the Blue Brand's Bloodline collective. Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso have found themselves locked in some epic battles with the group for the past few weeks. Because of those encounters, Cody and Damian Priest will lock horns in a singles encounter that stems from the ongoing beef between those two aforementioned groups. So here's the thing - I'm predicting a shocking win for Priest here. I say that because I feel like a member of The Judgment Day needs a big win before they transition to a big feud-ending WarGames match between the stable and their biggest foes at November's Survivor Series. Plus Cody's bum ankle won't help matters here much.
Seth "Freakin" Rollins (c) vs. Drew McIntyre (World Heavyweight Championship)
Preview & Predictions: Drew McIntyre is really going through it right now, isn't he? The depressing memories of holding the WWE Championship during the pandemic in front of 0 live fans and getting screwed over at 2022's Clash at the Castle have caused him to veer a little closer to the dark side lately. Just take a look at his recent interactions with The New Day and his fiery promo segment with Seth Rollins to see how much Drew is on the cusp of a major change in his character alignment. Drew's always more entertaining when he embraces being a ruthless badass who doesn't care about the reactions from the crowd since he's more focused on smashing anyone and everyone at all costs. Right now, we have a mentally troubled version of Drew running up against a version of Rollins that's at his highest level of confidence to date.
Due to those current character elements, I'm predicting a highly decisive victory for Rollins here. Because of this devastating loss, Drew will finally be pushed over the edge and fully embrace the heel alignment fans have been privy to for the longest time now. I can totally see Drew destroying Rollins after the final bell rings to put that heel change on full display, which will therefore set up a special rules rematch between the two at November's Survivor Series PLE.
Iyo Sky (c) vs. Bianca Belair (WWE Women's Championship)
Preview & Predictions: THE "EST" HAS RETURNED! With a heartfelt promo delivered upon her eventful comeback, she let the world know just how much she's ready to reclaim her spot at the top of SmackDown as the WWE Women's Champion once again. Iyo Sky's Money in the Bank cash-in on Bianca mere minutes after she retained the title during a Triple Threat Match was quite the exciting moment at this year's SummerSlam. Since then, Bianca has taken a sabbatical off TV while Iyo's been running through the rest of the Blue Brand's opposing female forces. Iyo's been ruling the roost since August and has enjoyed a strong reign thus far, but now I think it's about time Bianca gets her title back. Bianca's emotional promo, her being screwed out of her championship even after winning her previous match, and Iyo's reign being perfectly set up for a definitive close at the moment all set up Bianca for one of the biggest triumphs of her career here.
John Cena vs. Solo Sikoa
Preview & Predictions: It's still so wild to see John Cena back in a full-time role these days during a run where everyone knows he's on his way out once it wraps up. Getting pitted against Solo Sikoa totally gives me Cena vs. Umaga vibes, which is a massive compliment coming from me since I love their 2007 Royal Rumble Last Man Standing Match so much. Solo's been incredible since getting called up from NXT and I'm confident that he'll put on yet another banger on the main roster against a veteran. So as far as my WWE Crown Jewel 2023 predictions go, I'm calling a Cena win here. But Solo won't look bad whatsoever by taking the loss here - he'll come out looking even better than before because he got to hang with one of WWE's GOATs.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. LA Knight (Undisputed WWE Universal Championship)
Preview & Predictions: WHOA! I figured this marquee first-time matchup would go down at next year's Royal Rumble. But WWE tends to go big whenever it flies over to Saudi Arabia for another PLE, so pitting SmackDown's hottest stars against each other for the Blue Brand's biggest prize makes perfect sense here. Roman Reigns is 1000+ days into his history-making reign as the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship while LA Knight (YEAH!) has attained immense popularity this year and become one of the hottest Superstars in the entire company.
I will say this, though - I think it's a bit too early to throw Knight in there with Roman, especially for the title. I would have rather seen Knight be handpicked as the one to relinquish Austin Theory of his US Championship, go on to have a great run as the new titleholder, relinquish it at some point, and then graduate to Undisputed WWE Universal Championship status thereafter.
But I'm guessing the WWE powers that be want to take advantage of Knight's once-in-a-lifetime fandom and hot-shot him into a big title match as soon as possible. I think we all know the end result of this one, folks - Knight is going to be looking up at the lights once this match reaches its epic conclusion. But in the process, it'll etch another stamp onto Knight's growing credibility as a main eventer and slot him into another major title opportunity later down the line. As for Reigns, I just can't see him dropping the strap until WrestleMania 40 when it's time for Cody Rhodes to "finish the story!"
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