Word on the street is that Crown Jewel 2021 could be… good enough?
Yes, it’s shocking to think that one of those Saudi stadium shows could be anything other than a glorified international show house that goes without much interest from those who watch WWE week after week, but it’s true. The map is shaping up to be scorching, and it promises to be the best Riyadh excursion yet.
OK, so the bar has not been set particularly high by previous WWE escapades to Saudi Arabia. It’s fair, but it looks a little different. This, if you can believe it, actually seems important in the context of the à la carte calendar. It’s certainly a more attractive prospect than the now-dropped TLC special in December would have been.
WWE will crown a new King of the Ring, bestow a very first Queen’s Crown, put on a piece of Hell In A Cell, and bring all of their biggest stars (at least those who want to go) to Saudi Arabia. Here’s everything that needs to happen on Thursday to make the final trip a winner.
It has a chance. A real chance.
The victories against Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler and others went rather well in Saudi Arabia, which no one will be shocked to hear. Things have changed since the guy’s only role was to play the local hero for his hometown crowd – he’s a real Raw star now, and it’s time to taste defeat in Riyadh.
What does WWE have to gain by putting Mansoor here again? The answer, of course, is nothing. His story of tag on / off with Mustafa Ali is based on rookie mistakes, and it is imperative that Mansoor make another one in front of his own fans. Otherwise, what is the point of this match?
It should be used to move the story forward, not to end it. Mansoor and Ali need something like this to hang their storyteller hats in America. They can’t leave Crown Jewel with Mustafa on the losing side – that wouldn’t make sense.