With just 3 days to go, Daniel Bryan is officially out of WWE Crown Jewel. WWE confirmed to proceed with Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia despite huge backlash and mounting pressure from fans, US Senators and Superstars owing to the Khashoggi murder case.
WWE revealed the controversial decision as part of its Q3 2018 Results last week.
This led John Cena officially pull out of Crown Jewel and WWE replaced him with Bobby Lashley on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW. Lashley will now compete in the inaugural 8-Man WWE World Cup.
Bryan was rumored to have followed Cena’s footsteps but there wasn’t any public confirmation until this week’s episode of SmackDown Live that kicked off with WWE Champion AJ Styles and Bryan having a face to face confrontation. The confrontation quickly culminated into the Crown Jewel WWE Championship match.
The match lasted over 30 minutes with Bryan tapping out to the Calf Crusher allowing Styles to retain the championship gold.
Samoa Joe, who has reportedly been out with an undisclosed injury, returned to attack Styles. Joe also attacked Bryan’s “wounded” leg and locked him in the Coquina Clutch.
Later, General Manager Paige announced that Styles would defend the WWE Championship against Joe at Crown Jewel.
The work is exactly similar to what we had reported earlier prior to SmackDown Live. WWE did a fair job in explaining the removal of Bryan from Crown Jewel.
Most fans are already turned off by the announcement for Styles and Joe have already battled each other at the last couple of pay-per-view events. The match at Super Show-Down was slated to be the final match before both men face each other again in a long time.
Crown Jewel takes place on November 2, 2018, from the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The show will air live on the WWE Network.