So, Crown Jewel happened.
Honestly, it was a pretty decent show. It may have been a house show masked by a ton of pomp and circumstance, but WWE really did make the effort to put on a memorable event both for the live crowd as well as those watching at home.
WWE's deal with The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been problematic in the eyes of many fans, but it has provided the opportunity for progress. Putting politics aside, the previous three installments from the KSA were received by fans as below average for their own mishaps. A mixture of poor booking decisions, lack of consequences and unfortunate botches made for some car crash pay-per-views in the past.
Crown Jewel 2019 did extremely well in comparison to its predecessors. It was by no means a perfect show, but it did provide us with some solid action and some amazing moments. Here are four reasons why Crown Jewel 2019 was WWE's best Saudi Arabian supershow by a country mile.
#4 Sensible booking throughout
WWE has been known to make some rash booking decisions in Saudi Arabia, with a couple sticking out more than others. Shane McMahon inexplicably won the WWE World Cup at last year's Crown Jewel event and went on to defeat Roman Reigns at Super Showdown this June. Other similarly puzzling decisions were made at these shows, but today's show was surprisingly free off any terrible booking decisions, aside from possibly Cain Velasquez's disappointing submission defeat to Brock Lesnar in the night's opener.
There were a few questionable moments on the show, like the Viking Raiders getting pinned for the first time in a WWE ring. It did elevate Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, though. Tyson Fury's countout victory over Braun Strowman also made sense, especially since the Monster Among Men attacked the Gypsy King after the match to somewhat get his heat back. And luckily, everything that could have gone wrong in the main event matches did not go wrong. It is a massive step up from recent Saudi shows, that's for sure.