With WWE Crown Jewel 2018 concluded, it’s time to look back on what happened and assess the damage, praise the positives and talk about what went down.
Per usual, at the end of this post, you’ll see my regular Smack Talk Pay-Per-Viewpoint post-show podcast, which reviews the event in more detail, but for those who want a more condensed version of my thoughts, I present to you my “quicker than a hiccup” reaction to the different parts of the evening:
NOTE: Full disclosure, I absolutely hated this event and you’re not going to hear pretty much any positives from me. I’m also going to be rather short, even on my “quick thoughts”, because I spent 2 and a half hours ranting on the podcast that you can check out below. I highly suggest listening to it if you have the time, to get my more passionate comments. In the meantime, if you just want the very minimal point of view, that’s what the following text is all about.
Hulk Hogan as Host: Well, at least WWE picked a show with enough negatives on it that Hogan’s presence was lost in the shuffle, right? He didn’t do anything wrong here, but he didn’t do anything at all, really. It was nice hearing his music. It was weird hearing him avoid saying Saudi Arabia.
[United States Championship Match] Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Rusev: Like most of the card, this was a nothing match. It had no build to it, no real purpose or momentum, and while it was fine from a technical standpoint, it wasn’t anything worth remembering. WWE put no effort into it.
[SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match] The Bar (c) vs. The New Day: This was fine. On an event as bad as this, it stands out as “good” in comparison, but let’s not be willing to boost it up too high just because other things were worse. This was still just decent and nothing special.
[WWE Championship Match] AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe: It’s a shame Joe was injured and this had no steam to it because it was just a feud based on “remember the past 4 matches? Well, that, again, as a backup option” and that they kind of phoned in the performance a bit because of those factors, cause this was only just okay.
[Universal Championship Match] Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar: Listen to the podcast. I am beyond furious about this, on so many levels. All I can say is that I’m livid that the next few months will consist of the same bullshit from February 2017 and I still can’t escape that nonsense.
Eight-Man World Cup Tournament: All but one of the matches was a house show quality, bland fight. That wasn’t good enough. Then, they went with this dumb Shane McMahon swerve, and why? That doesn’t make me want to see Survivor Series more than before. There was no reason to put all the eggs in the McMahon basket for that when you could have easily had any number of options happen instead. This was a meaningless tournament that was problematic from the start, had lackluster matches, and a stupid finish. Absolutely stupid, and the only reason I was as numb to it as I was, was because of what preceded it with Strowman and Lesnar.
D-Generation X vs. The Brothers of Destruction: At the very least, thankfully, Shawn Michaels has proven again that he’s the best ever and he was able to be the anchor of this match. Triple H was injured. I can’t fault him for his mistakes. Undertaker and Kane were rough. This doesn’t make up for Lesnar. I don’t care, that ruins everything.
For more opinions on the show as a whole, check out the latest edition of the Smark Out Moment wrestling podcast SMACK TALK as the panel reviews Crown Jewel with our immediate reactions following the event before the dust has fully settled.
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