Oct. 31 (UPI) — WWE Crown Jewel took place live on Thursday from the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar kicked things off by defending his title against his UFC rival, Cain Velasquez. The MMA fighter had previously defeated Lesnar for the UFC Championship in 2010 with The Beast now looking for revenge.
Velasquez was accompanied to the ring by his friend Rey Mysterio, who brought Velasquez to WWE after Lesnar had attacked Mysterio and his young son Dominic. Velasquez is the first WWE competitor to have his debut match be for the WWE Championship.
Velasquez was able to get Lesnar on the ground and get in a few punches, however, Lesnar quickly put his rival into the Kimura Lock submission hold and won the match in mere minutes.
Lesnar would not let go of the hold after the bell rang, causing Mysterio to enter the ring and hit Lesnar with a steel chair. Mysterio, after getting thrown out of the ring, returned and hit Lesnar multiple times with the chair, causing the champ to retreat with his advocate Paul Heyman.
Braun Strowman took on undefeated boxing champion Tyson Fury. The two towering competitors started their rivalry after having an altercation at ringside during the premiere of Smackdown on Fox.
Fury arrived to the ring with fireworks and pyro, putting on a show for the Saudi Arabian crowd.
The Gypsy King was able to match Strowman in height and power, going toe-to-toe with the Monster Among Men. Fury also utilized his legs for a change, delivering multiple big boots to Strowman’s face.
Fury won the match and kept his undefeated streak intact after he delivered a big punch to Strowman as he stood on the ring apron. Strowman fell down to the ground and was counted out by the referee, ending the bout.
Strowman, upset, returned to the ring and delivered a Running Powerslam to the boxer.