WWE Crown Jewel is set to go down from the King Saud University Stadium on November 2nd from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This will be WWE’s second special event on the WWE Network from the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia. Their initial “Greatest Royal Rumble” event was a big financial success for the company.
Now, WWE will attempt to repeat that success with their World Cup tournament currently going on. Also on the card, however, is a dream match for many professional wrestling fans. Current WWE Champion AJ Styles will take on Daniel Bryan for the coveted title. Bryan earned his shot at the WWE Title by defeating The Miz at the WWE’s Super Show-Down event in Australia.
Recently, WWE Hall Of Famer Bully Ray (also known as Bubba Ray Dudley) took to Busted Open Radio to offer a theory on why the match is happening. As many know, the Prince of Saudi Arabia is essentially booking the show, suggesting dream matches to Vince McMahon that he will almost certainly fulfill given the massive amount of money WWE is receiving for the show.
Ray believes the Saudi Arabian Prince specifically requested Styles vs. Bryan for the WWE Title at the show:
“Remember when Rusev was supposed to wrestle The Undertaker [at Greatest Royal Rumble] and then Rusev got taken out of the match? Then it was going to be Jericho vs. Undertaker, and then Rusev was back in the match. You know why that happened? Because the Prince wanted Rusev in the match.
“He was adamant, he was a Rusev fan. He said, ‘no I want Rusev vs. Undertaker.’ So, maybe he wants AJ vs. Daniel Bryan. When you’re dealing with a bought show in wrestling, you’re purchasing the show.”
“Hypothetically, [the Prince] said ‘This is the match I want’ and Vince is going to accommodate him because it’s an ungodly amount of money. So you give them the show that they want to see, you wrap it around a network special and you turn it into something. And that’s what it really is.”
"Hypothetically, this guy said 'This is the match I want' and Vince is going to accommodate it because it's an ungodly amount of money." @bullyray5150 & @davidlagreca1 discuss AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan at #WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/GWUMJuzJhD
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) October 8, 2018
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions