Going into the show, the word had spread online that Bryan was would not be flying to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel. The question was how WWE would explain the situation to fans watching on the USA Network. During the opening segment on SmackDown Live, Bryan said he would take the WWE Championship from Styles this Friday at Crown Jewel. Styles said there was no need to wait for Crown Jewel and he would defend the title on tonight’s show. The match request was granted by Smackdown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon.
In a match that went over 30 minutes, Bryan tapped out to the Calf Crusher and Styles retained his title. Samoa Joe, who has been out with an undisclosed injury, returned and attacked Styles. Joe also attacked Bryan’s “wounded” leg and choked him out. Later in the show, GM Paige officially made the match…Styles vs. Joe at Crown Jewel.
Here is the updated card for Crown Jewel:
WWE Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman
AJ Styles (Champion) vs. Samoa Joe
D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) vs. The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane)
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
The Bar (Champions) vs. The New Day
WWE World Cup
Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley
Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler
Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz
Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton