KC in the Afternoon

KC in the Afternoon

KC in the Afternoon

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - JANUARY 28: Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens wrestle during the WWE and Universal Championship match during the WWE Royal Rumble event at the Alamodome on January 28, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

My pursuit of the perfect prediction list continues this weekend with WWE Crown Jewel! I came SO close to 100 percent clairvoyance for last month’s premium live event, WWE Fastlane (thanks a lot, LWO). But now, more than ever, I think this Saturday is when all my hard work pays off and the boyhood dream of flawless predictions come true!

Emanating live from Saudi Arabia, WWE is pulling out all the stops for their biggest show of the year in the Middle East. Barring any additions or subtractions on tonight’s go-home episode of Friday Night Smackdown, the main show card for Crown Jewel will feature seven matches, five of which are for championship gold.

This is an admittedly tough card for me to make picks for. The inclusion of so many title matches adds an extra layer of uncertainty. Ironically, the match I feel most confident about is not only a championship match, but also likely to be the main event of the show. More on that later.

What’s even more ironic is that one of the most high profile matches for Crown Jewel isn’t for a championship. John Cena makes his return to singles action for the first time since his Wrestlemania loss over seven months ago.

Cena himself has pointed out that he hasn’t picked up a singles win in literal years, and he’s hoping to break that streak this Saturday against Solo Sikoa. Will hustle, loyalty, and respect be enough to triumph over the monstrous Bloodline enforcer?

With such high stakes in nearly every matchup, I certainly have my work cut out for me in terms of making predictions. But I trust the extremely secret and scientific process that I use to formulate my picks, and after months of fine-tuning I think I finally cracked the formula! Here are my winners for WWE Crown Jewel:

  • Iyo Sky (C) vs. Bianca Belair - WWE Women's Championship

     

    My pick: Iyo Sky

    I truly believe Bianca Belair will become a champion again sooner rather than later. But Iyo’s craftiness, coupled with her Damage CTRL cronies Bayley and Dakota Kai interfering on her behalf, may all be too much for the “EST of WWE” to overcome. I also have this sneaking suspicion that Bayley herself will eventually betray her friend and take Iyo’s title sometime down the road.

  • John Cena vs. Solo Sikoa

     

    My pick: John Cena

    I never thought I’d say this, but I don’t feel super confident picking John Cena to win. History has shown that the 16-time world champion isn’t the dominant force in WWE he once was, and Cena himself has gone on record saying as much. As stated earlier, his singles record over the years is absolutely dismal, and his opponent Solo Sikoa is certainly no slouch in the ring either.

    He’ll have to dig deep, but I have this gut feeling that this weekend will see Cena get some of his mojo back with a win over the Samoan powerhouse. Expect Solo to be the Houston Texans to John Cena’s Carolina Panthers.

  • Cody Rhodes vs. Damian Priest

     

    My pick: Cody Rhodes

    There’s certainly no love loss at this point between Cody Rhodes and The Judgment Day. The chaotic gothic quartet has been a thorn in the side of the American Nightmare for months now, which has Cody on a mission to dismantle their oppressive regime over the Raw roster once and for all. And after his fiery post-match promo against Priest this past week, I believe he will!

    I expect this match to be the sleeper pick for match of the night, the end of which will see Cody stand tall over Señor Money In The Bank Damian Priest. 

  • Rey Mysterio (C) vs. Logan Paul - United States Championship

     

    My pick: Rey Mysterio

    This match can honestly go either way, and I give Rey only the slightest edge over Logan here. Logan has recently formed something of a friendship with Judgment Day member and Rey’s son, “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio. This alliance could very well factor in to the United States Championship match at Crown Jewel.

    However, Rey is known the world over as the Ultimate Underdog for a reason. Even if his rebellious son were to interfere on behalf of the YouTube star, Rey’s friends in the LWO will surely be there to even the odds and help Rey Rey secure the win. And if there’s one thing I learned from the last show, it’s to not bet against the LWO. Mysterio retains.

  • Rhea Ripley (C) vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Nia Jax vs. Zoey Stark vs. Raquel Gonzalez - Women's World Championship

     

    My pick: Nia Jax

    I might eat some major crow for this one. Rhea Ripley has been a completely dominant force as Women’s Champion this year, and has shown that she can certainly hold her own against each of these women individually.

    But here’s the method to my madness: as it stands right now, Rhea is the only member of the Judgment Day who hasn’t lost her respective title. Finn and Damian lost the Tag Team championships to Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso at WWE Fastlane, only to win them back two weeks later. “Dirty” Dom lost his NXT North American title to Trick Williams at NXT No Mercy, only to win it back just days later.

    This could very well be Ripley’s fate this weekend. And who better to snatch her title away in dramatic fashion but the returning Nia Jax? Don’t expect her to hold it long though, as I can totally see Ripley winning it back just weeks later to complete the Judgment Day hat trick.

  • Seth Rollins (C) vs. Drew McIntyre - World Heavyweight Championship

     

    My pick: Seth Rollins

    Seth “Freakin” Rollins has had an incredible 2023 so far. He’s been on fire since winning the World Heavyweight Championship earlier this year, putting on showstopping performances against some of Raw’s toughest competitors. But the Scottish Warrior Drew McIntyre looks to be Seth’s toughest task yet.

    Drew has been in a total mood the past few weeks, citing frustration with how things are running on WWE’s flagship show. He thinks the only way to fix the chaos on Monday Night Raw is from the top down, with him as World Champion to steer the ship into calmer waters.

    But with recent sightings of Drew talking backstage with Judgment Day member Rhea Ripley, the number one contender’s motives are being called into question by Seth. I think Drew may have made a secret deal with Judgment Day that, should he lose his match tomorrow, he will beat down Seth and leave him open to a sneaky cash in from Señor Money In The Bank Damian Priest. In exchange, perhaps Drew was promised to be first in line for another championship match down the line.

    I know I’ve predicted a Priest cash in before to no avail, but this time it just feels right.

  • Roman Reigns (C) vs. LA Knight - Undisputed WWE Universal Championship

     

    My pick: Roman Reigns

    This one seems like the biggest no-brainer of the whole show. No disrespect to the Megastar LA Knight, as he’s garnered a ton of momentum heading into his first ever world championship match. And ever since I started these prediction posts, Knight has been the most consistent source of wins for me on every show.

    But this is the Tribal Chief Roman Reigns we’re talking about. He’s been world champ for longer than Knight has even been signed with WWE. He’s the Head of the Table, leader of The Bloodline, and without a doubt the most dominant WWE superstar of this generation.

    Knight is certainly known for his gift of gab, and can hang with the best of them on the mic. But Roman’s actions speak far louder than words ever could, and the numbers speak for themselves. The ONLY way LA Knight wins this match is by DQ, which I don’t see happening. WWE Crown Jewel will close with Knight, the Saudi Arabia crowd, and the entire WWE universe acknowledging Roman Reigns once again.

  • How To Watch

    You can watch WWE Crown Jewel this Saturday, November 4 at a special start time of 1 p.m. ET, only on Peacock!

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