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WWE Crown Jewel Winners & Losers: Shawn Michaels Returns

WWE Crown Jewel went ahead as scheduled on Friday in Saudi Arabia and there were plenty of winners and losers to come out of the show.

The World Cup Tournament certainly didn't produce the results most people might have expected, titles changed hands and shocked the world, Hulk Hogan opened the show and the New Day came to the ring riding a magic carpet, which might have been as strange for the Saudi crowd as it was seeing a female sitting ringside.

There's way too much to cover it all, but here are the biggest winners and losers of the evening (or afternoon, depending on where you're located).

Winner: Hulk Hogan

For Hogan, regardless of the flack WWE will get for letting him back in the company officially, it was a win for the person named Terry Bollea, in respect to the fact that he was back in WWE. Hogan wanted back, he's been working hard to change his image in the public eye and while he didn't do much at the show, WWE has made the statement he'll be used moving forward.

The crowd seemed to love him in Saudi Arabia where Hulkamania was still running wild but what reception he gets when he shows up for the first time in North America will be interesting to watch.

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Winner: Renee Young

Hidden in the fact Crown Jewel was clouded in controversy, the fact a woman was actively a part of the show was a big deal. That woman was Renee Young who was ringside as part of the broadcast crew with Michael Cole and Corey Graves.

There were rumors she'd be involved and while it isn't yet a female competitor in the ring, it's a step forward for WWE and whatever they're trying to do to further women's rights in that area.

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Loser: Bobby Lashley and Kurt Angle

Both men were part of the World Cup Tournament and both losers for different reasons. Neither made it out of the first round but for Lashley, he was eliminated quickly from the tournament after a stomp by Seth Rollins. He wasn't much of a factor considering the push he's currently receiving. Meanwhile, Angle showed he doesn't have the chops to compete at a high level.

If there was a hope Angle could be part of bigger matches down the road, that may be questionable now as he looked sluggish and not the in same league as his competitors. He had his moments and if WWE keeps his appearances short, then maybe, but he appears to want more which might not be a wise decision.

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Loser: Braun Strowman

It was a shock that Roman Reigns couldn't even compete in the show, but most felt this was going to mean Strowman was finally going to get his shot as the Universal Champion. Instead, WWE went with a shocking decision instead and gave the belt again to Lesnar.

What this means for WWE and Lesnar is unclear but it has to mean WWE just isn't sold on Strowman as champ or figures he doesn't need it because this was the best opportunity to give him the title. WWE tried to limit the damage this loss will have done to Strowman having taken five F5's before losing but it may be too little, too late.

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Winner: Shane McMahon

It's not the result anyone expected and probably not the result most people wanted but Shane McMahon winning a tournament he didn't even compete in all the way through is an interesting twist that has to lead to a Shane-O-Mac heel turn.

I hate what this means for every other Superstar in the tourney, but it makes Shane's character much more interesting all of a sudden. How this relationship builds between The Miz and Shane will be the key to watch starting on Tuesday.

Winner: DX, Namely Shawn Michaels

The main event was likely to be the most predictable part of the show with DX the insider's pick to come out on top. That said, no one probably expected to see a high-quality match with everyone giving a bit more than expected and Michaels looking pretty good in his return to the ring.

Michaels spent the latter part of the match on his own after Triple H went through a table and it was one man, ten years removed from his last match against two of the biggest and most legendary stars in WWE. There was a moment where he took a reversal moonsault in a bad way but he seemed ok and moved on to get in two big superkicks and a pin by Triple H for the big win.

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