WWE will be holding its first ever World Cup tournament as part of the Crown Jewel PPV in Saudi Arabia this November.
Ever since SummerSlam came to a close last month, WWE has been trying to juggle the build to three different PPVs all at the same time. Hell In A Cell, Super Show-Down, and Evolution. Now that HIAC is done and dusted you would think things would become less complicated for WWE and its PPV planning. Not so, and if you watched Raw this week you will understand why that is.
Just 24 hours after HIAC, WWE opened Raw by announcing that on November 2, 2018, the company will be heading back to Saudi Arabia for the second time this year for a show named Crown Jewel. That's all well and good, but in the next breath Baron Corbin, who made the announcement, booked the main event for the show. Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, and Roman Reigns in a triple threat match for the Universal Title.
That means WWE is again building towards three big shows at the same time, so prepare for things to remain as convoluted as they have been for the past month. The only other thing we know about Crown Jewel, aside from the main event, is that it will play host to the WWE World Cup tournament. The news was broken via a WWE press release that you can check out in full over at Wrestling Inc.
At the time of typing this, WWE has revealed very little about what the World Cup will involve aside from the fact that it will apparently "determine the best in the world" and also that the winner will get a trophy. Presumably, considering it's a tournament, it will be a lot like King Of The Ring, perhaps even with preliminary matches taking place on Raw and SmackDown Live in the weeks prior to Crown Jewel.
Much like Greatest Royal Rumble earlier this year, it seems that the theme surrounding Crown Jewel will revolve around a physical prize that we might never see again. Strowman won a championship when he was the last man standing in the Greatest Royal Rumble match but we haven't seen it for months. The trophy that comes with winning WWE's first ever World Cup will probably meet the same fate.