It wasn't clear when WWE announced that Cain Velasquez would challenge Brock Lesnar at WWE Crown Jewel, but the bout will officially be for the title.
According to WWE.com and the preview page for the Velasquez vs. Lesnar match on October 31, the WWE Championship will be up for grabs which means Velasquez could hold the WWE Championship at the completion of his very first match in the company. In fact, there's a chance that's exactly what happens.
When the match was first announced, there was no mention of the title being on the line. It was only teased that Velasquez would be coming after Lesnar and that he'd be seeking revenge for what Lesnar did to Rey Mysterio and his son Dominick. So too, during Friday's Crown Jewel press conference in Las Vegas, the title was not brought up and the match was not described as a championship bout despite Paul Heyman holding the title. On Saturday afternoon, WWE subtly changed the description on the website and noted that Lesnar will be defending the title.
It wasn't long ago, WWE wasn't sure if Velasquez would even be joining the company. The former MMA fighter for UFC, it was just announced that he was retiring from UFC to join professional wrestling and speculation was that he was still leveraging WWE against AEW and companies like NJPW. It wasn't until just prior to Monday's Raw that he'd officially signed with WWE per many reports.
A Champion in Less Than 30 Days?
It is possible WWE would make Velasquez their WWE Champion mere days after signing on with the company? If so, there will be a lot of fans upset at the idea WWE is catering to a MMA fighter to appease Fox or provide shock value during a pay-per-view there is still controversy over being involved in.
WWE Crown Jewel 2019 will take place on Halloween, Thursday, October 31, from the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. As it stands now, two crossover stars from boxing and MMA are the big draws for the event.