WWE returns to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel on October 21 at 12 PM ET, and the card has two first-time women’s matches to look forward to.
Firstly the winner of the first-ever Queen’s Crown Tournament will be decided, and second, the SmackDown Women’s Championship is on the line in a Triple Threat Match for the first time in the country.
Doudrop vs Zelina Vega – Queen’s Crown final
Unfortunately, the Queen’s Crown can only be viewed as a massive missed opportunity. After years of waiting for a women’s tournament, the expectations were high. However, after a series of matches that lasted only minutes, the enthusiasm has waned.
Saying that the performers have done their best with what they have been given by WWE. Doudrop has been on a good run since splitting from Eva Marie while Zelina Vega shines whenever she is on screen. Hopefully, they are given ample time to create a memorable Queen’s Crown Tournament final.
John: As mentioned in the list of wrestlers we want to see as winners of the Queen’s Crown, Zelina Vega is my choice to emerge with the victory. Her character and charisma will be perfect for the role of WWE’s new Queen.
Nick: I could see either woman taking the crown as it would be a great boost for both. With the horrible match times aside, I am just glad two women are in the finals who could benefit from a win. I think Zelina’s been highlighted a bit more through the tournament so that’s who my pick is to take the crown.
Becky Lynch (c) vs Sasha Banks vs Bianca Belair – SmackDown Women’s Championship
The rivalry between these three has been excellent leading into Crown Jewel. Since Banks returned at Extreme Rules to attack both Lynch and Belair it was inevitable the three would clash.
All three women have looked like megastars during the build with all three having their moments. Big Time Becks is masterful as the cocky and arrogant champ. Banks owns everything she does and Belair is superb as the babyface up against the odds.
Banks and Lynch showed us the in-ring excellence we can expect at Crown Jewel in their awesome match on the go-home edition of SmackDown. Add Belair into the mix who had a hard-fought battle against Charlotte Flair this past Monday and we will surely see the magic inside the ropes.
Belair took the upper hand at the contract signing for this match which saw her standing tall after having both her competitors driven through a table.
John: The logical choice will be Sasha Banks as she is the only one of the three remaining on SmackDown. But WWE is an odd bunch who likes to make bizarre booking decisions. So, I’m going with Lynch to retain and she and Charlotte just swap titles on Friday’s show.
Nick: Sasha Banks is the logical choice, but it was also logical to have Bianca Belair win the RAW Women’s Championship this past Monday and that didn’t happen. I think Becky will retain here and something (maybe surrounding Survivor Series) will have the titles switch brands or maybe a repeat of Becky holding both titles after WrestleMania 35.
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