• Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar, & The Undertaker Made Insane Money For A Single Match 2 Years Ago Today
2 Years ago today, the inaugural WWE Crown Jewel pay-per-view event took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Two time WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels came out of retirement to compete in a tag team match at this PPV.
According to The Dirty Sheets, Saudi Arabia officials paid WWE $60 million for this show. Out of this $60 million, $40 million was for putting the show and $20 million for expenses (which included pay for talent).
With WWE making so much money, the top 3 draws for this show got paid insane salaries for just one night:
– Shawn Michaels: $3 Million
– Brock Lesnar: $3 Million
– The Undertaker: $2 Million
Below are the results from this PPV:
– Shinsuke Nakamura (c) def. Rusev to retain the United States Championship on the Kickoff Show
– Rey Mysterio def. Randy Orton in a WWE World Cup Quarterfinal match
– The Miz def. Jeff Hardy in a WWE World Cup Quarterfinal match
– Seth Rollins def. Bobby Lashley (with Lio Rush) in a WWE World Cup Quarterfinal match
– Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) def. Kurt Angle in a WWE World Cup Quarterfinal match
– The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (c) (with Big Show) def. The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods) to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championship
– The Miz def. Rey Mysterio in a WWE World Cup Semifinal match
– Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) def. Seth Rollins in a WWE World Cup Semifinal match
– AJ Styles (c) def. Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Championship
– Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) def. Braun Strowman to win the vacant Universal Championship
– Shane McMahon def. Dolph Ziggler in the WWE World Cup Final match to be crowned the “Best In The World” (Shane O’Mac replaced The Miz as Miz was ruled unable to compete)
– D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) def. The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane)
Note: Roman Reigns was originally scheduled to defend the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman in a triple threat match at this event, but he went on a hiatus prior to the PPV due to leukemia and vacated the Title.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (November 2, 1997) – WCW Worldwide
On this day in 1997, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Worldwide’.
This episode was pre-taped from the Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW World War 3 1997’ PPV.
The card of the show can be found here:
Syxx vs. Bobby Starr
Dean Malenko vs. Chad Fortune
Public Enemy vs. High Voltage
Steven Regal vs. Yuji Nagata
Diamond Dallas Page vs. Johnny Swinger