• Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar & The Undertaker Made Insane Money For A Single Match 3 Years Ago Today
3 Years ago today, the inaugural WWE Crown Jewel pay-per-view event took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
2-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 patreon page, 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 Pro Wrestling History (November 2, 2007) – Old School WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2007, we lost Old School WWF Legend The Fabulous Moolah (Real name: Mary Lillian Ellison) at the age of 84 due to a heart attack.
The Fabulous Moolah wrestled in 7 different decades: the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s & 00s.
Her first reign as Women’s Champion lasted a record 28 years!
In 1995, she was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame (now WWE Hall of Fame) by Alundra Blayze.
July 22, 1923 – November 2, 2007