Here are our last thoughts on WWE Crown Jewel 2018! We've provided feedback and ratings for each crucial game of the event, as well as grading scores for the best moments of the PPV.
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Rusev (Championship of the United States)
Review: A great way to open the kickoff show. Nakamura and Rusev are both exciting performers and make for an unpredictable game. It seemed like Rusev was the winner when he got Nakamura in the Accolade in the middle of the ring, but he managed to crawl in the direction of the ropes and break his grip. Nakamura then hit Rusev's groin with his head and then followed with Kinshasa to pick up the needle. Nothing special, but not too boring.
Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton (World Cup, Quarter Finals)
Review: An expected game due to the return of Rey Mysterio, this short showcase was not so heady. Mysterio knocked Orton down by putting him into a pinning combination, and then Orton hit Mysterio with an RKO, tossing Mysterio out of the ring and throwing him over the announce table. A win for Mysterio, but not particularly memorable.
The Miz vs. Jeff Hardy (World Cup, quarterfinals)
Review: Another lukewarm game that would have offered more talent. Hardy dominated most of the game, which led to his winning over Pinfall. All in all, this year this will be one of Crown Jewel's least memorable showcases.
Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley (World Cup, Quarter Finals)
Review: An early standout. Lashley dominated the start of the game, but two suicidal dives from Rollins shifted the momentum in his favor. Rollins was hampered by the injuries he sustained when attacked by Dean Ambrose, but he still managed to suffer a painful blow from Lashley and drive him out with a stomp in case. Lio Rush watched from the sideline.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kurt Angle (World Cup, Quarter Finals)
Review: Another game defined by his impulse shift Angle seemed to be the favorite in the middle of the game as he beat Ziggler with the Angle Slam and dodged a Zig-Zag attempt with a brutal ankle lock. Somehow, Ziggler managed to turn the tables and escape the ankle lock before scoring a successful Zig-Zag for victory.
The bar against the new day (SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Review: The New Day receives a big ovation towards the ring, and they hit first as Kofi Kingston hit a double thrust against Sheamus and Big E hit a Powerslam for a tight two count. Big Show, however, took her out by climbing to the top rope and punching a brutal knockout punch. Sheamus closed it with a brogue kick and a needle.
The Miz against Rey Mysterio (World Cup, semi-final)
Review: A notable improvement over the previous games of Miz and Mysterio. Mysterio hit Miz with a Huricanrana, but just when it seemed like Mysterio was first cornered and hit his injured ribs. Miz struck the flaws of Mysterio and eventually secured him for the win.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins (World Cup, Semifinals)
Review: Rollins injured Ziggler's advantage for most of the game. Rollins kept things competitive and kicked Ziggler out of the ring, but he took the lead with a famous Famer for a two count. Ziggler followed with the Zig-Zag and Rollins left late. After the referee was distracted and Rollins fled to the top rope, Ziggler dodged a final attack and won the victory with a super kick.
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe (WWE Championship)
Review: Styles starts off strong and hits Joe with punches and a kick that hits Joe down. Joe finally jumps back and brings Styles into a lock, but the latter manages to break it. Joe locks the Coquina clutch for Styles, but again he snaps and makes Joe look like a stiff forearm. Styles win by Pinfall in a thoroughly enjoyable match.
Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman (Universal Champion)
Review: Before the match began, RAW general director Baron Corbin came out and beat Strowman over the head with the universal title belt. Lesnar emerges and strikes Strowman with three F5 before throwing him out of the ring. Strowman fights against the ten, but Lesnar beats him with a final F5 for the win. Although unexpected, the match turned out to be disappointing as Strowman was knocked out and could not compete properly with Lesnar.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Shane McMahon (World Cup)
Review: McMahon comes with blazing pistols, dropping Ziggler several hard hits and forcing him to defend. with blows, Ziggler forced to roll into the corner. Baron Corbin pushes Shane off the ring, but referee Ryan Tran sees it and throws the general manager down. Ziggler tries to use the break in action, but McMahon dodges his Zig-Zag and beats him to victory with a Coast-to-Coast victory. An exciting and quite unpredictable seamstress.