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WWE Crown Jewel 2019 LIVE: Tyson Fury vs Braun Strowman latest updates from Saudi Arabia tonight

Follow live updates as the undefeated heavyweight makes his crossover into professional wrestling

Matty Paddock@MattyPaddock
Thursday 31 October 2019 20:15
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Tyson Fury responds to WWE superstar Braun Strowman

Follow all the action live as Tyson Fury makes his highly anticipated WWE debut against Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia.

The undefeated heavyweight has halted his boxing world title pursuit to make a spectacular crossover into wrestling, trading taunts and insults over the past few weeks with the WWE’s ‘Monster Among Men’.

The event will also make history as WWE stages its first ever women’s match in the country with Natalya and Lacey Evans meeting in a landmark bout.

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When and where is WWE Crown Jewel?

Crown Jewel takes place this Thursday, 31 September 2019. The show takes place at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

What time does Crown Jewel start?

The show begins at 6pm UK time with the main portion of the event, but there will be a one-hour pre-show that begins at 5pm, that will include build-up, interviews and a preliminary bout, a Battle Royal to determine who will challenge AJ Styles for the United States Championship later in the night.

Where can I watch WWE Crown Jewel?

Pretty much anywhere you like, as long as you have a TV, smartphone or device or a computer.

Sky Sports are showing the event on Sky Sports Box Office. You can order and watch it live but, in addition, Crown Jewel is repeated between 6am on Friday, 1 November and 9pm on Sunday, 3 November.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to WWE’s in-house service, WWE Network, which will air it as it happens and almost immediately on demand afterwards, indefinitely.

You can view WWE Network on most smartphones and devices, including PS4, Xbox 360 or Xbox One and the vast majority of connected smart televisions. If you’re still using a PS3 please be aware that WWE have ceased to offer the platform via this medium.

How much will WWE Crown Jewel cost to watch?

That depends on which method you chose. Sky Sports Box Office are charging £14.95 for their airings, while WWE Network subscriptions are a cheaper at £9.99 per month.

Can you stream WWE Crown Jewel online for free?

Yes, and it’s completely legal. but you’ll need to be swift! WWE Network is actually free of charge for new subscribers.

So, if you’re a first-time subscriber, head over to wwe.com before Thursday’s show and sign up. That will give you a month’s access for free, which will include not only this show, but also any other WWE content and events for the month.

What is Tyson Fury doing at Crown Jewel?

Fury will battle WWE’s Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman. Fury’s involvement with WWE began several weeks ago at the premiere of Friday Night Smackdown on Fox, with Strowman getting in the Gypsy King’s face at ringside.

The two have traded verbal and physical jibe since then, leading to this bout between the two, which has been rumoured to have pocketed Fury more than $10 million.

You mentioned Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair?

Yes, the two legends will be in Saudi Arabia as one of the highlights of the event.

The veterans won’t be squaring off themselves, though, and instead have handpicked a team each to go at it in their respective honour at Crown Jewel.

Roman Reigns Captains Team Hogan, which includes Rusev, Ricochet, Shorty G and Ali, while Team Flair, Captained by Randy Orton, features Shinsuke Nakamura, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and King Corbin.

What is the WWE Championship match?

Lesnar is set to defend his recently-won WWE Championship against Cain Velasquez, another high-profile name who is stepping into the WWE world for the first time.

Velasquez is reported to have signed a multi-year deal with WWE after a successful UFC career, which includes a punishing defeat of Lensar around a decade ago, which left the Beast permanently scarred on the face.

Is the Universal Championship on the line?

Yes, Seth Rollins will once again put his coveted championship on the line as he meets The Fiend, Bray Wyatt.

The two squared off in a less-than-convincing match at Hell in a Cell earlier this month, with this contest set to be a Falls Count Anywhere bout.

You mentioned a women’s match in Saudi Arabia?

Yes, the Natalya vs Lacey Evans is historic in that regard, being WWE’s first ever women’s match in the country.

WWE was forced to defend its staging of previous Crown Jewel events, plus the Greatest Royal Rumble and Super Showdown cards without any female wrestlers.

Top chief Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque told The Independent last year that the company were working hard to change that landscape, saying: “WWE is at the forefront of a women’s evolution in the world and what you can’t do is effect change anywhere by staying away from it .While women are not competing in [the 2018 event], we have had discussions about that and hope that, in the next few years they will be.”

Natalya added on social media after the announcement of their match: “The world will be watching. I am so incredibly proud to represent our women’s division tomorrow night at #WWECrownJewel. It’s time to bring your best, Lacey.”

What is the full card for WWE Crown Jewel?

Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury

WWE Championship

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Cain Velasquez

Universal Championship – Falls Count Anywhere

Seth Rollins (c) vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt

10-Man Tag Match

Team Hogan (Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ricochet, Chad Gable, Ali) vs. Team Flair (Randy Orton, King Corbin, Bobby Lashley, Shinsuke Nakamura, Drew McIntyre)

United States Championship

AJ Styles (c) vs. Winner of Battle Royal

20-Man Battle Royal (Kickoff Show)

Winner Faces AJ Styles Later on the Show

Tag Team Turmoil Match

The New Day, The Viking Raiders, Heavy Machinery, Lucha House Party, Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins, The Revival, The O.C., Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, The B-Team

Mansoor vs. Cesaro

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of WWE Crown Jewel as Tyson Fury makes his spectacular crossover into professional wrestling.

Tom Kershaw31 October 2019 16:36
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Minutes away...

Not long to go now until Crown Jewel gets underway in Saudi Arabia. The show begins at 6pm, but we'll have all the build-up as well as a look at the preliminary action from the night. 

mattypaddock31 October 2019 16:49
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Humberto Carrillo earns title chance

Crown Jewel may not yet be fully underway, but there has already been a big winner - new sensation Humberto Carrillo won a Battle Royal to net an championship match against US Champion AJ Styles later tonight

mattypaddock31 October 2019 16:56
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Gold on the line...

There will be plenty of gold up for grabs tonight. The WWE Universal and WWE Championships are among the titles on the line from Saudi Arabia. 

Will Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar escape unscathed?

It's time to find out!

mattypaddock31 October 2019 17:05
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WWE Championship bout kicks us off!

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Cain Velasquez makes WWE debut

Almost a decade after snatching the UFC Championship from Brock Lesnar, scarring him for life in the process, Velasquez meets Brock Lesnar for the WWE title. 

Introductions underway, we're ready to go... 

mattypaddock31 October 2019 17:11
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Interesting to note that Velasquez is being roundly booed by the Saudi crowd. Champ Lesnar is cheered wildly, meanwhile, which is probably the opposite to what you might have expected. 

This one is, at least, not set to be done in seconds; the two are feeling each other out in a slow start.

mattypaddock31 October 2019 17:13
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Straight shots from the off!

Did I speak too soon? I did!

BROCK LESNAR WINS BY SUBMISSION IN RAPID FASHION!

mattypaddock31 October 2019 17:15
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Brock Lesnar retains WWE Championship

This one is over! Brock Lesnar forces Velasquez to tap inside two or three minutes in a sudden and shock finish to their match. 

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Brock Lesnar retains his WWE Championship in quick fashion at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia 

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