26/02/2024

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The penultimate Premium Live Event of 2023 is upon us, with Crown Jewel set to feature one of the biggest main events for the year.

LA Knight will challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Universal Title, as the WWE Universe is holding onto any possible hope that the Megastar will dethrone the Tribal Chief and conclude his 1100+ day reign as champion.

The show will take place this Sunday morning on BINGE at 4am AEDT and will emanate from the Mohammed Abdu Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Drew McIntyre also has an opportunity to claim the World Heavyweight Championship from the Visionary, Seth Rollins in a stacked card for the final stop before Survivor Series.

Below is The Inner Sanctum‘s predictions for Crown Jewel.

Biggest certainty: Roman Reigns defeats LA Knight

In the biggest match of his life, LA Knight will collide against Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Universal Championship.

The Tribal Chief made his return to television on the Season Premiere of Smackdown after missing for weeks, where he confronted John Cena. The 16-time world champion said the Megastar deserves to challenge Reigns, with the match for Crown Jewel made official one week later.

While Knight has been riding a wave of momentum for months and has tremendously gained the audience’s approval, it is certain that he will not dethrone the champion and Roman will keep his dominant reign intact.

Some would even suggest a match between these two stars is too soon at this stage and although it will be highly entertaining, the Tribal Chief is bound to retain and walk into the new year as champion where he seems to be heading into the WrestleMania 40 main event against Cody Rhodes.

Surprise prediction: Charlotte Flair costs Bianca Belair the Women’s Championship

Bianca Belair is out for vengeance, when she faces IYO SKY for the Women’s Championship.

The E.S.T returned on the October 21 edition of Smackdown following a short hiatus, coming to the aid of Charlotte Flair when Damage CTRL were conducting an outnumbered assault on the Queen.

Belair then announced the next week that she will compete against the Genius of the Sky at Crown Jewel, with the two facing each other in singles fashion for the first time since their classic at Backlash in May.

It is hard to envision the E.S.T losing clean so soon after making a comeback and while it might seem outrageous, The Inner Sanctum is predicting for the Queen to cost the challenger her title match and assist IYO retain.

A clash between Flair and Belair has been anticipated for months and it would be the perfect circumstance to kickstart their feud for a collision at WrestleMania 40, while it would give other women on the Smackdown roster an opportunity to compete for the Women’s Championship.

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Match of the night: Seth Rollins vs Drew McIntyre

One of the MVPs for 2023, Seth Rollins will put his World Heavyweight Championship on the line against Drew McIntyre.

After successfully defeating Shinsuke Nakamura in two consecutive title defences at Payback and Fastlane, the Visionary was challenged by the Scottish Warrior for Crown Jewel on the October 10 edition of Raw.

Their rivalry has become personal in recent weeks, as Rollins has mocked McIntyre for blaming everyone for his failures but himself after The Bloodline cost him the Undisputed Universal Championship at Clash at the Castle.

Combining that with how exceptional both are in the ring, this contest should steal the show. However, The Judgement Day could involve themselves in the result with Rhea Ripley attempting to recruit both the Visionary and Scottish Warrior to the group.

Regardless of how it pans out, the safe option is for Rollins to leave Crown Jewel still the World Heavyweight Champion. It won’t be a surprise though if McIntyre finally wins that illusive world title in front of fans, especially with WWE continuing to make light of the Visionary’s injured back.

What must happen: Logan Paul wins the United States Championship

After defeating Dillon Danis in their infamous boxing match, Logan Paul has returned to WWE and vows to take the United States Championship from Rey Mysterio.

The Maverick called out the Legendary Luchador in his post-fight interview, before the latter accepted the challenge on the October 21 edition of Smackdown.

Mysterio’s tenure as champion since winning the gold in August has been rather lackluster, posing Crown Jewel as the perfect time for Paul to capture his first title in WWE.

The United States Championship has felt like an afterthought on the blue brand for months and the Maverick would be the right candidate to bring some spotlight back on the title, with the Intercontinental Championship taking all the plaudits under Gunther.

The only concern with Paul winning the title would be that he would more than likely not appear on television weekly, which is far from ideal since Roman Reigns also operates under a part-time schedule as Undisputed Universal Champion.

However, the Maverick should still capture the United States Championship and it could even lead into a match at WrestleMania 40 against LA Knight.

Other predictions:

John Cena defeats Solo Sikoa

Cody Rhodes defeats Damian Priest

Rhea Ripley retains the Women’s World Heavyweight Championship

Sami Zayn defeats JD McDonagh in the Kickoff

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