The historic WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia will feature a monumental one-night World Cup Tournament, featuring eight of the top Superstars from Raw and SmackDown LIVE battling it out to determine “the best in the world.” Following Raw and SmackDown LIVE, half of the lineup for the World Cup Tournament is set.
Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton both won a WWE World Cup Qualifying Match on SmackDown LIVE, joining John Cena and Kurt Angle.
Hardy defeated Samoa Joe to qualify for the World Cup Tournament, with Joe still selling the storyline knee injury from his match against AJ Styles at WWE Super Show-Down. Hardy won by referee stoppage when Joe wasn’t able to stand at the end of the match.
In the main event of SmackDown LIVE, Orton faced Big Show in the other WWE World Cup Qualifying Match. Ater poking Big Show in the eye when the referee’s view was obstructed, “The Viper” connected with an RKO for the win.
WWE announced that Rey Mysterio will face Shinsuke Nakamura in a World Cup Qualifying Match on SmackDown LIVE’s historic 1000th episode next Tuesday.