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On September 17, 2018, WWE also scheduled the WWE World Cup, an eight-man tournament to "determine the best in the world." The tournament will consist of four wrestlers from Raw and four wrestlers from SmackDown.


The historic WWE Crown Jewel pay-per-view 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.

The first Superstar announced for the groundbreaking competition was none other than 16-time World Champion John Cena, whose tremendous accomplishments over the years have certainly earned him a place in the contest.

On the same night, Acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin designed an impromptu Global Battle Royal, made of unique (although completely unknown talent) from all over the world, setting himself up to represent the United States. However, his scheme didn't go according to plan, as a mysterious masked Conquistador stole the victory from The Lone Wolf before revealing himself to be none other than WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, who was back from his “vacation.” Oh, it's true. It's damn true!

The first SmackDown LIVE Superstar to qualify for the competition is none other than Jeff Hardy. After the merciless beating he suffered at WWE Hell in a Cell at the hands of Randy Orton, The Charismatic Enigma reemerged with a new aggressive attitude. Capitalizing on the knee injury that Samoa Joe suffered at Super Show-Down, Hardy unleashed a fierce assault on his dangerous opponent until Joe could no longer continue the match.

Speaking of Orton, The Viper became the next Superstar to qualify by besting the returning Big Show on the same night. The Apex Predator will set his serpentine sights on what is sure to be an incredible field of Superstars at WWE Crown Jewel.

Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins earned his place in the groundbreaking showdown by overcoming Raw Tag Team Champion Drew McIntyre after his Shield brother-in-arms Dean Ambrose neutralized the disruptive Dolph Ziggler.

Unfortunately for The Lunatic Fringe, when McIntyre interrupted his match against Ziggler, Rollins’ assist misfired, and The Showoff earned his way into the World Cup showdown.

The Miz qualified for his opportunity to become the best in the world by defeating Rusev on SmackDown 1000, thanks in part to Aiden English.

The final slot was decided later that night when the incomparable Rey Mysterio scored a huge victory over Shinsuke Nakamura in his thrilling return to in-ring action. The Ultimate Underdog is back!


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Four participants will come from Raw and four participants will come from SmackDown. All eight participants have been confirmed.

Wrestler Date Qualified Brand representing Notes
Kurt Angle October 29, 2018 Raw Qualified by winning a battle royal as The Conquistador.
Jeff Hardy October 9, 2018 SmackDown Qualified by defeating Samoa Joe via referee stoppage
Randy Orton Qualified by defeating The Big Show
Seth Rollins October 15, 2018 Raw Qualified by defeating Drew McIntyre via countout
Dolph Ziggler Qualified by defeating Dean Ambrose
The Miz October 16, 2018 SmackDown 1000 Qualified by defeating Rusev
Rey Mysterio Qualified by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura
Bobby Lashley October 29, 2018 Raw Replaced John Cena

Tournament bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
  Raw  Seth Rollins Pin  
Raw  Bobby Lashley 5:30  
  Raw  Seth Rollins Pin  
  Raw  Dolph Ziggler 13:05  
Raw  Kurt Angle Pin
  Raw  Dolph Ziggler 8:10  
    Raw  Shane McMahon Pin
  SmackDown  Dolph Ziggler 2:30
  SmackDown  Jeff Hardy Pin  
SmackDown  The Miz 7:05  
  SmackDown  The Miz Pin
  SmackDown  Rey Mysterio 11:15  
SmackDown  Rey Mysterio Pin
  SmackDown  Randy Orton 5:30  

See also

World Wrestling Entertainment Tournaments
King of the Ring

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