On Tuesday’s episode of the SmackDown Live, an impromptu match was set up with AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan for the WWE title in Atlanta.
The match was made on the spot by Shane McMahon with Styles and Bryan having a lengthy title match with Styles retaining after applying the calf crusher.
During the post-match, Samoa Joe appeared to attack both men with the Coquina Clutch. This led to a new title match being made for Crown Jewel on Friday with Styles defending against Joe, and it appears Daniel Bryan is off Friday’s event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
It was first reported by Robbie Fox at Barstool Sports that John Cena and Daniel Bryan were refusing to work the Crown Jewel event. On Monday’s Raw, they removed John Cena from the World Cup tournament and was replaced by Bobby Lashley.
Talent is scheduled to leave for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday morning.
Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin is reporting that Renee Young will be part of the Crown Jewel broadcast team on Friday. In Satin’s report, he stated that the efforts to get Young onto the show began in September.
The General Sports Authority issued an apology earlier this year after the Greatest Royal Rumble event when a video aired that showed some of the female talent wearing their wrestling outfits.