In a showdown of epic proportions, World Heavyweight Champion Seth “Freakin” Rollins is set to face off against “The Scottish Warrior” Drew McIntyre at WWE Crown Jewel on November 4, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This match promises to be a highlight of the event, but it’s far from the first time these two formidable wrestlers have crossed paths.
In 2012, Rollins and McIntyre first squared off in a WWE SmackDown dark match, with Rollins emerging victorious. Just four months later, they clashed again in the NXT Gold Rush tournament semifinals, where Rollins once again secured the win, becoming the inaugural NXT Champion.
This rivalry continued on the main roster during various faction warfare matches. Upon his main roster call-up, McIntyre aligned himself with Dolph Ziggler and targeted Rollins, who was then the WWE Intercontinental Champion. Rollins teamed up with Dean Ambrose to even the odds against McIntyre and Ziggler.
The intensity between Rollins and McIntyre has been steadily building, with McIntyre’s unconventional request for the match leaving fans intrigued. McIntyre, known for his fearless attitude, looked Rollins squarely in the eye to make his challenge, setting the stage for this high-stakes showdown.
Following the surprisingly civil conversation, Damian Priest, “Señor Money in the Bank,” delivered a brutal beatdown to Rollins as McIntyre looked on. However, it was the unexpected intervention of “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio with his Money in the Bank contract that brought McIntyre into the picture, preventing Priest from cashing in.
For McIntyre, this match represents a significant opportunity to once again claim the World Heavyweight Championship, his first chance at the title since his defeat by Roman Reigns at Clash At The Castle in September 2022. McIntyre recently expressed his excitement about the upcoming bout, acknowledging the chemistry and history he shares with Rollins and calling him “one of [his] best opponents.”
Rollins, who regained the World Heavyweight Title at Night of Champions, has successfully defended the gold against top challengers like Shinsuke Nakamura, Damian Priest, Finn Balor, and The Miz. His most recent title defense came in a grueling Last Man Standing Match against Nakamura at Fastlane.
As WWE Crown Jewel approaches, anticipation is running high as fans eagerly await what promises to be a hard-hitting and emotionally charged battle between two of WWE’s finest. The question remains: who will emerge from Riyadh as the World Heavyweight Champion? Wrestling enthusiasts worldwide will be tuning in to find out on November 4, 2023.