However, during the match Triple H suffered an injury when he went over the top rope and fell to the floor.
Hulk Hogan made his return to a WWE event after a three-year suspension to kick off the show in what was the first of a series of shocks throughout a show which had courted controversy before it had even started.
Sporting News will provide live bell-to-bell coverage of WWE Crown Jewel on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. ET.
None of these predicted outcomes are particularly surprising since Strowman is arguably the biggest star on Monday Night Raw right now and Styles vs Joe was booked at the last minute due to Daniel Bryan pulling out of the show.
Cena, who originally didn't need or have a qualifying match for the World Cup tournament, was simply replaced by Bobby Lashley with no explanation given or needed.
You can officially add Big Show to the list, which isn't altogether that surprising as he will likely be accompanying his new partners in The Bar to ringside for their Smackdown Tag Team Championship defense. Below is post-show video of Sheamus and Cesaro talking about how The New Day no longer has the advantage of 2-on-3 handicap situations.
SmackDown First Round: Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy vs.
WWE instead has put Saudi Arabia on mute as backlash spreads against its lucrative long-term deal with a kingdom facing global uproar. That process will have to begin soon, so many expected him to lose at Crown Jewel so he could leave and prepare for his return to the octagon.
Which channel will live telecast WWE Crown Jewel? It fell one percent Thursday and was off a similar amount early Friday after Hogan was confirmed as Crown Jewel's host.
The live streaming of WWE Crown Jewel will be available on Sony Liv app and WWE app.