WWE official Jessika Carr has revealed that Edge had a special request granted for his Hell In A Cell bout with Seth Rollins at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
Carr was the woman in the middle for the historic Hell In A Cell match between Rollins and Edge at Crown Jewel and became the first woman to referee a WWE contest in the Middle Eastern Kingdom.
Speaking on the Table Talk podcast, Jessika Carr revealed that her road to Crown Jewel began way back at SummerSlam when she officiated Edge and Rollins’ first contest:
“It was something that happened progressively, starting at SummerSlam, to be honest with you. At this point in his career, Edge likes working with people that he’s comfortable with in the ring as far as referees are concerned and that person for the longest time, one of them, has always been Charles Robinson.”
“At SummerSlam, Charles wasn’t planned to be there so it was a discussion between him and Edge of, ‘Hey, do you want to give Jessika a chance? I think Jessika will be a good option.’ Edge was all about giving me an opportunity to learn, to be in the ring with someone that has gone through all the things he has in his career.”
“That was that first step of doing it at SummerSlam and I stepped up to the plate, obviously, of doing all the things and got a lot of kudos from that and that was amazing.”
Carr was once again the official when the two men met on SmackDown in New York City in September and says that’s when she heard Edge request that she officiate the match at Crown Jewel to Vince McMahon:
“The second chapter of that was Madison Square Garden, and that was very shocking because Charles was there and I don’t know whose decision that was or what the story was with that, but to then be at Madison Square Garden and have Edge vs. Seth was a tip of the hat.”
“I stepped up to the plate at Madison Square Garden and it was literally standing in Gorilla with Edge and Edge asking Vince, ‘can we have her in Saudi Arabia.’ Vince was like, ‘Yeah, I think we can make that happen.'”
“It just paralleled after that and things had to be put in place as far as communicating with who they had to communicate with in Saudi and it has to go through extra steps and layers to make sure everyone is okay with it and the week before I started hearing, ‘You have the cage in Saudi.'”
As well as Carr’s involvement at Crown Jewel, it was the first show held by WWE in Saudi Arabia that saw two women’s matches take place. Becky Lynch retained her SmackDown Women’s Title against Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks while Zelina Vega claimed the Queen’s Crown as she defeated Doudrop in the tournament final.