Tyson Fury made an appearance in an angle on WWE's debut of SmackDown on Fox on 4 October 2019. He stared down Braun Strowman during his match, and Strowman later threw one of his opponents, Dolph Ziggler, at Fury. After the match, Fury jumped the barricade, but was stopped by security.
The WWE announced that Fury would be given an open mic for the following episode of Raw. Fury appeared in the last segment of the 7 October 2019 episode of Raw and demanded an apology from Strowman as the two traded insults.
They then had a "brawl" which was separated by some of Strowman's fellow professional wrestlers. On 11 October 2019, it was confirmed that Fury and Strowman would have a match at WWE Crown Jewel, with the contract having been signed on the 15 October episode of Monday Night Raw.
Fury reportedly earned £11.9 million ($15 million) for his participation. He defeated Strowman by Countout at Crown Jewel. In a recent interview with talkSPORT, Fury discussed his time in WWE: “I have been a fan of WWE all my life.
I’ve been a big fan of all the big wrestlers. I am athletic enough to be able to learn quickly. Vince McMahon said he has recruited sports stars from all different sports and he has never seen anyone come into their game, have a couple of training sessions, and pick it up like that.
I looked like a natural in there! It didn’t go down to well with my management, promoters, trainers, family. Everyone was saying ‘oh the Wilder fight, you are going to get injured’, but the Wilder fight may as well be a million moons away”.