WWE will be having yet another network special in Saudi Arabia Thursday, February 27. This will be the third Super ShowDown the company will have (with the last taking place June 7, 2019) and the fifth event with the companies 10-year partnership with the country. 10 matches will take place on the card with five titles on the line, including […]
WWE will be having yet another network special in Saudi Arabia Thursday, February 27. This will be the third Super ShowDown the company will have (with the last taking place June 7, 2019) and the fifth event with the companies 10-year partnership with the country.
10 matches will take place on the card with five titles on the line, including a first time Women’s Championship match. In tradition, we will also have a match for a trophy based in Saudi Arabia. The card is missing a lot of notable names due to some superstar’s declining participation. Here are my predictions for 2020’s version of Super ShowDown.
The Vikings Raiders (Erik and Ivar) vs. The O.C. (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) (pre-show)
Prediction: The Vikings Raiders win
A match that was added a day prior. Gallows and Anderson had some previous success in the Saudi shows, winning the Tag Team World Cup at the 2019 edition of Super ShowDown. Nothing wrong with a simple tag match to start the pre-show. I’m picking Erik and Ivar to win here.
Mansoor vs. Dolph Ziggler
Prediction: Mansoor wins
Whenever a Saudi show happens, you expect Mansoor to show up. He won the previous two matches when they went overseas (the 51-man Battle Royal at SSD 2019 and against Cesaro at Crown Jewel 2019) so I expect him to win again to get a huge pop from the crowd.
Humberto Carrillo vs. Angel Garza
Prediction: Humberto Carrillo wins
We have seen these guys in a mini-feud for the past few weeks on Raw and they will go up against each other at SSD. I’m picking Carrillo to win here since Garza did win this past week on Raw.
Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin in a Steel Cage match
Prediction: Roman Reigns wins
Corbin and Reigns have been fighting forever and this really should have ended at the Royal Rumble due to it being a perfect ending. It has been announced that this will be the last time that they will be facing each other but knowing WWE’s history, it would not shock me if we see them in another match together heading into the next pay-per-view, Elimination Chamber.
For the sake of a prediction, I am going with Reigns winning.
Tuwaiq Trophy – AJ Styles vs. Andrade vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Erik Rowan vs. R-Truth vs. Rey Mysterio in a Gauntlet match
Prediction: Bobby Lashley wins the Tuwaiq Trophy
There has always been a Saudi Arabian-exclusive trophy in each of the past events (Greatest Royal Rumble Trophy, WWE World Cup, 51-man Battle Royal, and Tag Team World Cup). Now, we get six superstars competing Tuwaiq Trophy. An interesting note here is that Rusev was originally announced as a participant but was replaced by Mysterio.
It really is a toss-up here on who wins and given the history on these types of Saudi exclusive trophy matches, the winner really does not get a huge push right after. I’m picking Lashley to win this one here.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) (c) vs. The Miz and John Morrison
Prediction: The Miz and John Morrison win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Morrison and Miz won a number one contender match a few weeks back on SmackDown. Since Morrison’s return to WWE, the company has been pushing him and Miz as a top tag team.
Out of all the matches on the card, I see this as the only title change. Morrison and Miz are an entertaining tag team so why not give them the titles to see what they can do. The New Day is so over with the crowd they can afford to drop the titles without hurting their stock.
Raw Tag Team Championship – Seth Rollins and Murphy (c) vs. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)
Prediction: Seth Rollins and Murphy retain the Raw Tag Team Championship
I am a huge fan of The Street Profits and I think they will hold tag team gold down the line but given Rollins’ new character as “The Messiah” and recently teaming up with Murphy, I think it is too early for a title change here.
It would not shock him is the champions pull some shenanigans to keep the titles.
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) vs. Naomi
Prediction: Bayley retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship
We saw the first-ever women’s match at Saudi Arabia back at Crown Jewel between Natalya and Lacey Evans but this will be the first time a women’s title will be on the line in a Saudi Arabian show.
I think Bayley should keep the title here and start up a WrestleMania program with Sasha Banks (whenever she comes back from injury). Still, this is a historic feat in women’s wrestling.
WWE Championship – Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Ricochet
Prediction: Brock Lesnar retains the WWE Championship
This should be a fun match given the size and style differences between Lesnar and Ricochet. With that being said, the result seems obvious. Royal Rumble winner Drew McIntyre is set to face Lesnar for the WWE title at WrestleMania 36 and that looks to be the build.
Universal Championship – “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Goldberg
Prediction: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt retains the Universal Championship……(PLEASE BE TRUE)
Goldberg is a legend, there is no question about that. Wyatt has been booked perfectly since winning the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel, beating everyone with ease.
Goldberg went on SmackDown a few weeks back looking to challenge Wyatt for the title and he accepted. Like a lot of fans, I don’t agree with this. At least Ricochet won a qualifying match to earn a title shot, unlike Goldberg.
This should be interesting to see how this plays out. Both guys are better in shorter matches given their styles but who wins? I think having ANOTHER part-timer holding a top brand title might not be the best call here. Plus, there are so many potential challengers on SmackDown I want to see face Wyatt for the title heading to WrestleMania 36.
Do the right thing WWE, keep the title on Wyatt.
At the end of the day, this is just a glorified house show. While there are a lot of interesting matches, you can see a lot of obvious outcomes here. Still, this is an okay PPV filler on The Road to WrestleMania.