WWE had yet another pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia Thursday in the 2020 edition of Super Showdown. At the end of the day, this was just a glorified house show with a lot of major storyline heading in. Some of the matches did have some storylines but a lot of matches were thrown together with the idea that they superstars would […]
WWE had yet another pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia Thursday in the 2020 edition of Super Showdown.
At the end of the day, this was just a glorified house show with a lot of major storyline heading in. Some of the matches did have some storylines but a lot of matches were thrown together with the idea that they superstars would have the natural chemistry in the ring together. While that was the case, the highlight of the show was a horrible booking decision in the main event.
I will get to that later but here are my thoughts and grades for Super ShowDown.
The O.C. (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) def. The Vikings Raiders (Erik and Ivar) (pre-show)
Most of the SSD pre-show took place at an off-site studio and this match started up with 25 minutes left in the kickoff show. A standard tag match throughout here, with the faces controlling the beginning, followed by the heels dominating in the middle with a babyface comeback towards the tail end but the heels got the victory here.
Nothing wrong with the match itself but after seeing this match time and time again, it does get a little boring. Let’s hope both teams move on to other feuds.
Tuwaiq Trophy – The Undertaker last eliminated AJ Styles in a Gauntlet match
This was one of my favorite matches on the card. R-Truth and Bobby Lashley started the match and it was nice to see Truth getting the first victory here despite it being a roll-up. I also liked how he fell on top of Andrade for the pin after knocking heads with him on his attempted finisher.
After beating Erik Rowan, AJ Styles took advantage of a tired Truth for the win. Rey Mysterio looked to be taken out by fellow O.C. members Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson but he was replaced my nonother than the legend himself, The Undertaker. Taker ended up taking out Styles to win the gauntlet match.
It was great to see Truth get some love here as he is always a fan favorite. Taker taking out Styles easily more than speculates that Styles and Undertaker will face off at WrestleMania 36. Overall, a solid match.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Miz and John Morrison def. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) (c)
A solid tag match here and even though Morrison just came back to WWE, he and Miz look excellent together and look like they have not lost a step.
The New Day always performs well and it showed here with all four guys having great chemistry in the ring. It’ll be interesting to see who will challenge for the tag titles next. My hope is that it’ll be another team in the title picture like Heavy Machinery for example.
Angel Garza def. Humberto Carrillo
Lucha Libre was in full effect here skills as the guys were throwing each other around with hurricanranas and arm drags. A solid match in the middle of the card but it hurts due to the fact that these guys did just have a match against each a few days ago. Still, Garza and Carrillo are future stars in this company you should keep an eye on.
Raw Tag Team Championship – Seth Rollins and Murphy (c) def. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)
Much like the SmackDown Tag Title match, these four guys had great chemistry together. Rollins looked really good here, directing traffic and telling Murphy what to do exactly at certain points of the match.
The Messiah gimmick with Murphy and A.O.P. is working great and it is a nice character rebirth for the former two-time Universal Champion. Unlike the SD Tag match, I would not mind seeing these guys in a future match against each other again.
Mansoor def. Dolph Ziggler
You can say what you want about WWE never pushing Ziggler to the full potential everyone wants, you have to give him credit for always putting on excellent matches despite him taking a lot of losses. You can always count on him in these types of matches.
Mansoor has grown more confidently in the ring since his first Saudi Arabian show and with the pushes he gets here, WWE should start to utilize him more. The low grade is part of the reason that we know the story that Mansoor won’t be on T.V. at all. Hopefully, we can see him on NXT or NXT U.K. down the line.
WWE Championship – Brock Lesnar (c) def. Ricochet
Lesnar swatted Ricochet out of the air to start the match and unloaded with German suplexes. He hit an F-5 for the win in about two minutes and that’s it
WWE did a good job using video packages to build up Ricochet in recent weeks but why have him get squashed so quickly. Yes, we knew the outcome but Lesnar has worked well with smaller opponents in recent years so why did Ricochet not get some sort of offense in?
Roman Reigns def. King Corbin in a Steel Cage match
Corbin and Reigns have good chemistry but WWE needs to end this. We have seen them in countless matches against each other and there is literally no reason for this match to happen again.
The cage match was a great way to end the feud. No need to continue it.
*Watch, they will have another encounter on SmackDown this Friday*
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) def. Naomi
Something was off with this match as both superstars had an awkward pace at times. We saw this happen at Crown Jewel when Natalya and Lacey Evans had their match.
Bayley and Naomi can put on better matches and it may be the case of just where they were. Regardless, having a women’s title match in Saudi Arabia is another small-step in women’s wrestling.
Universal Championship – Goldberg def. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c)
You build The Fiend for months. You botch the Hell in the Cell match against Seth Rollins. You make up for it at Crown Jewel when he won the Universal Championship. He put on great matches against Daniel Bryan for example at Survivor Series and Royal Rumble. Now..BOOM, you ruin it with him jobbing out to a 53-year-old part-timer.
No, it is nothing against Goldberg but you already have a part-timer that is rejected by the fans being the top champion on Raw and now you do the same thing on SmackDown.
I do not know how Wyatt recovers from this and what the plans are going forward but this was straight up HORRIBLE.
Some solid matches in the middle of the card but the two main title matches just ruined the show for me in my opinion. Having Goldberg hoist up the title at the end of the pay-per-view just left a lot of bad tastes in people’s mouths.
The Road to WrestleMania is going to be an interesting ride, for better or for worst. Let’s see what the plans are for WWE’s next pay-per-view, Elimination Chamber.