We are in Saudi Arabia for another Super Showdown! Brock Lesnar defends the WWE Championship against Ricochet. Roman Reigns and King Corbin do battle inside a Steel Cage and more! I hope these guys and girls make it back easier than last time.
Gauntlet Match for the Tuwaiq Mountain Trophy: Saudi Arabia loves them some R-Truth. Surprisingly, Truth pins his first opponent Bobby Lashley after Truth ducked a Spear sending Bobby into the corner. Afterward, Bobby Lashley decimates R-Truth weakening his next opponent, Andrade. This one ends with R-Truth picking up the win thanks to an accidental headbutt between both men. Yup. R-Truth now has to face Erick Rowan. The cage that Rowan carries containing his “friend” was inadvertently knocked over sending Rowan into a rage. Rowan attacks Truth with the ring steps and gets disqualified. Now R-Truth has to face AJ Styles. Throughout the match, R-Truth has had his left arm and shoulder attacked so bad Truth is basically a one-armed man. Styles thinks getting rid of Truth is a foregone conclusion so he takes time to show everyone his dance moves. Truth taps to the Calf Crusher. I don’t know how Truth got this far but bless him for it. The last competitor to enter the match is Rey Mysterio who is having a bit of a delay coming out. Backstage, Gallows and Anderson of The OC are giving Rey Mysterio a beat down. AJ thinks he’s won the gauntlet by forfeit. The referee won’t raise AJ’s hand and they won’t ring the bell. They give Rey Mysterio till the count of ten to get to the ring. Mysterio doesn’t make it but someone else does. After dispatching of Gallows and Anderson backstage, The Undertaker comes down to the ring. The Undertaker’s walk to the ring took longer than his participation in the match. Undertaker hits AJ with a chokeslam and gets the win. Undertaker didn’t even take off his coat. Or his hat. So much for that. Is The Undertaker going to be able to carry the trophy up the ramp?
The New Day (c) vs. Miz and Morrison for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships: This was a very good, solid tag match. It had a great pace and flow of back and forth action. The match really took off when Kofi went for that Trust Fall dive to the outside and hit nothing but mat. Surprisingly, Kofi was able to get back into the match. Kofi comes off the top rope but gets caught in position for a Skull Crushing Finale from The Miz. Kofi reverses the hold and goes for a roll-up with The Miz kicking out at two. Off the kick out Kofi goes into the ropes and on the outside, Morrison jabs Kofi’s midsection with a chair. The Miz rolls Kofi up with a handful of tights to pick up the win. The Miz and John Morrison are the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
Backstage, Byron Sexton is with the Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Murphy. Tonight they will be facing the Street Profits. Rollins has respect for the Street Profits but they stand in the way of his vision. Rollins says they will be eradicated.
Angel Garza vs. Humberto Carrillo: Hell yes I love me a real family feud. The match started off great but after a while, it came to a slow crawl pace that sort of took my attention out. Both men trade roll-ups until Garza traps Carrillo’s legs and picks up the win. Nothing too crazy.
Seth Rollins and Murphy (c) vs. Street Profits for the Raw Tag Team Championships: So far this was my favorite match of the night. This was a star-making performance for both members of the Street Profits showing that they can go with the best on the main roster. Montez Ford showed off his freakish leaping ability and Angelo Dawkins showed he hits like a heavyweight when he pounced Murphy over the Arabic commentary table. Despite a great showing, the Street Profits are unable to secure a victory. Rollins and Murphy get the win the same way they won the titles, Rollins stomped Dawkins behind the referee’s back on the hardest part of the ring. Murphy seizes the opportunity with a pin for the win. I wouldn’t mind seeing these two teams go at it again.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Mansoor: It’s the bi-monthly Mansoor appearance! Before the match, Robert Roode tried to bully Mansoor who dropkicks Roode’s face off. Roode gets ejected by the referee. It’s the usual make Mansoor look like a hero in his hometown. Mansoor did pull off a sick inverted Sliced Bread into a DDT. Mansoor got the win with one of the most painful-looking moonsaults I’ve ever seen. Poor Dolph Ziggler.
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Ricochet for the WWE Championship: Complete three-minute squash match. What a cake job for Lesnar. Ricochet got no offense in. Three suplexes and an F-5 is all it takes for Brock Lesnar to retain.
Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin in a Steel Cage Match: I found myself tuning out of this match a lot. Everything was so slow. Reigns brought a chain to the ring and used it with a padlock to make sure no one was getting out. Eventually, Corbin was able to retrieve the key from Roman and remove the chain. The tail end of the match saw Corbin coming down onto the ropes in a straddle position. Roman hits Corbin with two Superman Punches before wrapping his fist with the chain he brought and hitting Corbin with a third and final Superman Punch for the win. They say this is the end of this rivalry, let’s hope so.
Bayley (c) vs. Naomi for the SmackDown Women’s Championship: I actually enjoyed this match more than I thought I would. I’ve been very critical of Bayley since her change of attitude but it seems as though she’s finally hit her stride with it and everything is clicking. There was a lot of solid back and forth action from both women with Bayley being aggressive using a ground and pound technique, and Naomi using quick strikes and speed. In the final minute of the match Bayley hit Naomi with a chop block to her knee. Bayley bends the knees of Naomi and does something I have never seen before. Bayley traps Naomi’s feet inside of her t-shirt. Naomi is defenseless andd this allows Bayley to hit that weird headlock driver to retain the Women’s Championship.
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship: Goldberg started the match hitting a total of four spears with The Fiend still not staying down. The Fiend locked in the Mandible Claw for a second time until Goldberg got some seperation with a headbutt. Goldberg hits The Jackhammer on The Fiend and gets the three count. That’s right, Goldberg is the new Universal Champion. As he is celebrating his super hard fought victory, The Fiend makes it to his feet in a fit of rage. The lights go out and The Fiend is nowhere to be found so Goldberg keeps celebraing one of the toughest victories of his career to end the show.
Overall I thought Super Showdown was an okay show. The matches were hit or miss with the main event being a huge miss. Even the Saudi Arabia crowd wasn’t feeling it and they love everything. You have to wonder what is the logic behind having Goldberg beat one of the most dominating characters of recent memory. Not only that but in such…boring fashion. Having The Fiend lose does more harm than good in my eyes. If a man in his 50s who can no longer even hit his finisher properly can beat The Fiend, almost anyone can. Other than that this was like the typical Raw or SmackDown with some neat fireworks.
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