Super ShowDown 2019

A video package kicks us off, focusing on the biggest battle royal ever, Triple H vs. Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler, Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon, Seth Rollins vs. Corbin, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker vs. Goldberg.

Michael Cole welcomes us to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin – Universal Championship match

Background: At Money in the Bank, Seth Rollins retained the Universal Championship against AJ Styles. On Raw the next night, Baron Corbin took offense that Styles earned that title shot even though Corbin had previously pinned Rollins in a tag team match. The following week, Styles was scheduled to take part in a four-way match for another opportunity against Rollins at Super ShowDown, but was still ailing from injuries sustained from his match at Money in the Bank, and was replaced by Corbin, who attacked Styles while the latter was in a trainer’s room. Corbin then defeated Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, and The Miz in a fatal four-way elimination match to earn the title match.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time singles PPV match between these two men.

Super ShowDown Record: Seth Rollins is 1-0 at this event, Corbin didn’t wrestle at last years PPV.

Match: The two men slug it out in the early going with Corbin targeting Rollins injured ribs. Corbin dominates for a lot of this match, slowing down the pace and continuing to target the ribs of the Universal Champion. Rollins picks up the pace as he gets back into the match, hitting a slingblade and two suicide dives. Corbin counters a third and hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Corbin hits deep six for a near fall. Seth counters end of days but Corbin grabs a chair. The referee talks Corbin into throwing the chair away. Corbin then gets in the face of the referee, the referee screams at Corbin back and Rollins rolls up Corbin for the three!

Result: Seth Rollins retains the Universal Championship by pinfall.

Review: This match was a decent enough way to start off the show. Rollins offence felt limited, probably due to his injuries. The way this match finished I doubt this rivalry is over.

Rating: 5.75/10

After the match Corbin hits Rollins with end of days.

Brock Lesnar’s music hits and out walks Brock with his Money In The Bank contract, Paul Heyman and a referee. Heyman slips as he gets into the ring and drops the briefcase which distracts Brock who has grabbed a chair and Rollins hits him with a low blow. Rollins then lays into Brock with the chair! Seth hits a stomp on Brock onto the briefcase and leaves with his title.

There’s an ad for a new PPV called Stomping Grounds.

Brock Lesnar is still in the ring, he walks to the back and doesn’t look too happy with Heyman.

“The Demon” Finn Balor (c) vs. Andrade – Intercontinental Championship match

Background: On the April 15 episode of Raw, Andrade defeated Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor in a non-title match. Bálor was subsequently moved to SmackDown the following night during the Superstar Shake-up. Andrade, along with his manager Zelina Vega, were then moved back to SmackDown the following week, and both Bálor and Andrade took part in the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match at the namesake event, where both fought each other, though ultimately lost the match. Bálor was then scheduled to defend the Intercontinental Championship against Andrade at Super ShowDown.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match between these two men on PPV.

Super ShowDown Record: Both men wrestle at Super ShowDown for the first time.

Match: I’m expecting a fast-paced match and the beginning of the match doesn’t let me down. Andrade looks for the three amigos, Balor counters but Andrade counters again and hits the third amigo. Andrade hits an inverted tornado DDT and then goes to the chinlock as the pace slows down. You see a lot of this with the heel slowing down the match so the crowd can get behind the babyface as they pick up the pace in their comeback. Finn clotheslines Andrade out of the ring and then dives out on his challenger. Finn hits a pretty unique looking sidewalk slam/brainbuster type move for as near fall. The crowd seem pretty dead but I’m not sure if it’s just the culture of the audience. Andrade hits his trademark back elbow and then a handspring Pele kick and running knees for a near fall. Balor gets his knees up on a moonsault attempt and then counters a sunset powerbomb. Andrade hits a hammerlock DDT but Balor kicks out of the pinfall. Finn hits a DDT off the top and then heads back up and hits the coup de gras for the three!

Result: Finn Balor retains the Intercontinental Championship by pinfall.

Review: This match was good. The two men have chemistry and it was generally an enjoyable match. The crowd seemed a little quiet but woke up for a few of the good spots. The DDT off the top was vey nice. Finn Balor wins cleanly and it’ll be interesting to see if this feud continues.

Rating: 6/10

We get some words from a few of the participants involved in the biggest ever battle royal tonight. The Miz cuts an entertaining promo referencing N-Sync. Jinder Mahal is disappointed about losing the 24/7 title but will reclaim that after winning the battle royal.

There’s a video package next hyping up Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon.

Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon

Background: On the April 16 episode of SmackDown, after WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon had introduced Elias as “the biggest acquisition in SmackDown history”, they were interrupted by fellow new draftee Roman Reigns, who attacked Elias and performed a superman punch on Mr. McMahon. The following week, Shane McMahon challenged Reigns to a fight for attacking his father. As Reigns came out, he was attacked from behind by Elias, who was then assisted by Shane in attacking Reigns. On the May 20 episode of Raw, Reigns, who appeared via the wild card rule, was interrupted by Shane, who was still bothered by Reigns’ attack on his father. Reigns then challenged Shane to a match which Shane accepted for Super ShowDown.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match between these two men.

Super ShowDown Record: Roman Reigns won at this event last year, Shane Wrestles at Super ShowDown for the first time tonight.

Match: Drew McIntyre is introduced, he’s Shane’s hired gun these days and will go one on one with Roman Reigns at Stomping Grounds. Shane uses a distraction from Drew McIntyre to take the early advantage and drops Reigns to the outside via the ringpost. Shane hits a side Russian leg-sweep for a near fall. Reigns fires up but Shane avoids a superman punch and hits a back elbow. Roman looks for as superman punch but Shane counters with a chopblock for two count. Drew McIntyre looks to get involved but Reigns takes him out. Shane hits a spear and sets up for coast to coast but Reigns counters with a superman punch. Reigns motions for a spear but Shane counters with a kick. Reigns hammers Shane who hits the referee. Drew McIntyre then gets in the ring and hits a claymore on Reigns! Shane hooks the leg and gets the three!

Result: Shane McMahon wins by pinfall.

Review: Firstly, that finish was super smooth. The timing from Drew McIntyre was perfect. This was a good match though, I enjoyed it. This feud is far from over. Reigns takes on McIntyre next but I have a feeling this rivalry will go on, probably to Summerslam.

Rating: 6.25/10

Byron Saxton is backstage with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. Kofi says that you need more than intensity to be WWE Champion and tonight he beats Dolph Ziggler.

The Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado) vs. Lars Sullivan – 3 on 1 handicap match

Background: At Money in the Bank, as Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado) came out for a match, they were randomly attacked by Lars Sullivan and the match never occurred. The following night on Raw, as Sullivan was about to be interviewed in regard to the incident, Lucha House Party interrupted and attacked Sullivan, who fended them off. A 3-on-1 handicap match featuring Sullivan against Lucha House Party was then scheduled for Super ShowDown.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time 3 on 1 handicap match involving these four men.

Super ShowDown Record: All four men wrestle at this event for the first time, it’s a PPV debut for Lars Sullivan.

Match: Lucha House Party will be tagging in and out of this match and it’s Kalisto that kicks off the match. Kalisto tries to use his speed but Sullivans power is too much and he throws Kalisto around. Dorado tags in but doesn’t fair any better. Gran Metalik gets a few shots in but Lars re-takes the advantage against Kalisto. Sullivan heads to the top but Dorado and Metalik kick him down before laying in the boots! As they triple team Lars the referee calls for the bell! It’s a disqualification win for Lars Sullivan who continue the beatdown! They hit top rope splashes and leave.

Result: Lars Sullivan wins by disqualification.

Review: This was a pretty slow match. Lars dominated and the Lucha’s didn’t get much chance to get their faster offence in. This was all about making Lars looking good. The result being a disqualification doesn’t bury the Lucha House Party too much.

Rating: 3/10

Lars Sullivan follows the Lucha House Party up the aisle and takes out all three men after the match.

There’s an ad for Triple H’s new documentary on the WWE Network.

There’s a video package next for Triple H and Randy Orton.

Triple H vs. Randy Orton

Background: A match between Triple H and Randy Orton was also scheduled on May 13. A promo aired during the May 21 episode of SmackDown, recapping the two’s various rivalries that originally began in 2004 when Orton won the (now retired) World Heavyweight Championship, resulting in Triple H turning on him and kicking him out of their stable, Evolution.

Previous PPV matches: This is the 9th PPV match between these two men. Triple H has won 6 of the previous 8 and Randy the other 2. The only matches that have been fought more on PPV are The Undertaker vs. Kane and John Cena vs. Randy Orton.

Super ShowDown Record: Triple H won at last year event, beating The Undertaker. Randy did not wrestle at that show.

Match: Triple H rides down on a motorbike. It’s a very slow pace to start the match as they feel each other out. Both men counter each others finishers early. Triple H takes the advantage and the two battle to the outside where Randy drops Triple H on the announce desk. It’s a slow back and forth match then. Orton fights out of a couple of pedigree attempts. Randy hits his hangmans DDT and then motions for an RKO but Triple H counters and hits a spinebuster. Orton hits an RKO out of nowhere for a near fall. Triple H blocks a punt attempt and hits a pedigree for a near fall. Triple H throws Orton in the announce desk and then back into the ring but as he gets back in the ring himself Randy Orton hits an RKO out of nowhere! Randy hooks the leg and gets the 3!

Result: Randy Orton wins by pinfall.

Review: Yeah, I mean, this was ok. It was way too slow for my liking. I’m sure some people will think it’s a classic but meh, I would be quite happy to never see this match again. They have had far better matches. Orton wins what is essentially an exhibition match.

Rating: 3.75/10

We’re shown some footage from the previous day with Jinder Mahal winning the 24/7 Championship from R-Truth on the airport runway. On the flight R-Truth would then win the 24/7 Championship back on the flight.

Byron Saxton is backstage and Baron Corbin ranting about the referee in his match earlier. Corbin says that heads are going to roll.

Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley

Background: A match between Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley was scheduled on May 18. On the June 3 episode of Raw, Strowman and Lashley competed in an arm wrestling match which Strowman won, afterwards, Lashley attacked Strowman with a Running Powerslam.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first PPV match between these two men.

Super ShowDown Record: Braun Strowman is 0-1, Bobby Lashley is 1-0.

Match: The match is all about power. A classic big man match. Bobby hits a running powerslam on Strowman for a near fall. Lashley takes it to Braun for much of the match. Strowman fires up with a spinebuster and shoulder charges. Braun runs all the way around the ring and hits a shoulder charge. Strowman hits a big powerslam for a near fall. The fight goes back to the outside where Lashley hits a suplex on the entrance ramp. Lashley goes to the top but Braun throws him down and then hits a running powerslam for the three.

Result: Braun Strowman wins by pinfall.

Review: This was another slow match. It wasn’t a very good match, big man vs. big man and there were a few impressive bits but generally not the best. Another clean win for the babyface.

Rating: 3.5/10

Ali wants to win the battle royal tonight to inspire children. Samoa Joe has nobody to defend his United States Championship against so will add winning the battle royal to his list of accolades.

There’s a video package next for Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler.

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler – WWE Championship match

Background: On the May 21 episode of SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler, who had been inactive since the Royal Rumble event in January, made a surprise return and attacked Kofi Kingston. Ziggler, appearing via the wild card rule, later explained that it should have been him who got the opportunity to go to WrestleMania 35 and win the WWE Championship instead of Kingston. He then stated he would defeat Kingston for the title at Super ShowDown, which was made official.

Previous PPV matches: This is the 5th PPV match between these two men. Of the previous 4, Dolph Ziggler has won 3 times and they drew the other. Kofi looking for his first victory against Ziggler on PPV tonight.

Super ShowDown Record: Kofi Kingston is 1-0 at this event, Dolph Ziggler is 0-1.

Match: It’s all Dolph Ziggler in the early going, pretty fast pace with Dolph earning a few near falls. The crowd are very quiet again for this match. Kofi counters a fame-asser and we get an exchange of pinfalls. Kingston hits SOS for a very near fall. Ziggler takes out Xavier Woods on the outside with a superkick. Back in the ring though and and Kofi pushes Dolph into Woods who is up ion the apron and Xavier kicks Ziggler in the face! Kofi hits trouble in paradise and rolls up his challenger for the three!

Result: Kofi Kingston wins by pinfall.

Review: I don’t know what it is but this match didn’t really click for me. These two guys have had much better matches before. The crowd being flat didn’t help it either. Kofi Kingston retains though to the surprise of nobody. I can see this feud continuing considering how this match finished.

Rating: 3.75/10

Byron Saxton interviews Dolph Ziggler backstage who isn’t happy with how Kofi won tonight. Ziggler calls him a coward and demands another match for the WWE Championship in a steel cage.

There’s an ad for a Ronda Rousey documentary on the WWE Network.

There’s a VT looking at the fans enjoying themselves today. They’re talking about the heat a lot.

Drew Gulak vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Oney Lorcan vs. Apollo Crews vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Sunil Singh vs. Samir Singh vs. Eric vs. Ivar vs. Humberto Carillo vs. Mojo Rawley vs. Ali vs. Mike Kanellis vs. Bo Dallas vs. Curtis Axel vs. Ricochet vs. Chad Gable vs. No Way Jose vs. Luke Gallows vs. Tony Nese vs. Rezar vs. Akam vs. Otis vs. Tucker vs. Xavier Woods vs. Karl Anderson vs. Matt Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Heath Slater vs. Sin Cara vs. Bobby Roode vs. Rowan vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Eric Young vs. Jimmy Uso vs. Jey Uso vs. Rusev vs. Mansoor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dash Wilder vs. Scott Dawson vs. The Miz vs. Samoa Joe vs. Cesaro vs. Zack Ryder vs. Curt Hawkins vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Elias vs. EC3 – 51 man battle royal

Background: On May 13, a 50-man battle royal was scheduled, marking the largest standard battle royal in WWE history.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time ever battle royal of this size.

Super ShowDown Record: I’m not going to go through everybody but Xavier Woods and Buddy Murphy were the only men to score victories at last years show.

Match: The Miz, Samoa Joe, Cesaro, Titus and Elias are the only men to receive their own entrance. lias walks out singing, he’s the last man to enter but Miz goes out and drags him into the ring. EC3 is the first man eliminated, shortly followed by the Bollywood Boys who go out dancing. It’s hard to keep track of what’s going on but men get eliminated left, right and center. No big names eliminated in the early going. There’ a good moment with the Viking Raiders, Heavy Machinery and Authors Of Pain going at it. Titus O’Neil eliminated both Viking Raiders. As the field thins the elimination get much less frequent. Ricochet eliminates Jinder Mahal. Otis hits a double caterpillar on Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura before Rowan eliminates Otis. 41 men get eliminated and we’re down to the final 10 which includes the likes of Cesaro, Elias, Sin Cara, Mansoor, Ricochet, Samoa Joe, The Miz, Ali, Robert Roode, Rusev. Sin Cara eliminates Nakamura before The Miz eliminates Rusev. Elias eliminates Miz and we’re down to 6. Mansoor goes to work on Samoa Joe. Ali and Ricochet eliminate Samoa Joe which is a big one. Cesaro then eliminates Ricochet and Ali and then Mansoor eliminates Cesaro. We’re down to just Elias and Mansoor. Elias nearly eliminates Mansoor but the Saudi Arabian native hits a back body drop and eliminates Elias for the victory!

Result: Mansoor wins, last eliminating Elias.

Review: This was chaotic. It was hard to keep track of in the early going but it was nice seeing some of the fringe wrestlers get an opportunity. It’s a massive upset though as Mansoor wins the biggest ever battle royal in his hometown. OR home country. It’s random as hell and I don’t know if this means we’ll be seeing more of him but it’s fun.

Rating: 6.5/10

Byron Saxton interviews Mansoor after the match who cuts a promo in English and then Arabic.

There’s an ad for Stomping Grounds.

The commentators run through some of the matches at Stomping Grounds. Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss, Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre, Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans, Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin, Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler. So nothing original there.

There’s a VT for The Undertaker and Goldberg.

The Undertaker vs. Goldberg

Background: On May 13, 2019, a match between Goldberg and The Undertaker was scheduled for Super ShowDown, marking the first one-on-one match between each other. Goldberg’s last match occurred at WrestleMania 33 in April 2017.

Previous PPV matches: This is a first time ever dream match between these two legends.

Super ShowDown Record: The Undertaker lost at last years event, Goldberg did not wrestle.

Match: The match starts with a face to face. Goldberg then does the rest in peace sign so Undertaker hits him with a right hand. Goldberg hits two spears and pins Undertaker who kicks out at 2 and sits up. Goldberg unexpectedly applies a kneebar. Undertaker avoids a spear in the corner and Goldberg smashes his head right into the ringpost. He hit so hard that Goldberg head is seriously busted open. Goldberg seems out of it. Undertaker hits old school and then motions for a chokeslam but Goldberg just falls into the ropes. Undertaker then hits a chokeslam. not a very high one. Undertaker hits a tombstone but Goldberg kicks out of the pinfall. Goldberg is out of it. You can tell how much he’s relying on Undertaker here, I don’t think he can think straight. Undertaker hits snake eyes but runs into a spear. Goldberg looks for a jackhammer and hits a botched one for a near fall. Goldberg scoops Undertaker up, Undertaker looks to counter with a tombstone but falls over. Undertaker then hits an awful chokeslam and pins Goldberg for the three. Undertaker looks furious after the match.

Result: Undertaker wins by pinfall.

Review: This was a car crash. It all went downhill when Goldberg knocked himself out. Everything after that was awful. I would go out on a limb and say that this was the worst match of both mens career. I don’t know what else to say. Undertaker looks angry after the match. This was a massive disappointment.

Rating: 1.5/10

And that was Super Showdown 2019. What a strange show. It actually started off ok but man it fell off a cliff after the first three matches. Seth Rollins beat Corbin as you’d expect in the opener. The matych was ok, it was decent and clearly just sets up another match between the two. Finn Balor then beat Andrade in a match that I felt could have been better but it was slightly better than the opener. Shane McMahon then beat Roman Reigns in a surprising result but a good match. And then the show declined. Lars Sullivan beat The Lucha House Party by disqualification in a poor match, Randy Orton and Triple H had a really slow-paced stinker, Braun Strowman beat Bobby Lashley in a forgettable match, Kofi retained the WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler in what was probably the worst match I have ever seen these guys have against each other. The biggest ever battle royal was actually pretty fun. Mansoor gets the victory in his home country. That was totally left-field for me, I did not see that coming at all. And then the less said about Undertaker and Goldberg the better. Overall this will be remembered as a poor show.

Overall Rating: 44.4/100 (ranked 364th out of 375)

Match Of The Night: The 51 man battl royal
Worst Match Of The Night: The Undertaker vs. Goldberg
Surprise Of The Night: Mansoor wins the biggest ever battle royal
Worst Booking Of The Night: The booking wasn’t terrible, just the execution.
Superstar Of The Night: Mansoor
Super ShowDown 2019 Will Be Remembered For: Undertaker vs. Goldberg, and Mansoor.

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