WWE Super ShowDown has become one of the most controversial talking points in all of professional wrestling. Despite having a card that is apparently “as good as, if not better than WrestleMania”, more and more fans are turning away from the product. The Saudi government have their ways, which unfortunately impacts on who can perform in front of the live audience.
Regardless, WWE are bringing in as many megastars as they can to help make this a show to remember. Headlined by a dream encounter between The Undertaker and Goldberg, with two massive championship matches also taking place, it’s hardly a card to miss.
A reduced WWE roster will be travelling to Jeddah to put on a spectacle, and we’re here to call our predictions in preparation for tonight’s big show.
Make sure you leave your own thoughts and predictions in the comments section below.
The Undertaker vs Goldberg
This titanic main event is a dream match of epic proportions. WWE’s most iconic veteran taking on WCW’s golden boy in a match that, quite frankly, should have taken place a long time ago. Needless to say, neither man is performing at their peak anymore, which is a shame considering how fantastic this match could have been if it took place in the early 00s. The Undertaker can barely hold a match together these days, and Goldberg hasn’t competed since his Universal Championship loss at WrestleMania 33.
Regardless, it’s going to be a lot of fun seeing these two legends face-off in front of a sold-out crowd. Just the image of these two staring each other down is enough to carry the match itself. Fans of the Attitude Era will surely let the lack of watchable wrestling slide in the main event of Super ShowDown.
I think the safe bet going into this match would be The Undertaker. WWE are never going to allow one of WCW’s flag bearers to get a win over one of their mainstays. What with Sting being denied the natural victory over Triple H during their WrestleMania feud four years ago, Vince has very much held a grudge against his former rivals and is taking every opportunity to show them up on the big stage. Besides, this is The Undertaker. As much as I respect Goldberg and can’t wait to see him finally share a ring with ‘The Deadman’, this isn’t his night.
Prediction: The Undertaker
Seth Rollins vs Baron Corbin
The Universal Championship match between Seth Rollins and Baron Corbin has somewhat been overshadowed by Brock Lesnar and his Money in the Bank briefcase. ‘The Beast’ has been teasing his cash-in for weeks on end, now declaring that he’s going to exercise his right to a title match tonight at Super ShowDown. As fun as it is to speculate about whether or not Brock’s going to be doing good on his promise, I don’t see it happening in this particular match. Whether it be because Lesnar decides to troll the WWE Universe once again, or because he decides to cash-in on another unsuspecting champion, we can only wait and see.
Rollins has been firing on all cylinders since winning the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 35. His match with AJ Styles was incredible and he truly fits the mold of being Raw’s top babyface. Baron Corbin is the ideal heel for Rollins to feud with going forward: nobody wants to see the former constable take the title from ‘The Beastslayer’, which should make way for an emotionally investing match for us fans to sit back and enjoy.
Corbin needs an opportunity to finally prove himself as a worthy main eventer. I think this match will be his time to shine, but I don’t see him walking away with the Universal Championship. Rollins should retain the title here and continue his successful reign at the top of the mountain.
Prediction: Seth Rollins
Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler
In a throwback to 2010, we’re once again seeing Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler featured on a WWE pay-per-view. Believe me, this isn’t a complaint, these two have put on some amazing title fights in the past, and I see this one potentially being their masterpiece. For those that remember their IC/US title feuds, you’ll be with me in thinking that this could perhaps steal the show in Saudi Arabia. Kingston and Ziggler have such a natural chemistry that will hopefully translate nine years later.
This feud has been built around Dolph believing that Kofi’s championship payoff should have been his. There’s no denying that Ziggler is just as much of a veteran as Kingston is, but let’s face it, he’s had those opportunities to run with the ball and they’ve never truly paid off for him as much as Kofi’s feel-good victory has. I don’t see Ziggler walking away with the World Championship anytime soon, but I hope this match gives him some momentum going forward.
Now, before we start assuming that Kofi will be leaving Jeddah with the title, let’s bring things back to Brock Lesnar. The Money in the Bank contract allows its owner to cash-in on either brand’s champion, so there’s nothing stopping Lesnar from taking advantage of an unsuspecting WWE Champion and jumping ship to SmackDown Live. With the move to Fox on the horizon, WWE are probably looking to giving the blue brand a few more draws, Brock Lesnar would naturally be one of the most sought after names for the network’s newest acquisition. With everyone expecting Brock to cash-in on Seth Rollins, what better time for him to shock the world and reinvigorate the landscape.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar
Triple H vs Randy Orton
The former ‘Evolution’ stablemates are facing off once again at WWE Super ShowDown. There’s no surprise about Trip being brought out of the gorilla position for the third consecutive Saudi event; the Jeddah crowd love seeing these throwback names hit the ring for one last bout. As huge as this rematch is, it truly feels shoehorned in amongst everything else on this card. There’s been little to no build up prior to this past week’s episode of Raw, but nevertheless, it should be a fun affair.
Randy and Hunter have had plenty of experience wrestling one another over the years, so it’ll likely be a case of them going through the motions. Naturally it’s going to be a fun match for those who have grown up in the Ruthless Aggression era.
I think an easy assumption would be that ‘The King of Kings’ is going over at Super ShowDown, but I’m thinking that Triple H might do the honours for his former pupil and let Orton walk away with the victory. Randy still has a big role to play on SmackDown Live, so a big win over HHH would go a long way at maintaining his status as a key player in the mid-card/main event scene.
Prediction: Randy Orton
‘The Demon’ Finn Balor vs Andrade
I think it’s safe to say that this match predicts itself. If ‘The Demon’ wasn’t inserted into this Intercontinental Championship match with Andrade, then there might have been a chance that ‘El Idolo’ could have walked out with his first main roster title. Andrade has teetered on becoming a prominent singles star on Monday Night Raw, even getting a singles victory over Balor on the night of the Superstar Shake-Up. But unfortunately for him, he’s drawn the short straw and will be standing across the ring from Finn’s alter-ego.
It would be silly to think that Balor’s taking the L at Super ShowDown. No argument necessary.
Prediction: Finn Balor
Roman Reigns vs Shane McMahon
Roman Reigns battles Shane McMahon in this classic McMahon-feud grudge match.
In all honestly, I’m not really sure how this all started. Originally, Reigns was drafted to SmackDown after finishing his rivalry with Drew McIntyre, he then started feuding with Vince’s personally endorsed Elias, which then somehow turned into Roman feuding with Shane.
Elias and Drew McIntyre somehow got lost in the mix of this bitter feud, becoming Shane’s lackeys, who have been attacking Reigns at every opportunity. It’s kind of a shame that Reigns’ singles feuds with both Elias and McIntyre couldn’t have been expanded on any further, but hey, here we are with another Authority feud.
I don’t see this having a conclusive finish at Super ShowDown, expect Elias and Drew McIntyre to be involved in some way to give Shane the upper hand against ‘The Big Dog’. It wouldn’t shock me if this was stretched all the way up to SummerSlam.
Prediction: Roman Reigns (via DQ)
Braun Strowman vs Bobby Lashley
You can just tell Vince is having the time of his life watching two powerhouses do battle. Braun Strowman vs Bobby Lashley was one of the first matches to be announced outside of Taker/Goldberg, perhaps because of Braun’s popularity with the Saudi audience.
The two have been kept separate for the past few episodes of Raw, but this week we saw them compete in an arm-wrestling contest. I’m pretty sure we haven’t seen one of these cringey strongman segments since the early 00s. Needless to say, it didn’t get over with the crowd any more than it did back then.
The Saudi audience will probably get a kick out of seeing these two titans clash, and Strowman desperately needs a decent win on television. It’s kind of a win-win. Don’t expect a technical masterclass, try and have fun while two meatheads slap each other.
Prediction: Braun Strowman
Lars Sullivan vs Lucha House Party
Lars Sullivan has been involved in a minor feud with the Lucha House Party. With Lars’ Twitter posts being topic of conversation amongst wrestling fans, this feud is somewhat poorly timed. Sullivan is going to really struggle going forward, but an inevitable win over the three luchadores at Super ShowDown should at least give him some momentum. Monster heel booking 101.
Despite the odds being in their favour, if the trio somehow pull off the win, I’ll eat a hat.
Prediction: Lars Sullivan
50 Man Battle Royal
Billed as ‘the largest battle royal in history’, 50 men are going to step into the ring and attempt to put on an exciting match. Battle royals never go well, that’s a fact. They’re made up of botched spots and wrestlers wandering around trying to look busy. With a massive 50 superstars having to share the ring at one time, or at least a majority of them, it’s going to be an absolute mess.
Without knowing who’s confirmed to be travelling to Saudi Arabia for the battle royal, it’s hard to pick a single winner. Much like the Andre The Giant Battle Royal, your guess is as good as mine. Depending on Vince’s mindset, this could be used as a chance to give a future main roster star some exposure. With Adam Cole rumoured to be the next in line for a call-up, this could be the first accolade to his name.
24/7 Champion R-Truth has also been heavily featured on both Raw and SmackDown Live, so there’s a good chance he could walk away with the win after somehow outlasting the entire undercard division.
I personally would love to see the win go to someone like Apollo Crews, Mojo Rawley or Chad Gable. Three names that are constantly on the verge of becoming a star, but always hitting a ceiling before they have the chance to get some momentum.
Although, my gut is going with The Miz. We haven’t seem much from ‘The A-Lister’ since losing to Shane McMahon at Money in the Bank, so what a way to restart his babyface run at Super ShowDown in the 50 Man Battle Royal.
Prediction: The Miz
The Usos vs The Revival – Kick-Off
In typical WWE fashion, the match with the most potential ends up on the pre-show. The Usos and The Revival are on course to have one of the best tag matches of recent memory, with both duos being in that conversation for being the ‘greatest tag team of the modern era’. It’s a shame that they’ve been relegated to the pre-show, let alone while joining the long list of superstars thrown into this Roman Reigns/Shane McMahon feud.
Whatever your thoughts are on the build, and how The Revival have been treated since dropping the Raw Tag Team titles, this match should be incredible. If this was any other pay-per-view, that wasn’t built around cooky backstage shenanigans, I’d say it’d a fair fight. But unfortunately, it seems like a vehicle for making The Usos top babyfaces on the Raw brand. Bit of a petty criticism, but I’d much rather see these two teams vying for the tag titles. Regardless, do not sleep on tonight’s pre-show.
Prediction: The Usos
So with a stacked card on the horizon, which matches are you most looking forward to? Make sure you leave your predictions in the comments below.