WWE fans ready your snacks and your excuses to call off work sick. The Super ShowDown, an event that the WWE is calling on par with or superior to WrestleMania, will begin shortly. The ShowDown begins on Friday, June 7, from The King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A one hour preshow will open the event, and 2:00 p.m. EST (9:00 p.m. AST) is the starting time. As is the case for pay-per-view shows, fans can tune in to watch on the WWE Network.
For their third visit to Saudi Arabia, the WWE appears to be pulling out all of the stops to impress their hosts. In addition to a 50-man Royal Rumble match, the sports entertainment giant has a full match card they hope will thrill the crowd and viewers at home.
Here is a look at the matchups for Super ShowDown:
The Usos vs. The Revival Kickoff Show
This match is essentially for pride as no titles will be involved. The Revival has had heat with Jimmy and Jey recently. This match is supposedly ending the feud; it is much more likely that the teams will still be at each other’s throats when they return to the states. An Usos victory would not surprise me. It is the kickoff match, so a good many fans will still be in line for the restroom while this takes place.
Lars Sullivan vs. Lucha House Party
Another match with pride on the line, this will be a three-on-one handicap match. It is hard to picture anything less than a victory for Lars here.
Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
I can almost hear the WWE creative team discussing adding this match. It went something like this, “Hmmm … two big guys who can really rattle the ring posts might make a good match. If not, it doesn’t matter there is no back story with this anyway.” Strowman is my pick to win this filler match.
Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon
It appears that Roman Reigns has never heard the line from the old John Mellencamp Authority song, “I fight authority, authority always wins.” Roman and Shane O’Mac face off in Saudi Arabia in what could be the culmination of this latest installment of the Reigns vs any McMahon at all feud. It could also carry on for a while. As we have seen in the past, Shane is not afraid to wrestle like he is in someone else’s’ body. I see this going to McMahon, but a resolution may not be in the cards just yet.
Triple H vs. Randy Orton
If there is one thing that WWE is good at, it is recycling. The match between Randy Orton and the company COO proves my point. While the two have not had heat since 2010, they have a long history of beating each other senseless that goes back to their days in Evolution. The match could be entertaining and maybe segue into a new chapter in their rivalry. I think it is most likely that Trips gets his hand raised after a brutal match.
Intercontinental Championship Finn Balor vs. Andrade
The battle for the title that, as the Miz is fond of saying, is the most prestigious title in sports entertainment, promises to entertain the worldwide audience. The competitors facing off are two former NXT Champions with all the skill in the known world. I believe we will see the Demon arrive for this showdown and Andrade will push him as hard and as far as possible. I look for Balor to retain, if for no other reason that WWE can ride this story for a while and come out with quality entertaining matches.
WWE Championship Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
This match appears to have been born out of a simple grudge going back to when Kofi took Ziglar’s spot in WrestleMania 35 a few months ago. Perhaps there is a bigger storyline coming? It is anyone’s guess as to what happens moving forward. Even though the Showoff is no stranger to high stakes competition, I look for Kofi to retain.
Universal Championship Seth Rollins (c) vs. Baron Corbin
I hate to say that this match almost does not matter, but with Money in the Bank winner, Brock Lesnar booked for ShowDown, the winner of the Universal Championship is almost a moot point. The audience will keep one eye on the stage while Rollins and Corbin battle to see which one will be cashed in on by the Beast Incarnate.
The Undertaker vs Goldberg
Billed as a match that has never been seen before, two immortal WWE legends face off as the capstone moment of the Super ShowDown spectacle. I have a great deal of respect for both Undertaker and Goldberg for putting their (aging) bodies on the line for this match. While many critics scoff that this match is about 20 years too late, I think these men will surprise everyone with a dramatic performance. I have a tough time imagining anything but a win by Taker.
50-Man Royal Rumble
The powers that be at the WWE have not announced a prize for the winner of the largest rumble in company history. At the very least, the winner will get some notoriety and bragging rights.
So, fans do you have any thoughts or ideas about the Super ShowDown? Be sure to check back for the follow-up of the ShowDown.