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Elisa Marie’s WWE Super Showdown 2019 Predictions

Elisa Marie’s predictions for WWE Super ShowDown!

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Elisa Marie is back with her match-by-match preview and predictions for WWE Super ShowDown!

WWE returns to Saudi Arabia to host what they are branding to be a “WrestleMania-equivalent” show, called Super Showdown. This year’s WrestleMania was not all that bad considering the past years of disappointment, so it will be interesting to see if there will be any changes this year to Super ShowDown. While the PPV is sure to cause controversy for obvious reasons, it’s still a show with potential implications on future plans going forward. Here are my predictions for WWE Super Showdown.

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Lars Sullivan vs. Lucha House Party – 1 on 3 Handicap Match

WWE is trying to build up Lars Sullivan as this freak of nature, but if we are being honest, the only people he has taken out are semi-retired superstars, or people who weigh about 50-70 pounds lighter than him. Am I supposed to be impressed that he can powerslam R-Truth? Pretty sure anyone on the roster can do that. Anyway, I suppose he hasn’t been necessarily booked badly, and in turn, the Lucha House Party has the collective charisma of a stump, this is bound to be a snooze fest for me. At WWE Super Showdown, I am fully expecting this match to be received like paint drying with probably no reaction from the crowd. But if I was to choose a winner it will be Lars of course.

Winner: Lars Sullivan

Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley

I remember in 2017 where everyone loved Braun Strowman? Yeah, I still love him too. But I have to say it’s a shame that they even booked this match for him. I feel he could have been booked better or maybe created the storyline a bit better instead of creating arm wrestling sessions. There’s no reason to care about this match whatsoever in my opinion. Because Lashley got the upper hand on Monday’s segment, Braun Strowman winning is a safe bet. It’s not like he will get anything for it, though and that it is unfortunate.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Finn Balor vs. Andrade – Intercontinental Championship

From an in-ring standpoint, this match has the most potential. However, I don’t expect WWE to be wise enough to give this match the time and focus it needs to reach that level. Just a minor wrinkle here, but it’s pretty interesting how Finn picks and choose when to paint his body. He has proven to be practically invincible whenever he does that. So why didn’t he go Demon in the ladder match at Money in the Bank? Or when he faced Lesnar for the Universal Championship? Seems like an interesting point to think about.

However, this feud kind of hurts from the standpoint that Finn hasn’t been at Smack down to build hype up for the match. I would have love to have seen more interactions and promos between these two. While Andrade seems to have the support of a lot of people backstage and WWE thinks highly of him as a competitor, I think its set in stone that he will win the Intercontinental Championship one day but not this soon. Plus Demon has never been defeated outside of WWE. Therefore, I do not expect it to happen now.

Winner: Finn Balor

Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon

Okay so, Roman is in the prime of his youth and is the jewel of the company’s future. Shane is knocking on 50 years old with grey hair and is in a full sweat with the slightest physical exertion.

If we want to put things into the proper perspective, Roman squashed Elias within a minute at Money in the Bank. Shane McMahon shouldn’t last 30 seconds. The biggest thing I have with this match is that WWE is building up Shane as a threat by having other people beat him up. Shane has the power to create tag team matches on Smackdown, so why doesn’t he use his power to make this match into a handicap match with Elias and Drew McIntyre, since he probably already knows he can’t take Roman in a fair fight? It’s like he forgot he is a McMahon and can create unfair advantages for himself.

The other issue is that Shane seems to still have unfinished business with The Miz. It’s a shame that in 2019, if you were to tell me that the biggest heel in WWE who is a consistent part of WWE programming and said Shane McMahon, I’d begrudgingly agree. That is a severe indictment on WWE’s booking team. Anyways, Roman wins because of logic and I have a brain.

Winner: Roman Reigns


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Triple H vs. Randy Orton

Triple H and Randy Orton have not gone one on one in 9 years. So in one sense, this is a fresh matchup for WWE Super Showdown. But then again, it feels like they fought last week. Kinda weird I know during the days of evolution, it just feels that way for me. Here is the most basic breakdown I can provide. The story behind this match is in their basically history. Orton and Triple H do not have beef with each other. If you listen to their segment last night, it was about as by the numbers as it can get for two veterans who are fighting for literally no reason. Triple H said he’s going to kick Randy Orton’s ass. Randy Orton said Triple H needs to get his balls out of Stephanie’s purse, like CM Punk didn’t make that joke already 8 years ago. See the logic.

Another reason that I cannot get behind this match is due to the lack of chemistry Orton and Triple H have in the ring with each other. To say their matches are boring is to state the obvious. They just work a slow, methodical, sluggish style of match that often goes longer than needed. When you combine Triple H’s main event style of matches, and Orton’s often uninspired efforts in the ring, it doesn’t make for a good combination. The Saudi Arabian crowd may not care, but this has all the makings of a snoozefest. Orton’s a full-time superstar while Triple H shows up once every so often. I’d say Orton wins, but I think Triple H will put himself over. Just because.

Winner: Triple H

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler – WWE Championship

Umm hate to break it down this way but this feud is only taking place because Kevin Owens does not want to go to Saudi Arabia (cannot blame him), and they need to find another heel who is currently unoccupied. And who better defines unoccupied than Dolph Ziggler?

If there is one thing that I can give this match, it’s that it at least has a clear focus. Dolph Ziggler is quite clearly envious of Kofi Kingston, who has been a singles competitor in WWE for about as long as Kofi has, and Ziggler believes all of the moments Kofi benefited from should have belonged to him. Kofi correctly replies by telling Dolph that when he gets opportunities and fails, he quits. Credit to WWE for actually not only mentioning their history competing against each other, but also that Dolph relinquished the US Title for, well, reasons.

Kofi isn’t losing the title this soon, especially not to a backup option for his original opponent. One would think one day Ziggler will reach the brass ring, and maybe he will. It’s just not happening on Friday. Or in other words, it won’t be Dolph.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin – Universal Championship

Even this match does not have much of a story behind it, because Rollins is feuding with Lesnar at the same time. Corbin is sort of just a placeholder challenger. Logic will tell you that in lieu of Lesnar’s brutal attack on Rollins on Monday, Corbin has the greatest advantage in the world. However, perceived advantages for heels end up turning against them on the day of the PPV. I will not elaborate on this match more than I have to because, once again, there is no meat behind this match. But since I love Seth Rollins and know his potential, it makes since for him to win. What I cannot predict is whether Brock will actually cash in or wait it out.

Winner: Seth Rollins

The Undertaker vs. Goldberg

Once again, this match has absolutely no focus other than two veterans with a combined age of over 100 fighting because they are getting huge paydays. Other than the faux attraction of it being the “first time ever”, this match is bound to be more of a quick sprint than an extended slug fight. If this match happened at the peak of the Monday Night Wars, we may have something. But in 2019? Meh.

The only interesting thing about this match is how long they are going to allow these two guys to go. Personally, my bet is no more than 5 minutes. As long as this match doesn’t overstay its welcome, I don’t really see a problem with it. I actually for some weird reason I am excited to see this match because these are two characters I have grew up with. Personally, Undertaker wins. Hands down. I cannot see him lose in an event like this overseas.

Winner: Goldberg

50 Man Battle Royal

If there was something up for grabs here, I would be more excited about this WWE Super Showdown attraction. The winners of the traditional 30 man Royal Rumble match get a future WWE/Universal Championship match. So what does the winner of the same match with 20 added competitors get? Bragging rights? A trophy? A belt which they won’t carry around? This truly sucks that nothing is really on the line for the winner of this match.
I remember last year’s battle royal was immensely boring because all they did was give spots to individual members of tag teams who do not get airtime and people we have never heard of before. All we can do is discern who the biggest names on the roster who don’t have an announced match will be. Off the top of my head, we have Drew McIntyre, Elias, Samoa Joe, Cesaro, Ricochet and Aliester Black.
I’ll go out on a limb and say Drew wins the match to build him up for his match against Roman Reigns at Stomping Grounds or someone else. For me, this just makes the most sense. Drew is a great wrestler and I think it is time to start building him further

Winner: Drew McIntyre


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Booking The Territory: Greg DeMarco’s WWE NXT Stand & Deliver 2023

It’s WrestleMania season, and that means it’s the 2023 Stand & Deliver season for WWE NXT! Greg DeMarco builds the card for this now annual tradition!

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It’s WrestleMania season, and that means it’s the 2023 Stand & Deliver season for WWE NXT! Greg DeMarco builds the card for this now annual tradition!

With Vengeance Day in the rearview mirror, WWE NXT makes its march toward Stand & Deliver, their WrestleMania Weekend Premium Live Event! What’s going to be on the card? I have no clue (well, I have some clues–they ARE telling two major stories right under our noses), but it’s going to be damn fun to get there.

Several matches were set up at WWE NXT Vengeance Day this past Saturday night, and more match-ups will come to light.

NXT Championship: Bron Breakker (c) defends vs. Carmelo Hayes (with Trick Williams)

Let’s go with obvious match #1: Melo challenging Bron. Vengeance Day ended with Bron Breakker standing tall, atop the steel cage, after defeating Grayson Waller. And who walks out? That’s right–Carmelo Hayes. Melo has been can’t miss since his debut as a babyface against Adam Cole, but Breakker has taken the top spot in NXT and held it for over a year now.

According to Cage Match, Breakker and Carmelo have crossed paths four times in NXT, one of them being on the same War Games team, and the rest being, at minimum, 2-on-2 tag team matches.

This is a money match, and Shawn Michaels knows it. It will be tempting to do so, but there is no reason to slap an unnecessary stipulation upon this showdown. Just book it, and let them do the rest.

Hollywood Backlot Brawl (or Hollywood Street Fight): Gigi Dolin vs. Jacy Jayne

It’s time for Toxic Attraction to fully implode, and what better way to do this than a Street Fight at NXT’s version of WrestleMania. Since we’re in Hollywood, bringing back the ol’ Backlot Brawl works for me, but that’s just a Street Fight under a different name,

But that type of match also works well for Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin, who are very underrated brawlers (although, don’t expect Gigi to repeat any prior viral moments in this one).

Six-Man Tag Team Match: Indus Sher & Jinder Mahal vs. The Creed Brothers & Roderick Strong

Given the set-up, this HAS to be where Roddy Strong returns, right?

RIGHT?

While the man who took Roderick out–Damon Kemp–is currently just finding his way back onto NXT television, Brutus & Julius Creed find themselves outnumbered in this feud. It’s the perfect scenario for Roderick Strong to come back–and Diamond Mine would be stronger than ever.

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship: Fallon Henley & Kiana James (c) vs. Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley vs. Kayden Carter & Katana Chance

Nile and Paxley could find their way here by winning the Dusty Classic, which will probably start-up here soon. Carter & Chance also makes sense in this spot–and it could be their swan song before heading to the main roster (as a team).

This is also the perfect time to blow the roof off the Kiana James/Fallon Henley/Brooks Jensen/Josh Briggs story. That likely leads to the victory for Nile & Paxley, who both capture their first championships in NXT.

NXT Women’s Championship: Roxanne Perez (c) defends vs. Zoey Stark

Shawn Michaels loves him some Zoey Stark. She can go in the ring, but she’s not electric in any way. And for the love of God, keep the microphone out of her hands. but Roxanne Perez has the Midas Touch, turning everything to gold. This would be a fantastic match, one that would see both women excel.

Ladder Match for the NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee (c) vs. Axiom vs. Nathan Frazier vs. Charlie Dempsey vs. Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo vs. Apollo Crews

It seems like a Ladder Match is tradition on these shows, and this one works quite well for me. You can also mix in a little Tyler Bate, or possibly Tony D’Angelo and DIJAK. If you don’t go the Jinder/Indus Sher vs. Creeds/Roddy route, you could put Julius in here.

Why Stacks? Because I assume Tony D will be busy with DIJAK in some shape or fashion.

Why Apollo? Obviously the Dabba-Kato program is happening, but I don’t think that’s a Stand & Deliver match. That can happen on go home show, where Apollo wins his way into this Ladder Match

What’s Missing?

Six matches does seem like the limit, but that leaves out a few important things:

  • Someone is going to win the Dusty Classic and the right to challenge Gallus for the NXT Tag Team Championships, and that makes sense to be at Stand & Deliver.
  • Grayson Waller is definitely going to be a focus, and since HBK ain’t wrestling anymore, he’s going to need an opponent (unless he’s moving up to the main roster before WrestleMania, which seems odd).
  • Andre Chase vs. Duke Hudson is going to happen sometime soon, and a WrestleMania Weekend crowd would be going nuts for Mr. Chase.
  • Tiffany Stratton is going to gain more and more spotlight time, and this seems like a card you want her to be on.

What are your thoughts on these proposed matches for WWE NXT Stand & Deliver 2023? Let me know in the comments or on social media @GregDeMarco44!


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Greg DeMarco’s Results, Reaction, & Analysis: WWE NXT Vengeance Day 2023

The latest WWE NXT premium live event, Vengeance Day 2023, is history, and Greg DeMarco has all of your reactions and analysis!

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The latest WWE NXT premium live event, Vengeance Day 2023, is history, and Greg DeMarco has all of your reactions and analysis!

For the first time since 2020’s Takeover: Portland, the Black–err, White and Gold express that is WWE NXT made their way on the road for a stand-alone Premium Live Event: Vengeance Day 2023!

(I assume NXT Stand & Deliver doesn’t count since it’s not “stand-alone,” but accompanies a larger WWE event.)

(Another aside: the above-referenced 2020 Takeover event happened to fall on my birthday in 2020–look it up and don’t forget to wish me a happy birthday!)

Ticket Sales & Attendance

As far as the ticket sales, the always amazing WrestleTix Twitter account has us covered. Remember, sales and attendance are different things. Leave it at that–don’t get caught up in the Dave Meltzer/Conrad Thompson “inflated attendance” nonsense. Attendance is everyone in the building. Ticket sales are tickets purchased. It’s that simple.

A draw consisTent with many recent Raw and Smackdown tapings, which is a big win for the WWE’s developmental brand.

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I am a big fan of when premium live events have a unique look and feel to them, so the “stage” here was a welcome sight to see.

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Let’s hope WWE keeps that trend going.

But those are sidebars, now let’s see what happened!

Wes Lee pinned DIJAK to retain the WWE NXT North American Championship

The last “stand alone” NXT premium live event, Takeover: Portland, was headlined by Adam Cole defending the NXT Championship against Tommaso Ciampa in a 33-minte banger of a match. The first match of their return to stand-alone events goes 17 minutes–great for an opener–and provided amazing action reminiscent of the Black and Gold Experience.

Wes Lee is an amazing performer. Even when MSK was a thing, I saw Lee as a potential Cruiserweight Champion. That is obviously not an option now, but him winning this championship and defending it the way he has is perfect. Booker T showing his career respect on commentary, including a nod to everywhere else ol’ Dez has worked, was a great touch. Booker T and Vic Joseph are really good fits for this brand.

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Wes showed immense strength in this contest, taking DIJAK over multiple times in spots where his opponent was nothing but dead weight. Extremely impressive for a guy legitimately giving up nearly 100 pounds.

But DIJAK also stood out, here. This is easily his best outing since he was formerly in NXT, and really showed what he can do. Much of his return has been character driven, but also “big man” style work. This match was reminiscent of his legendary battles with Keith Lee.

Too many kickouts? I wouldn’t say that–it all fit perfectly. This match was special, and in the modern day NXT, 17 minutes is great. You don’t need to go 30+ to thrill a crowd.

 

Fallon Henley & Kiana James beat Kayden Carter & Katana Chance to win the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships

While Carter and Chance had been champions for 186 days–a record for any iteration of Women’s Tag Team Championships in the modern era for WWE–they did not have the most memorable run. Much of it was overshadowed by controversy surrounding the WWE championship counterpart, along with a lack of competition.

Fallon Henley and Kiana James are outstanding solo performers, and the added element of Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen really drives the story home. If you watch closely, you can see Henley and Briggs holding everything together. Kiana James has tremendous upside, and is developing at a rapid pace.

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This story will obviously continue–and it should. James’ conversation with “Zach” last week on NXT will undoubtedly come up, and probably to lead a split between one or both tag teams. I assume “Zach” is her brother, and Henley is being overprotective. Can’t blame Brooks for latching on, the “King Of The Friendzone” is maximizing his shot, here.

Carmelo Hayes beat Apollo Crews In A 2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match, 2-0

Many are saying this match underdelivered, and I think it might require a second watch from me to fully say either way. On the first viewing, this match was entertaining and very enjoyable.

The booking? That seemed odd.

I’m  not complaining about Carmelo going over in 2 straight falls–that’s fine. Although I was surprised at the crowd response after the first fall. Might have been better if this match opened the show, with the North American Championship going on third instead. But it’s easy to say that AFTER the show has happened.

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The questionable booking–to me–was the use of the former Commander Azeez, Dabba Kato. He prevented Trick Williams’ interference, fulfilling Apollo Crews’ vision, but didn’t help his former partner at all. He also didn’t hurt him. it was just kinda…there.

Had he helped him score a second fall, and then Melo wins in a third fall, I think it all makes more sense, and the turn makes more sense as well. I was also surprised that Vic Joseph didn’t make a bigger deal out of their prior association.

Vic Joseph, by the way, had one of the best lines of the night, mentioning both “Nation” and “Casanova” in true IYKYK style–proving he picked up a thing or two when cohosting After The Bell with the King Of IYKYK, Corey Graves.

For the record, I don’t think Vic would translate to Raw or Smackdown. But he fits perfect in NXT.

Overall, Carmelo Hayes is a damn star, Trick Williams is the perfect associate, and Apollo Crews seems to be struggling to find where he fits in all of WWE.

Gallus (Mark Coffey& Wolfgang) captured the NXT Tag Team Championships when Coffey pinned Xavier Woods to win a Fatal 4-Way Match that included defending champions The New Day (Woods & Kofi Kingston), Pretty Deadly (Kit Wilson & Elton Prince), and Chase U’s Andre Chase & Duke Hudson

The amount accomplished in this 16 minute affair is astounding. It was mostly a sprint, but never seemed spotty to a contrived level. The New Day are some of the best in-ring storytellers in all of WWE, and their presence here helped everyone.

A side story of this match was Andre Chase returning home to the arena he saw many a wrestling event. They even mentioned his tag team with his (Bravado) brother (who I don’t believe was shown on camera despite being there), and had the crowd solidly behind his team. Andre Chase did get his moment, the C-H-A-S-E-U Stomps, and it will likely go down as a career moment for him having nearly 6,000 people chanting that.

I do believe he’ll do that in front of 50k+ on the main roster someday, but this had to hit different being in his hometown.

The finish seemed right, Gallus is a great team, and the door is open for Joe Coffey to surprisingly return to help them retain at some point.

Xavier Woods taking the pin signifies, to me, that The New Day is done with NXT at this point. They could drop a rematch on Tuesday, but since they weren’t victims of the “champions don’t have to be pinned to lose their titles” rule, they don’t have to get a rematch. They did their job, and did it well.

Roxanne Perez pinned Jacy Jayne to retain the NXT Women’s Championship in a Triple Threat Match that also included Gigi Dolin

This match was the right mix of story and action. And for this one, you needed both.

Let’s start with Roxanne Perez. She’s a goddamned star. I can’t put my finger on why, but she’s electric. She’s the type of start that internet stans will talk about her on Twitter 5 years from now referring to her as “Carla” when someone says one bit of criticism about her–or tries to send the attention into another direction.

If I’m Matt Bloom, Shawn Michaels, William Regal, Triple H–whoever–I am sending someone to Reality Of Wrestling weekly to scout talent. Booker T is doing something (many things) right.

WWE PhotoThen we have the Toxic Attraction part of the match. Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne are a fantastic combination, and they still work without Mandy Rose. It gives them a chance to spread their wings and fly. But I do think a feud between them is in order.

And allow me to fantasy book for a moment–here’s how you set it up: on Tuesday’s NXT, you start the show with an “earlier today” moment where Gigi & Jacy run into Fallon Henley and Kiana James (and Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs). They exchange pleasantries until Toxic Attraction points out Fallon & Kiana can never be as good as they are. The babyfaces (?) disagree, so a challenge is issued. Josh says they just found out they have the night off, and it’s time to party! Gigi and Jacy push harder, and of course it’s Brooks who accepts on behalf of their teammates.

The match itself sees a slight miscommunication between Jacy and Gigi, but it doesn’t factor into the finish. Kiana and Fallon win clean, and once they leave things finally boil over for Toxic Attraction. Full on brawl, all over the Performance Center, ending with both of them going off the infamous NXT perch and through some staging below. That’s how we end the show, and POOF!–we have our feud between them for Stand & Deliver.

Bron Breakker pins Grayson Waller to retain the NXT Championship in a Steel Cage Match

I get it–Bron is the centerpiece of the brand. And he should be. He’s got the charisma, he’s got the pedigree, and he just keeps getting better. Yet for the second straight big NXT event (NXT Deadline being the first), I felt like his match shouldn’t have closed the show.

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This was a good steel cage match. It was a great performance by Grayson Waller, and a damn good performance from Bron Breakker as well. but I think the guy is just too one-dimensional. He needs something more.

Carmelo Hayes coming out with Trick WIlliams in-tow to signify the next program for both men makes all the sense in the world. That should be the main event at NXT Stand & Deliver.

And this time around, Melo absolutely SHOULD. NOT. MISS.

I’d expect that the WrestleMania Weekend audience will be solidly behind Carmelo in this encounter. Use it. Push the envelope with it. Let Bron…wait for it…WAIT FOR IT…Embrace The Hate.

Let Bron snap. Attack the referee. Put his hands on Booker T. A plant in the crowd. On his way to the back he’s met by real life girlfriend Cora Jade. But she’s not talking in character, because this isn’t the Bron Breaker she knows.

AND SHE LIKES IT.

Lay the foundation for NXT’s new evil power couple, and turn Carmelo (and Trick) babyface in the process. Melo shoild still be Melo, now he just wants the love. He feeds off of it.

Now Bron has depth.


What did you think of NXT Vengeance Day? Sound off in the comments below, or hit me up on social media at @GregDeMarco44!


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