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.
WWE Super ShowDown
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.
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