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WWE Super ShowDown Review: The Undertaker vs. Goldberg

WWE Super Show DownShow: WWE Super ShowDown
Location: King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Date: Friday June 7, 2019 

Seth Rollins def. Baron Corbin to retain the WWE Universal Title – Rollins had his ribs taped up after Brock Lesnar’s attack this past week on RAW. Corbin draped Rollins on the top rope. Corbin applied a bear hug and then delivered a back suplex for a near fall. Rollins delivered a Slingblade and followed with a pair of topes. Rollins delivered a Superkick for a near fall. Corbin delivered a spinning slam for a near fall. Corbin delivered a Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin grabbed a chair but the referee stopped him. Corbin yelled at the referee. The referee heard enough as he yelled back. Rollins applied a rollup and got the win. ☆☆ 1/4

Corbin delivered the End of Days to Rollins after the match as Lesnar came out with chair in hand. Heyman tripped on the rope and dropped the MITB briefcase. Rollins delivered a low blow and then whacked Lesnar with a chair. Rollins delivered The Stomp onto Lesnar on the briefcase.

(Amin’s Analysis: Rollins is a terrific wrestler but this was a pretty dull match as not much happened and didn’t have the feel of a championship match. I thought the post-match angle was good as they can keep people guessing when the cash-in will happen)

‘Demon’ Finn Balor def. Andrade to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title – Balor delivered a double stomp, went for a PK but Andrade tripped him on the ring apron. Andrade delivered a missile dropkick for a near fall. Andrade delivered the 3 Amigos for a near fall. Andrade delivered a middle rope reverse DDT for a near fall. Balor delivered a flip dive to Andrade on the floor. Balor delivered a Final Cut and then followed with a reverse Bloody Sunday for a near fall. Balor delivered a Slingblade. Andrade delivered a a cartwheel kick and followed with a running double knees for a near fall. Andrade went for Slingshot Sunset Flip Bomb but Balor countered by delivering a double stomp. Balor delivered a flying double stomp for a near fall. Andrade countered a Powerbomb attempt into a sliding knee. Andrade delivered the Hammerlock DDT but Balor kicked. There was a light chant of “This is Awesome.” Balor delivered a Powerbomb and a Woo dropkick sending Andrade into the turnbuckle. Balor delivered a top rope DDT and then delivered the Coup De Grace for the win. ☆☆

(Amin’s Analysis: The crowd reaction was minimal but this was a good wrestling match as both Andrade and Balor worked hard

Shane McMahon (w/Drew McIntyre) def. Roman Reigns Shane McMahon came out as dollar bills sprung into the arena as the fans chanted “CM Punk.” McIntyre got his own entrance. Reigns got a huge pyro display. Shane delivered rapid fire punches and a Russian leg sweep for a near fall. Reigns delivered clotheslines in the corner and a running boot. Reigns went for a Superman Punch but Shane countered with a chop block for a near fall. Shane applied a triangle head scissors but Reigns countered by delivering a sit-out Powerbomb for a near fall. McIntyre rammed Reigns into the barricade. Reigns sent McIntyre into the ring steps and then delivered a Superman Punch. Reigns entered the ring but Shane kicked Reigns low and then delivered a Spear for a near fall. Shane went for the Coast-to-Coast but Reigns delivered a Superman Punch for a near fall. Reigns went for the Spear but Shane kicked him. Reigns punched Shane as he bumped into the referee. McIntyre entered the ring and delivered a Claymore Kick. Shane pinned Reigns and got the win. 1/4

McIntyre lifted Shane on his shoulder after the match. Shane got a huge pyro display for his win.

(Amin’s Analysis: The storyline here was designed to give McIntyre credit for costing Reigns the match. However, this match sucked as it was hard to take seriously to see Shane going toe-to-toe with Reigns who’s positioned as the top star in the Company)

Lars Sullivan def. Lucha House Party via Disqualification  Lince Dorado delivered strikes as Sullivan was bleeding from the mouth. Sullivan plowed through Dorado with a shoulder tackle. Gran Metalik delivered a handspring elbow. Kalisto leaped off the turnbuckle but Sullivan delivered a clubbing blow. Sullivan went to climb the turnbuckle but Dorado crotched him as Metalik delivered an enzugiri. Lucha House Party attacked Sullivan as the referee called for the DQ. DUD

Kalisto held Sullivan’s legs as Dorado delivered a Super Splash and Metalik delivered a springboard elbow. Sullivan recovered and attacked the Lucha House Party on the entrance ramp. Sullivan delivered the Freak Accident to Dorado on the ring apron. 

(Amin’s Analysis: Everything about this match sucked)

Randy Orton def. Triple H  Orton got a pyro display. Triple H came out in motorcycle and also got a pyro display. The crowd lightly chanted “NXT” and “This is Awesome.” HHH and Orton countered each other’s signature spots. HHH moved as Orton ran into the ring post. HHH slammed Orton’s arm on the ring steps. Orton backdropped HHH on the announcers table. Orton delivered stomps to HHH and then posed which got a nice pop. Orton applied a chin lock. HHH delivered a jumping knee and a face crusher. HHH delivered a running clothesline for a near fall. Orton delivered a dropkick. HHH countered an RKO attempt with a clubbing blow. HHH did the DX pose which got a nice pose. HHH charged but Orton countered with a powerslam for a near fall. Orton delivered a draping DDT, went for the RKO but HHH countered with a spine buster for a near fall. HHH applied a crossface but Orton grabbed the ropes. Orton rolled through on a sunset flip and delivered an RKO but HHH kicked out. Orton went for a Punt Kick but HHH countered by delivering a Pedigree for a near fall. The crowd chanted “This is Awesome.” HHH backdropped Orton on the announcers table four times. HHH charged but Orton countered by delivering an RKO for the win. ☆☆☆

(Amin’s Analysis: The match dragged, the pacing was really slow and for most part it was really boring. However, I will give credit the crowd got into the big signature spots as both HHH and Orton worked has as this ended up being a good match)

Braun Strowman def. Bobby Lashley – Bobby posed on a podium and got a pyro display. Strowman tossed Lashley’s platform off the stage. Strowman ran into the ring post as Lashley delivered a Running Powerslam for a near fall. Strowman delivered a spine buster and his Merry-go-Round shoulder tackle on the floor. Strowman delivered a powerslam but Lashley kicked out. Lashley delivered a shoulder tackle sending Strowman into the barricade and a suplex on the floor for a near fall. Strowman tossed Lashley off the turnbuckle and then delivered a pair of Running Powerslams for the win. ☆☆

(Amin’s Analysis: Apart from Lashley delivering an impressive Running Powerslam, this was another dull match)

Kofi Kingston (w/Xavier Woods) def. Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Championship  Ziggler delivered a dropkick for a near fall. Ziggler delivered a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler applied a body scissors and then delivered a jumping elbow for a near fall. Kofi delivered a Boom Drop. Ziggler delivered a jumping DDT for a near fall. Kofi delivered a flying crossbody but Ziggler rolled through for a near fall. Kofi and Ziggler exchanged pinning combinations for near falls. Kofi delivered an S.O.S. for a near fall. Kofi delivered a Nestea Plunge to Ziggler on the floor. Ziggler delivered a Superkick to Woods on the floor. Ziggler applied a rollup for a near fall. Woods jumped on the ring apron and delivered an enzuigiri to Ziggler. Kofi delivered the Trouble in Paradise for the win. ☆☆ 1/4

(Amin’s Analysis: Kofi and Ziggler worked hard but this was another forgettable match and just the like the Universal Championship this didn’t have the feel of a championship match)

Ziggler told Byron Saxton that Kofi was a coward and then challenged him to a Steel Cage match at WWE Stomping Grounds

Mansoor won a 50-Man Battle Royal – Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulak, EC3, Eric Young, Heath Slater, Humberto Carillo, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, the Singh Brothers and the WWE Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese who were among the rapid fire eliminations. AOP (Akam who returned from injury & Rezar) eliminated Tucker. The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) eliminated AOP. Titus O’Neil who was hiding underneath the ring retuned and eliminated both members of the Viking Raiders. (Wow) Shelton Benjamin delivered a jumping knee and eliminated Titus. Woods eliminated Buddy Murphy. Matt Hardy delivered a Twist of Fate and eliminated Benjamin. Samoa Joe eliminated the RAW Tag Team Champions (Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder) Chad Gable delivered a rolling kick to Shinsuke Nakamura. Rusev eliminated Gable. Nakamura and Rusev eliminated Apollo. Ricochet delivered a head scissors and eliminated Jinder Mahal. Rowan eliminated Otis and then delivered the claw-Chokeslam to Woods. Rowan dumped Woods onto Otis. The Usos (Jey & Jimmy Uso) delivered a stereo Superkick and eliminated Rowan. The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) eliminated The Usos. Matt delivered a Twist of Fate to both Dawson and Wilder. Matt eliminated Dawson and Cesaro eliminated Wilder. Cesaro delivered a giant swing to Cedric Alexander and then eliminated him. Nakamura delivered a Bomb Ye to Sin Cara. Sin Cara avoided a running knee, delivered an enzuigiri and eliminated Nakamura (Really? This sucked) Elias delivered a jumping knee and eliminated The Miz. Ali delivered a Rolling X-Factor to Cesaro as Ricochet followed with a springboard lariat. Ali and Ricochet delivered a double suplex and eliminated the WWE United States Champion Samoa Joe. Cesaro eliminated both Ali and Ricochet. Mansoor eliminated Cesaro. Mansoor delivered a Superkick and then backdropped Elias and won the battle royal which got a big reaction.  1/4

Mansoor told Saxton that when he attended the Greatest Royal Rumble event last year he was a WWE prospect at the time. Mansoor noted he wanted to represent his country and noted he won the most historic battle royal in WWE history and was a dream come true. 

(Amin’s Analysis: It was a great moment for Mansoor as he received a big reaction. However, for battle royal standard this was a really boring match)

The Undertaker def. Goldberg Goldberg got a pyro display. Undertaker got a WrestleMania like entrance with druids and fire on the stage. Undertaker delivered strikes but Goldberg responded by delivering a pair of spears for a near fall. Goldberg countered a Chokeslam, applied a knee bar but Undertaker grabbed the ropes. Undertaker moved as Goldberg ran into the ring post. Goldberg was bleeding from the head as Undertaker delivered strikes. Undertaker delivered Old School and a Chokeslam. Undertaker delivered a Tombstone but Goldberg kicked out. Undertaker delivered snake eyes, went for a running boot but Goldberg countered with a spear. Goldberg delivered a botched Jackhammer as he dropped Undertaker on his head for a near fall. Goldberg went for a Tombstone but Undertaker countered as both fell down. Undertaker delivered a Chokeslam for the win. Undertaker didn’t look pleased after the match.  1/4

(Amin’s Analysis: The opening moments were great but completely fell apart in the end. The botched Jackhammer, the miss-timed Tombstone and anti-climatic finish. The visual of seeing Undertaker and Goldberg in a ring was awesome. It was just sad to watch

Overall Thoughts: The entrances and pyro display was great. Apart from that, WWE Super ShowDown was completely sucked and will be in the running for the worst show of the year.  

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