AMIN’S WWE SUPER SHOWDOWN REVIEW
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2020
MOHAMMED ABDU ARENA IN IN RIYAHD, SAUDI ARABIA
TUWAIQ TROPHY GAUNTLET MATCH: BOBBY LASHLEY (w/Lana) vs. R-TRUTH
R-Truth delivered a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Lashley quickly took control as he delivered a running shoulder tackle in the corner and then hit a delayed suplex for a two count. R-Truth made a comeback as he challenged his childhood hero John Cena as she delivered a Blue Thunder Bomb and a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Lashley avoided a AA and planted R-Truth with a Complete Shot. R-Truth moved as Lashley ran into the turnbuckle. R-Truth applied a cradle and pinned Lashley 1,2,3.
WINNER: R–TRUTH (⭐️⭐️)
–After the match, Lashley attacked R-Truth as he laid him out with a spear.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was an average match as both Lashley and R-Truth worked at minimum pace.)
WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION ANDRADE vs. R-TRUTH
Andrade placed R-Truth in an armbar against the ropes. Andrade hit a running double knees for a two count. R-Truth avoided a running knee as Andrade tumbled to the floor. Andrade went for a Judas Effect but bonked heads. R-Truth fell onto Andrade and pinned him 1,2.3.
WINNER: R–TRUTH (⭐️)
(Amin’s Analysis: Another dull match. The idea looked to have R-Truth advance but not wanting to give him a strong win over Andrade.)
ERICK ROWAN vs. R-TRUTH
R-Truth delivered a plancha to the floor. Rowan took control soon after as he rammed R-Truth into the ring steps but knocked over his cage in the process. Rowan was not happy as attacked R-Truth with the ring steps as the referee called for the DQ.
WINNER: R–TRUTH (DUD)
–After the match, Rowan planted R-Truth with a Claw Chokeslam.
(Amin’s Analysis: This match sucked and a complete waste of time.)
A.J. Styles vs. R-TRUTH
The crowd chanted for Styles as he mocked R-Truth’s dance. Styles applied a Calf Crusher as R-Truth tapped.
WINNER: A.J. STYLES (⭐️)
(Amin’s Analysis: This was kept short as Styles was great at playing an over-the-top heel.)
–Rey Mysterio music played but didn’t come out. The camera cut backstage as Mysterio was laid out by Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. Styles cut a promo and told the referee to count Mysterio out so he can win by forfeit. The camera cut backstage as Anderson and Gallows were laid out. Someone walked by as you can tell from the jacket and boots it was The Undertaker. The dong sounded as Undertaker came out.
A.J. STYLES vs. THE UNDERTAKER
Styles was upset at the official and then went after The Undertaker. This didn’t go well as Undertaker planted Styles with a Chokeslam, pinned him as the referee counted 1,2,3.
WINNER: THE UNDERTAKER WON THE TUWAIQ TROPHY (DUD)
(Amin’s Analysis: This was disappointing. Was this just there for Styles to be upset at Undertaker for costing him the trophy to set up a WrestleMania match. That’s fine but why did Undertaker have to beat Styles if they might have a match at WrestleMania? Styles is a superstar and I would like him to see him get his win back over Undertaker at WrestleMania.)
–Backstage, New Day promised to show John Morrison and The Miz who are the best tag team.
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: NEW DAY (BIG E & KOFI KINGSTON) vs. JOHN MORRISON & THE MIZ
Kofi hit an assisted leg drop on Morrison for a two count. Miz nailed Big E with a boot as Morrison followed with a Corkscrew Plancha to the floor. Miz and Morrison hit a Springboard Kick/Spinebuster combo to Big E for a two count. Miz charged but Big E countered with a uranage. Kofi got the hot tag as he delivered the Cave In and a S.O.S. to Morrison for a pair of two counts. Big E and Kofi hit a Cave In/Powerbomb combo but Morrison kicked out. Miz delivered a Snap DDT to Big E for a two count. Morrison went for Starship Pain but Big E moved. New Day hit UpUpDownDown on Morrison but Miz broke the count. Miz moved as Kofi went for the Nestea Plunge as he splatted to the floor. Miz hit a Skull Crushing Finale but Big E kicked out. Miz took the referee as Morrison whacked Kofi with a chair. Miz applied a rollup and pinned Kofi 1,2,3.
WINNERS: JOHN MORRISON & THE MIZ WON THE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM TITLES (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
(Amin’s Analysis: A solid match what you would expect between two good tag teams. Miz and Morrison are a fresh team as they need the titles to establish themselves.)
–Backstage, Seth Rollins spoke about his vision and noted he and Murphy will retain the Raw Tag Team Titles while eradicating The Street Profit in the process.
ANGEL GARZA vs. HUMBERTO CARRILLO
Carrillo ran wild early as he delivered a head scissors to Garza on the floor and followed with a tope. Garza quickly took control soon after as he removed his pants. Carrillo made a comeback by hitting a Springboard Kick for two count. Garza caught Carrillo leaping off the turnbuckle with a dropkick for a two count. Garza drilled Carrillo with a Superkick who responded by hitting a miss-timed/botch Canadian Destroyer. They exchanged near falls as Garza caught Carrillo in a reverse Victory Roll for the 1,2,3.
WINNER: ANGEL GARZA (⭐️⭐️1/2)
(Amin’s Analysis: Let me say both Garza and Humberto tried to put on a good match but the crowd didn’t care as they gave them the silent treatment. Watch their match on Raw it was much better.)
–Bayley cut a promo backstage, noting she’s always made history and will beat Naomi tonight. Bayley said she will prove she’s the most dominant champion SmackDown has ever seen.
RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: SETH ROLLINS & MURPHY vs. STREET PROFIT (ANGELO DAWKINS & MONTEZ FORD)
Street Profit ran wild early as they delivered stereo dropkicks to Murphy and Rollins. The action spilt to the floor as the heels got the advantage. Rollins took control of Ford as he delivered strikes. Rollins hit a Falcon Arrow but Ford kicked out. Murphy and Rollins hit a Buckle Bomb/Enzuigiri combo to Ford but Dawkins broke the count. Dawkins got the hot tag which got a less then mild reaction as he delivered a T-Bone Suplex to Rollins as Ford followed by hitting an assisted Sliced Bread but Murphy made the save. Ford hit a Frog Splash but Murphy pulled him to the floor. Ford went for a Tope Con Hilo but was caught on the landing as Murphy and Rollins rammed him into the barricade. Murphy nailed Dawkins with a V-Trigger. Murphy took the referee as Rollins hit a Curb Stomp on the ring apron. Murphy pinned Dawkins as the referee counted 1,2,3.
WINNERS: MURPHY & SETH ROLLINS RETAINED THE RAW TAG TEAM TITLES (⭐️⭐️1/2)
(Amin’s Analysis: Let me be fair and say everyone worked hard as they tried to have a good match but this didn’t click and fell below expectations for a PPV. The lack of crowd reaction didn’t help either.)
DOLPH ZIGGLER (w/Robert Roode) vs. MANSOOR
Mansoor got a big pyro display. Roode got in Mansoor’s face before the match and was quickly ejected. Mansoor got some offence early as he hit a standing Moonsault for a two count. Ziggler took control as delivered a leaping elbow and an overhead suplex for a pair of two counts. Mansoor delivered a Slingshot Neckbreaker. Ziggler stopped Mansoor from climbing the turnbuckle and hit a ZigZag for a close two count. Mansoor hit an inverted Sliced Bread as he spiked Ziggler on his head. Mansoor then crushed Ziggler’s ribs as he landed knees first on a Moonsault attempt for the 1,2,3.
WINNER: MANSOOR (⭐️⭐️1/2)
–Byron Saxton went to interview Mansoor after the match. Mansoor took the mic and asked Saxton to leave. Mansoor cut a promo about being a WWE wrestler from Saudi. Mansoor spoke in his native language as the promo ended.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was the most basic of matches as Ziggler was the right opponent to give Mansoor a win in his hometown.)
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: BROCK LESNAR (w/Paul Heyman) vs. RICOCHET
Ricochet charged but Lesnar swatted him away. Lesnar hit a Triple German Suplex and then followed with an F5 for the 1,2,3.
WINNER: BROCK LESNAR RETAINED THE WWE TITLE (DUD)
(Amin’s Analysis: Not surprised as this was just a showcase match for Lesnar. The idea here is to make Lesnar a dominant champion so if Drew McIntyre wins the WWE Title at WrestleMania he will come out looking as a bigger star. This was disappointing as Ricochet is an amazing wrestler and shouldn’t be placed in this match.)
STEEL CAGE MATCH: ROMAN REGINS vs. KING CORBIN
Reigns went to lock the door with his chair but Corbin jumped him from behind. Corbin tried to escape the cage but Reigns stopped him. Reigns made a brief comeback but Corbin stopped him as he hit a Deep Six and a Sit-Out Powerbomb for a pair of two counts. Corbin tried to escape but Reigns slammed the door into his face. Corbin avoided a Superman Punch and hit a Chokeslam for a two count. Corbin mocked Reigns who responded by hitting a pair of Superman Punches for a two count. They had a Boo-Yay spot on top of the cage. They made their way back down from the cage as Reigns crotched Corbin on ropes. Reigns hit a pair of Superman Punches, grabbed a chain and drilled Corbin with another Superman Punch for the 1,2,3.
WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS (⭐️⭐️)
(Amin’s Analysis: This was the most basic formulaic cage match as it was dull for most part.)
SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: BAYLEY vs. NAOMI
Naomi hit a running split-legged leg drop for a two count. Naomi delivered a Hurricanrana and followed with a Corkscrew Plancha to Bayley on the floor. Bayley took control after she sent Naomi into the barricade. Bayley delivered a suplex for a two count and then slowed the match down as she applied a side headlock. Naomi made a comeback as she nailed Bayley with a Disaster Kick and then hit a miss-timed Springboard Knee for a two count. Naomi applied a double Chicken Wing but Bayley placed her foot on the ropes. Bayley caught Naomi as she delivered a Bayley-to-Belly for a close two count. Bayley went to climb the turnbuckle but was stopped. Naomi went for a Split-Legged Moonsault but Bayley moved. The finish was creative but nicely done as Bayley placed Naomi’s leg inside her shirt and then hit a Front DDT for the 1,2,3.
WINNER: BAYLEY RETAINED THE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S TITLE (⭐️⭐️3/4)
(Amin’s Analysis: This wasn’t smooth as there were some rough and miss-timed spots. Having said that, I thought this was fine as both Bayley and Naomi worked hard to put on a good match for the crowd. It will be interesting to see who will challenge Bayley at WrestleMania. A match with Sasha Banks is one I would like to see.)
WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: “THE FIEND” BRAY WYATT vs. GOLDBERG
The match began with Goldberg hitting four straight spears but The Fiend kicked out. The Fiend went for the Mandible Claw but Goldberg broke free and hit a sloppy Jackhammer for the 1,2,3.
WINNER: GOLDBERG WON THE WWE UNIVERSAL TITLE (DUD)
(Amin’s Analysis: Let me say, I don’t mind seeing nostalgia and legends return to WWE to have a match at WrestleMania. I just don’t want to see them as top champions. Is the idea of the title switch is for fans to turn on Goldberg and cheer for either Roman Reigns or possibly John Cena when they win the UniversalTitle at WrestleMania?)
[Overall Thoughts] The big talking point coming out of the show is that a 53-year old Goldberg is the new WWE Universal Champion. The question is will this bring interest and spark ratings heading into WrestleMania or will this backfire?
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