Welcome to Ringside News’ results for WWE Super ShowDown 2019.
Today’s show from Saud…. I mean Jeddah, is WWE’s third big event in the Middle East. Now we all know these events are controversial, to say the least, but there isn’t much point talking about it here. The show is happening and we’re here to tell you about it.
With that in mind, the main event, presumably, for Super ShowDown is The Undertaker Vs. Goldberg. Truth be told, this a match that nobody wanted to see and has trainwreck written all over it – although Taker’s last match in Saudi Arabia was really good. Yet on SmackDown Live, when Goldberg cut a promo and Undertaker appeared, the electricity was palpable and it just further cemented the notion that today’s stars lack that Superstar aura. Of course, most of it isn’t their fault, but that doesn’t change the fact that Taker and Goldberg drummed up more excitement in one night than Corbin and Rollins have done in a year.
Speaking of which, Baron Corbin will face Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship, while Dolph Ziggler will face Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship. The latter match will simply be an in-ring masterclass from two veterans, while the former isn’t all that exciting, except for the fact that Brock Lesnar is lurking around with the Money In The Bank briefcase. Though if history tells us anything, it’s that Brock will probably decide not to cash-in and tell us to watch Raw on Monday, where he “definitely” will cash-in.
Elsewhere tonight, you have Becky Lynch fac…no, wait, there’s no women allowed. That’s right. Anyway, so it’s Triple H Vs. Randy Orton. Another random encounter threw together for the sake of this PPV, but these two have such a long history together that it should be a fun match regardless. Here’s hoping Triple H has a cool entrance if nothing else.
The rest of the card consists of Finn Balor Vs. Andrade, Braun Strowman Vs. Bobby Lashley, Roman Reigns Vs. Shane McMahon, The Uso’s Vs. The Revival, Lucha House Party Vs. Lars Sullivan, and a 50-Man Battle Royal. As you can tell, it’s a hefty card that is likely to run four hours. Starting with the Kick-Off Show at 1 PM.
And that’s the preview for WWE Super ShowDown. What matches are you excited for? Will you even watch? Let us know by downloading the Ringside News app, following us on Twitter or Instagram, or simply leaving a comment. And remember to enjoy the show!
WWE Super ShowDown’s Kick-Off Show begins with Charly Caruso, David Otunga, and Beth Phoenix but they’re in a studio in Connecticut. They promote tonight’s show repeatedly as “the equivalent to or exceeding WrestleMania.”
They show a video for, then discuss Seth Rollins Vs. Baron Corbin. We also see a backstage promo from Paul Heyman, in which he reiterates that Brock will definitely cash-in tonight. They question what kind of mental state Seth Rollins will be in following the heinous beating he recieved on Raw from Brock Lesnar. They reckon Seth could be so focused on Brock tonight that he overlooks Corbin and loses the title.
They talk Kofi Vs. Dolph next, and Otunga says Ziggler is salty. He says Kofi is a working class hero and Dolph will never understand that. Phoenix says she has known both men for a long time but Dolph is very bitter and it’s spoiling his talent. She says it will be a volatile situation, that Dolph is dangerous but Kofi will come prepared.
The Demon will face Andrade tonight with the Intercontinental Championship. We see a video package that is all about Finn Balor’s alter ego. The panel remind us that The Demon is undefeated on the main roster and is likely to stay that way.
We see Seth Rollins bandaged backstage with Byron Saxton. He asks the Champion how he’s feeling, and Seth says not good but it is what it is. Rollins says he claimed he would be a fighting Champion and he came here to do just that. He says he is not overlooking Baron Corbin, tonight he’s going to beat him, then turn his attention to Brock.
A long video package plays for the Orton/Triple H match. The panel discuss their storied rivalry and Phoenix reminisces about the time they main evented WrestleMania. Otunga says this one could go either way.
We see a tale-of-the-tape for Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley, showcasing their height, weight, chest size, arm size, and bench press. The big-up the scale of this match, and wonder if the ring will be able to contain it. Phoenix says she knows what it’s like to be the bigger person in the locker room, it’s a good thing because it sets you apart, but it leads to showdowns like this one.
They talk Shane McMahon Vs. Roman Reigns. Otunga says Shane is crazy if he thinks he’s making Roman tap out tonight. And truth be told, Drew will be doing the heavy-lifting – he compares Shane to Drake being athe annoying cheerleader at the Raptors games.
We still have a match to come on the Kick-Off Show, and there’s 15 minutes left. And finally we see a video package for The Undertaker Vs. Goldberg. An impressive video package considering the two have only been face-to-face once. Otunga reckons tonight’s Goldberg will be the best Goldberg we’ve ever seen. Phoenix says Goldberg’s whole schtick is winning matches quickly but the Deadman is the hardest person to keep down in WWE history, so if the match goes long it favours The Undertaker.
The Uso’s make their entrance, followed by The Revival. The announcers point out that it’s 102° Fahrenheit, which is about 40° Celsius.
We start with Scott Dawson and one of the Uso’s. After an uppercut, a tag is made to Jimmy or Jey, then the two of them hit a back body drop to Dawson, before superkicking Wilder and tossing them both from the ring.
On the oustide, The Uso’s chop Dash and Dawson before bringing them back in. The Revival hit a double team sequence on Jimmy Uso to regain control. Wilder is the legal man and he stomps on Jimmy before tagging Dawson back in. A “let’s go Uso’s” chant fires-up. Dawson knocks Jimmy from the ring with an elbow, and Wilder beats him on the outside.
Suplex for a two count from Dawson. Wilder tags back in and taunts Jey, but then is caught with an enziguiri from Jimmy. Tags made to both Dawson and Jey. Uso drops Dawson over and over with clotheslines and uppercuts, as well as a Samoan drop. Jey hits a running hip attack in the corner for a two count. A back elbow from Dawson floors Jey, then Scott grabs Jimmy in a piledriver position and Wilder goes up top, but Jey comes back and knocks Wilder to the floor. Jey hits a crossbody to Dawson for a two count.
Jey looks for a Samoan drop to Dawson but he escapes and shoves him to the ropes. Jey catches Dawson in a small package but Wilder distracted the referee. Dawson gets out and hits Jey with a spinebuster for a two count. Jey counters a back suplex from The Revival and tags Jimmy. Superkicks to both Dash and Dawson several times over for the win.
We return to the panel so that they can rundown the entire card once more, and that’s the end of the the Kick-Off Show.
WWE Super ShowDown from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, opens with a lengthy video package hyping the show. We go live to the arena and get loads of pyro.
Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring, kicking off the show with the WWE Universal Championship match! Seth’s outfit is like The Avengers’ time-suits in Endgame.
The match gets underway and they lock-up. Corbin forces Rollins to the corner but gets punches back. Corbin immediately attacks Seth’s injured mid-section, but Seth retaliates with a dropkick. Rollins looks for a springboard but Corbin hits the ropes and causes him to crash and burn. Corbin then lifts Rollins and drops him gut-first on the top rope, before picking apart Rollins with stomps.
Corbin lifts Rollins and drops him on the ropes again for a two count. Seth lands some shots but Corbin floors him with an in-and-out clothesline. Corbin keeps Rollins down with something of a bearhug, then scores another two count with a side slam. Rollins catches Corbin with an enziguiri via the ropes and both men are down.
Rollins unloads chops and punches to Baron, then hits a slingblade and Corbin rolls from the ring. Rollins hits a suicide dive, then a second and gets Baron back in the ring. The Champion looks for a frog splash – no notion of changing your move set when selling an injury – but Corbin pulls him off by the throat. Rollins rolls-up Corbin for a two count, followed by a superkick for another near-fall.
Seth stomps the band but Corbin rolls from the ring. Seth turns to hit the ropes but Baron comes back in and lifts him up and hits a spinning side slam. Rollins attacks Corbin with a superkick, looks for The Stomp but Corbin avoids it and hits Deep Six for a near-fall. Corbin looks for the in-and-out clothesline again but Rollins elbows him right back out of the ring. Corbin grabs a chair and brings it into the ring. The referee forces him to forget about it, so Corbin yells at him. The referee yells back and shoves Corbin into a roll-up from Rollins for the win!
Corbin grabs Rollins after the bell and hits the End of Days. Corbin then rolls from the ring and out comes The Beast, Brock Lesnar!
Lesnar comes with Heyman, a referee, and a steel chair. Heyman literally fell into the ring. Meanwhile Seth lowblows Brock as he was about to swing the chair. Rollins grabs the chair and wallops Brock across the back. He slams it in again and again. Brock grabs the briefcase and holds it while Seth batters him with the chair. Rollins then hits The Stomp onto the briefcase. And there you have it, another night where we were promised a cash-in and it didn’t happen. Lord knows how much Brock got paid for that 3 minute segment.
We return from a break and Lesnar is leaving the ring, battered and bruised. He leaves and walks to the back.
Our next match is for the Intercontinental Championship. Andrade is out first, alone. I don’t get why Zelina Vega can’t be there, I mean Renee Young is there. Balor’s entrance was different; featuring a dozen others dressed like demons and no real fog. Way less cool than usual.
The match gets underway and Balor takes control early with a shoulder tackle and a front facelock. Andrade fires back with a running knee in the corner. He looks for the hammerlock DDT but Balor escapes and hits a basement dropkick. Balor tips him over and lands a double stomp.
Andrade is tossed over the ropes, then Finn connects with a dropkick through the ropes. Balor looks for the running kick on the apron but Andrade swipes his feet and floors him. Andrade gets Balor back in the ring and hits a trio of suplexes. Andrade applies a submission to ground Finn but the Demon fights out and hits a nice dropkick.
Balor knocks Andrade from the ring with a clothesline, and follows-up with a tope to the floor. Back in the ring, Finn connects with a series of stiff chops, followed by a slingblade. Andrade kicks Finn in the head, then hits a spinning elbow, and a handspring kick. Double knees in the corner from Andrade earns a two count.
Andrade looks for a moonsualt but nobody’s home. He landed on his feet and looked for another moonsault but Finn got his knees up. Balor goes to the apron and Andrade leaped over him, looking for a sunset flip powerbomb but the Demon held onto the ropes, then hit a double stomp on the apron. Finn gets Andrade back in the ring and hits a double stomp to the back of the head. Andrade rolls through a sunset flip and hits double knees, followed by the hammerlock DDT… but Finn kicks out!
Balor reverses a powerbomb to land one of his own, followed by a corner dropkick. Finn goes to the top rope but Andrade meets him there. Balor grabs hold of Andrade and hits a sit-out DDT from the top rope! He runs to the top rope again and hits the Coup de Grace for the win.
We get backstage promos from The Miz and Jinder Mahal, both saying they will win the 50-Man Battle Royal today.
McIntyre distracts Roman Reigns right off the bat, allowing Shane McMahon to attack and take the advantage. McMahon rakes Reigns’ eyes, but the big dog fights back with a whip into the corner. Reigns runs but McMahon sidesteps him and Reigns crashes into the ring post shoulder-first. McMahon stomps him before sending him shoulder-first into the ring post again and Roman rolls from the ring.
McIntyre gets a cheap shot in while Shane has the referee’s attention. McMahon gets Roman back in the ring and chokes him. Shane lands a Russian Leg Sweep for a two count, then stomps the hand and lands some hands. Reigns fires back with some uppercuts and clotheslines him twice. McMahon reverses a whip, avoids a leaping clothesline, and hits a spinning back elbow for a two count.
Shane applies a rear chin lock but Reigns soon fights up and forces him to the corner before hitting some shoulder tackles. Reigns lands 10 lariats in the corner before connecting with a big boot. Reigns stares at McIntyre at ringside and sets up for a Superman Punch. Reigns charges, but McMahon counters him with a chop block for a near fall. McMahon applies the triangle choke and Reigns looks out of it, but eventually fight up and powerbombs him down. McMahon rolls out of the ring to recover.
Reigns goes out and puts him in the ring but McIntyre attacks from behind. Reigns sends him into the steel steps. Reigns hits a Superman Punch on McIntyre before punching Shane on the outside as well. Reigns gets him in the ring, and McMahon kicks the middle rope into his crotch while he enters the ring. McMahon follows up with a Spear for a near fall!
McMahon drops an elbow and sets up for Coast-to-Coast. Reigns quickly Superman Punches him off the top rope for a near fall. Reigns sets up for a Spear, but Shane kicks him in the face. McMahon “accidentally” hits the referee with a punch. McIntyre runs in and hits Reigns with a Claymore Kick, allowing Shane to cover Reigns for the win!
We start with Kalisto, and he spends the first minute avoiding Lars at all costs. Until, of course, he’s backed into the corner and attacked with shoulder thrusts. Lars bats Kalisto down with a forearm, then military presses him onto the top turnbuckle.
Kalisto allows Lince Dorado to tag in. The Lucha chops the chest of Sullivan and tries to unload on him in the corner but Sullivan responds with a punch to the chest. Sullivan lifts Dorado up but he climbs down and punches Sullivan. Lars grabs him by the face and shoves him over the top rope.
Lars heads outside and tosses Dorado back in. Sullivan wipes-out Sullivan with a running shoulder tackle, then lifts him up and sets him on the top rope and shoves him off to the floor. Gran Metalik connects with a kick to Sullivan, followed by a handspring elbow and a few more kicks. Kalisto springboards into the ring but Sullivan catches him. Lars tosses him but Kalisto lands on his feet. Kalisto leaps off the ropes but Sullivan swats him out of mid-air.
Sullivan is knocked from the ring by Kalisto and gets angry. He runs back in and knocks Metalik from the apron. Kalisto kicks Lars again but is picked-up and tossed across the ring. Lars climbs to the top rope but he’s attacked by both Dorado and Metalik. They then team-up on him and get disqualified somehow.
The Lucha’s continue beating on Lars, taking turns to hold him down and hit moves from the top rope. The Lucha’s then retreat up the ramp as Lars gets to his feet and seethes. Lars then leaves the ring and they run at him. He hits Metalik with a back body drop on the ramp, then clobbers Dorado, and body slams Kalisto. Sullivan hits Dorado with a slam on the apron, then screams at them before leaving.
The bell rings and Orton and Triple H come face-to-face for a final staredown. They back away before locking-up. Orton forces The Game to the corner and the referee breaks it up. Triple H then forces The Viper to the corner and let’s go.
Triple H takes a wrist-lock but Orton reverses into a headlock takedown. Triple H gets out and they separate for another staredown. Triple H drops Orton with a shoulder tackle, then looks for the Pedigree but Orton reverses and looks for the RKO but Triple H shoves him off.
Again they lock-up and HHH grabs the wrist. Orton floors Triple H with a right hand. He punches Triple H in the corner but then runs shoulder-first into the ring post. Triple H starts attacking the arm, wringing it around the ropes. Outside the ring, Triple H slams Orton’s arm into the barricade, then the steel steps, and wrapping it around the ringpost.
Orton responds by lifting The Game and landing him on the announce table. Orton tries to slam HHH into the steel steps but Triple H stops him. Orton then reverses a whip to send HHH shoulder-first into the steps. Orton gets him back in the ring for a two count. Orton goes vintage and starts attacking each limb of Triple H with methodical stomps. Orton takes The Game down with a sleeper and holds him there.
Triple H fights to his feet but Orton grabs him by the beard and connects with a lariat for a two count. Orton goes back to the sleeper. Again Triple H fights to his feet and they trade shots to the cheers and boos of the fans. Orton ducks a clothesline but Triple H hits with the leaping knee. Triple H catches Orton with the knee facebuster and looks for the Pedigree but Orton tips him over and catapults him into the ringpost. Orton runs but Triple H connects with a lariat for a two count.
Triple H grabs Orton again for the Pedigree and this time Randy flips him over the ropes. The Game lands on the apron and looks for the draping DDT but Triple H holds on. Orton let’s go and connects with a dropkick that floors The Game. Orton sets Triple H up on the top turnbuckle. He tees off but Triple H drops down and carries Orton out of the corner. Randy looks for the RKO but Triple H shoves him off and delivers a lariat to the back of the head.
Triple H goes to the corner and does the crotch chop. He comes out but Orton catches him with a snap powerslam. Orton then hits Triple H with the draping DDT before slithering for the RKO. He looks for the RKO but Triple H shoves him off and hits a spinebuster for a two count. They trade pin reversals until Triple H applies the crossface. Orton reaches the ropes.
Again Triple H reverses the RKO, then Orton reverses the Pedigree and hits the RKO but Triple H kicks out! Orton gets to his feet, frustrated, and goes to the corner to set-up for a punt. Triple H blocks the kick and gets angry that Orton even attempted. Triple H grabs Orton and hits the Pedigree but Randy kicks out.
Orton leaves the ring to regroup but Triple H follows. He grabs Orton and drops him on the announce table, then does it three more times. Triple H tosses Orton back in the ring, rolls in himself and is caught with an RKO out of nowhere and that’s all she wrote!
The announcers talk about the 24/7 Championship and show the video of Jinder Mahal defeating Truth for the belt on the runway of an airport. Then, in mid-flight, Truth took the title back from Mahal while he was sleeping on the plane. Truth was then chased through the plane by other Superstars, and locked himself in the bathroom for the remainder of the flight.
Baron Corbin interrupts Byron Saxton backstage and complains about having lost the Universal Championship tonight because of a referee. He says he won’t stand for it and walks off.
The match begins with the standard lock-up and Lashley tries to drop Braun with shoulder tackles but he doesn’t budge. Lashley looks for the test of strength and Braun bites. They struggle and Lashley kicks Braun to one knee, while continuing the test. Strowman lifts Lashley off, then dodges him with a forward roll and a drop down, before hitting a big shoulder tackle.
Lashley avoids Strowman in the corner and hits a running powerslam for a two count. Lashley beats Braun around the ring. Keeping him grounded and applying a headlock. Braun fights out and hits a spinebuster. Strowman tackles Lashley in the corner. Lashley rolls from the ring, so Braun runs around the ring and tackles him.
He gets him back in the ring and hits another splash in the corner. Braun lifts Bobby and hits a powerslam but Lashley kicks out. Lashley knocks Braun from the ring and hits a running tackle into the barricade. Lashley then connects with a suplex on the ramp. Lashley gets Strowman back in the ring for a two count.
Lashley goes to the top rope but Strowman grabs him and throws him off. Strowman then connects with a powerslam, followed by a running powerslam for the win.
We get a few more backstage promos from Superstars claiming their victory in the Battle Royal.
The match begins and they lock-up, with Dolph forcing Kofi to the corner. Kofi shoots Dolph off but gets dropped with a shoulder tackle. Kingston leapfrogs Dolph twice and hits a back elbow. Kofi looks for a splash in the corner but nobody’s home and Dolph follows-up with a dropkick.
Ziggler connects with a neckbreaker for a two-count. The challenger lands a leaping elbow, then applies a sleeper. Kofi fights up but Dolph beats him into the corner, drops him, and goes back to the sleeper. Again Kofi gets to his feet and he whips Dolph hard into the turnbuckles. Ziggler looks for the Zig-Zag but Kofi grabs the ropes.
Kofi drops Ziggler with running forearms, followed by a boom drop. Kofi looks for Trouble In Paradise but Ziggler goes to the apron. Ziggler hits a snap DDT for a near-fall. Dolph sets Kofi on the top rope. Kingston knocks Dolph off and hits a crossbody for a two-count. They exchange pin attempts until Kofi hits the S.O.S for a near-fall.
Dolph rolls to the outside but Kofi takes to the top rope and jumps off with the trust fall – Kingston landed mostly on the floor. Ziggler tosses Kofi into the steps, then superkicks Xavier Woods. Kofi gets fired-up an unloads on Ziggler. Kofi then sends Dolph back into the ring. He misses Trouble In Paradise but Woods reappears and kicks Dolph behind the referee’s back and Kofi hits Trouble In Paradise for the win.
The camera follows Dolph to the back, where Byron Saxton asks if he took too long off from the ring. Ziggler says that he thought Kofi was a fighting Champion, but Kingston proved tonight that he’s a coward, getting his friend to do his dirty deeds. He says he outworked the Champion from start to finish tonight and he wants him again, one-on-one, in a steel cage match.
A handful of Superstars got an entrance but most didn’t. Elias was the last out and he sang a song on his way to the ring but Miz hopped out and dragged him into the ring.
The match gets underway and it’s just a mess. There’s so many men in the ring, one or two being eliminated every 30 seconds. We’ll start actually covering it when it gets down to like 10, or if something noteworthy happens before then.
Horrible battle royal match. Way too long and boring. There was one cool spot in which Heavy Machinery, The Viking Raiders, and The Author’s of Pain were all standing together in the ring. They all began brawling and it ended with the Viking Raiders eliminating the others.
And we’re down to eight; Cesaro, Miz, Ricochet, Robert Roode, Ali, Samoa Joe, Elias, and Middle Eastern Mansoor. The Miz eliminates Robert Roode before kicking Cesaro and Elias with the It Kicks. Cesaro tosses Miz over the ropes but he lands on his feet on the apron. Elias then runs and connects with a leaping knee to elimiante Miz.
And we’re down to six. Mansoor attacks Samoa Joe, who turns the tables and unloads headbutts. Ali connects with a dropkick to Elias, then he and Elias team to take-out Cesaro with springboards. Samoa Joe then knocks them both down and throws Ali over but he lands on his feet. Ricochet tries to tip Joe over but gets a right hand for his effort. Joe throws Ricochet over, landing beside Ali. Ricohet and Ali team to pull Joe over and out.
They marvel at their handiwork too long though, because Cesaro knocks them both off and out. Mansoor then throws Cesaro over, much to the delight of the crowd. Elias attacks Mansoor from behind, then taunts the fans. Mansoor connects with a big superkick and tries to throw Elias over but can’t. Elias tosses him onto the apron, but Mansoor ducks his head between Elias’ legs and flips him over and out!
Cheap as it may seem to have him win the match, the fans in Jeddah all but lost their minds with that finish. Easily the biggest reaction of the night. Mansoor celebrates his giant win with the fans and Ali even stops to shake his hand.
Mansoor is interviewed in the ring by Byron Saxton – who calls this “the most prestigious battle royal in WWE history.” He says he doesn’t have the words to explain how big of a deal this is for him and his people. He says one year ago he was in this arena, watching the battle royal. Then he was a rookie with a dream, a dream to represent his country all over the world, and tonight his dream came true. He then speaks in Arab before leaving.
The announcers talk WWE Stomping Grounds in two weeks, and show graphics for women’s matches, both of which received huge cheers from the crowd.
It’s main event time. The camera’s head backstage to find Goldberg’s locker room, and out he comes fired-up.
The Undertaker got a unique entrance, with lots of coffins on the stage, along with druids holding fiery torches.
The bell rings and Undertaker and Goldberg meet in the centre of the ring. Goldberg sizes him up, smiles, then cuts his throat with his thumb. Undertaker responds with a right hand. Goldberg falls back against the ropes and comes back with a Spear!
Goldberg goes to the corner and readies himself, then runs and hits a second Spear! Undertaker kicks out! Goldberg walks back to the corner but when he turns around the Deadman has sat up! Undertaker gets to his feet, Goldberg whips him into the ropes, but ‘Taker ducks a clothesline and grabs him by the throat. Goldberg uses his strength to pull Undertaker’s hand off. Goldberg then rolls Undertaker down and into a heel hook.
The Deadman rallies as the fans chant his name. Goldberg kicks Undertaker in the corner, then runs at him but nobody’s home. Undertaker shakes-off his painful knee, while Goldberg has been busted wide open. Undertaker lifts Goldberg to his feet and tees off on him in the corner. Undertaker wrenches the arm and lands Old School. Undertaker grabs Goldberg for a Chokeslam, then goes to the corner and cuts his throat with his thumb. He lifts Goldberg and hits the Tombstone Piledriver… but Goldberg kicks out!
Undertaker attacks Goldberg in the corner, then whips him to the ropes and they him stereo clotheslines. Both men are down. They climb back up and trade hands in the centre of the ring. Undertaker whips Goldberg to the corner and follows-up with a lariat, snake-eyes, and looks for the big boot but gets caught with a Spear!
Goldberg grabs Undertaker and looks for the Jackhammer but couldn’t really get him up and very nearly spiked Undertaker. Goldberg lifted Undertaker for the Tombstone and ‘Taker tried to reverse it but they both just fell. Undertaker then lifted Goldberg and hit an awful Chokeslam for the win.
The Undertaker does not look pleased. That was a poor finish to an otherwise decent match. Undertaker walks around the ring, before posing in the middle of the ring to pyro.
And that’s it for WWE Super ShowDown. Let us know what you thought of the show, and be sure to come back tomorrow for more wrestling news. See you Monday for Raw. Until then, safe travels!