The WWE is returning to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Super ShowDown. So, let’s make some predictions, shall we?
The third such named PPV will hail from BEAUTIFUL Riyadh. Who can forget such illustrious moments as Shane McMahon becoming the best in the world, or….Goldberg vs The Undertaker or….when Kane’s mask fell off in that tag match.
Let’s be honest, the track record for these highly lucrative shows isn’t exactly WrestleMania X-Seven caliber.
However, there are actually some some good matches lined-up for the night that could shape WrestleMania 36, such as a history-making women’s match. And everyone loves a good gauntlet match, right?
WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins and Murphy (c) vs. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)
The Monday Night Messiah and his latest tag partner have been champions for a little while now, during which time the belts have become even less important than they already weren’t. The problem is that Seth is primarily engaged with Kevin Owens, so the secondary tag feud hardly feels meaningful.
With that being said, this is not the time for the reign to end.
The Street Profits are highly entertaining and should be champions in due course, but they’ve only just started to actually compete on Raw instead of appearing in skits, so a run with the gold feels a tad premature.
I expect the champs to retain via some form of chicanery.
Winners – Seth Rollins and Murphy.
Mansoor vs Dolph Ziggler
It’s a Saudi show so of course, Mansoor is on the card. You’ll never see him at any other time throughout the year, but you’ve got to get those cheap pops from somewhere. All joking aside, he is actually a decent young prospect who performed beyond expectations against Cesaro last time around. Dolph Ziggler is another versatile veteran for him to work with so this should be a pretty good match. It is incredibly predictable though. Mansoor is obviously going to win. There’s an exactly 0% likelihood of Uncle Ziggy pulling off the upset.
Winner – Mansoor
Angel Garza vs. Humberto Carrillo
Whilst this match has been seen a lot as of late, it always delivers the goods. These two cousins gel very well together so you can expect another high-octane clash.
Thus far in the feud, the momentum has been firmly with Angel Garza to the point where Humberto is at risk of looking toothless. Ideally, he should pick up the win here, although Garza should be given an out so perhaps a loss via the ever deadly Roll-Up? We’ll have to wait and see.
Winner – Humberto Carrillo
Viking Raiders vs. The O.C
Yet another rematch that no one asked for. Yippee.
Whilst these two teams blend together well, it doesn’t change the fact that no one is going to care about the match.
Viking Raiders are currently involved with the AOP whilst the O.C are tagging along with AJ. There’s no good reason to book this match and no clear direction for the booking of it to take.
That being said, the Raiders are being booked far stronger than their opponents so they should take the victory.
Winners – Viking Raiders
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) vs. Naomi
Let’s face the facts here: Bayley is not a compelling character any more.
Her heel turn was good for a time, but in the end she is still the same limited performer that she always was. Naomi, on the other hand, is a dynamic wrestler experiencing a recent surge in popularity following her Royal Rumble return.
Eventually, Naomi will hold the title once more, but this feels like it could be going more the way of Kofi’s story last year. Perhaps more in the overall arc than the racial overtones.
Bayley is likely to retain here, but come Wrestlemania it’ll be a different story entirely.
Winner – Bayley
Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match: AJ Styles vs. Andrade vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Erick Rowan vs. R-Truth vs. Rey Mysterio
The stakes could not be higher in this one. One of these men will get the high honour of standing next to a large trophy that will never been seen or mentioned on WWE TV again. Please, try to contain your excitement.
Yeah, this is a nothing match with a lot of talent who deserve more.
Cross your fingers and hope for an appearance from Rowan’s spooky bag. Maybe it’ll spew some Saudi green smoke this time?
As it’s a trophy being given out, it seems logical that the biggest babyface will win, so let’s give this one to Rey Mysterio.
Winner – Rey Mysterio
Steel Cage Match: Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin
The feud that refuses to end marches on to Saudi Arabia.
Does anyone care about this match? Genuinely, is there a single soul who wanted to see these two plod through another boring contest?
Roman is going to win and hopefully that’ll be the end of it.
Winner – Roman Reigns
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships – The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (c) vs. The Miz and John Morrison
The reunited Miz and Morrison have been as entertainingly cocky as ever over on Smackdown. The duo have a natural chemistry that makes them simply exceptional. As do The New Day. All of that should translate into a great little match.
As this is a Saudi show, don’t expect to see the titles change hands. They won’t want the new champions to be tainted with the Saudi name, and they know the moment can be saved for a more important show, should they wish to switch the belts.
So, New Day are going to retain but this will not be the last time we see the two teams square off.
Winners – The New Day
WWE Universal Championship: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Goldberg
There seems to be a great fear amongst fans that Vince is going to have Goldberg run through Wyatt en route to a championship showdown with Reigns at Wrestlemania. That does sound like a Vince thing to do, but don’t worry, it’s not going to happen.
Even Vince knows that booking Wyatt to lose here would destroy months of hard work in building him up. Goldberg will have value no matter what, but Wyatt will lose a lot if he falls to a part timer.
Plus, Reigns is obviously going to be the man to conquer The Fiend.
This will be relatively short, with Wyatt surviving a couple of Spears before toppling his legendary foe.
Winner – “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Ricochet
Brock’s going to win. That was an easy one, wasn’t it?
As good as Ricochet is, there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that Vince is booking him to topple his Beast and go on to defend against Drew at ‘Mania.
No, instead Brock will survive some early flashy offence from Ricochet, send him to Suplex City, and F5 him into oblivion. Then it’s on to Wrestlemania for what should be a fantastic match with Drew McIntyre.
Ricochet might be in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal because reasons.
Winner – Brock Lesnar
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