During the kick-off show, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson bet the Viking Raiders but don’t ask me why exactly they put this match in the kick-off show of Super ShowDown. Then the actual show started.
R-Truth vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Andrade vs. Erick Rowan vs. AJ Styles vs. Rey Mysterio in a gauntlet match for the Tuwaiq Trophy
We kicked things off with R-Truth and Bobby Lashley. Logically, Lashley dominated his opponent, went for a Spear, missed and crashed into the corner followed by a rollup pin of Truth who eliminated him.
Then Andrade came out, to continue to dominate R-Truth who already was extremely damaged. Andrade performed his typical Spinning Elbow, but they bumped their heads and Truth fell on Andrade to pin him and stayed in this match.
After that, Erick Rowan came out and continued the destruction of R-truth and sent him into the ring steps and due to that Rowan’s animal cage went to the floor. Rowan got upset and hit Truth with the steps what led to a DQ.
Next, AJ Styles came out while Truth was already finished. Styles mocked Truth’s dance moves for about two minutes to then apply the Calf Crusher and win via submission.
So, the last man in this match was Rey Mysterio and as his music played, he just didn’t come out. We then saw on the video wall that Anderson and Gallows beat him up in the backstage area. Styles took a microphone and said that he would be the winner of the whole gauntlet match, but then Mike Rome spoke with the ref and announced that the referee would have to count until 10 to then declare Styles as the winner. As the ref started the count, we saw suddenly Gallows and Anderson on the floor lying backstage while the legs of the Undertaker were shown walking past the two members of the OC. The Undertaker made his usual entrance to chokeslam Styles and pin him. The Taker was announced as the winner of the Tuwaiq Trophy.
Opinion: This whole match was ridiculous. I’m a fan of Truth, but Lashley was a few weeks ago in the match to declare who would face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at Super ShowDown and now he loses against Truth just because he went into the ringpost? Then, Andrade returns after his suspension to get pinned in such a silly moment? I guess they take the US Championship away from him pretty soon. The stuff with Rowan was okay while the dance moves of Styles were funny and the finish was okay again. But pinning Styles after one Chokeslam? What will we then see at WrestleMania? A match which takes 2 minutes in which the Taker buries Styles?
“The New Day” Kofi Kingston and Big E (C.) vs. The Miz and John Morrison for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
This match was really entertaining, and it took about 13 minutes. Both teams showed off their moves, but in the end, Morrison gave Kingston a shot with the chair what the ref didn’t see and the Miz rolled him up for the three count.
Opinion: As expected, this was a great match and probably one of the best of the night. Also, I’m happy that the Miz and Morrison won the titles.
Angel Garza vs. Humberto Carrillo
This match contained several high-flying moves and interesting combinations as we are used to it when these two men step into the ring. It took Garza about nine minutes to pin his cousin as he countered a sunset flip to sit on the top of Carrillo and pin him.
Opinion: The match was decent, but why the hell did they add this one to the card. We already had this match on Raw and Garza continues to always get the better of Carrillo. Due to that, this rivalry is quite boring.
Seth Rollins and Murphy (C.) vs. “The Street Profits” Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins for the Raw Tag Team Championships
Also, this match was really decent and took about 10 minutes. Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins continue to show off great performances while they present Murphy like a wrestler who couldn’t survive without Seth Rollins. In the end, Rollins gave Dawkins a Curb Stomp and Murphy pinned him for the victory and title defence.
Opinion: I’m really surprised that they keep the Raw Tag Team Champions as we’ll surely get Rollins against Kevin Owens at WrestleMania and due to that it’s just a matter of time until they lose their championships.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Mansoor
Robert Roode was with Dolph Ziggler, but since Roode was so aggressive against Mansoor before the match even started, the referee sent Roode to the back. The match took about nine minutes as then Mansoor performed a Moonsault from the top rope for the win.
After the fight, Mansoor thanked the crowd and said that last year the fans showed him that Saudi Arabia was ready for it’s first Saudi Arabia. He then talked in Arabic.
Opinion: This match was clearly not as good as the one between Cesaro and Mansoor. Besides, I understand that they need to give the crowd Mansoor, but you noticed that the fans wasn’t as fired up as during his first appearances.
Brock Lesnar (C.) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Ricochet for the WWE Championship
This match didn’t take two minutes as Lesnar performed a few Suplexes and an F5 for the win.
Opinion: Really disappointing. It was clear that they would bury Ricochet, but to not even give him one or two offensive actions is just completely dumb.
Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin in a Steel Cage Match
This match was not incredible, but also not bad since both men had several good near falls. However, in the end, Roman Reigns performed two Superman Punches and then one with a metal chain around his fist to get the victory via pinfall.
Opinion: They worked well with the cage, but now the rivalry must be over as everything else would make absolutely no sense.
Bayley (C.) vs. Namoi for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
This was the first match for a women’s championship in Saudi Arabia. As we already saw in the match between Lacey Evans and Natalya, both women wore t-shirts over a gear which covered their whole body. In the end, Bayley tied up Naomi’s feet in her own shirt and slammed her with the face-first into the mat (her new finisher for quite some time but there is still no name for it) to then get the win.
Opinion: The best about this whole match was clearly that Bayley stayed in her character throughout the whole match and drew some good heat.
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (C.) vs. Goldberg for the Universal Championship
Goldberg opened the match with a Spear for a two count, but then the Fiend applied the Mandible Claw. However, Goldberg escaped and performed three Spears after one and another for second two count. Again, the Fiend applied the Mandible Claw, but Goldberg broke free with knees to the gut to then perform a “Jackhammer” for thevictory.
After the fight was, Goldberg went to the middle rope with the title to celebrate his win while Bray Wyatt got back up, glared at Goldberg and was upset. The lights went out and the Fiend disappeared. Then, Michael Cole questioned if Goldberg would show up the next night on SmackDown and Corey Graves answered that he would hope so as this isn’t a part-time job.
Opinion: Wait, what did Graves just say? Being a champion in WWE is no part-time job? Well, Lesnar appears at the maximum once in a month and I can’t imagine that Goldberg will be there every single week.
Anyways, this was a horrible match as the Fiend was within the last months the most dominant force in all of WWE and the Mandible Claw was his strongest move. Then, Goldberg comes and fights two times out of it. I don’t want to say that they buried the Fiend, but what do they want to do next with him? He was too strong within the last months to put him somewhere in the midcard and he’ll likely face John Cena at WrestleMania. We’ll see what happens to the Fiend now.
I can’t remember which last PPV of WWE was as bad as this one. The two matches for the world titles were absolutely horrible and we now got two part-timers at as champs. The majority of the gauntlet match was hilarious while the remaining matches were all okay.