WWE Super Showdown Results
February 27, 2020
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Our commentary team for the afternoon is Michael Cole and Corey Graves from Friday Night Smackdown, as well as Byron Saxton from Monday Night Raw.
Kickoff Show Match
The Viking Raiders vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Cole reminds us that Anderson and Gallows are not only former Raw tag team champions, but also former IWGP tag team champions, making a name for themselves in Japan. That doesn’t help them as big Ivar (Hanson) starts the match with a pair of giant splashes and takes Anderson to the mat. Erik (Rowe) tags in but The O.C. takes a few cheap shots from the apron, and proceeds to work him over for several minutes with quick, alternating tags.
Ivar eventually gets the hot tag and levels Anderson with a series of splashes and a running senton. He heads to the top rope and leaps over his opponent, instead taking down Gallows with a big clothesline. The big man crashes and burns on a corner cannonball, as The O.C. pull each other to safety. Erik is back and the Raiders work together to absolutely dismantle Gallows with powerful double-team moves.
Ivar delivers a nasty knee to the jaw of Anderson, before handspringing off the ropes to take out both opponents. He climbs to the second rope, but instead decides to go ALL the way to the top, which brings the crowd to their feet. Giant moonsault coming, but he takes a bit too much time and Anderson rolls out of the way. The O.C. deliver the Magic Killer, and it’s over.
Winners: The O.C.
A video package airs for the upcoming Brock Lesnar vs. Ricochet match.
An absolutely ridiculous amount of pyro explodes around King Fahd International Stadium as our show officially gets underway in Saudi Arabia! R-Truth makes his way to the ring to a huge reaction, as commentary runs down the rules to our opening gauntlet match.
Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match
Match #1 – R-Truth vs. Bobby Lashley (w/ Lana)
Lashley overpowers his opponent with ease and hits a few poses, which the crowd does not appreciate. Truth gets in a few good punches in the corner, surprising the big man, until Lashley runs the ropes like a runaway freight train and sends him flying out of the ring, into the barricade. Good lord. Big Bob slows things down with a side headlock and basically has his way with his opponent, as the crowd tells him he sucks.
Truth again shows life and delivers a few wild rights and lefts, wobbling him with a shoulder tackle. He actually manages to get Lashley up for a spinning sideslam, in homage to John Cena. Truth hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and looks for the AA, but has to settle for an enzuigiri instead. Lashley immediately kills the momentum with a big shoulder block, and a Mic Check. He rushes the corner but comes up empty, hitting the middle turnbuckle. Truth rolls him up… and steals the win!
Lashley does NOT take well to looking like a fool, apparently. He absolutely destroys Truth with a series of slams before taking him outside and tossing him into the barricades and the steel steps, over and over again. Lashley throws him back into the ring and delivers a monstrous spear before leaving. Damage done.
Match #2 – R-Truth vs. Andrade
Truth is bleeding after that beating. The U.S. Champion hits the ring and puts the boots to his opponent, picking the proverbial bones. He delivers a few knife-edge chops in the corner and brings down the knee pad, gets a running start, but Truth sends him over the ropes crashing to the outside. This gives him a few seconds to recover, and Truth throws everything he has left into a series of punches. He surprises Andrade with a flying corkscrew, and both men collide heads. They’re both wobbling, and Truth falls on top of the champion, who may have been knocked out. 1…2…3!
Match #3 – R-Truth vs. Erick Rowan
I have a feeling the miracle run is coming to an end here. Rowan immediately rushes his beaten and battered opponent, but R-Truth gets his boots up in the corner and manages to flip the big man over the ropes, to the floor. Truth follows with a big suicide dive to take him out, but Rowan catches him and tosses him into the steel steps, accidentally knocking over that mysterious crate he carries around with him. Rowan is absolutely livid, screaming about his “friend” before blasting Truth with the steel ring steps! Rowan has been disqualified by the referee! This is amazing!
Match #4 – R-Truth vs. AJ Styles
Truth can barely stand at this point. Styles is not taking him seriously, slowly stomping away at his arms and legs as he walks around the ring, taunting his opponent. Truth stumbles to his feet and swings wildly, but is put right back down with a nasty right hook from the Phenomenal One. Styles is so confident he actually starts dancing – and by “dancing” I mean whatever middle-aged white dudes do when they try to dance. He eventually decides to apply the Calf Killer, and R-Truth is forced to tap out.
Match #5 – AJ Styles vs.
Mysterio’s music hit, but he’s nowhere to be seen. The music hits again, but still the lucha legend doesn’t come out. They cut to the backstage area where The O.C. is brutally attacking Mysterio, as Styles laughs in the ring. He grabs the mic and demands to be awarded the trophy by forfeit, calling the referee the “worst in the business”. We are informed that if his opponent cannot make it to the ring before a 10-count, Styles will be declared the winner.
The ref begins his count and makes it to 5, but we cut backstage where both Gallows and Anderson are mysterious on the floor, unconscious. A pair of black boots and a long, black jacket come into view as the crowd absolutely loses their minds!
GONG! THE UNDERTAKER IS HERE! THE DEADMAN HAS COME TO COLLECT ON THE ROTTEN SOUL OF AJ STYLES!
Match #5 – AJ Styles vs. The Undertaker
Styles cannot believe his eyes. He screams about this not being fair, and how The Undertaker isn’t supposed to be a part of this match. The bell rings anyways. Chokeslam! 1…2…3.
Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match Winner: The Undertaker
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (c) vs. John Morrison & The Miz
Big E starts things out for his team and easily overpowers The Miz, trapping him in a body stretch while spanking him on the bottom, just for fun I guess. Morrison tags in but doesn’t fair any better, so Miz takes a cheap shot with a big boot on the apron, allowing his partner to hit a corkscrew plancha over the ropes to level the big man.
Miz & Morrison work over E with quick, alternating tags for several minutes. He eventually sends Morrison over the ropes and plants the other with a uranage slam, making the hot tag to Kofi Kingston. The former WWE Champion hits Morrison with a series of flying clotheslines, then comes off the top rope with a beautiful diving headscissors takedown. A running double foot stomp connects to the chest, but it’s not enough to get the win.
Kofi delivers the Boom Drop and signals for Trouble in Paradise, but Miz hits the ring… and is dumped over the ropes. The distraction is enough for Morrison to give Kingston an interesting Alabama Slam variation into a sliding knee strike to the jaw. Kofi struggles back and hits the SOS, but it’s still not enough.
Big E is back. He sets up for a powerbomb and Kingston hits a diving double foot stomp at the same time. Killer combo. Miz saves the day for his team, pulling Kofi from the ring and throwing him into the barricade. He tags in and catches E off guard with a DDT, before setting in with his repurposed Yes Kicks. A neckbreaker follows, and Morrison tags back in. He tries for Starship Pain, but ends up crashing and burning as Big E rolls out of the way and gets the tag to his partner.
Kingston gets revenge on Miz, sending him into the barricade before going back to work on JoMo. New Day sets up for the Midnight Hour, and it connects! 1…2… Miz breaks it up! Big E dumps him over the ropes and Kingston follows with a huge dive over the ropes, but Miz dodges and he goes flying into the ground instead. Skull Crushing Finale on the big man! 1…2… NO!
Loud “THIS IS AWESOME!” chants ring out. Miz sets in with more Yes Kicks, but comes up empty on a knee strike in the corner. Kingston blind tags and rolls him up for a nearfall. Miz grabbed a hold of the referee to distract him, and Morrison used the moment to blast Kingston with a steel chair! Miz rolls up the champ for 1…2…3!
Winners & New Smackdown Tag Team Champions: John Morrison & The Miz
Angel Garza vs. Humberto Carrillo
Footage is shown of Carrillo getting his head spiked into concrete. The young Superstar comes out all fired up and goes right after his cousin with a series of nasty strikes and chops, before taking him down with a few headscissors combinations. Garza catches him in the ropes and rips off his break-away pants, but Carrillo takes advantage and catches him with a spinning kick to the side of the head.
Carrillo puts his opponent on the top rope and comes off the second turnbuckle with a dropkick to send him flying. He climbs to the top rope and flies high into the air looking for a diving crossbody, but Garza catches him with an anti-air dropkick. A superkick takes Carrillo down to one knee, and a second nearly knocks him out cold. Garza tries to follow up, but is clocked with a mean right hook out of pure desperation.
Carrillo follows with a modified Destroyer, but barely had any mustard behind it. The crowd is completely dead, and has decided to not care about any of the cool stuff they’re doing. Garza rolls his cousin up with a small package, but it’s not enough. They end up going back and forth with wild pinning combinations, until Garza stacks him up just like he did on Raw to get another win.
Winner: Angel Garza
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Seth Rollins & Murphy (c) vs. The Street Profits
Dawkins starts things out for his team, taking Murphy to the mat with some amateur style grappling. Ford comes in with beautiful, lighting-quick dropkicks and takes his opponent to the apron, but Rollins blindsides him and the champions send him crashing into the Arabic announce table. Rollins doesn’t even really tag in for the first five minutes of the match, as he is constantly providing distractions on the floor and taking out whichever man isn’t in the ring. He’s so busy he’s barely on the apron.
Eventually Dawkins gets the hot tag and the Profits clean house. They try for a double team move, but Rollins sends Ford back outside and the champions put the boots to the big man. They try for double Pedigrees, but the challengers counter into a double serving of DDTs instead. Rollins and Murphy bail to the floor to collect themselves. Ford flies over the ropes, but is caught of the air and powerbombed into the barricade. Dawkins follows off the apron to squash the champs. Everyone is down.
We end up back in the ring, where Ford connects with a ridiculously high Frog Splash to the chest of Rollins. Murphy makes the save just in time. He gets in the referee’s face and distracts him while Rollins hits the Curb Stomp on the apron. It’s over.
Winners & Still Raw Tag Team Champions: Seth Rollins & Murphy
Mansoor vs. Dolph Ziggler
Robert Roode came out to support his partner, but got in Mansoor’s face and was met with a dropkick for his arrogance. The referee does the right thing and immediately ejects Roode from the match before we can officially get things started. Ziggler uses the distract to hit a series of dropkicks and a DDT on his opponent.
Mansoor fights back with rights and lefts, connecting with an impressive standing moonsault, but a rake to the eyes and a jumping elbow drop puts him right back down. Ziggler is not messing around, as he goes back to the eyes right in front of the ref, before applying a crossface on the mat and continuing to rake the eyes. DO YOUR JOB, REF!
The crowd is slowly building behind the hometown kid, but unlike previous shows there doesn’t seem to be a lot of support or buzz for him here. He digs down and blocks the Fameasser, coming off the ropes for a springboard neckbreaker. He follows with a weird side slam for a two-count.
Ziggler responds with a knee strike and tunes up the band for a superkick. He looks to strike but Mansoor ducks the kick and comes off the ropes with an inverted Sliced Bread #2. I guess that’s Sliced Bread #3. He climbs to the top rope looking for a huge moonsault, and flies halfway across the ring to connect! He did it again!
WWE Championship Match
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Ricochet
This Saudi crowd absolutely LOVES the Beast Incarnate. They chanted Paul Heyman’s entire introduction along with him. Ricochet came out of the gate charging his opponent, but ran into a brick wall. German suplex. German suplex. German suplex. F5. This one is over.
Winner & Still WWE Champion: Brock Lesnar
Steel Cage Match
King Corbin vs. Roman Reigns
Per the stipulation of the match, Reigns is the only one with a key to the lock that is bolting the cage door shut. Corbin attacks him from behind before things can officially get started, sending the Big Dog hard into the cage wall. He follows with splashes in the corner before raining down with clubbing blows and big right hands. Corbin throws his opponent into the cage again and delivers a big back suplex, before beginning to climb.
Reigns recovers and follows Corbin to the top of the cage. The two trade body shots on the way up, and end up brawling on the top turnbuckle instead. Corbin teased an Avalanche Powerbomb, but thankfully couldn’t connect. Reigns instead came off the top rope with a diving lariat, and for the first time finds himself in control of the match. He lines up for a Superman Punch, but Corbin reverses into Deep Six for a nearfall.
The two end up trading punches, and Reigns gets the better of it. He comes out of the corner with another Superman Punch attempt, and again Corbin catches him and this time delivers a huge chokeslam. Try something else, dude.
Corbin eventually gets his hands on the key and uses it to unlock the chain in the corner. After a few big right fists he demands for the door to be opened, but Reigns grabs his ankle and holds on to save the match for himself. Roman manages to get to his feet and slams the door on his opponent’s face. For a third time he tries for the Superman Punch, and for a third time, Corbin blocks it and hits another chokeslam. Seriously?
King gets a bit too cocky, and at this point who can blame him. He tries for his own Superman Punch using the chain that used to be locking the cage shut. Reigns ducks the move and FINALLY delivers one of his own for a two-count. Both men begin to climb yet again, making it to the very top of the cage. They trade rights and lefts, threatening to fall, but of course they don’t. They simply end up brawling back down instead.
Reigns traps his opponent in between the ropes and the cage, and follows with two Superman Punches. He grabs the chain and hits another one. Mercifully, this one is over. I just want to point out that Reigns had about 6 attempts at offense in this match. Literally every single one of them was a Superman Punch, and half of them were blocked.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match
Bayley (c) vs. Naomi
Naomi impresses early on with some flashy offense, taking down the champ with a few dropkicks and kicking combinations. She comes off the ropes with a running splash for an early two-count. Bayley comes right back with a kick to the midsection and takes her opponent to the mat, working over her left arm with different holds. She tries for an armbar but gets kicked through the ropes to the floor, and Naomi follows with a tope con hilo to take her out!
The challenger tried to roll things back into the ring, but got caught in the ropes as Bayley continued to work over her arm. The champ threw her into the announce table, the ring post and threw her hard into the barricade before finally returning to the ring and stomping a mudhole in the corner. The crowd is pretty into this one so far, actually.
Bayley slapped on a mean headlock and worked the hold for quite some time. Naomi eventually fired back with elbows to escape, but is taken to the corner for a series of shoulder thrusts instead. The champ charges but runs into an elbow strike. Naomi follows with an enzuigiri to give herself a second to recoup. She hits a clothesline and a dropkick, followed by a big sliding right hook.
Naomi off the second rope with a springboard Disaster Kick. She hits a kick from the apron and springboards into a powerful spear – I’m not sure that’s what they had planned, but it was very effective. She gets a few nearfalls and applies a modified Chickenwing, but Bayley gets to the ropes to break the hold. Naomi continues with kicks all over the legs and body. Another to the head. BAYLEY TO BELLY OUT OF NOWHERE! 1…2… NO!
Bayley is back in control with a back suplex. This match is 100% different than Natalya/Evans in Saudi Arabia, as they were not allowed to do any punches or violent moves. It was all chain wrestling and sequences, where this is very physical and the kind of match you’d see anywhere else. I wonder what changed internally… Anyways, Bayley heads to the top rope, but Naomi catches her with an enzuigiri. She tries for the split-leg moonsault, but the champ rolls out of the way and somehow traps her opponent’s arms and legs in her oversized shirt. She delivers some kind of DDT type move, and steals the win.
Winner & Still Smackdown Women’s Champion: Bayley
WWE Universal Championship Match
Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Goldberg
Goldberg is out first to a decent reaction. The crowd is tired, but they’re ready for this main event. The Fiend very slowly makes his way to the ring with that creepy, modified version of the Universal Championship around his neck. I really hope Goldberg wins and then has to carry around that weird piece of B-horror memorabilia. They do official introductions, and the crowd doesn’t seem to be sure who to cheer for. Neither man gets a pop.
The bell rings, and Goldberg does not seem to be phased by the antics of the champion. They come face-to-face in a tense staredown, and now the fans are somewhat beginning to come to life with chants for the challenger.
Wyatt takes off his jacket, but Goldberg completely levels him with a spear as he’s caught off guard. 1…2… Sorry dude, that’s not happening. He gets to his feet looking confused, and delivers a second spear. Without even trying to make the cover he delivers a third spear. Goldberg’s not done! He lines up for a fourth spear, stalking his prey, and connects! 1… 2… NO!
The Fiend shoots back up completely unaffected. He applies the Mandible Claw to his opponent, but Goldberg refuses to quit and somehow makes it back to his feet, delivering knees to the gut. He escapes the move, hoists up Wyatt, and… hits the Jackhammer! 1… 2… 3!
Winner & New Universal Champion: Goldberg
Welp. It happened. Goldberg somehow mysteriously just has the blue Universal Championship belt even though nobody brought it out or made reference to it being there. The Fiend gets back up and stares at the new champion. The lights go out, and when they come back on, The Fiend is nowhere to be seen. Goldberg celebrates with the Saudi Arabian crowd as the show goes off the air to a whole bunch of pyro.