It’s that controversial time of the year again. The WWE is heading back to Saudi Arabia for yet another pay-per-view event and a couple Superstars are weighing in with their opinions. It doesn’t sound like we’ll have the political drama that Crown Jewel brought last year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it. It’s about time for a recap of what’s been going on in the WWE anyway, so here’s an update on Super ShowDown, the match card, and our predictions. But you don’t have to go to Saudi Arabia to see a WWE live event…
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Superstars Speak Out About WWE Events in Saudi Arabia
The WWE is hosting these big PPV events as a part of a ten-year, multi-million dollar deal with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While senators and other government officials have previously urged them to cut ties with the controversial nation and some WWE Superstars still oppose the idea and refuse to go, the company manages to make a pay-per-view event happen twice a year.
Roman Reigns recently said in an interview that he’s happy to be part of this year’s Super ShowDown as it helps promote positive change:
“It gets a lot of mixed and negative reactions. The bottom line for me is, if we’re going to help promote change, if we’re going to set out to make an impact, then I have to be a part of it. I’m not going to sit on the sideline and talk about how we can get there. I want to be a part of the action. I look at it as being a part of the solution while still respecting cultures, but it’s a big world and I want to experience all of it. So if we can help make a positive impact, that’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to put smiles on everyone’s faces. We don’t discriminate, that’s our goal to help and promote positivity and take that to every inch of the world.”
On the other side of the fence, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, Aleister Black, and Sami Zayn will not be making the trip to Saudi Arabia.
Alexa Bliss was also interviewed, saying she hopes to wrestle in a match in Saudi Arabia in the future. Back in 2017, she and Sasha Banks were the first women to wrestle a match in the Middle East, but that event took place in Abu Dhabi.
When asked if she would like to wrestle in Saudi Arabia, Bliss said, “I would love to. I was very nervous at first with the match in Abu Dhabi because I didn’t know how we were going to be received but it was actually incredible. The crowd was all for our women being there and having that title match. I had an amazing time and I would love to be able to be have a match in Saudi Arabia if given the opportunity. Women have never competed there in any aspect so it would be awesome to entertain there and break down barriers. It shows that our business is global.”
But as for now, nope, still no women’s matches on the card at Super ShowDown.
Super ShowDown Match Card and Predictions
Many of these matches seem to have been hastily thrown together with little build-up but lots of advertisement. We don’t expect any major title changes in Saudi Arabia, but we could be wrong…
Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin for the Universal Championship
Woof, please don’t let Rollins drop this one! Everybody hates Corbin, right? While he is truly a great heel and earned this match at Money in the Bank, The Architect is surely going to win and keep the title. But this isn’t the real story here. Brock Lesnar is rumored to be waiting in the wings…
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Championship
Come on Kofi! We’re really digging him as a true fighting champion and Ziggler was just revealed for this matchup out of nowhere… but it’s only because Kevin Owens refuses to travel to Saudi Arabia. Ziggler isn’t going to win this belt. No way.
50-Man Battle Royal
If you didn’t even know there were 50 men in the WWE, you’re not alone! It’s the biggest battle Royal ever, and we’re not sure how they’ll keep the quality control up, but it’ll be interesting to watch. There’s no prize for the winner (yet) and no lineup that we know of, but we’re betting it includes, um, like everybody? May the most popular contestant win!
Goldberg vs. The Undertaker
What a throwback! We literally know nothing about this match via Raw and SmackDown so there’s not exactly a feud going on. But it will attract long-time WWE fans who want to see two legends go at it. Let’s call it for the Undertaker just because he occasionally shows his face around these parts…
Finn Balor vs. Andrade for the Intercontinental Championship
We like Finn as champ but Andrade has some great, high-flying moves and he’s beaten Balor before. Their Money in the Bank ladder match intereaction was solid, so hmmm… this is a close one. Balor maybe? Expect to see The Demon show his face.
Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon
Getting Reigns back into the headlines with a weak match like this one is not the greatest idea the WWE has ever had, but hey, we’re glad the Big Dog is back and we’ll take him any way we can get him!
Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
Both of these men seemed on the verge of something more several months back, but they’ve since been pushed farther down the card. No real storyline here yet, but maybe we’ll see a good match. Let’s call it for The Monster Among Men. We’d love to see him go on to bigger and better things.
Triple H vs. Randy Orton
Hmmm, not sure how we feel about this one. They’re long-time rivals but they haven’t fought in the ring since 2010. There’s no real rationale behind our prediction, but we’ll take Randy Orton in this one. He was bloodthirsty in the ring for the better half of last year and we’d think that the WWE would want to preserve that image.
Lucha House Party vs. Lars Sullivan
This handicap match is weird and feels unnecessary, but it’s great to see NXT stars shine. Lucha House Rules always seem to rule (they’re nearly always a man up), but whatever. Give it to the Freak though! Why not?
Will Brock Lesnar cash in his MITB contract and challenge Seth Rollins for the Universal Title?
That’s the rumor… Lesnar said he might take the year to make up his mind, but the Beast is booked for an appearance at Super ShowDown so a challenge seems likely! Stay tuned…
The event takes place at 2PM EST at King Abdullah Sports City on June 7th if you’ll be watching on pay-per-view!
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