There were plenty of titles on the line in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and a stacked card that showed plenty of potentials. There were certain Superstars that shone, others that were squashed, and an upset that came from out of nowhere. The whole event was a mix of decent to average, with only a couple of matches being the real standouts here. So without further ado, let’s get into what went down at Super ShowDown 2020.

In the pre-show, the OC defeated The Viking Raiders. They would later taste some mysterious black boots…

The Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match: R-Truth vs Bobby Lashley vs Andrade vs Erick Rowan vs AJ Styles vs Rey Mysterio

This match was a weird one. Whilst there was plenty of support for R-Truth and getting him over in Riyadh, there didn’t really seem any point. Things started off with Truth and Bobby Lashley going at it, with Lashley dominating in the early stages. When Truth dodged Lashley’s attack, forcing him to charge into the turnbuckle, he fell back and tripped over Truth which allowed him to pin Lashley.

Lashley eliminated.

Next in was Andrade, returning for the first time since his violation of the WWE Wellness Policy. Again, Truth was getting pummelled by his opponent, with Andrade going after the injured left arm of Truth. The two clashed heads, which led to Truth accidentally falling on top of Andrade and getting the three count.

Andrade eliminated.

Truth was pretty banged up at this point, and Erick Rowan was his next opponent. Bringing that weird cage to the ring, Rowan stepped in and manhandled Truth. Truth got some momentum behind him when he dived over the top rope and clocked Rowan on the outside. Rowan threw Truth into the ring steps, inadvertently knocking his cage off onto the floor. Enraged by this, Rowan picked up the stairs and earned a disqualification as a result.

Erick Rowan disqualified.

After his disqualification, Rowan continued to beat the hell out of R-Truth, finally laying him out with a claw slam. AJ Styles approached the ring and started to mock R-Truth with some surprisingly good dance moves, followed by some kicks. Styles wrapped up Truth with the calf crusher and forced him into submission.

R-Truth eliminated.

Rey Mysterio’s music hit next, but he didn’t come out. Again, his music started but no Rey. The cameras went backstage to see The O.C. beating up Rey Mysterio. Back in the ring, AJ Styles said that if nobody was coming out to face him, he should be declared the winner of the trophy. The referee decided that if nobody came out by the count of ten, he would end the match and raise AJ’s hand as the victor. During the ten-count, the cameras went backstage once again, only to see that The O.C. had now been laid out, followed by the camera focusing on somebody coming into shot wearing a long leather coat.

A few moments later, The Undertaker’s music hit, and out came the Phenom. There were no expenses spared for his intro. It was incredible, and seeing Taker is always a pleasure. When he finally stepped in the ring, AJ Styles got caught with a chokeslam, followed by a three-count. The Undertaker won the Tuwaiq Trophy and walked to the back. There’s a good chance this rivalry is only just beginning, and quite frankly I’m all for it. AJ Styles has been running his mouth over the last few weeks since returning, and it’s only right that The Undertaker is the one to answer the call.

Winner: The Undertaker

Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (c) vs The Miz & John Morrison

This was a great match, and featured some great back and forth between the two teams. New Day started strong, but it took a while for things to really get going. Kofi tagged in and it got a lot more exciting, hitting a top rope hurricanrana, double stomp, and boom drop on Morrison. Morrison recovered and hit a sliding knee but only got a two-count. Again, Kofi got on the offensive and hit an S.O.S. on Morrison, but he kicked out.

Big E picked up Morrison on his shoulders, and Kofi hit a massive double stomp from up high, building more momentum for The New Day. Perhaps the biggest moment of the match was when Kofi jumped over the rope but landed on his back without any support, crashing hard into the ground. It looked bad, but in true Kofi fashion, he recovered and got back into the action eventually. The shock upset happened when Morrison clocked Kofi with a steel chair whilst the ref was distracted, allowing The Miz to roll up Kofi for the win.

Winners: The Miz & John Morrison (New Smackdown Tag Team Champions)

Angel Garza vs Humberto Carrillo

I am in love with Angel Garza, and seeing him on RAW over the last month or so has been a joy. The feud that has built up between Garza and Carrillo created the perfect backdrop to this wonderful match that saw both men give everything to make this memorable. Carrillo got an early advantage thanks to a flying headbutt and a suicide dive. There were some strong kicks by Carrillo that resounded throughout the arena.

The shift happened after Garza caught Carrillo with a dropkick after he jumped off the turnbuckle. Although it wasn’t as strong as their match on RAW, it was still full of some great spots between these two exceptional athletes. The match ended when Garza managed to sit on top of Carrillo to get the quick pin.

Winner: Angel Garza

RAW Tag Team Championship Match: Seth Rollins & Murphy (c) vs The Street Profits

The height at which Montez Ford reaches for his dropkicks make for sublime viewing, and in this match, he got a couple in. The Street Profits are a great team, both offering different advantages when facing their opponents. Ford has the speed and Dawkins has the strength, and for much of the match, the pair showcased just why they were moved to the main roster.

It wasn’t a particularly memorable match, but Ford’s frog splash hit hard and provided one of the few highlights. Rollins and Murphy worked well throughout, and almost landed a double pedigree only to be reversed into a double DDT. Ford went for a flip to Rollins and Murphy on the outside, but they caught him and rammed him into the barrier. The match ended when Rollins hit a curb stomp on Dawkins who was stuck in the ropes, followed by a pin by Murphy.

Winners: Seth Rollins & Murphy (Still RAW Tag Team Champions)

Dolph Ziggler vs Mansoor

Bobby Roode accompanied Ziggler to the ring and was swiftly sent to the back after getting in Mansoor’s face. Once the match started, Mansoor rarely got an attack in as Ziggler seemed to be in complete control. Ziggler continued to tear Mansoor apart until Mansoor ran up the turnbuckle and hit an inverted sliced bread into a DDT, which looked amazing. After a botched moonsault that saw Mansoor drive his legs into Ziggler’s sternum, the Riyadh native got the win via pinfall.

Winner: Mansoor

Mansoor grabbed the microphone and thanked the fans, saying, “when I had nothing left, your voices picked me up and gave me hope. We showed WWE we are here to stay.” Only time will tell if we’ll be seeing him on RAW or Smackdown, but he’s still a little rough around the edges, so a trip to NXT might be a better move for now.

WWE Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Ricochet

I don’t think there was ever any doubt that this would last more than a few minutes. Drew McIntrye vs Brock Lesnar is the match everyone wants to see at WrestleMania 36, so having Ricochet win here wouldn’t be a good move. The match acted as nothing more than an opportunity to showcase Lesnar’s power and dominance, and after three suplexes and an F-5, it was all over.

Winner: Brock Lesnar (Still WWE Champion)

Steel Cage Match: King Corbin vs Roman Reigns

I really hope this is the last we see between the two, as the feud has dragged on for far too long. This was a dull match, with both men doing little to win over the crowd. Since Reigns has come back after his recovery, he’s not had the best matches and this was no different. Corbin almost escaped through the door after stealing the key from Reign’s pocket, but he got the door slammed in his face as he nearly escaped. Mocking Reigns by impersonating his Superman punch, Corbin got slammed in the face with the first of four Superman punches from Reigns. Two more followed when Corbin was trapped between the ropes and the cage, and another when Reigns wrapped a chain around his fist. Please, Vince, no more.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Bayley (c) vs Naomi

Naomi has better get a rematch at WrestleMania 36 because this match didn’t work as well as it should. Bayley is proving to be a great heel, but there was no real chemistry between the two. Naomi got some great moves in, especially her splits-turned-leg drop. Bayley managed to hit the Bayley-to-belly on Naomi, but only got the two-count. After Naomi went for a split-legged moonsault and missed, it allowed Bayley to wrap up Naomi’s leg in her t-shirt and slam her face-first into the mat. An odd finish, but a finish nonetheless. Bayley covered for the pin, and it was all over.

Winner: Bayley (Still Smackdown Women’s Champion)

WWE Universal Championship Match: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs Goldberg

I have no idea why WWE wanted to rid The Fiend of the title. If you’re going to do it, then at least make it somebody who is part of the roster and not a 53-year old semi-retired Hall of Famer. Nothing against Goldberg, but The Fiend’s streak so far has been carefully planned, and each one has told a story. Also, with Wyatt being so dominant in his matches since becoming The Fiend, having him lose so quickly was an awful decision.

Goldberg hit the spear early, but Wyatt kicked out. The Fiend locked in the Mandible Claw, but Goldberg broke out to hit three more spears. After another unsuccessful Mandible Claw, Goldberg dropped The Fiend with a lacklustre Jackhammer for the victory.

Winner: Goldberg (New WWE Universal Champion)

As Goldberg celebrated on the turnbuckle, The Fiend stood behind him. The lights went out, and as they came back on, The Fiend was gone.


Super ShowDown wasn’t a great PPV, but it had some good matches. I’m still shocked at the decision to give Goldberg the WWE Universal Championship, but with WrestleMania 36 looming, I can only hope they’ve got a good idea for his opponent. The pyrotechnics were astonishing, as was the general presentation, however, it’s just a shame that the matches weren’t as explosive.

All images and video courtesy of WWE

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