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WWE Announces Saudi Showdown Match-ups

WWE has yet another controversial show coming up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It’s the second annual “Super ShowDown”, the first of which took place in Melbourne, Australia last year. 

With low ratings and Saudi Money, WWE looks to stack the card. They’ve announced three of the matches scheduled for the show.

The first is 13-time World Champion Randy Orton taking on 14-time World Champion and Evolution counterpart Triple H, in yet another chapter in their long rivalry that dates back to Unforgiven 2004. This is obviously non-title, but it’ll be interesting to see how it’s built from here. Putting Triple H on SmackDown weekly until then could be a way to get a quick ratings boost. 

The second match features WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg returning to take on the Undertaker in a WCW/WWE dream match of sorts. It’ll be interesting as a wrestling fan to see how the Deadman’s body reacts to the rather dangerous style of Goldberg, but this match will be moreso controversial because of how split wrestling fans are on both competitors in 2019. The best place for a controversial “dream match” would be the Saudi show because of how controversial that show is itself. You can get viewers that either probably wouldn’t watch, and the viewers that would turn away because of the match probably won’t watch because of their stance on the Saudi show. No harm, no foul. It’s better than that foolish “Goldberg will win the WWE title rumor,” right?

The third match we don’t know the participants (though we assume it isn’t Sami Zayn), but the WWE has announced there will be a “50-man battle royal”, and are marketing it as a “first” and “biggest” battle royal of all-time. The first Saudi Arabia show last April featured a 50-man Royal Rumble, which isn’t the same but similar in style of match. 

The press release has both the WWE and Universal Champions Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins, former WWE Champions AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, as well as Braun Strowman advertised for the show. Their matches aren’t known. 

Notable exclusion is “The Man” Becky Lynch, who just headlined their biggest show winning both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships. PSEs own Brad Shepard had previously noted that the women were scheduled for a spot on the show in one of his updates on Sasha Banks. This looks unlikely but could still ultimately come to fruition.

 

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