10th Jun2019

‘WWE Super Show-Down 2019’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this review of WWE Super Show-Down, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have another trip to the Middle East that is still marred in controversy, but has a chance to be a quality wrestling event. Okay, let’s see what grand spectacle we have on hand.

Match #1: The Usos beat The Revival

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match, therefore it got no attention from the booking. Why not put this match in a better position to be seen as important? I guess the prince that is paying for this party doesn’t care about tag team wrestling.

Match #2: Seth Rollins beat Baron Corbin – WWE Universal Title Match

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – Well, this sucked. Baron just can’t wrestle well enough yet to warrant this kind of match…or any match, on most occasions. I hate being mean, but if I lie and say Baron has talent, then I’m just blowing smoke up your ass. At least Seth won the match.

Match #3: Finn Balor beat Andrade – WWE Intercontinental Title Match

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – They tried their best to make this match stick like oatmeal to your ribs and were largely successful. I wish this bout would have received more attention than it got in the promotion of this event, but that is typical of an under-card fight from this league. Over-all, this was a nice match that had enough action to feel like a worthy, if stunted, prize fight.

Match #4: Shane McMahon (with Drew McIntyre) beat Roman Reigns

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – The prince must really like Shane, because this is the second time Shane has gotten a victory he doesn’t deserve at one of these Middle Eastern events. The match was about what you’d expect, but the bumps looked good and it ended… okay the wrong guy won.

Match #5: Lars Sullivan beat The Lucha House Party – Handicap Match

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – This was a lousy match. Vince loves these screwy handicap matches. Why would I ever buy into the LHP as a team if they can’t beat one man?

Match #6: Randy Orton beat Triple H

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This had some heft to it, but it was a bit on the boring side. There was some good brawling and it had a steady pace to keep it from stumbling along the way. As for what you’ll find in this match, I would say that this is just the same as any match they’ve ever had together. I know. This isn’t the most exciting review, but that is the nature of the matches these guys have wrestled against each other.

Match #7: Braun Strowman beat Bobby Lashley

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – These guys took a chunk or two out of each other. The match itself was pretty good, but I wouldn’t swear by it as one of the great matches.

Match #8: Kofi Kingston (with Xavier Woods) beat Dolph Ziggler – WWE World Title Match

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that did more for this show than just about anything on it so far. The action was fast and fierce, but it still felt like they were watered down. At this point in their wrestling careers, any match against each other is poised to be good, so consider this one right in line with that theory. Overall, I liked this a lot and it was a real thrill to see these two competing in a WWE World Title match.

Match #9: 50-Man Battle Royal – Winner: Mansoor

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – For sheer spectacle, this had some exciting stuff in it, but this was a mess. Fifty wrestlers doesn’t have to be a catastrophe, but bad booking has made it so, to some extent. As matches go, this will likely not be one of the ones your watch more than once, but what the hell do I know either.

Match #10: The Undertaker beat Goldberg

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – Well, this was a disaster. Why couldn’t these guys have wrestled each other in 2003? This match might just go down as the thing that helps kill Vince McMahon’s version of the WWE. Keep in mind that the XFL might be the catalyst for actual downfall, but this match represents every thing that is wrong with how Vince books. The match itself should have been No Holds Barred to allow both guys every chance to actually wrestle a coherent match. It should have started off with slow, standing grapples and transitioned to quick, sudden strikes from both wrestlers before switching back and forth between the former and the latter (for tempo). Next, have Goldberg slowly maneuver Undertaker to the mat in a series of rest holds (easy to implement) until he can put ‘Taker in a leg lock to try for a submission (like Bret Hart did with Bob Backlund) for a long period of time in that hold (for drama).

Have ‘Taker fight his way to the ropes and start ‘Taker’s gradual brawl to make it to his feet. Give Undertaker and Goldberg a minute or so to chop the life out of each other like it was a New Japan match. Finally, move into a phase where Undertaker gets a chair and bashes Goldberg all over his body for a minute or two until you establish that Goldberg is tough enough to take anything ‘Taker’s got. When Goldberg retaliates with one Spear, you give that a minute to sink in with Goldberg losing the fall at 2.99999. From there, it’s another strike-fest until Undertaker gets the Chokeslam on Goldberg. Goldberg barely kicks outta that and Undertaker uses the Tomstone to put him away for the win. There, was that so hard to think of? It certainly sounds easier to put together than what our athletes were commissioned to perform. This debacle was worth the time to try out, but this also simply felt like too little, too late. All in all, this was one of the great failures in professional wrestling’s great history.

Final Verdict: 2 out of 5

Two might be too generous, but the few good matches here do deserve some credit.


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