05th Oct2018

‘WWE Super Show Down’ PPV Preview & Predictions

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to the WWE Super Show Down preview, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a fine card to discuss, so let’s run through the matches on that card.

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy

The following is from WWE.com:

Buddy Murphy will have another opportunity to capture the WWE Cruiserweight Championship from Cedric Alexander when the two Superstars collide at WWE Super Show-Down. The stakes are higher than ever, as Murphy’s challenge comes in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Alexander has vanquished all challengers since defeating Mustafa Ali for the vacant title at WrestleMania, but few have pushed him harder than The Juggernaut of WWE 205 Live. Never one to back down from a challenge, Alexander knows he will be at a disadvantage due to Murphy’s ruthlessness and his homefield advantage in Melbourne.

However, the pressure on Murphy is also significant. Hometown considerations aside, The Juggernaut has previously failed to defeat Alexander for the championship. If he once again comes up short, there are other Cruiserweights anxiously awaiting their own opportunities, and Murphy may be left vying to return to contention for some time.

My Take: I’m predicting that this match will have good action, but not get the time it needs to be a proper title match. That happens a lot with the cruiserweight division, so we shouldn’t be surprised if that happens again. I think Buddy Murphy will get the title here, which could work well for giving Cedric a good champion to chase for the title.

Asuka & Naomi vs. The IIconics

The following is from WWE.com:

At WWE Super Show-Down, The IIconics will have an opportunity back up their claim that they are the trendsetters for the future of SmackDown LIVE when they take on Asuka and Naomi in tag team action. The tension between these Superstars has boiled for quite some time. Earlier this year, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce shocked the WWE Universe when they defeated Becky Lynch and Asuka in a tag team bout. If that wasn’t enough of a reason to brag, the besties went on to also gloat that they were the first Superstars to beat Asuka on SmackDown LIVE.

From there, The IIconics set their crosshairs on another former Women’s Champion, Naomi, who also fell victim to the pair’s dubious numbers game. But, when the nefarious duo attacked their glowing adversary after she scored a huge win over Royce, The Empress of Tomorrow came to Naomi’s aid and sent the IIconics packing. At WWE Super Show-Down, it’ll be an even playing field as Asuka and Naomi take on The IIconics. Can Royce and Kay pull out an IIconic moment in Melbourne, or will they learn a lesson or two from The Glow and The Empress of Tomorrow?

My Take: This will be simple and over before it can mean anything. I think the IIconics might get the win here in an upset.

SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Bar

The following is from WWE.com:

With WWE Super Show-Down already playing host to a series of classic and personal rivalries, two premiere tandems are destined to collide at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The New Day and The Bar will slug it out for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles at the historic event on Saturday, Oct. 6, in what’s sure to be another epic clash in their storied rivalry.

In 2016, Sheamus & Cesaro rained on the parade of The New Day by bringing their record-breaking 484-day reign as WWE Tag Team Champions to an end. Earlier this year, Big E & Xavier Woods stopped The Celtic Warrior and The Swiss Cyborg in their tracks as they picked up the W to enter the Men’s Money in the Bank Match. Fate brought them back to together last month, as they battled (and tore the house down) on SmackDown LIVE for the opportunity to take on The Bludgeon Brothers for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship; New Day won that thriller and went on to defeat The Bludgeon Brothers to notch their fifth championship win. And now that Woods, Kingston and Big E are back on top, Cesaro & Sheamus will look to raise The Bar by separating the dynamic trio from the gold. Needless to say, there’s no love lost between these two highly successful combinations.

My Take: I’m hoping this is a hard-hitting fight, but I could see this becoming a comedy match, at least in some parts. The New Day will probably win.

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

The following is from WWE.com:

At WWE Super Show-Down, the intense rivalry between Daniel Bryan and The Miz will become an all-out international incident in a highly personal rematch for pride and the opportunity to earn a future WWE Championship Match. The SummerSlam fight between the two bitter adversaries had been years in the making, born in the ambitious environment of the original NXT where Miz was Bryan’s NXT Pro, growing in the fires of mutual contempt both inside the squared circle as well as through legendry wars of words just about everywhere there was a microphone, and finally destined to be settled in a match at The Biggest Event of the Summer.

It was not meant to be, however. For when The A-Lister suddenly clobbered WWE’s “Yes!” Man with an unidentified foreign object that his wife Maryse handed to him at ringside, his subsequent controversial SummerSlam victory left matters completely unresolved. That was until Miz broke the news in a WWE.com Exclusive that he will once again take on Bryan in the groundbreaking pay-per-view at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia. And if the stakes were not high enough, the winner will get to face the WWE Champion at a later date.

My Take: They should just go with Bryan winning here, but if they’re looking to hold Bryan’s title shot until Wrestlemania, then they might go with The Miz. The match should be good on Miz’s end and great on Bryan’s.

John Cena & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Elias

The following is from WWE.com:

In a surprise turn of events, John Cena and Kevin Owens’ previously announced singles clash at WWE Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia has been stretched into a tag team showdown, with Bobby Lashley and Elias joining the mix.

Cena teams with Lashley to go head-to-head against KO and Elias at the monumental event on Saturday, Oct. 6, marking the first time that these four Superstars have collectively shared the ring. While Cena and Owens look to reignite their storied rivalry, which culminated in a thrilling three-match series in 2015, Lashley and Elias no doubt have some unfinished business of their own, but how will these teams perform as a unit?

My Take: I actually think John will be the highlight, as he will be anxious to prove to himself that he hasn’t become prone to the part-timer mentality. Kevin should be a riot here, as he’ll have a big crowd to play off of.

SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair

The following is from WWE.com:

The animosity that has grown to a fever pitch between former best friends SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair is much too great to be settled in one match. Perhaps it is fitting then that, after The Irish Lass Kicker captured the title from The Queen at WWE Hell in a Cell, the two Superstars will now battle in Melbourne, Australia’s MCG at WWE Super Show-Down. And they’ll look to tear each other apart from the word go.

The very essence of champion is ingrained in Charlotte’s DNA, and she is determined to return to the top of the SmackDown Women’s division. However, Becky’s hunger to remain supreme over the blue brand’s Women’s Division has triggered something vicious inside of her. From the moment she slapped Charlotte at SummerSlam, Lynch’s every word and action made it clear that she would stop at nothing to win her second SmackDown Women’s Championship. It was a goal she achieved at WWE Hell in a Cell, and though Charlotte extended her hand to congratulate the new champion, Lynch was anything but gracious in her moment of victory, declining her former friend’s olive branch and raising her new title over her head. Maiden Ireland may have bested The Queen on one night, but can she do so again when they meet in the Land Down Under?

My Take: This should be a good one with Lynch retaining, to great applause if recent history is any indication.

Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins vs. The Riott Squad

The following is from WWE.com:

Adding to the growing list of must-see matchups for WWE Super Show-Down, the Australian pay-per-view will see Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey bring the torch Down Under as she teams with the returning Bella Twins to face off against The Riott Squad.

Perhaps this showdown was inevitable. Nikki & Brie Bella were at SummerSlam to witness Rousey best Alexa Bliss to win her first Raw Women’s Championship, both were also at ringside during Rousey’s championship coronation on Monday Night Raw, and both were on hand when Stephanie McMahon attempted to take sole credit for the Women’s Evolution. The Baddest Woman on the Planet responded to Stephanie’s braggadocios claims by locking the Raw Commissioner in an Armbar, and Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan of The Riott Squad were among the Superstars to help McMahon at ringside, while the Bellas stood by the new titleholder in the ring.

While the WWE Universe is likely thrilled at the idea of The Bellas teaming with the Rowdy titleholder, underestimating the dangerous Riott Squad would be a big mistake. The tumultuous trio made an immediate impact by spreading destruction throughout Raw and SmackDown LIVE ever since they debuted, making a name for themselves and proving they are as cunning as they are capable.

My Take: The point of this is to give Ronda Rousey an easy night to be a star, so that’s what they’ve gone with here. There just might be some bursts of action every so often, but it’s mostly going to be about Ronda crushing the Riott Squad. Maybe The Bellas will turn on Ronda, but that would be a bad idea, unless they plan on The Bellas leading a faction of the less appreciated women to Evolution to divide and conquer.

WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

The following is from WWE.com:

WWE Champion AJ Styles and Samoa Joe’s personal conflict continues to boil over on SmackDown LIVE. However, the two will take their issues Down Under when they collide at WWE Super Show-Down in a showdown where there must be a winner. Neither Superstar has cooled down their verbal and physical onslaughts since their raucous contest at SummerSlam that ultimately resolved nothing between the two rivals. And now, with so much more animosity entering into the equation, the two will go at it again, this time at the history-making event, WWE Super Show-Down.

Following a controversial ending to their WWE Championship Match at WWE Hell in a Cell, SmackDown General Manager Paige ruled that the next match between the two bitter enemies would be decisive. Although she deemed the referee’s decision final after a heated post-match confrontation with Samoa Joe in the backstage area, Paige decided that their next contest at WWE Super Show-Down would be “No Disqualification, no count-out, no excuses.” Though Paige didn’t explicitly sanction those terms, she agreed with Joe on one thing: There had to be a winner.

My Take: This might be the match of the show, especially since they’ve promised that there will be an actual finish. I’m looking to AJ to retain and fight Bryan at a later date for the World Title.

The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre

The following is from WWE.com:

Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre, rivals to Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose, will join forces to battle The Hounds of Justice in Melbourne, Australia in a super-sized showdown between the most dominant team in WWE history and a veritable super-team comprised of some of Raw’s most talented competitors.

Of course, Strowman is the most imposing of The Shield’s opponents, having been thwarted by The Hounds of Justice right as he moved to cash in his Money in the Bank contract on Reigns during Raw the night after SummerSlam. But Ziggler & McIntyre’s motivations should not be discounted, either: Rollins was unable to reclaim the Intercontinental Title from Ziggler largely due to McIntyre’s interference, and it was only when The Architect brought Ambrose back from injury that he was able to dethrone The Showoff at SummerSlam.

My Take: This could just be another early candidate for match of the night, if it lives up to its potential. I expect a flurry of wild moves implemented at every interval.

The Undertaker vs. Triple H

The following is from WWE.com:

The final chapter in the legendary rivalry between The Undertaker and Triple H will be written at WWE Super Show-Down on Saturday, Oct. 6, when The Deadman will once again rise to battle The Cerebral Assassin for the last time ever in a historic event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne, Australia. Combined, The Undertaker and Triple H account for a remarkable 21 World Championship reigns. There isn’t a single major Superstar of the modern era – from WWE Hall of Famers Shawn Michaels and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to future Hall of Famers The Rock and John Cena – who hasn’t fallen to The Phenom and The Game at one point or another. Although there is always a temptation to write off overused terms such as “epic,” “legacy” and “iconic,” in the case of The Demon of Death Valley’s collective clashes with The King of Kings, such deference is undisputedly warranted.

The animosity would only increase. Making a rare appearance on Raw, The Undertaker dropped a bombshell. Convinced that Triple H’s best friend Shawn Michaels will be standing in The Game’s corner when WWE Super Show-Down comes to Australia, The Phenom revealed that his brother Kane will be in his corner to even the odds.

My Take: This will be a good match that gets tainted by the possible return of Shawn Michaels, which will certainly eclipse the wrestling of this match itself.

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