WWE Super ShowDown 2020 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights
WWE has returned to Saudi Arabia for the fifth time for Friday's Super ShowDown. It was the company's third time in Riyadh and the first in the Mohammed Abdu Arena on the Boulevard.
The last time WWE visited Saudi Arabia, it made history by holding the first women's match between Lacey Evans and Natalya. Now, the company is set to hold its first Women's Championship bout in the kingdom with Bayley defending against Naomi.
Here is a rundown of the entire card, according to WWE.com:
- Bayley vs. Naomi (SmackDown Women's Championship)
- "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt vs. Goldberg (Universal Championship)
- Brock Lesnar vs. Ricochet (WWE Championship)
- The New Day vs. The Miz and John Morrison (SD Tag Team Championships)
- Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin (Cage match)
- Seth Rollins and Murphy vs. The Street Profits (Raw Tag Team Championships)
- Mansoor vs. Dolph Ziggler
- Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet match featuring Andrade, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, Erick Rowan, AJ Styles and Bobby Lashley
- The Viking Raiders vs. The OC
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The Viking Raiders vs. The OC
Most of the SSD Kickoff took place at an off-site studio. About 25 minutes before the start of the main show, the Kickoff moved to the arena for this tag match.
Erik and Ivar dominated the first few minutes by using quick tags and double team moves. Karl Anderson took a lot of punishment before he was able to tag Luke Gallows.
This was a textbook tag team match. The babyfaces controlled the first quarter, the heels dominated in the middle and the babyfaces made a comeback near the end. It's a formula that has worked for bouts like this for decades.
In a somewhat surprising outcome, Anderson and Gallows picked up a clean win over The Viking Raiders with The Magic Killer.
WWE did not advertise this match ahead of time, so it must have been a late addition. These two teams were feuding a couple of months ago, so it's not like this combo came out of nowhere.
Management knew it could put these four men in the ring to produce a fun opening match, and they did not disappoint.
Nobody will be nominating this for Match of the Year, but it was a solid tag bout that gave two of Raw's best tag teams some screen time.
The OC scoring the win was a little shocking, but it's not undeserved. Anderson and Gallows are great performers, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them back in the hunt for the tag titles soon.
Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match
The first two competitors in the Gauntlet match were R-Truth and Lashley. Truth got in a lot more offense that one would expect against The All Mighty. He has been a comedy character for so long that it’s easy to forget how good he is between the ropes.
The former 24/7 champion scored an upset to eliminate the NCAA champion from the match. An angry Lashley destroyed him out of anger, making him an easy target for Andrade.
El Idolo failed to capitalize on the advantage and Truth ended up pinning him after they bumped heads. Rowan was the fourth competitor to enter that match. Somehow, Truth managed to overcome The Redwood to keep himself in the fight.
Styles had a huge grin as he made his way to the ring because he knew Truth had been weakened. The Phenomenal One took him out quickly, setting the stage for Mysterio to be the final entrant.
His music played but Mysterio never made it down to the ring. We saw Anderson and Gallows attacking him backstage while Styles smiled in the ring. He tried to declare himself the winner but he was disappointed to find out The Undertaker was taking Mysterio’s place. The Deadman hit a chokeslam to get the win in a few seconds.
The Tuwaiq Trophy appeared to be made out of clear yellow plastic. Lana wore a similarly colored dress when she appeared on the stage during Lashley’s entrance. She did not accompany him all the way to the ring.
Truth has always been a solid character and his time as 24/7 champion gave us some of Raw’s best segments for weeks in a row. It was great to see him have such a strong showing in this match. Having Styles eliminate him so easily was a bit of a letdown but Truth should still get a nice boost out of this.
This was a smart way to use The Undertaker after his last match in Saudi Arabia went so poorly. He is better in short bursts these days. Overall, this match was much more enjoyable than expected. Everyone played their part well.
The New Day vs. The Miz and John Morrison
The Miz and Big E started the match for their teams. The powerhouse easily controlled his smaller opponent for a few moments but The A-Lister used his veteran knowledge to outsmart him in the corner.
Morrison helped The Miz take control of the big man and they kept him isolated while tagging in and out to keep themselves fresh.
Kofi Kingston went on a rampage after getting the tag. He hit every signature move in his arsenal but Morrison was able to counter Trouble in Paradise.
Kingston missed a big dive out of the ring and with a little help from Morrison and a steel chair, The Miz was able to pin him to win the SD tag titles.
Like The Viking Raiders vs. The OC, this match followed a specific pattern. You could almost predict when someone would take control of their opponent.
Even though Morrison has only been back with WWE for a couple of months, it feels like he and The Miz haven't missed a step. They are right back to being the well-oiled machine they were years ago.
The New Day works well with everyone. All four men contributed to a fun match. It will be interesting to see if The New Day stays in the title picture or if a new set of challengers will emerge heading into WrestleMania 36 on April 5.
Humberto Carrillo vs. Angel Garza
This is another bout that went unadvertised before the show but makes sense from a storyline standpoint. Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo seem incapable of having a bad match together.
Their Lucha Libre skills were on full display as they threw each other around with hurricanranas and arm drags from every angle.
Carrillo looked like the favorite but Garza stole the win with a seated pinning combination.
Carrillo was accompanied to the ring by a huge fireworks display, which tells you how much money is being spent on producing this show.
Unfortunately, this match suffered from happening too soon after their last encounter on Raw. They are great together but WWE is already burning this feud out.
This was not their best performance but it was still a great showing from two blossoming singles stars.
The Street Profits vs. Seth Rollins and Murphy
Murphy tried to throw his shirt at Angelo Dawkins to distract him, but it backfired and Dawkins took him down with a spear. He and Ford brought Rollins in just so they could hit tandem dropkicks.
The Monday Night Messiah helped Murph the Smurf gain the upper hand and they maintained control for the next several minutes as they dismantled Ford.
Dawkins blasted Murphy over the announce table with a huge pounce but Rollins was able to fend off both Street Profits until his partner recovered.
The champs retained after Rollins hit a Stomp so Murphy could get the pin.
Ford and Dawkins getting pyro made them look like a big deal as they made their way to the ring. They soaked in the huge display of pyrotechnics as they interacted with the crowd.
This felt more like a TV match than a PPV match for some reason. It might have been the pacing or it could have been the lack of enthusiasm from the crowd at different times.
The arena did not appear to be set up with mics in the crowd so it was often difficult to tell how invested the fans were in the show.
This was a good match but both teams are capable of much more. Their next encounter should be even better.
Mansoor vs. Dolph Ziggler
Robert Roode got in Mansoor's face before the match and they traded shoves before the Saudi Arabian Superstar sent him out of the ring with a dropkick. The ref booted Roode from ringside and evened the playing field.
The match between Dolph Ziggler and Mansoor was physical and competitive. The veteran made sure the rookie looked good whenever he had the chance.
The Showoff played the perfect heel for the hometown boy to defeat. Mansoor hit a modified DDT before he won the match with a moonsault that almost missed its intended target.
Ziggler isn't always used as a big star but he is one of the most reliable performers on the roster. WWE can always count on him to make his matches and opponents look good.
Mansoor is clearly becoming more confident as he continues to train at the Performance Center and perform on various WWE shows.
The only problem with Mansoor is how WWE is using him. It never capitalizes on the big moments it gives him in Saudi Arabia.
Mansoor hit Ziggler with his knees when he went for a moonsault but The Showoff sold it perfectly. Once again, he was given the chance to deliver a post-match promo to the Saudi Arabian crowd.
Brock Lesnar vs. Ricochet
Lesnar swatted Ricochet out of the air when he went for a dropkick. He quickly welcomed the high-flyer to Suplex City with a few release German suplexes. He hit an F-5 for the win in about two minutes.
WWE did a good job using video packages to build up Ricochet in recent weeks just to job him out to Lesnar at Super ShowDown.
This should have been expected but The Beast usually works well with smaller opponents, so many fans expected this to be more competitive.
King Corbin vs. Roman Reigns
King Corbin was carried to the ring in his throne for the Steel Cage match against The Big Dog. The crowd was giving him the thumbs down sign the whole time.
He attacked Reigns as he tried to shut the door with a chain and lock to get an early advantage. The King beat him down in the corner until Reigns countered a powerbomb from the top rope.
The King wrestled the key to the cage away from The Big Dog but he was stopped before he could escape. He ended up using the chain Reigns used to lock the cage as a weapon but the former world champion countered with a Superman Punch.
After a few escape attempts were thwarted, Reigns nailed Corbin with a chain-assisted Superman Punch for the win.
Corbin and Reigns have good chemistry but WWE has run this feud into the ground. Nobody is asking for more chapters to this story.
This needs to be their final encounter for quite some time. Nobody will benefit if they keep trading wins. This was a fine match but it wasn't necessary.
It had all the hallmarks of a cage match. They fought on top of the ropes, pulled each other back in when they were about to escape and threw each other into the wall several times.
Let's hope both men move on to new feuds after this bout.
Bayley vs. Naomi
Naomi came to the ring in a bright multicolored bodysuit while Bayley went for the jet black look to match her attitude in recent months.
They were clearly performing under certain physical restrictions but they made the most out of the situation. They even used some strikes Natalya and Evans appeared to be prohibited from using at Crown Jewel.
They were given more time than expected so they were able to tell a decent story. In the end, Bayley avoided the Split-Legged Moonsault and hit her finisher to retain her title.
Naomi managed to make her bodysuit match her character well enough that it wouldn't be surprising to see her wear it again without the shirt over it in the future.
Unfortunately, something was off with this match. Both Superstars looked good but the pace was awkward at times. We know these two can have a good match so any issues likely stemmed from being made to work a different style in Saudi Arabia.
Regardless of politics, Bayley and Naomi having a title match in the country represented a small step forward.
Bray Wyatt vs. Goldberg
The camera followed Goldberg from his locker room to the ring like it always does, but he didn't have an entourage of security guards this time.
Goldberg stood defiantly in the middle of the ring and The Fiend got up to meet him eye to eye. As soon as Wyatt removed his jacket, Goldberg hit a Spear for a near fall.
Wyatt put him in the Mandible Claw but the former WCW champion escaped and hit two more spears right away. A third got him a close two count. The Fiend grabbed him with the claw again but a few knees broke the hold. He hit the Jackhammer for the pin and the win to become the new universal champion.
Wyatt quickly got back to his feet and the lights went out. When they came back on, he was gone.
Goldberg is the one guy you would expect to have pyro for a show like this but WWE gave him one of the weakest displays for his entrance. His celebration was much more explosive.
Based on Goldberg's other matches since returning to WWE, this was not a surprising way for this to go. He has taken over the gimmick of only having five moves of doom.
If you went into this bout expecting anything more than what we got, that is on you. We all know how Goldberg works.