Super Show-Down Review

I set the alarm for 4:45 a.m. this morning so I could get up and watch WWE Super Show-Down from Melbourne, Australia.  Yesterday, I offered my predictions of the matches and with the exception of a couple matches, I was spot on.  All in all the PPV was very entertaining and I am glad I set the alarm to watch it.

New Day Retains Smackdown Live Tag Team Titles


Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston were the two members of the New Day that defended the tag team championship against The Bar.  The Bar was in control for most of the match, with Cesaro and Sheamus or (Big Red) as one of my friends prefers to call him, dished out a significant amount of punishment.  However, after a grueling match, it was not enough to defeat the reigning tag team champions.  The New Day debuted a new finisher tonight, a backstabber and flying double stomp from the top rope!  An impressive looking double team move that was enough for The New Day to get the win. pick: The New Day  Winners: The New Day

Charlotte vs Becky Lynch for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship


In one of the most anticipated bouts of the night, Charlotte and Becky Lynch added another chapter to their rivalry.  A great match from bell to bell, and a finish that left us wanting more.  Becky Lynch was clearly the fan favorite even in Australia.  The match went back and forth with Charlotte locking in the Figure eight.  However, Becky was able to reach for her championship belt and use it to break the hold, thus getting herself disqualified.  Charlotte technically won the match, but Becky would retain the title.  It was announced later in the show that the two superstars will have a rematch on Smackdown Live this Tuesday. pick: Becky Lynch  Winner: Charlotte

John Cena Returns


Elias and Kevin Owens took on Bobby Lashley and the returning John Cena in a tag team match.  Cena came out to a great ovation, but when his music stopped, you could hear the Cena Sucks chant.  Which at this point in his career, is more a term of endearment.  Much like the you suck chant during Kurt Angle’s music.  For the majority of the math Bobby Lashley was in, until the ending when he finally got the hot tag to Cena.  Cena entered the ring and hit all his classic moves and even gave us a new finisher that he used to pick up the win.  He then got the mic and said “I don’t know what the future holds”.  Which leaves us to wonder if he will be returning full-time or not anytime soon?  Either way, it was great to see the sixteen time world champ. pick: Cena and Lashley  Winner: Cena and Lashley

IIconics win as predicted


The IIconics picked up a big win in their home country.  Defeating Asuka and Naomi in a decent match that saw the IIconics get cheered throughout. Pick: IIconics  Winners:  IIconics

AJ Styles gets his revenge


First, I still wonder why the WWE championship is never in the main event anymore?  I think we all assumed that Undertaker and Triple H would go on last, but I can’t recall a time in the last year when the WWE title closed the show.  Especially on a dual branded PPV.  AJ Styles always puts on a great match, so when will he get the respect of going on last?

Ok, on to the match.  AJ Styles and Samoa Joe started on the outside in this no disqualification and no count out match.  When the two competitors finally entered the ring, we were gifted a great technical match.  For the first half of the match no weapons were used.  When the chairs and tables were finally introduced into the match, it was a table spot that was the turning point.  Samoa Joe was on AJ Styles shoulder and he turned awkwardly and dropped Joe through the table.  Joe immediately grabbed his knee, and you could hear him say “something popped”.  I am not sure if Joe was selling the injury or if it was legit, but the injury played an important part in the match as it was the focus for AJ Styles the rest of the match.  Eventually leading to AJ locking in the calf crusher for the submission win.  This seemingly ended the feud between the two. pick: AJ Styles  Winner: AJ Styles

Riott Squad vs The Bella Twins and Rhonda Rousey


In a match that I think even the novice of wrestling fan could have predicted.  The Bella Twins and Rhonda Rousey took on the Riott Squad.  Rhonda Rousey was given a great ovation when she made her entrance.  It was noted that this was the first time she had been in Australia since her UFC undefeated streak came to an end.  At the beginning of the match Nikki and Rhonda seemed to be a little confused as to who would start the match.  Nikki starting the match and she would only tag her sister Brie for much of the bout.  At one point during the match we had a Brie, Liv Morgan show-down.  The crowd was into this match up, as everyone is aware of the Brie Bella botched kicks by now.  I have said it before, and I will say it again, I would love to see a Brie Bella vs Liv Morgan one on one match at Evolution, but I digress.  Brie and Nikki were in the match the most saving Rousey for the hot tag.  As expected once getting the tag, the Australian crowd went crazy!  Rousey dominated the match from then on, even finishing the match with a double arm bar.  Both Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan of the Riott Squad tapped out when Rousey applied the arm bar on both of them at the same time.  A little overkill in my opinion, making the Riott Squad look weak. pick: The Bella’s and Rhonda Rousey  Winners: The Bella’s and Rhonda Rousey

A New Cruiserweight Champion


In a non traditional entrance the champion Cedric Alexander was introduced first.  Alexander is typically one of the most popular guys in the WWE, but no one received a louder ovation than his opponent at Super Show-Down.  Buddy Murphy who hails from Melbourne Australia, came out second and was cheered non stop, from his entrance to the finish of the match.  Another great match on the card, that really looked as if my prediction of Buddy Murphy being crowned new champion would be wrong.  Alexander hit Murphy with a barrage high impact moves including his finisher, the lumbar check!  Murphy was able to kick out right before three.  Murphy quickly rebounded, and was able to hit his finisher on Alexander getting the victory and the cruiserweight championship.  This marks the first loss for Alexander this year, which is an amazing feat.  Don’t be surprised if Alexander regains the championship soon, once WWE gets back to the states. pick: Buddy Murphy  Winner: Buddy Murphy

The Shield Stronger than ever


Before this match even started, The Shield, Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre had a big battle outside the ring.  The Shield attempted to put Strowman through a table with a triple powerbomb, but their efforts were halted by Ziggler and McIntyre.  Once the match started Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre put a beating on Rollins for most of the match.  It wasn’t until the 285 pound Strowman attempted to jump off the top rope onto Rollins, but failed miserably.  Rollins finally made the tag and the Shield started to regain momentum, with Reigns getting booed heavily while in the match.  Reigns went to hit McIntyre with the superman punch, but McIntyre moved and Reigns hit Ambrose.  After Ambrose recovered it looked as if he may turn on his brothers, as he joined Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre as they all climbed up onto the ring apron.  Reigns and Rollins were in the ring and it looked as if Ambrose may want to exact revenge on Reigns for hitting him with the superman punch.  Ambrose entered the ring and ran towards Reigns and Rollins, but ran right past them hitting a drop kick on McIntyre, clearly not turning on his brothers.  More back and forth between the teams, before Strowman went to hit Ambrose with a running shoulder tackle on  the outside, but Reigns intercepted him with a spear through the ringside barricade!  Back in the ring Ambrose hit Ziggler with dirty deeds finisher for the win.  The match ending exactly as I predicted, with the Shield winning by getting a pin on Ziggler.  Should be interesting to see what happens on RAW Monday Night. Pick:  The Shield  Winner:  The Shield

The Miz vs Daniel Bryan

The most disappointing match of the night goes to The Miz and Daniel Bryan.  The quickest match of the night ended when Bryan won with an inside cradle in under five minutes.  It was announced that Daniel Bryan will go one on one with AJ Styles in Saudi Arabia at Crowned Jewel.  Clearly this is the cool down phase of Miz and Bryan, but this rivalry is far from over! pick: No Contest  Winner:  Daniel Bryan

Last time ever?


Being billed as the last time ever, The Undertaker and Triple H went one on one in a no disqualification stipulation, that was added just prior to the match.  The no DQ was added most likely so Kane and HBK could get involved.  This match was BRUTAL!  But in a good way.  Triple H and The Undertaker channeled their attitude era repertoire during this match.  A lot of chair shots, tables and sledgehammers!  A lot of outside interference from HBK and Kane as well.  A great match that went back and forth, with HBK seemingly taking most of the bumps.  We saw all the classic moves from all four wrestlers, but in the end it was sweet chin music from HBK, and a sledgehammer shot from Triple H that proved to be too much for the deadman.  Triple H picked up a hard-earned victory, and in a sign of respect helped The Undertaker up to his feet.  The four men then went on to hug and raise each other’s hand, in what felt almost like a Kliq goodbye over twenty years ago.  However, the love and respect for one another was short-lived.  The Undertaker and Kane turned and hit the “DX” members.  Triple H was the victim of the tombstone piledriver and Shawn Michaels was chokeslammed through the announcer’s table.  There is no way this is over.  No Way!  I think the four men will do battle as a tag team in either Saudi Arabia, or at Survivor Series.  Survivor Series is where the Undertaker made his WWE debut in 1990, and they always seem to have something for him at that PPV.  I cannot wait to see where this goes, and hopefully we get something form Triple H on RAW Monday night regarding a DX vs Brothers of Destruction match very soon! pick: No Contest  Winner: Triple H

Super Show-Down was well worth getting up at 4:45 for.  A great show, and even better crowd.  I love that the WWE network airs these shows live.  My wife thought I was crazy for getting up to watch it, and even rolled her eyes at me as I began blogging about it immediately after it was over.  What can I say, it’s still real to me dammit!  Thanks for checking out for the Super Show-Down Review.  Check out what I have to say about my third favorite wrestler on Monday, the late great Ultimate Warrior.  Until then, feel free to comment on this post so I don’t have to take a break from talking pro wrestling.


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