This Saturday night time in Melbourne, Australia, World Wrestling Leisure will air Super Show-Down with a begin time of seven p.m. in Melbourne, which suggests it is going to air at 5 a.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT for these of us in North America. It’s at present scheduled for 4 hours on WWE Community’s schedule web page, however in WWE, they might all the time go longer on their very own community. Super Show-Down will air on WWE Community stay and in the event you miss it stay, you’ll be able to watch it on demand at your personal comfort. Consider how the Australian followers really feel about lastly getting a serious present in primetime versus having it air within the morning. I feel it’s superior for them.
Super Show-Down will happen on the Melbourne Cricket Floor in Melbourne, Australia. It’s the primary of 4 main WWE pay-per-view type occasions that may air on WWE Community over the subsequent seven weeks. The all ladies’s Evolution PPV will happen on October 28, the lads’s solely Crown Jewel occasion from Saudi Arabia shall be on November 6. after which Survivor Collection will air on November 18. It’s lots of WWE content material for us to digest, and it additionally signifies that some matches are going to have a whole lot of construct whereas others will look like they’re simply thrown collectively.
Right here’s the complete lineup with ten matches:
- Triple H (with Shawn Michaels) vs. The Undertaker (with Kane)
- WWE Championship in a No Countout, No Disqualification Match: AJ Types (c) vs. Samoa Joe
- The Defend (Common Champion Roman Reigns, Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose) vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre
- Quantity One Contender for the WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
- Smackdown Ladies’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Aptitude
- Bobby Lashley and John Cena vs. Elias and Kevin Owens
- Ronda Rousey and The Bella Twins (Brie Bella and Nikki Bella) vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, and Sarah Logan)
- Smackdown Tag Workforce Championships: The New Day (Massive E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods) (c) vs. The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus)
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Buddy Murphy
- Asuka and Naomi vs. The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce)
I feel in some methods, individuals may contemplate this card to be like a glorified home present/reside occasion on account of all of the tag matches (5 of the ten matches are tag matches) and I feel that’s a good evaluation. Nevertheless, I’m excited about a few of the matches, particularly the Smackdown matches. I coated lots of the the reason why in my column about Smackdown being higher than Uncooked final week. The brief model of the reason is that Smackdown has extra private rivalries that really feel just like the wrestlers genuinely don’t like one another, whereas a lot of the Uncooked matches are good guys versus dangerous guys with out the identical type of fascinating story. Let’s get to some predictions.
10. The IIconics will get an upset victory of their residence nation
The rationale WWE is doing Asuka and Naomi vs. The Iiconics duo of Peyton Royce and Billie Kay is as a result of Royce and Kay are greatest associates from Australia. There’s not a lot of a narrative aside from Royce and Kay double teaming Naomi quite a bit, so Asuka made the save for Naomi after which these two faces bonded collectively over a standard enemy. It’s not an awesome story by any means, nevertheless it’ll get the job completed.
I’m going with one of many Iiconics, let’s say Peyton Royce, pinning Naomi as a result of WWE likes to guard Asuka despite the fact that they don’t know find out how to e-book her the proper method. I can see Asuka shifting on to the Smackdown Ladies’s Title image quickly as a challenger to Becky Lynch or maybe she will flip heel on Naomi a couple of weeks after this match. I’m unsure if there’s a long-term plan right here, or if that is only a match to place over the Iiconics in Australia.
9. Buddy Murphy will grow to be the brand new Cruiserweight Champion in his house nation
There may be a few of you studying this that don’t even know who Buddy Murphy is as he steps up problem Cedric Alexander for the Cruiserweight Title. Murphy had a strong run in NXT as a part of a tag group with Wesley Blake that was managed by Alexa Bliss, who Murphy is now engaged to. Earlier this yr, Murphy misplaced weight and acquired right down to 205, the place he has develop into one of many higher heels on the 205 Stay model, aka WWE’s cruiserweight division. Murphy can also be from Australia, so it’s becoming that he will get the title shot right here.
In case you are watching the present, take note of this match as a result of there’s an excellent probability it is going to be among the best matches of the night time. These guys can actually placed on a present in the event that they get 15 minutes, which they need to get contemplating it’s a 4 hour present. I’m going with a Murphy win since Alexander has been the champion for about six months and it might be a cool second to see Murphy win the title in his house nation. It will be a pleasant deal with for the followers too.
eight. The New Day will retain their Smackdown Tag Group Titles
“Tonight was supposed to be the greatest night of my life.”@XavierWoodsPhD @WWEBigE @TrueKofi @wwe pic.twitter.com/mzG6SlGlpg
— 🥞Mr Bootyworth🥞 (@MrBootyworth) October three, 2018
The construct for the Smackdown Tag Group match has seen each members of The Bar win singles matches over New Day members, in order that gave them a number of momentum. This previous week on Smackdown, the phase that was aired to get us excited concerning the match was cooking phase that includes a silent dude in a tuxedo named Mr. Bootyworth. That ended with The Bar beating up all three New Day members whereas they dumped batter on Bootyworth’s head. It was New Day comedy and didn’t work in addition to a few of their higher comedy bits.
The best way the match has been constructed, it appears apparent that New Day are going to win. I do know will probably be an excellent match as a result of these groups have labored collectively so many occasions in the previous few years, however my concern is there being 5 tag workforce matches on the cardboard, which can make the recent tag sequences really feel repetitive if you see the identical factor 5 occasions in 4 hours. It’s exhausting to maintain tag workforce matches recent when you might have so lots of them on the identical card.
7. Nikki Bella will get the win for her group within the six ladies’s tag match with Ronda Rousey
Any time Ronda Rousey is in a match, you possibly can decide her to win and also you’re often going to be proper. Rousey has but to lose a match (until you need to rely Cash within the Financial institution, when Alexa Bliss cashed within the contract to beat Nia Jax in a match that Rousey was in. I don’t actually matter that one). On this match, Rousey is teaming up with the Bella Twins towards the Riott Squad, who’re simply there to provide Rousey and the Bellas a win in a tag workforce match.
I’m joyful that Liv Morgan is cleared to return to motion after Brie Bella’s errant kicks on Uncooked two weeks in the past. In case you missed it, Brie wasn’t maintaining her eye on Morgan when she delivered kicks to her chest (Brie was taking a look at Riott and Logan on the apron), and she or he kicked Morgan proper within the face. When Morgan’s head went down after that, Brie kicked her a second time. Morgan suffered a concussion, however fortunately, she was again to work quickly after. I’m not going to be as onerous on Brie as others as a result of she is a protected employee, and what occurred is a reminder that errors in wrestling can occur to anyone at any time. Study from it and get higher.
The rationale I’m predicting Nikki to win as an alternative of Rousey is as a result of the plan for Evolution on October 28 is for Rousey to defend her Uncooked Ladies’s Title towards Nikki. It hasn’t been talked about on TV but, however that’s what reviews say. I don’t anticipate Nikki to show heel going into the match, though I assume it’s attainable. I simply really feel like WWE needs to set it up one way or the other, to allow them to have Nikki tag herself in when Rousey is about to complete off the Riott Squad and Nikki will get the win for the workforce as an alternative. On Monday’s Uncooked, Nikki can problem Rousey for the title at Evolution and the match can be set.
6. John Cena and Bobby Lashley will probably be victorious in Cena’s first match in over 5 months
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— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 1, 2018
The final time that John Cena wrestled was on the Biggest Royal Rumble occasion in late April when he defeated Triple H. He has spent a lot of the final 5 months in China filming a film with Jackie Chan. It’s not recognized but when (or even when) Cena will return to common WWE tv, but when I needed to guess it, will in all probability be by January. It’s not like he lets us know his schedule although, so I’m simply considering he’ll be again for Royal Rumble season.
This match has been constructed up by having Elias and Kevin Owens trash Bobby Lashley and his supervisor Lio Rush. This previous week on Uncooked, Elias and Owens starred in a memorable phase the place Elias trashed Seattle for dropping the NBA’s Sonics to Oklahoma Metropolis a decade in the past, which led to 6 straight minutes of booing from the gang. It did nothing to construct to this match because it was a Seattle factor, however it did make Elias and Owens appear to be huge time stars.
I might be very stunned if Cena and Lashley misplaced the match. Lashley obtained his ass kicked on Uncooked, so he’ll in all probability get his revenge. I can see Lashley getting the win resulting from Cena not being a full timer anymore, however it could be a win for Cena since he’s he largest star within the match. Both means, I’d be stunned if Elias and Owens acquired the win.
I’ve a sense that what most individuals will speak about with this match is Cena’s new look, which as you’ll be able to see above, is totally different from what we’re used to.
5. Becky Lynch will stay the Smackdown Ladies’s Champion whereas her feud with Charlotte Aptitude will proceed
If there’s one match on the cardboard the place I’m tempted to go together with a disqualification end, it’s Becky Lynch defending the Smackdown Ladies’s Title towards Charlotte Aptitude. I feel typically it is advisable to guide one or two DQs on a present to inform the viewers that simply because it’s a serious present, it doesn’t imply each match has to have a clear end. For this feud to proceed previous this present, Lynch can’t beat Aptitude clear. If that occurs, then Aptitude is out of the title image and I doubt that’s going to be the case. This feud must proceed.
The rationale why I say Lynch’s feud with Aptitude will proceed is as a result of I feel it’s a lock that this rivalry carries all the best way to the all ladies’s Evolution pay-per-view on the finish of October. This feud ought to essential occasion that present though maybe the Ronda Rousey match will as a result of it’s Rousey. This match would be the one which the wrestling purists like probably the most, although. I do know I’ll.
Although she ran out into my highlight once more, the individuals ought to have this. #boothewoo pic.twitter.com/TBbMd2Gc5y
— Rebecca Quin (@BeckyLynchWWE) October three, 2018
I’m pleased with each ladies on this rivalry. It’s top-of-the-line issues getting into WWE proper now, and I wrote about it extra in-depth in a current column right here on The Comeback. This isn’t simply probably the greatest rivalries in WWE this yr for ladies, it’s probably the greatest rivalries in WWE this yr…interval. It’s straightforward for followers to get into the matches due to their historical past as greatest pals and when Lynch attacked, it was cheered as a result of followers needed to see a special aspect of Lynch and now they obtained it.
I feel they’ll get round 15 minutes, Aptitude will come near profitable a number of occasions, Lynch might be annoyed by it, and can get herself disqualified. If there’s a pinfall end result, I can see Lynch dishonest to win, though if that occurs, it is going to be more durable to provide Charlotte one other title match. If it’s a DQ loss, Charlotte is justified in getting one other title match. Am I overthinking it? Perhaps. I simply consider that they should maintain this feud going and one of the simplest ways to try this is with a disqualification end.
four. Daniel Bryan will cheat to lastly get that massive win over The Miz
The story going into this Bryan vs. Miz match is that Miz has claimed repeatedly that he’ll do something he can to win, which suggests he’ll cheat identical to he did at SummerSlam when Maryse gave him brass knuckles to knock out Bryan. Miz stated that’s why he has the benefit over Bryan – as a result of he is aware of Bryan gained’t do this. Each time WWE has a heel character repeatedly say the identical issues over once more, it’s often as a result of that’s going to play into the end of an enormous match.
That is that huge match with Bryan dealing with Miz yet one more time, besides this time the winner will get a future WWE Title match. I feel Miz will attempt to cheat repeatedly by placing his ft on the ropes, exposing a turnbuckle, grabbing the tights making an attempt to make use of a weapon for an affordable assault and all these different issues that we see heels do on a regular basis. The story might be that Bryan is sick of it, so he grabs the tights of Miz and wins the match that method. They might arrange a rematch at Crown Jewel on November 2 with Bryan profitable once more, resulting in Bryan vs. the WWE Champion at Survivor Collection.
Since Bryan misplaced to Miz at SummerSlam, Bryan and Brie misplaced to Miz and Maryse at Hell in a Cell, and Miz beat up Bryan on the final Smackdown, I might be stunned if Miz received the win right here. All indicators are pointing to Bryan lastly get that massive win over The Miz in what must be a really gratifying match.
three. The Defend will win within the final match of the night
The primary occasion of Super Show-Down will doubtless see The Defend beat Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler. I do know that it hasn’t been promoted as the primary occasion (that might be Triple H vs. The Undertaker), however I feel WWE goes to current this match because the final matchup on the cardboard as a result of they may need to put Roman Reigns over in an enormous approach, identical to they all the time need to do.
My different prediction for the match is that it is going to be the longest of the night time within the 20-25 minute vary. If it goes that lengthy, it might be one of many higher Defend six-man tag staff matches ever as a result of everyone on this match is fairly good within the ring. The one man that’s questionable is Strowman, however I feel he’ll be booked in a sensible approach the place he isn’t uncovered or within the ring for that lengthy. Plus, Strowman is much more snug within the ring when he’s a face.
I do know the story going into the match is about Dean Ambrose probably having points together with his Defend “brothers,” Common Champion Roman Reigns and Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins. I simply don’t assume it’s the fitting time for a flip. If it does occur, then perhaps do it across the Royal Rumble resulting in a WrestleMania match. Doing it now actually doesn’t look like the best time.
The final version of Uncooked noticed Strowman, McIntyre and Ziggler get the higher hand on The Defend in a serious beatdown. That reserving solely solidifies my predictions The Defend getting the win probably with Reigns pinning Ziggler. I extremely doubt that Strowman would take the pin right here. Maybe Ambrose will get the pin to offer him one thing to brag about since his buddies are already holding titles. Both approach, I might be stunned if The Defend misplaced this match.
2. AJ Types will finish his rivalry with Samoa Joe with a victory
That is my decide for greatest match of the night time as a result of they’ll be capable of use weapons to inform a narrative because it’s a No Countout, No Disqualification match. What I don’t know is who will win, which is definitely superb with me as a result of I like when issues are unpredictable a bit. If the match is just too straightforward to foretell, then what enjoyable is that?
As I’ve stated beforehand, it’s not going to upset me if one among my favorites in Types loses the WWE Title, as a result of Samoa Joe is one other favourite of mine. Let’s not overlook that a yr in the past, Jinder Mahal’s boring WWE Title was nonetheless happening and now he’s so low on Uncooked’s totem pole that he’s unable to get on PPV playing cards.
I feel I’m finished choosing Joe to beat Types. I did it for their final two matches and after serious about it for some time, I really feel like Types goes to win this match to place an finish to this feud. It’s not what I might do, however once I thought concerning the Bryan/Miz match and Bryan profitable, I feel WWE goes to need to do an enormous match like Bryan vs. Types at a PPV like Survivor Collection subsequent month. They might all the time add Joe to it to make it a triple menace or perhaps Randy Orton could possibly be part of it.
The highest of the cardboard on Smackdown is excellent with a number of choices going ahead, no matter who the WWE Champion is. For now, I’ll decide Types to retain.
1. Triple H will beat The Undertaker because of some assist from Shawn Michaels
The match that WWE has promoted probably the most for Super Show-Down is Triple H wrestling The Undertaker for the “Last Time Ever” in a singles match. Their final singles match was an ideal one at WrestleMania 28 in 2012, which I attended reside. That was a Hell in a Cell match which The Undertaker barely gained with Shawn Michaels because the referee. That was six years in the past, although. As we speak, The Undertaker is a 53-year-old that hardly wrestles whereas Triple H is 49 years previous with solely two matches this yr. I’m positive they’ve practiced the match and they’re each mentally prepared for it, however it’s very potential there might be some rust right here.
The result of the match could seem apparent to some with The Undertaker profitable as a result of Triple H tends to misplaced of his matches in the previous few years. Nevertheless, I’m getting in one other course. I’m choosing Triple H as a result of I feel Hunter must win to arrange the DX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs. Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane) tag group match at Crown Jewel on November 2, which I coated two weeks in the past. It is going to be Michaels’ first match in over eight years. Should you’re questioning, sure, that may be a BALD Shawn Michaels within the video above.
How does Triple H get the win? I don’t anticipate it to be clear. I feel it must be low cost, as a result of if it’s low cost then it units up the tag group match quite a bit simpler. The best way they will get there’s have Triple H and Michaels cheat, however not in an excessive approach. It is going to be one thing the place they trigger the referee to get distracted by Kane, which results in Michaels hitting a superkick on Undertaker (that the ref gained’t see), and Triple H hitting a Pedigree on Undertaker for the win. That units up the problem on Uncooked with Undertaker and Kane eager to have a tag group match at Crown Jewel towards Triple H and Shawn Michaels. It wouldn’t be a heel flip by Triple H and Michaels, they usually can simply say they did what they wanted to do with a view to win.
The truth is that the results of a match like this doesn’t matter that a lot. Each legends are part-timers which are part of this occasion as a result of it’s cool for the followers in Australia to see them in motion another time. You’ll be able to argue that it shouldn’t even be on the cardboard as a result of they’re simply too previous guys taking the spots of youthful expertise. I don’t thoughts it, although. Nostalgia is cool on occasion and I feel the Australian followers can be into this as a lot as something on the cardboard.
This prediction is hardly a lock. I simply assume a Triple H win makes extra sense on this match as a result of it may well result in the tag staff match at Crown Jewel the place Undertaker and Kane can get the win over Triple H and Michaels.
You possibly can watch WWE Super Show-Down this Saturday, October sixth at 5 a.m ET/2 a.m. PT on WWE Community. In the event you miss it reside, you’ll be able to watch it on demand at your personal comfort. I’ll be again on Monday for a evaluation of the occasion.