Thursday, October 4, 2018

WWE Super Show-Down Preview & Predictions

Why is the word "showdown" hyphenated?  Oh, are they doing a thing because it's in Australia?  Like it's a "super-show" down under?  Shouldn't the hyphen be between "super" and "show" then?  Christ, WWE, get your shit together.

Anyway, it's yet another PPV event in a way overloaded calendar, except this will likely be a glorified house show, much like the Saudi show was in April (and like the next Saudi show will be).  A bunch of matches, some interesting, some not.  What's disturbing is how much time they've spent hyping this Triple H-Undertaker match.  Two guys with a combined age of 102 are supposed to even touch what they did six-and-a-half years ago?  Get real.  And it's all leading to the in-ring return of Shawn Michaels in a month, in a meaningless old timers tag team match.  Chrissake...

Anyway, let's get to these picks; there are ten of these goddamn matches and I only care about five of them.

***The standings haven't moved since last month.  Dan leads with 66%, Dave and I are tied with 63%, and Landon's in the caboose with 57.5%.  With ten matches there's room for a shakeup.***

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy

I couldn't point out either of these guys in a lineup and I don't think I've even seen a Buddy Murphy match in my life.  WWE needs to figure out a reason for anyone to care about this division.

Justin: Buddy's from Australia so I'll pick him for the hometown win.
Dan: Sure
Landon: Murphy
Dave: Really, Buddy Murphy?  Jesus.  Sure, Buddy.

Asuka & Naomi vs. The Iiconics

Remember when Asuka was a star?  Good times.  Now she's literally one of the girls.  This company couldn't get someone over if they spent four years building them up and headlined four consecutive WrestleManias with them.  I'm not sure I'll ever forgive how badly they fucked over Asuka.

Justin: Who gives a shit?  Iiconics get a cheap win I guess.
Dan: Iiconics
Landon: Iiconics
Dave: No clue.  Asuka/Naomi.

John Cena & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Elias

Remember when Kevin Owens was a star?  Good times.  Oh wait, I already did that bit.  Owens went from being RAW's top heel for a while to being Elias's sidekick.  Fuck this company.  And fuck this match.

Justin: Cena & Lashley
Dan: Yup
Landon: Cena and Lashley
Dave: Cena & Lashley

Ronda Rousey & The Bellas vs. The Riott Squad

This is all to set up Ronda vs. Nikki, which is a goddamn baffling pairing.  Ronda's yet another talent who is becoming increasingly less special the more time she spends on WWE television.  She should be the female Goldberg, and instead they have her struggling to beat midcarders.  Makes sense.

Justin: Team Ronda
Dan: RR
Landon: Ronda
Dave: Ronda

Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The New Day vs. The Bar

It's about goddamn time Sheamus & Cesaro are given something to do.  They moved to Smackdown after 'Mania and this is legit the first significant match they've had since.  Pathetic.  I'm interested in this one just because it'll be a fun tag match.  Hopefully this feud will last a while.

Justin: New Day retains
Dan: Bar me.
Landon: New Day
Dave: New Day

Smackdown Women's Championship: Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair

The second match I'm interested in, these two had a very good bout at Hell in a Cell and should do so again here.  Becky continues to be one of the hottest stars on Smackdown despite being positioned as the heel.  Whatever, as long as the people react to SOMETHING.  Becky just won this so I don't expect her to drop it yet.

Justin: Becky retains
Dan: She has to
Landon: Becky
Dave: Becky

Triple H vs. Undertaker

I say again, 102 years between them.  All to set up a tag match in Saudi Arabia where the four participants will have a combined age of 206.  I love how the idea of a WrestleMania match against AJ Styles didn't entice Shawn out of retirement but a meaningless tag match with three other fifty-year-olds was a good enough reason.  Well that, and a fortune in oppression-soaked Saudi dollars.  This match sucks for a number of reasons.

Justin: Taker.  Who fuckin' cares?
Dan: Dead Man
Landon: HHH
Dave: Taker

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

This one's for the #1 Contender spot.  Bryan's dropped the first two matches in this feud so he better win here.  I wanna see Bryan vs. AJ or Bryan vs. Joe for the title.  Match should be very good.

Justin: D-Bryan.  Cuz I see somethin' in him.
Dan: Bryan
Landon: Daniel Bryan vs. Samoa Joe, fucking please?
Dave: Bryan, but I'm pulling for Miz (JB Note: I'll bet you are David...)

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

The company's been teasing dissension in both teams to draw interest in this match.  And it should be a fine six-man.  But no one's buying a heel or face turn yet.  I have no doubt Ambrose will go heel eventually, hopefully leading to a Shield 3-way at 'Mania.  But it's too soon.

Justin: The Shield
Dan: Shield
Landon: SHIELD
Dave: Shield

WWE Championship: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

Obviously this match should go on last.  But I'm sure it won't.  It'll be a helluva match though, as the last two were.  This one seems tricky.  Joe by all rights should win the strap, but he's gotten the better of AJ at every turn in this feud, winning by DQ at SummerSlam and being cheated by a bad call at Hell in a Cell.  AJ has yet to get a decisive win at all.  So I could see him doing so here.  Or they do yet another screwy finish despite the No DQ, No Countout rule.

Justin: AJ retains
Dan: Joe
Landon: Samoa Joe
Dave: Joe by DQ or something (JB note: Jeezus Christ Dave, it's a No DQ match....)

Hey, why is Nakamura not on this show?  The hell is that about?  Anyway, half of this show should be entertaining.  The rest can go screw.

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