What can you say about Super Showdown 2020? It happened.
Seriously though, this was an absolutely awful show:
wrestling-wise, storyline-wise, entertainment value-wise. It was 3-1/2 hours of
your day you’re not getting back. If the 40-minute opening gauntlet match
debacle wasn’t enough to scare you off, you weren’t rewarded for your loyalty.
It’s as if WWE decided to test their audience: Would people
put up with substandard wrestling and questionable booking decisions if they
got a couple surprises and a ton of pyro?
Crown Jewel last year wasn’t that bad (6 ups, 8 downs), but
this barely had anything redeemable. Matches that looked good or intriguing on
paper were wrestled at half-speed or simply played for comedy. Ricochet was
built up as an underdog and then was squashed in less than 90 seconds without
landing a single offensive move. R-Truth beat two men by slipping on a banana
peel – twice. A legend kicked off a potential WrestleMania feud by defeating
his likely opponent in less than a minute.
And of course, there was the WWE Universal Championship
match, which was a debacle unto itself, though there’s a possibility it’s more
polarizing that some might think.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.