WWE’s latest Saudi Arabian house show/WrestleMania equivalent
has come and gone, and we’re left to assess what the hell happened.
No titles switched hands, despite three championship matches
and attempted Money in the Bank cash-in. The first-time-ever match between two Monday
Night Wars veterans started strong and devolved into a sad reminder how far past
their prime both men are. An epic encounter between two longtime rivals was
sluggish but passable.
Super Showdown was most certainly not a WrestleMania-level
PPV. Whether it was due to temperatures reaching 100 degrees (according to a
company that regularly over-inflates attendance numbers), a deliberate throttling
down of the wrestling, or just general malaise, the matches hovered between
disappointing and acceptable. Nothing stood out, but nothing was actively bad –
save for the main event.
There were a couple nice moments during the PPV, and we
learned that the ring can indeed hold 50 men at the same time. But beyond that,
this is an event that will fade to the background of memory quickly.
However, someone is going to need to explain a promo gaffe
so surprising that it’s understandable if you missed it, but if you heard it
and connected the dots, your jaw is still on the floor.
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.