WWE Super ShowDown: First Time Ever
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, June 7, 2019
WWE returns to Saudi Arabia this afternoon with their event Super ShowDown, which is being billed as an event that is equivalent to or even better than WrestleMania. There will be plenty of interesting matches featured however, the most surprising match that’ll most likely main event the show is between The Undertaker and Goldberg, who’ll be wrestling one another one-on-one for the first time in their legendary careers.
The nostalgia continues as former Evolutions members Triple H and Randy Orton will add another chapter to their 15-year rivalry when they wrestle eachother once again. WWE have relied heavily on past superstars to headline these big stadium shows overseas; DX vs The Brothers of Destruction main evented WWE Crown Jewel and Triple H vs The Undertaker main evented WWE Super ShowDown in Australia, so it’s understandable why the company would use a similar format for this show.
WWE Super ShowDown will also feature championship matches; Kofi Kingston defends his WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler, WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins defends against Baron Corbin, with Money in the Bank winner Brock Lesnar likely watching closely from ringside, and the demon Finn Balor defends the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Andrade.
In addition, there will be a 50-man battle royal featuring superstars from all of WWE’s brands, which could lead to plenty of surprises in terms of NXT stars being in the ring with stars from the main roster as well as legends returning for this special matchup.
The Undertaker vs Goldberg
The matchup between The Undertaker and Goldberg has seemed unlikely for many years, but now in 2019 it’s finally happening. The careers of both these legends have been synonymous with streaks; The Undertaker’s winning streak was a main storyline and focal point each year at WrestleMania, with many arguing that whoever ended the streak would gain more from that moment than winning the WWE World Championship, and Goldberg had a long winning streak after defeating some of the biggest stars in WCW during the late 1990s.
Goldberg was one of the few names during the Monday Night Wars that had been a homegrown talent of WCW, which made his rise up the ranks and popularity skyrocket when he eventually defeated Hollywood Hogan to become the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Fans would chant “Goldberg” while his theme song played, and he made his way through the pyro and down to the ring. Goldberg returned to WWE in 2016 after a twelve-year hiatus, and the company was able to recapture the excitement and response every time he’d step into the ring.
It’s hard to believe that this will be the first one-on-one encounter between the two as they were both active WWE superstars in 2003, yet WWE never capitalized on a rivalry between the two, which could’ve garnered plenty of interest at the time from fans that had been viewing both Monday Night Raw and WCW Nitro regularly.
Considering the ages of both wrestlers and where they are in their respective careers, I believe that this will be a short matchup as opposed to a 20-minute back-and-forth match. Undertaker and Goldberg will both look strong as WWE will likely want to keep the mystique and aura of both superstars intact while at the same time prove to fans that Undertaker can still go in the ring.
It'll be interesting to see if WWE plan on continuing the story and cash in on another match between the two by having Goldberg defeat Undertaker. If that were to happen, maybe SummerSlam or Survivor Series, the event Undertaker made his debut in 1990.
If Undertaker is victorious, WWE could use the win as part of a future storyline to set up a dream match between Undertaker and Sting. During the buildup of this matchup, Goldberg has been regarded as the face of WCW so if he were to lose to Undertaker, it’d be the perfect opportunity for Sting, the franchise of WCW, to step up and challenge the deadman, perhaps even at another overseas stadium show later in the year.
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