Results + Star Ratings:
- Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev to retain the United States Title @9:27 **1/2
- Rey Mysterio defeated Randy Orton to advance in the World Cup @5:14 **1/2
- The Miz defeated Jeff Hardy to advance in the World Cup @6:54 **
- Seth Rollins defeated Bobby Lashley to advance in the World Cup @5:24 **1/4
- Dolph Ziggler defeated Kurt Angle to advance in the World Cup @8:15 **3/4
- The New Day defeated The Bar to retain the SD Live Tag Titles @10:28 ***
- The Miz defeated Rey Mysterio to advance in the World Cup @11:09 ***
- Dolph Ziggler defeated The Miz to advance in the World Cup @13:04 ***1/4
- AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Title @11:09 ***1/2
- Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman to win the Universal Title N/A
- Shane Mcmahon defeated Dolph Ziggler to become the Best in the World @2:29 N/A
- Degeneration X defeated The Brothers of Destruction @27:48 *
Shinsuke Nakamura(c) vs. Rusev for the United States Title:
- Announced at the last minute.
- Vertical Suplex by Rusev sends Naka into a hard landing on his shoulder.
- A series of kicks into an enzugiri by Naka knocks down Rusev for the first near fall.
- Naka gets Rusev down with a Front Facelock, Rusev powers up and launches Naka off. Interesting rest hold spot.
- Rusev hits a comeback series and taunts for the Machka Kick, Naka dodges.
- Buzzsaw Kick by Rusev connects, very near fall.
- Sliding Penalty Kick by Nakamura goes for a near fall.
- The Saudi Arabian crowd is less dead than last time but that isn’t saying much.
- Catching Machka Kick by Rusev, very near fall.
- Rusev looks for the Accolade but Nakamura instantly rolls to the ropes, Naka climbs to the top rope and hits a Flying Knee. Nakamura tries to go for a pin, is under the ropes but tries to go for the pin. Slight Botch.
- Machka Kick into the Accolade by Rusev, Rusev drags Naka into the middle of the ring, Naka hits a low blow but gets away with it. Kinshasa wins for Nakamura.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura Retains @9:27
Rating: **1/2, this was an okay starter. Some strikes landed hard and these 2 are both talented. It did look like Nakamura wasn’t on his game though with some botches and lack of energy. A Rusev win might’ve made sense if it wasn’t on the kickoff of a controversial show.
- Hulk Hogan comes out, this makes me legitimately so pissed off. So they have a public racist come out to start a show taking place in Saudi Arabia?? Does WWE genuinely want to drive itself into the ground and have everyone watch the indies? I have to try and watch this show for the wrestling and not the politics.
Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton World Cup First Round:
- Great catching dropkick by Orton to Mysterio off a springboard, first near fall.
- Orton goes for the mask of Mysterio on the top rope, Diving Senton by Mysterio followed up with a springboard crossbody takes down Orton.
- Wheelbarrow facebuster by Mysterio, near fall.
- 619 by Mysterio caught into a Hangman DDT by Orton, good big move sequence.
- Orton taunts for the RKO, Mysterio rolls up Orton for the win!
Winner: Rey Mysterio Advances @ 5:14!
Rating: **1/2, a fun sprint with two very talented guys. I wished it would’ve gone longer but the match went down without a hitch and Orton was protected with the finish which is a smart move.
- Randy Orton attacks Rey Mysterio after the match.
Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz World Cup First Round:
- Near fall roll up by Jeff Hardy.
- Delete Turnbuckle Smashes by Hardy to Miz’s moneymaker.
- This match has started without any momentum and a silent crowd.
- A comeback series by Hardy picks up the pace and brings in the crowd.
- Whisper in the Wind by Hardy hits, near fall.
- Figure 4 Leg Lock rolled up by Hardy, very near fall.
- Hardy jumps off the barricade with a crossbody to take down Miz ringside.
- Miz rolls out of the way of a Swanton Bomb, Miz rolls up Hardy using the ropes but the official catches him, near fall rollup by Hardy.
- Twist of Fate reversed into the Skull Crushing Finale by Miz for the win.
Winner: The Miz advances @6:54!
Rating: **, this match lacked any momentum and relied way too heavily upon roll up moments and neither men looked good. The crowd was silent and this was an awkward match to watch. Jeff Hardy tried all that he could to get the crowd into the match with his comeback series and dive off the barricade but it just becomes the 2nd meaningless tournament match in a tournament that had a lot of potential.
Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley World Cup First Round Match:
- Suicide Dive by Seth Rollins stopped with a chokeslam by Lashley, first near fall.
- Swinging neckbreaker by Lashley, near fall.
- Lashley has squashed the opening minutes of this match.
- Rollins knocks Lashley ringside and hits 2 suicide dives. Rollins hits his back hard against the barricade.
- Roll Up into the Curb Stomp by Rollins for the win.
Winner: Seth Rollins Advances @5:24!
Rating: **1/4, this was a very average match and the undercard on this show continues to be VERY weak. However, I’m glad that Seth Rollins won and can have good matches later on tonight, hopefully.
Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler World Cup First Round:
- This match has legitimate dream match potential.
- Belly to Belly suplex by Angle starts a series of German Suplexes. Angle attempts a german suplex off the apron, Ziggler knocks Angle to ringside with an elbow.
- Ziggler sends Angle shoulder first into the steel steps.
- A sleeper hold by Ziggler weakens down Angle but is locked in for a long time.
- 3 Consecutive German Suplexes by Kurt Angle, near fall.
- Angle Slam countered by Ziggler into a spike DDT on the formerly injured neck of Angle, near fall.
- Fameasser caught into the Angle Slam for a near fall.
- Fameasser by Ziggler hits, another near fall.
- Sunset Flip by Ziggler rolled into an Ankle Lock by Angle, Ziggler rolls Angle over removing the hold.
- Ziggler sends Angle into the post and follows it up with a Zig Zag for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler Advances @8:15!
Rating: **3/4, This match actually had a very solid layout unlike the other tournament matches so far. It was very surreal to see Kurt Angle and Dolph Ziggler in the ring together and even though age was a factor it didn’t get in the way of the match. This was a fun match and the best so far on the card.
New Day vs. The Bar for the SD Live Tag Titles:
- The New Day enter on a flying magic carpet platform, the coolest part of the show so far to be honest.
- Big E and Sheamus start the match.
- Great Monkey Flip by Cesaro but Kofi lands on his feet and runs back with a dropkick, first near fall.
- Hopscotch Springboard Crossbody by Kingston to Cesaro, near fall.
- Big Show accompanies the Bar at ringside and Xavier Woods accompanies New Day.
- Stiff chops by Kofi to Sheamus as Kofi tries to make a tag but Sheamus kicks Kofi down and tags in Cesaro, the Bar are isolating Kofi.
- Double Team Jackhammer/Suplex by The Bar to Kofi for a near fall.
- Kofi sends Sheamus into the post and Big E makes a hot tag.
- Uranage by Big E to Sheamus, near fall.
- V-Trigger by Sheamus to Big E in the corner.
- Powerbomb/Double Stomp combo by New Day gets a near fall on Sheamus.
- Big E launches Kofi over the top rope to take out Cesaro, Big Show KO punches Big E and Sheamus hits a brogue kick to retain.
Winners: The Bar retain @10:28!
Rating: ***, easily the best match of the card so far. It was a really fun and smart tag match which is routine for the Bar and New Day. We’ve seen this exact match SOOO many times but independently each match always delivers. The ending was flat as I still don’t understand why Big Show is with the Bar and helping them cheat to win put a bad ending to a good match.
Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz World Cup Semi-Final:
- Fast start unlike Miz vs. Jeff.
- Miz slides Rey to ringside, Rey lands on his feet. Rey takes Miz ringside and slides under the bottom rope to splash Miz at ringside.
- Alley Oop Facebuster by The Miz plants Rey.
- Bow and Arrow hold by Miz, Mysterio flips into a cover for a near fall.
- Saudi Arabians chant “CM Punk”. I’m not about that at all.
- Miz drives Mysterio into the barricade, in-ring near fall.
- Abdominal Stretch by Miz works the weakend midsection of Rey. Rey turns it into a DDT to escape the hold.
- Slow strikefest between the two, Springboard Crossbody by Mysterio for a near fall.
- Mysterio goes for a facebuster but Miz sends him into the turnbuckles then hits a Skull Crushing Finale for a great near fall.
- It! Kicks by The Miz, Mysterio tries to go for the pinning combo that eliminated Orton but Miz kicks out.
- 619 hits for Rey, followed up with a Frog Splash but The Miz gets his knees up and rolls up Miz for the finish.
Winner: The Miz Advances @11:09!
Rating: ***, This is the best tournament match so far mostly because it went longer than the rest of them. The match had some great moments including a great near fall after Miz hit a Skull Crushing Finale. However, I really don’t agree with the finish on a fan level I realize we could’ve seen Mysterio vs. Rollins but on an industry level, firing Mysterio from SD Live if he doesn’t have an exclusive deal and they are mad he was at the Jericho Cruise would’ve made perfect sense. The match was fun and made both men look pretty good.
Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler World Cup Semi-Final:
- Ziggler is immediately working the neck of Rollins injured in the Lashley match.
- Rollins and Mcintyre stare down ringside, Ziggler catches Rollins with a Spike DDT for a near fall in-ring.
- Really uneventful opening.
- Ziggler mocking Rollins with cocky kicks to the face, Rollins sends Ziggler into the turnbuckle and hits a neckbreaker.
- Backslide by Rollins, weird near fall. Rollins catches Ziggler’s DDT and more roll up near falls happen and it becomes a sequence of roll-ups into a deadlift powerbomb by Rollins that gets rolled up for one last near fall by Ziggler, Ripcord Knee by Rollins takes out Ziggler for a near fall.
- Mcintyre distracts Rollins but Rollins sends Ziggler to ringside, Suicide Dive by Rollins takes out both Ziggler and Mcintyre.
- Springboard by Rollins misses, Ziggler hits a Fameasser for a near fall.
- Superplex by Rollins but the Falcon Arrow is countered into a Zig Zag by Ziggler for a great near fall.
- Another Zig Zag attempt fails, Suicide Dive by Rollins wipes out Mcintyre, Ziggler distracts the referee, Mcintyre pushes Rollins off the top rope, Ziggler hits a superkick for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler advances @13:04!
Rating: ***1/4, The match started slow and the crowd was silent. Over time they worked the crowd back into it but the match was worked surprisingly sloppy for these two guys. There were some exciting moments like the Falcon Arrow into the Zig Zag and the finish was okay but this is probably the worst Ziggler vs. Rollins match but it’s still the best match on this show so far. I don’t exactly think of Ziggler vs. Miz when I think of Best in the World though.
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Title:
- I don’t blame Daniel Bryan for not going to Saudi Arabia, however, the match at Super Show Down was a fantastic way to close the Joe vs. Styles feud.
- Fast aggressive start with Styles on top after a kick to the injured knee of Joe.
- Awesome suicide dive by Joe launches Styles into the announce table.
- Step-up enzugiri in the corner by Joe goes for a near fall.
- Okay, the assholes in Saudi Arabia are starting a wave in this match even though it’s the best match of the night already.
- Great hard-hitting strike fest.
- Great Moonsault DDT by Styles for a near fall.
- Springboard Forearm by Styles to Joe ringside.
- Joe dodges Styles on the springboard and hits a snap powerslam for another near fall.
- Stiff lariat by Joe knocks down Styles.
- Calf Crusher by Styles locked in on the injured knee of Joe, Joe grabs ropes.
- Roll up by Styles is caught into the Coquina Clutch, Styles works the bad leg to escape the hold.
- Pele Kick by Styles knocks Joe down, Phenomenal Forearm ends the match.
Winner: AJ Styles Retains @11:09!
Rating: ***1/2, I don’t think I’ve ever hated a crowd more than these guys. I hope WWE is happy with the fucking payday they made from this PPV. This was the first actually good match of the show and the crowd SHAT on it for no apparent reason releasing a wave, Cm Punk and Ole Chants. They ended this match earlier than they should’ve but while it was going it was a fun, hard-hitting match but it was hard to focus on. If it wasn’t in front of such a bad crowd on such a despicable payday glorified house show I might have given it a higher rating.
Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar for the Vacant Universal Title:
- Baron Corbin attacks Strowman with the title, Lesnar hits an F5 on Strowman for a near fall.
- A 2nd F5 hits and Strowman kicks out again.
- A 3rd F5 hits and the same shit happens, Strowman kicks out.
- A 4th F5 by Lesnar sends Strowman to the outside, near countout.
- A 5th F5 hits for the close.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Rating: N/A, WWE is never this serious but I’m typing this review crying about how horrible this show is. After this show, WWE might never be watched by me again and I know I’m not the only one in this boat. They just put the title on the inactive, horrible champion that was champion for forever. This is probably the worst thing that’s happened in WWE for years AND it comes after Roman had to relinquish the title due to cancer. This is despicable, who in the absolute blue fuck is booking this show?!
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler World Cup Final:
- Weird choice for the finals.
- The referee sends Drew Mcintyre to the back, Miz attacks a distracted Ziggler.
- Ringside, The Miz tripped and hurt his leg. Miz looks genuinely hurt or he’s doing an amazing sell.
- The Ring Announcer announces a forfeit, Shane Mcmahon interrupts him and says SD isn’t gonna go down like that, Shane Mcmahon takes his place.
Shane Mcmahon vs. Dolph Ziggler:
- So, that crappy tournament meant absolutely nothing.
- Baron Corbin trips Shane, the referee sends Corbin to the back.
- Zig Zag by Ziggler but the referee is late to the count making a near fall.
- Slingshot by Shane sends Ziggler into the corner, Coast 2 Coast by Shane closes the match.
Winner: Shane Mcmahon is the Best in the World @2:29
Rating: N/A, the Best in the World tournament up to this point was absolute garbage and it was a waste of time because Shane (someone who wasn’t even in the match) won. This show has gone absolutely horribly and nothing has gone right. I love the crazy fun of Shane winning if it was a Battle Royal or something but I just watched 2 hours of this tournament for a Mcmahon blowjob moment.
Degeneration Bald vs. The Brothers of Aging:
- The Mayor of Knox County and the Savior of WWE start the match. (Kane and Triple H)
- It’s great to see Shawn back in the ring however he doesn’t look too good bald.
- Undertaker and Michaels stand-off.
- The Brothers send DB to ringside so the bald men can be there standing while Taker and Kane put up the fist which incidentally means White Power which Kane should’ve known that so now the mayor of a Tennesee county has been in Saudi Arabia releasing the White Power symbol, that’s great politics.
- This show has driven me crazy.
- Taker hits old school on Michaels.
- So, Saudi Arabia is chanting This is Awesome, no it’s not. It’s absolutely not.
- Michaels has NXT on his tights, representing actual good wrestling is the highlight of this retirement home tag match.
- Elbow Drop by Michaels to Kane, only Michaels and HHH “Still got it”.
- Sweet Chin Music blocked by Kane into a Chokeslam, Taker tags in.
- Sweet Chin Music by Michaels catches Undertaker when he was distracted with HHH and both lay on the ground for FOREVER. Taker sits up and takes it ringside.
- Kane chokeslams HHH through the announce table.
- Apron Leg Drop by Taker to Michaels.
- This match is very boring.
- Moonsault by Shawn Michaels wipes out Taker and Kane ringside even though it mostly misses it was still really cool to see.
- Pedigree by HHH to Undertaker.
- Undertaker locks HHH in Hells Gate, Michaels superkicks Kane into the hold breaking it.
- Pedigree by HHH pins Kane.
Winners: Degeneration X @ 27:48
Rating: *, THIS WAS 30 MINUTES OF OLD PEOPLE LAYING ON THE FLOOR MOANING. MICHAELS ALMOST KILLED HIMSELF WITH THE MOONSAULT AND IVE NEVER BEEN SO BORED I LITERALLY STARTED DOING HOMEWORK AROUND MINUTE 15 OF THIS MATCH.
Show Grade: F-
Last Word: I could take this space to recap the show like I normally do but I’m just not going to worry about it. This is without a shadow of a doubt the worst show I’ve ever seen and I believe it was WWE fucking with Saudi Arabia and putting over Evolution. Multiple times the announcers were literally saying the show was trash, nothing went right, it went WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY too long. It will be a while until I volunteer to watch WWE again. If you feel the same way and are looking for other companies to watch I’ll be reviewing PWG BOLA 2018 and Progress Chapter 77 very soon so look out for that.