The show opened with a video package highlighting that Goldberg is coming back tonight. Who’s next and all that goodness. Can’t wait to see his entrance.
Miz & Morrison kicked off the actual show with a pre-made parody video of Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, on the return of the Dirt Sheet. This was really well made, and you can see the passion behind the project. It was great. Though it didn’t exactly make me more excited for their tag team championship match at Super Showdown. But also Miz Dad was there! The New Day came out afterward to interrupt before The Usos also joined the party. This also brought out Roode & Ziggler, which allowed Miz & Morrison to beat up New Day a bit.
The Usos vs Roode & Ziggler. After a fun competitive match, The Usos pick up the win, which seems to indicate that Miz & Morrison will be picking up the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Super Showdown, and The Usos will be their first challengers, which makes sense and is a fresh matchup.
Alexa Bliss tells Nikki Cross she’s going to win the women’s Fatal 4 Way main event to become the number one contender to the smackdown Women’s Championship before there’s a recap of Corbin being covered in dog food. Corbin doesn’t like this however and throws the video production guy down the stairs for daring to play it.
Elias is in the ring next to doing a song before he gets interrupted by Sami Zayn and Cesaro. Cesaro and Elias have a decently competitive match, which Elias wins with an elbow drop.I’m not sure where this feud is going.
Finally, they reveal Goldberg is coming up next, and they show him… getting mic’ dup at home. For a via satellite interview. That is horrifically misleading, and I can bet the San Jose crowd was pissed that they didn’t get to see Goldberg live, especially with how heavily it was being advertised. But it’s not actually Goldberg next, because King Corbin comes out instead. He complains some more about Roman Reigns, because apparently this feud is still going on despite it finishing at The Royal Rumble and last week, and he says he wants one more match with Roman, and then pours a drink on a fan, boooo. This brings out Roman who beats up Corbin a little bit, and then says he’ll give him one more match, but it’ll be inside a Steel Cage. Which is what it should have been at Royal Rumble. Can this please, please, please be the end of this feud.
Now it’s finally time for Goldberg, live…via satellite, and he says he watched The RoyalRumble and it gave him the itch. Brock is all tied up with Ricochet and Drew McIntyre coming for the WWE Championship, but what about the Universal Championship. He then promptly gets interrupted by a Firefly Funhouse, and Wyatt accepts the match on behalf of The Fiend. Goldberg says he’s not intimidated by any of the mind games, and says You’reNext and then walks off. Wyatt says Let Me In and the segment ends. Goldberg vs The Fiendat Super Showdown. I don’t know how to feel about it. I feel like it could be a good match if they book it right. But it has to last about a minute. And Fiend has to win, obviously. All of Wyatt’s feuds as The Fiend have been rooted in history and lore of the Wyatt character, but this Goldberg match sticks out like a sore thumb. They’ve never interacted before, and this match is completely thrown together for the Saudi show like it always is for Saudishows. I just hope this doesn’t derail The Fiend at all.
Daniel Bryan is backstage before Heath Slater comes up to him and tells him he was stupid for doing a strap match against The Fiend, but in a nice, I just wanted to check up on you, kind of way. Bryan requests a match with Slater right then and there, and Slater seemed a little confused. They had that match next, and Bryan went full aggression mode, which was amazing to see. The crowd at the start was fully into Bryan and the yes chants, and as the match progressed, Bryan got more and more aggressive, hitting the running knee, but not ending the match, instead of stomping on Slater’s face more and more. The cheers subsided, and the crowd was really not sure whether to cheer or boo Bryan. This wasn’t a heel turn, but it was amazing character development for Bryan. Has The Fiend changed him…again?
There’s a quick recap of Braun winning the Intercontinental Championship next before he’s interviewed by Renee Young. Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn interrupt and they demand a rematch for the IC title. Rematch clauses aren’t a thing. Unless they’re a thing. Braun says he’ll fight for the title, any place, any time, and Nakamura and Zayn say they will have a rematch, just not tonight. Zayn goes on to say he’ll use all their resources, which brings out The Revival to attack Braun from behind. The segment ends with Nakamura standing tall over Strowman after delivering a Kinshasa. Otis has a date with Mandy Rose next week, so we see him getting ready for it in a montage video. This was good and funny at times, but it could have been so much better.
Sheamus kicked Apollo Crews head off next, before then kicking Shorty G’s head off, who came out to save Crews. Is this feud still going on? Why?
And in the main event, it was a Fatal Four-Way between Naomi, Carmella, Alexa Bliss and Dana Brooke for the number one contenders to Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship. Naomi is the only one of the four that got an entrance, and she had a face to face with Bayley last week, so it’s pretty obvious that she’ll be the one to win, right? Well after a decent match, Naomi looked to have the match won after countering a Twisted Bliss into a Rear View before Carmella came out of nowhere to hit two superkicks on Naomi for the win. Bayley immediately rushes into the ring and delivers a headlock driver thing, which leads to Carmella looking mildly put out, rather than selling being in pain. Bayley vs Carmella will take place in Saudi Arabia at Super Showdown, which will be the second women’s match thereafter Natalya vs Lacey Evans last year. Perhaps this is why Naomi didn’t win, as she doesn’t want to go to Saudi or something like that.
It was nice that Corbin & Reigns didn’t open or close the show, so that’s nice, but seriously, why is their feud still going on? It’s already ended twice. To advertise Goldberg and not have him appear in person is an absolute farce, and I don’t really know how to feel about him just being thrown together with The Fiend. Everything else on the show was fine, but I’ve been saying for weeks that it just feels like the same show time and time again. A lot of these feuds just need to move on and keep the wrestlers away from each other. Until then, SmackDown will continue to be boring and stale. Which is such a slap in the face when they’re doing such amazing stories over on Raw.