The dominant headline coming into WWE SmackDown was Bill Goldberg’s pending announcement of his intention for Super ShowDown. Coming out of the show, not much is distinct as fans will see Goldberg take on an totally unexpected opponent when WWE returns to Saudi Arabia later this month.
Also on the show, Roman Reigns locked in however an additional match with King Corbin. This time, the two will face off in a steel cage, looking for closure for the third consecutive month. Also, the next challenger for Bayley’s SmackDown women’s championship was lined up in the night’s main occasion.
Let’s take a appear at what occurred from SmackDown at SAP Center in San Jose, California.
Goldberg and “The Fiend” agree to Super ShowDown title match
Following Roman Reigns and Baron Corbin threw down (see beneath), Michael Cole kicked off a remote interview with Goldberg to find out who the former WCW and WWE universal champion would face at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia. With the seemingly clear option of Reigns off the table and Brock Lesnar tied up with other issues on Raw, Goldberg was asked the trademark query of “Who’s subsequent?” Goldberg swiftly reminded fans of his brief run as universal champion and the reality he never received a rematch soon after losing the title to Lesnar before turning his concentrate to the present champ. Goldberg known as out “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, which drew a “Breaking News” edition of Firefly Fun House.
Wyatt quickly accepted Goldberg’s challenge on behalf of his evil alter ego. Goldberg mentioned he was refusing to fall for any of Wyatt’s thoughts games and delivered a easy message. “You are subsequent,” Goldberg shouted prior to the segment came to a close.
Who saw a Bray Wyatt vs. Bill Goldberg match coming in 2020? It is a wild thought and very much in keeping with the tone of the WWE’s adventures in Saudi Arabia. That is to say, entirely random and bordering on existing outdoors WWE canon. The interactions over the coming weeks among the usually-severe Goldberg, the wacky Wyatt character and the dangerous and dark “Fiend” must be intriguing if nothing at all else. And who does not love being blindsided by a match announcement? Grade: B+
Carmella earns shot at Bayley’s title
Early in the show, Alexa Bliss was shown speaking with tag companion Nikki Cross backstage. Cross reminded Bliss about the uphill battle she had later in the night to earn a shot at Bayley’s SmackDown women’s championship, when she’d face Naomi, Carmella and Dana Brooke. Bliss told her tag companion you don’t turn out to be the initial woman to hold the Raw and SmackDown titles unless you have a “something twisted” up your sleeve. That moment served as a single of two red herrings on who would be the subsequent lady up to challenge for Bayley’s title, along with Naomi’s current return to action and seeming clear path to a title shot. By the end of the night, neither woman would sit as No. 1 contender.
Carmella def. Alexa Bliss, Naomi & Dana Brooke via pinfall soon after pinning Naomi following a superkick. Bliss seemed briefly poised to win down the stretch, heading up top for Twisted Bliss on Naomi. Naomi got the knees up to counter the move and hit Bliss with the Rear View. Carmella entered the picture then, hitting Naomi with a superkick to get the pinfall and become No. 1 contender to the SmackDown women’s title. Seconds right after her victory, Carmella was attacked from behind by Bayley, who had been watching the match from ringside. The attack left Carmella down while Bayley walked to the back with her title to finish the show.
Someplace along the line, WWE actually decided Carmella was in a really particular group of “any time, any place” title challengers. That is fantastic for her and she has come a lengthy way with building her character and in-ring work. But the general sense was that Naomi’s return at Royal Rumble and subsequent interaction with Bayley had her set for a title plan with Bayley. Alternatively, fans will be treated to Carmella vs. Bayley, which feels unsatisfying in a way. Wrestling is a extended game, even though, and Super ShowDown naturally will not feature a robust women’s presence on the card, so Carmella may just be the challenger to fill time till the subsequent occasion exactly where WWE is permitted to have females completely participate in the show. A stronger title run for Bayley would also add some weight to the complete circumstance, but that is just not the reality of her reign. Grade: C
What else happened on WWE SmackDown?
- The Miz and John Morrison brought back The Dirt Sheet to kick off the show. The tag group introduced the trailer for a “movie” they claimed would win an Academy Award. Afterward, The New Day duo of Massive E and Kofi Kingston interrupted their Super ShowDown challengers to go over their upcoming match. Soon after Miz and Morrison said they’d defeated each and every tag group SmackDown has to offer you, The Usos created their way to the ring to point out that they’d not however picked up a win more than the former multi-time tag group champions. Dolph Ziggler’s music was next to hit, leaving an opening for Miz and Morrison to jump New Day from behind.
- The Usos def. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode by means of pinfall right after Jimmy Uso hit Roode with the Uso Splash. Jimmy countered a Ziggler superkick with 1 of his personal, tagging in Jey Uso for a splash, but Ziggler countered that with the knees up for a near fall. Moments later, in the ensuing chaos, Roode ate a double superkick from the Usos and Jimmy hit him with the Uso Splash for the pinfall.
- Elias def. Cesaro by means of pinfall after a leading-rope elbow drop. Ahead of the match, an Elias performance was interrupted by Cesaro. Sami Zayn chalked up the interruption to Elias interrupting him final week following Shinsuke Nakamura lost the intercontinental title to Braun Strowman.
- Roman Reigns challenged King Corbin to a cage match. Earlier in the evening, Corbin had thrown a production team member down a flight of stairs for re-airing the footage of him being covered in dog food by Reigns and The Usos. Later in the night, Corbin came to the arena and continued his claims he would not have lost to Roman Reigns had The Usos not gotten involved — involvement spurred by Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode interfering on Corbin’s behalf. He demanded but an additional match with Reigns. “The Large Dog” ran out, delivered an abbreviated beatdown and chased Corbin off just before agreeing to one final match, but stated this conflict would take place inside a steel cage, preventing any individual from interfering on behalf of either man.
- Daniel Bryan def. Heath Slater through submission with the LeBell Lock. Bryan was backstage when Heath Slater stopped by to verify on the founder of “The Yes Movement.” Bryan, clearly frustrated at Slater’s rundown of the factors that have recently gone wrong for him, threw down a challenge for the two to meet in the ring right away. Bryan brutalized Slater from the jump just before delivering a lengthy series of stomps to the head prior to locking in the LeBell Lock on a essentially unconscious Slater.
- Braun Strowman was interviewed in the ring. Strowman addressed winning the intercontinental championship from Shinsuke Nakamura on the preceding week’s SmackDown, his very first singles title run. Sami Zayn and Nakamura interrupted him prior to Zayn requested “an honorable rematch.” Strowman said he’d put the belt on the line any time, any spot, such as this quite evening. Zayn accepted the match, but mentioned it would not take place tonight ahead of saying they’d be “surgical” and “tactical” and would use every single resource prior to The Revival attacked Strowman from behind. Strowman was in a position to lay out Nakamura and The Revival just before taking off following Zayn. Zayn escaped by slipping out of his jacket, top Strowman into a knee from Nakamura and a Kinshasha to lay out the champ.
- Otis was shown backstage with Tucker. The two then had an 80s move-style montage with Otis hunting to get in “date shape” for his Valentine’s Day date with Mandy Rose. Tucker gave Otis numerous guidelines, like ripping the sleeves off his suit jacket, and telling his tag team partner to eat his steak utilizing utensils.
- Sheamus def. Apollo Crews by way of pinfall right after a Brogue Kick. The match was more than in a matter of seconds. Shorty G ran in to make the save when Sheamus was about to deliver an additional post-patch kick to Crews. Sheamus ended up laying out Shorty G with a kick as well.