Welcome to The Nerd Hub and our breakdown of Monday Night Raw’s Super ShowDown fallout episode. Though not quite Fyre Festival, Super ShowDown earned the nickname the “Disaster in the Desert” from many online fans. That left Monday’s show at the SAP Center in San Jose to pick up the pieces. So, let’s see how WWE began to set up Stomping Grounds which is right around on the corner on June 23. We started off the show with Universal Champion Seth Rollins and…
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WWE opened and closed the show with Universal Champion Seth Rollins. They recapped his successful title defense at Super ShowDown against Baron Corbin. Then, they rolled out their standard, boring setup of the main event with a show-opening promo. Corbin reminded Rollins that he’ll get a rematch in a few weeks at the pay per view in Tacoma, Washington. Corbin added that he’ll get a special referee for that match as well. That’s when Sami Zayn came out to get consideration for the job.
As a result, Seth Rollins lobbed a few threats Zayn’s way. So, Kevin Owens came out to defend his best buddy. Finally, we arrived at the roundabout way of naming Owens against Rollins as the main event.
As for the match, Zayn and Owens reverted back to their old pre-injury antics. Zayn came out in a referee uniform and distracted the actual referee several times. The Underdog from the Underground even kept John Cone from making a three count. So, Seth Rollins started taking his aggression out on Zayn. As a result, Seth Rollins drew the disqualification, giving the victory to Owens.
The match had little actual wrestling involved. It highlighted the shrinking credibility Owens and Zayn contain as serious heels. WWE went back to their friend schtick and it’s hurting the relevance of both. Furthermore, Corbin will not come across as a serious threat as long as Brock Lesnar looms with the briefcase. Meanwhile, Seth Rollins gets credit for drawing fan interest. However, he’s hurt by mediocre booking, like almost every one of the WWE Superstars these days.
BEST OF THE REST: NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPS
The RAW Tag Champion Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder refused to accept an underdog story role in a pre-match promo. However, their reign failed to survive a triple-threat match with The Usos and The Revival. The Usos dominated much of the in-ring action at SAP Center.
Following a number of superkicks, Jey Uso all but sealed the deal for the high-flying Samoans. Yet, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder became the ultimate opportunists with some late-match heel tactics. Dawson hit a splash and Wilder held back Jey from breaking up the pinfall. As a result, The Revival once again reign as Raw Tag Team Champions.
Give Ryder and Hawkins credit. Few took them seriously as contenders when they won the belts in their home state of New York at WrestleMania. However, they delivered when called up in the limited opportunities granted them the past few months. Yet, The Revival regaining the title belts makes all the sense in the world. Their feud with The Usos needs to become a central part of Raw going forward. Therefore, it makes more sense to involve the championship to put more at stake in their matches going forward.
BIG WINNER: LACEY EVANS & ALEXA BLISS
Lacey Evans took a lot of criticism last week after a botch-filled match with Charlotte Flair. However, the Lady of WWE bounced back in a big way this week. Evans took a starring role in a well-executed match also involving Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch and Bayley. Evans and Bliss scored the victory over the two champions when Evans KO’d The Hugger with a Woman’s Right.
During the closing sequence, Evans shoved Nikki Cross, who came out with Bliss, into Raw Women’s Champ Lynch. The Lady then socked Lynch with a Woman’s Right. Then, Evans hit the SmackDown Women’s Champ with another Woman’s Right to set up a Twisted Bliss. Bayley protected herself with her knees against Bliss, but fell victim to another Woman’s Right in the loss. Once again, Bayley gets hung with a loss in her hometown of San Jose. She notably lost her Raw Women’s title in 2017 to Alexa Bliss at the SAP Center at Payback.
Evans answered a lot of questions about her in-ring ability for a night with this performance. She jumped to the forefront in this match and propelled most of the action. Frankly, Evans needed an effort like this to come across as a legitimate contender in her rematch with Lynch at Stomping Grounds.
Meanwhile, WWE kept the Bliss-Cross storyline going as a subplot. Ahead of the match, Bliss convinced Cross that Bayley deceives people into believing she’s lovable and bubbly when she’s really not. These two clearly took a backseat to Evans this week, but The Lady needed a bit more of a boost than they did. She looks like she’s a big threat in the Raw Women’s Championship picture once again.
BIG LOSER: THE IICONICS
At this point, it seems like WWE uses The IIconics just to troll Sasha Banks. They continue to trot out Billie Kay and Peyton Royce as “the longest reigning WWE Women’s Tag Team Champs” while they never actually defend the belts. This week, they defeated “local competitors” Aleyah Mia and Lisa Lace, or as Triple H would call them “Guardians of the Independent Scene.”
Essentially, WWE tells us the women’s tag team division exists as one big joke. That flies in the face of what Banks and Bayley set out to do. Are we really just months removed from most of the women’s division fighting to get into the Elimination Chamber for these belts? Now, WWE creative invests zero time into the women’s tag team division. They appeared to start to build up The Kabuki Warriors, Kairi Sane and Asuka, as credible threats only to ghost them on TV recently. Nobody else even seems interested in contending for them at this point.
Bray Wyatt – Consider it a sign of the times that the best part of a weekly wrestling show isn’t wrestling. Firefly Fun House segments consistently deliver and this week served us another delightfully menacing episode. Ramblin’ Rabbit escaped being eaten again by Mercy the Buzzard only to seal his own doom. He threatened to reveal the true nature of the Firefly Fun House. As a result, Bray retaliated and showed us it’s okay to eat your friends with a jar of consumables made from said rabbit.
Ricochet – The One and Only teamed up with Miz and Braun Strowman in a surprise six-man tag match this week. The babyfaces defeated United States Champ Samoa Joe, Cesaro and Bobby Lashley. Miz set up Ricochet’s 630 Splash for the win by hitting a Skull Crushing Finale on Cesaro. WWE emphasized Strowman posing a scary threat to Joe during the match. That seems like the long-term story. However, Ricochet may emerge as the first man up to get a shot at the US Champ.
The Usos – They got the upper hand on The Revival with a Super Show Down victory and dominated the title match Monday. However, a victory for Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder also serves as a win for Jimmy and Jey. These four guys can finally start giving us some meaningful content and put aside the sophomoric locker room humor that few found funny.
Samoa Joe – The fun of the six-man tag match showcased the true depth of midcard challengers with which Joe can make magic. Though I’m no fan of Lashley, the Samoan Submission Machine would likely find a way to make even that feud interesting. He needs to hit one out of the park with his next run because the story with Rey Mysterio fell flat for the most part until the ending.
Seth Rollins – The fans remain invested in the newer, more aggressive version of the Universal Champ. However, WWE creative continues to serve as the biggest rival to Seth Rollins. The Beastslayer needs to firm up the storyline with Lesnar because no story told until that one ends will carry much weight. We know it will come down to Rollins and Lesnar at some point. WWE would benefit from making that sooner rather than dragging this out. The Lesnar briefcase cash-in story for the past few weeks seems more about conning people out of money for attendance at shows than actual entertainment angles.
Lars Sullivan-Lucha House Party – Two of my least favorite acts in the company just keep giving us terrible content. Inexplicably, Lucha House Party stood tall by taking out Sullivan at Super ShowDown. Therefore, WWE had to get payback for its latest flop of a monster. Sullivan dismantled Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado in a 3-on-1 elimination handicap match as enjoyable as a visit to the dentist.
Shane McMahon Celebration – Tripling down on terrible booking, WWE put over Shane O’Mac in a third straight pay-per-view against an actual wrestler. This time, Roman Reigns had to take it on the chin at Super ShowDown to keep gifting us with more Shane on TV. Chasing Lars taking out Lucha House Party with Shane and Drew McIntyre gloating feels like following up that dentist visit with a trip to see a proctologist.
Paul Heyman Promo – The Beast Incarnate’s advocate delivered a rambling promo that went nowhere. Essentially, Heyman announced Lesnar will take a break from WWE TV again. Vince McMahon likely enjoyed teasing live audiences with meaningful Lesnar appearances only to disappoint them each week. Now, Heyman said because of Rollins’ deplorable actions, which essentially amounted to defending himself from interference from Lesnar at Super ShowDown, Lesnar will no longer announce when he will cash in. This seems to defy logic after weeks of shows in which he didn’t announce his cash in.
Baron Corbin – I thought Corbin and Rollins turned in one of the few good matches at Jeddah. However, the announcement of the special referee stipulation for Corbin’s match at Stomping Grounds seems like it’s more important to the match than Corbin himself. That’s never a good thing for a guy trying to prove he deserves all of the main event matches that he gets.
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder – Though The Revival winning the belts means great things for the fans, The Revival, The Usos and Raw, it’s awful for these guys. It’s fair to wonder whether Hawkins and Ryder get many televised appearances in the future. Ryder spent almost an entire year off TV. Meanwhile, Hawkins served as the company’s ultimate sad sack for a few years. I legitimately feel awful if that happens because these guys turned in solid, entertaining performances every time they got a chance to work.