WWE is heading back to Saudi Arabia again on June 7, 2019 to present one of their highly profitable shows in one of the richest countries in the world. A follow-up to the Crown Jewel event, the WWE has coined their latest Saudi foray as “Super ShowDown.”
The announced card is quite light as of today but there are some matches that have been confirmed. Triple H will face Randy Orton in a singles match and the event will also feature a 50-man battle royal, which could be a logistical nightmare unless the company decides to use multiple rings to execute the match.
The biggest match on the card is The Undertaker facing the returning Goldberg, who has resigned with the company and will be back in the ring competing for the first time since Wrestlemania 33 in 2017 where he dropped the WWE Universal title to Brock Lesnar. This will be the first time the two have competed against one another in a singles match.
Speculation around the 52-year-old Goldberg’s signing has many believing that the move was made to prevent the popular wrestling figure possibly appearing in All Elite Wrestling, who are running their Double Or Nothing event Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Paradise, Nevada.
His return could also easily be explained as a request by the royal family or influential members of the country. They had previously requested other Superstars and legends including Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels, who came out of retirement to team with Triple H at the Crown Jewel event.
Regardless of the reason behind Goldberg’s return, it has generally been seen as a good sign for the company as they had a tenuous relationship with the wrestling veteran previous to his 2016 return.
It is highly unlikely that any female Superstars will appear in the ring during the event due to the religious realities in Saudi Arabie.
The WWE has partnered with the Saudi General Sports Authority to present the Greatest Royal Rumble and Crown Jewel events. They continue to plan on presenting events in the country on a regular basis to not only serve the area’s wrestling fans but also due to the large financial win fall that is attached to presenting a sporting event in that country.
With declining television ratings and lower revenue figures, the financial boost the Saudi events give the company a boost to their bottom line. That boost comes with criticism due to human rights violations and controversial events such as the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
WWE Super ShowDown will be broadcast live from the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on June 7, 2019.