A new match has been added to the WWE Super Showdown card on February 27 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It’s the first-ever Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet match involving six wrestlers from the Raw roster. Here’s more from WWE.com about it:
As first announced on Monday Night Raw, Super ShowDown will play host to the first-ever Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match, as Rusev, R-Truth, AJ Styles, United States Champion Andrade, Erick Rowan and Bobby Lashley will complete in the high-stakes contest.
The good news about that is that Styles is returning from a shoulder injury suffered during the Royal Rumble match on January 26th. When Styles talked about it on video game channel a few days later, he was optimistic about a quick return, so that’s nice to see.
It also means that US Champion Andrade will be back from his 30-day suspension for a Wellness Policy violation. That suspension was officially announced on January 28, so February 27 does fall after 30 days. If you count the last four days of January, plus 26 more days, that means February 27 is the first day he could return.
Rusev has been off TV for several weeks due to a reported contract dispute, so at least he’ll have something to do at Super Showdown.
TJR Thoughts: It feels like every WWE show in Saudi Arabia has to have a trophy on the line in a match. They must have a trophy fetish or something. Anyway, I think Styles makes sense as a heel winner, but maybe Rusev should win because he could use the positive momentum as much as anybody.
If you’re wondering about Bayley vs. Carmella for the Smackdown Women’s Title, while it was mentioned as possibly happening at Super Showdown, it’s actually going to take place on Smackdown this Friday.
That means the updated Super Showdown lineup looks like this.
WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Ricochet
WWE Universal Championship: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Bill Goldberg
Steel Cage Match: Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin
Smackdown Tag Team Championships: The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (c) vs. The Miz and John Morrison
Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match: United States Champion Andrade, Rusev, R-Truth, AJ Styles, Erick Rowan and Bobby Lashley
There should be several more matches added throughout the month.
WWE Super ShowDown comes to International Arena at The Boulevard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 12 p.m. ET/8 p.m. AST, streaming live on the award-winning WWE Network. (I grab that sentence from the WWE.com preview. They love bragging about whatever awards they have won!)