WWE’s superstars headed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the third pay-per-view from The Middle East and even though the superstars were battling the unforgiving heat they were still able to put on a fantastic show which has now planted a number of seeds leading into Stomping Ground in just two weeks time.
Kick off show: The Usos vs The Revival
The Usos and The Revival have had issues over the past few weeks since they were dragged into the feud between Shane McMahon and Roman Reigns. Tonight as part of The Kick Off show, The Usos were able to exact some revenge for their cousin when they pinned The Revival in what was a solid opening match for the show. Dash Wilder tripped over the ropes at one point because he was so excited to get in the ring, but it was still the usual tag team bout that’s come to be expected from these two teams.
Winner: The Usos
Universal Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs Baron Corbin
Seth Rollins‘ Universal Championship match at WrestleMania kicked off the show and once again the company allowed The Architect to head out to the ring first to defend against Baron Corbin. The Lone Wolf stepped up his game in the match and looked like he had it won a number of times over Rollins who was sporting injured ribs following the attack at the hands of Brock Lesnar just days ago.
In the end, it was the referee who was Corbin’s undoing since he spent too much time arguing with the official and Rollins scored a roll-up victory.
Winner: Seth Rollins
After the match, Baron Corbin hit End of Days and left Brock Lesnar to cash in his Money in the Bank contract, but Paul Heyman tripped over, distracted Brock Lesnar and allowed Rollins to recover, low-blow The Beast and then beat him down with a steel chair to prevent the cash in. Read More.
Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor (c) vs Andrade
The Demon made his way to The Middle East to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Andrade in what was one of the best matches of the night. Andrade and Finn Balor didn’t miss a step as they both proved why they are currently being pushed so hard on SmackDown Live. Sadly, without Zelina Vega in his corner it appears that Andrade is unable to bring out his killer instinct and on this occasion, it was The Demon who walked out with his Championship still around his waist.
Winner: Finn Balor
Shane McMahon vs Roman Reigns
It was common knowledge before the match that Shane McMahon wasn’t going to be heading to the ring alone, so it came as no surprise when Drew McIntyre headed out to be in his corner. While Reigns is obviously the better wrestler, having McIntyre at ringside paid dividends for Shane McMahon since he was able to distract the referee while McIntyre hit Reigns with a Claymore Kick to seal the victory. Reigns and McIntyre will now do battle at Stomping Grounds in less than two weeks.
Winner: Shane McMahon
Lucha House Party vs Lars Sullivan
Lars Sullivan made his in-ring debut as part of a three-on-one handicap match and despite the numbers being out of his favor, he was still considered to be the favorite for this match. The Lucha House Party tagged in and out of the match for a while, before they realized that the only way to defeat Sullivan was to gang up on him, which caused the disqualification.
Winner via disqualification: Lars Sullivan
After the match, The Lucha House Party managed to beat Sullivan down and exited the ring, but he was quickly back up on his feet and brutally attacked all three men on the entrance ramp.
Triple H vs Randy Orton
It was the match that had very little build up but brought together a lot of history for both men and it showed throughout. Randy Orton kept his head throughout the match and was able to overcome a number of Triple H‘s shots including kicking out of a pedigree before he secured the win and condemned The Game to his second singles loss in Saudi Arabia. This match comes 15 years after their initial meeting and both men proved tonight that they were still able to match the best in the business.
Winner: Randy Orton
Braun Strowman vs Bobby Lashley
Given the heat in Saudi Arabia hitting more than 100 degrees, this match obviously turned into a sweaty mess, but interestingly it was Bobby Lashley who looked as though he got the better of Braun Strowman in the opening exchanges. This wasn’t billed to be match of the night, but Strowman was able to gain some revenge and hit Lashley with a running powerslam for the victory, which shows that he could be back in Vince McMahon’s graces once again.
Winner: Braun Strowman
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Dolph Ziggler
Kofi Kingston defended his WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler in a match where he was looking over his shoulder for Brock Lesnar throughout but was still able to maintain his focus enough to match The Showoff move for move. Interestingly, the finish saw Xavier Woods help Kingston to victory, which is a heel move so it could be a hint for things to come.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
After the match, Ziggler challenged Kingston to a steel cage match, which he obviously accepted since it’s been made official for Stomping Grounds on June 23rd.
50-Man Battle Royal
WWE presented the largest ever Battle Royal in their history as 50 men battled it out to win the historic match which included a number of fresh faces and returnees. Sin Cara, Akam, Rezar, and even Matt Hardy all returned to the ring as part of the 50-man Battle Royal but were sadly all early eliminations. In the end, it came down to Elias and Saudi Arabia’s own Mansoor who was able to sunset flip The Drifter out of the ring to claim victory and wake up the watching crowd for the first time in the show.
The Undertaker vs Goldberg
The Undertaker returned to the ring for the first time since Crown Jewel last November to take on WCW legend Goldberg in their first ever encounter. This was the match that the company chose to headline the event but it was an absolute car crash. From the outset Goldberg entered the ring with a cut to his head, before the botches truly began and he dropped The Undertaker on his head from a Jack Hammer. The end felt more like a mercy than a pinfall as a botched chokeslam finally kept Goldberg down and awarded The Deadman his second singles win in Jeddah. Read More.
Winner: The Undertaker