WWE’s booking of the Super Show-Down card coming next month in Australia is actually quite smart.
For the last several weeks on Monday Night Raw, there have been a battle of promos pitting Triple H and the Undertaker against each other. Two weeks ago, Shawn Michaels was introduced into the mix and it now appears that Michaels might return for one more match, even if its a tag team match.
Last night, Undertaker responded yet again, telling Triple H and the Undertaker he’ll have Kane in his corner when the match takes place in Australia.
eThis likely leads to the Crown Jewel show, which WWE announced for Saudi Arabia in November. There, I’m expecting we’ll see Kane and the Undertaker team up to face Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
So why is this booking quite smart, as I put it? Here are four wrestlers whose combined age is over 200 years old. It’s smart because WWE has a marquee match — at least a semi-main event — and they don’t have to use any of their main roster talent to fill that spot.
Instead of forcing a storyline-driven match with Roman Reigns or Braun Strowman, WWE can keep at least one of their main feuds off the show, and replace it with Undertaker and Triple H, and the bells and whistles that go along with two future Hall of Famers stepping in the ring for one more go around.
Besides, WWE needs some sort of “name” talent to help fill up 80,000 or so seats in one of these enormous soccer stadiums they’re going to be running.
WWE is sending Reigns and Strowman to Saudi Arabia in November, along with Brock Lesnar, for a triple threat Universal Title match, but that show will also feature the expected Undertaker/Kane vs. Triple H/Shawn Michaels tag team match. The use of the legacy talent allows WWE to keep Samoa Joe and AJ Styles, for example, off that show. Or, it allows WWE the chance to put them in a match, but not feel as though they’re wasting a future pay-per-view main event on a non-regular show.
The challenge will be whether or not WWE can do this in the future. There’s only so much legacy talent available. Perhaps they could convince Kurt Angle or Goldberg to step back into the ring again, but aside from those two, WWE would be slim on realistic options.
But for now, this booking works. And, it works quite well.