For WWE’s latest piece of history, they put 50 guys in the ring for a battle royal.
Not Royal Rumble style. At Super ShowDown on Fri., June 7 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, all 50 wrestlers were in the ring at the start of the match. But a few still got their own entrances. Superstars like Elias, who sang a bit of a song about the 49 men he planned to throw out during the bout. And Miz, who brawled with the Drifter on the ramp. Cesaro got his music played. And Titus O’Neil, who successfully made it down the ramp without falling like he did at Greatest Royal Rumble.
#TitusWorldSLIIIIIDE?— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2019
Come on, guys. That's SO 2018.@TitusONeilWWE #WWESSD pic.twitter.com/UQpPkKnwy7
Eliminations came fast and furious, by necessity. The Singh Brothers, Gallows & Anderson, and The B-Team were among the first to go. Eric Young and No Way Jose followed. It was a nice way to see a few folks who don’t usually get screen time, for the few seconds they lasted.
We got an NXT tag scene reunion when AoP, Viking Raiders and Heavy Machinery squared off.
We have ourselves a TAG TEAM STANDOFF, people!#WWESSD pic.twitter.com/vwWZqZryth— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 7, 2019
Turns out Titus was hiding under the ring, and he slid in (get it!?!?) after a few minutes to toss Erik & Ivar before being eliminated by Shelton Benjamin. It was dumb, like most of the show at King Abdullah International Stadium had been - but at least this was dumb fun.
Things cleared out to allow Otis to hit Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura with the Caterpillar...
This #BattleRoyal has officially gotten the @otiswwe treatment.#WWESSD pic.twitter.com/09MCV3WP9O— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2019
...and for Rowan to eliminate him, then throw Xavier Woods on him to keep their SmackDown Tag title feud alive. The Revival dumped The Usos, getting their win back from the pre-show.
NXT’s Mansoor, Elias, Samoa Joe, Ricochet, Cesaro and Ali were the final men in the match. The United States champion was suplexed out by Ali & Ric, then thrown over by Cesaro, who was dumped by the Saudi-born Superstar.
It came down to the Drifter and the native son. He had to skin the cat to do it, but Mansoor made a tired Saudi crowd pretty excited.
.@KSAMANNY WINS THE LARGEST BATTLE ROYAL IN WWE HISTORY. #WWESSD pic.twitter.com/tIOMXxRTjA— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) June 7, 2019
He celebrated with his family, and fired up the crowd a bit more when Byron Saxton interviewed him in the ring. It made for a nice moment... is it the start of bigger things for Mansoor?
We’ll find out. In the meantime, get complete Super ShowDown results and coverage of the entire card here.