WWE’s third Saudi Arabia event, Super ShowDown, is hitting us this Friday afternoon. As expected, there are more than a few wrestlers who have requested not to appear on this card, some who were forcibly told not to show up, and others who are simply not considered worth booking.
This makes the usual Superstars Missing entry for this event somewhat different, in that it isn’t all just jobbers and injuries. Also, to further complicate things, WWE will be holding a 50-Man Battle Royal on this show, which could feature any number of talent from Raw, SmackDown, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK and elsewhere.
With all that being said, and knowing that the card is always subject to change, let’s take a look at the talent being left off the card for WWE Super ShowDown 2019.
The Entire Women’s Division
Per usual, since this is taking place in Saudi Arabia, no female performers are scheduled to appear on the card, be it as a manager or as a wrestler. Despite rumblings that a match could happen, it appears those were just empty promises.
As such, this means every woman on the Raw, SmackDown, NXT, NXT UK and even 205 Live if you count Maria Kanellis, is off this card. If you’re a completionist who wants to know everybody, here is your list of female Superstars who are not performing at Super ShowDown:
— From Raw: Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, Naomi, Natalya, Nia Jax, Nikki Cross, Ronda Rousey, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Sasha Banks, Tamina Snuka
— From SmackDown: Asuka, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Ember Moon, The IIconics, Kairi Sane, Lana, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose / Sonya Deville, Mickie James, Zelina Vega
— From 205 Live: Maria Kanellis
— From NXT and NXT UK: Aliyah, Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Chelsea Green, Dakota Kai, Deonna Purrazzo, Io Shirai, Isla Dawn, Jazzy Gabert, Jessamyn Duke, Jessie Elaban, Jinny, Kacy Catanzaro, Karen Q, Kavita Devi, Kay Lee Ray, Killer Kelly, Lacey Lane, MJ Jenkins, Marina Shafir, Mia Yim, Nina Samuels, Piper Niven, Rachael Evers, Reina González, Rhea Ripley, Shayna Baszler, Taynara Conti, Tegan Nox, Toni Storm, Vanessa Borne, Xia Brookside, Xia Li
From Monday Night Raw
— AJ Styles: The current storyline is that Styles is dealing with an injury right now that Baron Corbin has made worse. Whether that’s true in any fashion or just a means to write him out of the mix so he doesn’t show up for this event remains to be seen.
— The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor): When was the last time they were even seen? They’ll likely be in the battle royal, but that’s not saying much.
— The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar): Rumor has it AOP will be ready to go pretty soon, but until then, they’re still on the inactive list while Akam is injured.
— Bray Wyatt: Call me crazy, but I just don’t think the Saudi Arabia event is going to be where we see Wyatt make his in-ring return…
— Cedric Alexander: Undoubtedly, Cedric is going to be in the battle royal. They didn’t feel it necessary to announce him, though.
— Cesaro: Likewise for most people here, Cesaro will be in the battle royal. There’s even a chance he’s one of the more prominently featured players.
— Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder: Fodder for the battle royal, if they’re going.
— Drew McIntyre: He’s not technically “scheduled” to compete yet as far as the advertised card, but you know he’ll be there for the Roman Reigns and Shane McMahon match, if not also the battle royal.
— EC3: I’m assuming he’ll be fodder for the battle royal, which is a shame, as he should be booked well enough at this point to be a potential winner. That’s not going to happen.
— Eric Young: I’m 100% depending on the idea that Eric Young will be unceremoniously thrown over the top rope very quickly in the battle royal.
— Fandango: Fandango is still on the injured list, with no set timetable announced for when he’ll be returning to action.
— The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows): If these guys haven’t requested to not work the show, they’ll be battle royal participants.
— Heath Slater and Rhyno: Fodder for the battle royal, for sure.
— Lio Rush: We haven’t seen Lio Rush in quite a while. He may or may not be in the doghouse. He may or may not be going down to NXT. He may or may not be working out the rest of his contract and on the way to being released. Who knows?
— The Miz: It’s interesting The Miz wasn’t given something better to do here. Perhaps he’s one of the foremost people in the battle royal, or maybe he even requested not to go to this event? That would seem out of character for someone who seems to be willing to do anything for WWE, though, so I guess he’s just one of the 50.
— Mojo Rawley: Battle royal filler. Good lord, he’d better not win or something stupid.
— No Way Jose: He’s going into the battle royal. He’ll be eliminated rather easily. You’ll basically just see his hair.
— Rey Mysterio: Mysterio is injured and will be out for an indeterminate amount of time.
— Ricochet: He and Cesaro are in a feud, but that’s not going to translate in any way in the battle royal that I can realistically see happening. Too many other people are in the mix and this isn’t a spot to showcase something like a personal feud between two of the midcarders, no matter how good they are.
— Robert Roode: Battle royal, for sure. That is, unless they plan on doing something with the 24/7 Championship. Then, maybe he’ll be involved in that, too.
— Samoa Joe: The new United States champion could have been defending this or regaining it here had WWE decided to put more stock into that, but I’m actually on board with him just being given the title by Rey Mysterio. If that’s all he does this week, I’m okay with it, but I’m hoping Joe is one of the possible winners of the battle royal.
— Sami Zayn: Supposedly, Zayn is not allowed to appear at these events because of his ethnicity. Imagine that in 2019…
— Titus O’Neil: One of the first to be eliminated in the battle royal.
— The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar): I actually don’t think these two will be in the battle royal. I have a feeling WWE will want to protect them from that loss, and there will be enough others from Raw, SmackDown, 205 Live, NXT and even NXT UK that they won’t need to be in it.
From SmackDown Live
— Aiden English: There’s a chance he’s in the battle royal, but I don’t think that will happen. English is more of a commentator at this point and I think they have more than enough people where they’ll put others in the match above him.