It was this week’s SmackDown surprise: Dolph Ziggler is back to face Kofi Kingston at the Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia for the WWE title. The match was made official by WWE after the blue show, when the champion accepted the challenge. But why is the “Showoff” back?
Because yes, Kofi Kingston was in rivalry with Kevin Owens for Money in the Bank and the rivalry could have continued until June 7, but this is not the case. The reason it’s Dolph Ziggler, and not Kevin Owens, is that he will not go to Saudi Arabia. It was Dave Meltzer who spoke about it during the last Wrestling Observer Radio. Sami Zayn will not also visit the country. He had not participated in the Greatest Royal Rumble last year due to his Syrian origins (injured at Crown Jewel). Saudi Arabia and Syria have a long history of problems.
To return to Dolph Ziggler, the latter was initially booked for a Comic-Con in Australia, during the Super ShowDown weekend. His presence has been canceled and Carmella will replace him.
Unfortunately due to a schedule change, @WWE Superstar @HEELZiggler is unable to travel to @OzComicCon Melbourne. Stay tuned for another @WWE Superstar announcement within the next hour! #WWEAustralia pic.twitter.com/jCvxUm44kK— WWE Australia (@WWEAustralia) May 22, 2019