Kofi Kingston will defend his WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler at Super ShowDown in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday, but don't expect an upset here.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com is reporting that " there aren’t any current plans for" Ziggler past Super ShowDown, which means it's highly unlikely he'd defeat Kingston for the title. Johnson suggests that Kingston will win after hitting Ziggler with the Trouble In Paradise finisher.
Kingston defeated Daniel Bryan to win the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 35, but the latter is currently injured. Johnson believes Kevin Owens would have been Kingston's opponent for Super ShowDown instead - but Owens informed WWE that he wouldn't be attending the event.
So in a way, it does feel as though WWE only threw in Ziggler as a last option to go up against Kingston. They didn't have many other heels to choose from the SmackDown Live brand, plus a large portion of the superstars were already slated for other matches on the Super ShowDown card anyway.
Ziggler was away from WWE television following the Royal Rumble event at the end of January, as he's been trying out a career as a stand-up comedian. He finally returned on SmackDown two weeks ago to confront Kingston, thus setting up their championship match in Jeddah.
But it's possible that Kingston doesn't walk out as the champion at the end of the night. Brock Lesnar vowed to cash in his Money in the Bank at Super ShowDown on this week's episode of Raw, before proceeding to attack Universal Champion Seth Rollins. So obviously, all signs point to Lesnar cashing in against The Architect, but WWE could pull off a huge surprise and have him cash in Kingston instead. We'll just have to see how it all goes down.
What This Means
Ziggler only appears on WWE sporadically now, and if he's not returning to the company any time soon, then he's obviously not going to defeat Kingston. The latter is in the midst of a highly successful main event run right now, so it's probably too soon to take the WWE Championship off of him anyway.