SummerSlam Review

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It was the biggest party of the summer SummerSlam was live from Brooklyn and it was a stacked PPV card with 11 matches. As I always do I will provide you with my three count and my thoughts on SummerSlam in addition to the results.

1) New Champion

Heading into this SummerSlam PPV I was looking forward to this match between Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. It’s very rarely in wrestling that fans get to witness two wrestlers that are still in their prime and are considered two of the very best wrestlers in the world. The buildup for this match was done flawlessly; this shouldn’t be a surprise when both Seth Rollins and Finn Balor are unbelievable on the mic. I like the fact that the WWE decided to educate the fans on Finn Balor’s character “The Demon King” because not all fans watch NXT or have the WWE Network.

Before the match started both Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley showcased the new WWE Universal Championship and I must say it looks very nice. This match was filled with numerous spots that left the crowd speechless. Finn Balor was very aggressive from the start he scored a dropkick to Seth Rollins in the corner. This was followed by a Coup De Grace a double foot stomp from the top rope but Rollins was intelligent enough to move out of the ring
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Both men fought for control back and forth but Seth Rollins got his offense in including a dangerous running Buckle Bomb on the outside on the barricade. This was the moment where Balor injured his shoulder he tried to brace his fall. As a savvy veteran Rollins controlled the pace of the match but when push came to shove, Finn Balor found enough energy to connect with the Coup De Grace on Rollins to pick up the win. Finn Balor continues to make history in the WWE and he became the first inaugural WWE Universal Championship.

2) Phenomenal

I thought that this match could steal the show however due to the fact that it was a stacked PPV; this match didn’t get talked about enough it got lost in the shuffle. I must say that I have enjoyed their long feud so far and this match was a rematch from their contest at Money In The PPV.

The crowd was split for both John Cena and AJ Styles as expected and the match had everything that fans would want near falls, excitement, and suspense. AJ Styles connected with a Styles Clash followed by a Flying Forearm to pick up the victory which cements his legendary career.

However, the last image of this match was John Cena sitting in the ring and he decided to take off his never give up armband. It will be interesting to see what the future has in store for John Cena moving forward, this was a passing the torch moment with AJ Styles. It will be interesting to see what will happen to both John Cena and AJ Styles.

3) Controversial finish

I thought that the build up to this match was excellent for all of the video packages being 15 years in the making. In addition, Orton took shots towards Lesnar for testing positive at UFC 200 on the mic leading up to the match. On the other hand, compare that with Paul Heyman’s masterful work on the mic it’s easy for fans to get invested in Lesnar’s matches. I noticed that Brock Lesnar excels in these sit-down interviews leading up to his matches because fans get to witness Lesnar’s genuine emotions.

To be honest, I don’t even know why fans are outraged because they know what they are getting with a Brock Lesnar match; it’s going to be a very quick match. Due to the fact that he has a very limited offense as his main moves are Suplex’s and his finishing move the F5, overall I enjoyed this match for what it was.

I understood the finish of the match of Lesnar busting Orton wide open with his vicious elbows, and then he gave an F5 to Shane McMahon for getting involved in his business. I didn’t have a problem with it; however, I would have preferred Orton to have won this match.

It would have been more beneficial for Orton to win rather than Lesnar going over because of his Lesnar’s part-time schedule. However, that being said it was smartly booked because Orton was defeated but he wasn’t pinned or submitted. Due to the outcome of the match, it builds up the anticipation of a rematch if they have another match on PPV.

WWE SummerSlam Results

The Usos, American Alpha, and The Hype Bros defeated Breezango, The Ascension, and The Vaudevillains Jey Uso won the match for his team after a Uso splash on Simon Gotch of the Vaudevillains.

Sami Zayn and Neville defeated The Dudley Boyz

Neville and Sami Zayn were victorious via the Red Arrow

Best of 7 Series Match 1: Sheamus defeated Cesaro

Sheamus picked up the first win in the best-of-7 series with a Brogue Kick.

Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens defeated Enzo Amore and Big Cass

Jericho pinned Amore after a Kevin Owens pop-up into a Jericho Codebreaker.

WWE Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks

Charlotte regained the WWE Women’s Championship after countering the Banks Statement into a pinfall.

Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz defeated Apollo Crews

The Miz retained the Intercontinental Championship after a Skull-crushing Finale.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Club defeated The New Day  

The New Day had help from former Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Stewart interfered to distract the Club Big E made a big return and attacked The Club to draw the DQ, I was shocked that the Club didn’t win and become the new WWE Tag Team Champions.

WWE Championship Match: Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler

Ambrose retained the WWE Championship after countering a top-rope Facebuster attempt into Dirty Deeds.

Nikki Bella, Natalya, and Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch, Carmella, and Naomi

A returning Nikki Bella pinned Carmella after hitting her new finisher, a fireman’s carry into a cutter.

Roman Reigns vs. Rusev for the United States Championship

This match never happened because the two were brawling on the outside way before the match even started. I loved this booking because Rusev still holds onto the US Championship and he still looked very strong.

Overall I was very pleased with this PPV it felt like a very average PPV at best. Therefore I would give this PPV a 7/10 because when comparing it to NXT TakeOver and ROH Death Before Dishonor, a couple days before they were much more entertaining PPV’s.

 

NXT Takeover Brooklyn II Review

 

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The night before SummerSlam the future of the WWE was showcased live in Brooklyn with NXT Takeover Brooklyn 2. To honest, I was more excited for NXT TakeOver than I was for Summerslam due to the matches and feuds.

1) New NXT Champion

The WWE did an incredible job building up this feud and both Joe and Nakamura have contrast in styles but a very similar as well. Shinsuke Nakamura entrance was insane there was a guy playing the violin for Nakamura’s theme song and on TV it looked unbelievable. Nakamura live entrance was easily the top 5 to 10 entrances that I saw on PPV or TV in wrestling that I was blown away. The beginning of the match started slow because both were trying to feel out each other. Nakamura was played mind games with Joe and he connected with many vicious knees

There was a great spot where Joe gave Nakamura a Powerbomb and he only got a two count then Joe right away goes for a Boston crab, that then transitioned into the STF submission. Enziguri from Nakamura gives him breathing room.  Nakamura was able to get some significant offense in with a corner knee and then he put Joe on the top buckle to perform a dangerous knee on Joe’s midsection.

Another unique spot Joe got caught in a cross ArmBreaker but he holds onto his grip to prevent it from fully being applied. It turns into a triangle choke but Joe powers out and works a Cloverleaf. Nakamura found himself in a dangerous situation in the Coquina Clutch but he managed to get out but he got a couple stiff knees his troubles. Once again Nakamura was in the Coquina Clutch but he used his legs to reach the ropes to break the hold. Nakamura had Joe on a life when he dropped Joe with German Suplex, It looked like it was over with the Kinshasa but Joe countered into a Powerslam that gets near fall.
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Nakamura tried to escape but he was unsuccessful. Joe managed to connect with the Muscle Buster on Nakamura but he kicked out and nobody has kicked out of it before. Joe attempted to go for another one but Nakamura got free and he hit the Kinshasa only to get a near fall. The finishing sequence had Nakamura hit a second rope knee followed by a second Kinshasa to get the win. Nakamura made history in his second NXT PPV to be crowned the NXT Champion.

2) Glorious debut

I couldn’t be any happier for Booby Roode he made his NXT debut and it was glorious. I loved his entrance coming down from the sky on this tall device. The crowd was actually singing along to with his theme song. This was a good match and I wasn’t that high on Andrade “Cien” Almas at first but he is a good worker. Bobby Roode did his best to naturalize Almas high flying moves and keep the match on the ground.  The finishing sequence had Rood hit a massive Spinebuster, Then Roode connected with a Pumphandle Slam which is called The Glorious Bomb to win.

3) Tag Team match

I knew that going into this match it had the potential to steal the show the crowd was so over for both Gargano and Ciampa. Dash helped Dawson get free of a hold and when the referee tells him about it, Dawson pulls Gargano’s hair then he tags in Dash who has his arm worked by Gargano. Gargano nailed a running single leg dropkick for only a two count.

The Revival tried to do some double team moves but Gargano and Ciampa stop them and the four men standoff. They were trading blows Ciampa sent Dawson over the top and they go for the finish on Dash but Dawson pulled him out of harm’s way. Gargano took out Dash with a Suicide Dive and Ciampa took out Dawson with a knee off the apron, The Revival come back with a cheap shot and back Suplex by Dawson.

The NXT Champions had a smart strategy to neutralize Ciampa in the corner with double team moves. Ciampa thought he finally tagged Gargano, but Dash was distracting the referee so the referee doesn’t let Gargano in. The Revival hit a backbreaker/middle rope elbow double team for a close near fall.

Ciampa officially tagged in Johnny Gargano and he went to work he hit clotheslines and a snap belly to belly on Dawson. Gargano got sent to the apron where he kicked Dash and does a slingshot into a spear on Dawson for a close near fall which I love that spot. Gargano ducks clotheslines and rolls up Dawson for two as Ciampa pulls Dash outside. Tag to Ciampa who counters a DDT into his armbar. Dash pulls Gargano off and tries to get in but Johnny stops him. Dash gets free and saves the match. They try a double suplex but Gargano spears Dash.

There was a crazy series of double team moves from both Tag teams. The Revival attempt to connect with the Shatter Machine but Gargano countered and gave a Superkick Dawson. Ciampa rolled Dash up for near fall and he landed a big knee on Dash. Then he tagged in Gargano and they hit their kick/knee combo.

Gargano goes for the cover it was close but Dawson used his high IQ to put Dash’s foot on the bottom rope. Dash chopped block Gargano and he tagged in Dawson. Then Dawson locked in an Inverted Figure Four by Dawson and Gargano had no choice but to tap out. I was very surprised that Gargano and Ciampa didn’t win the NXT Tag Team Championships because they were so over with the crowd and quality as a tag team.

I thought that NXT TakeOver Brooklyn II it was the best PPV of the weekend in terms of the overall card I would give it a 9/10.

NXT TakeOver Brooklyn II Results

Austin Aries wins out with a sunset flip bomb and Last Chancery goes back on No Way Jose tapped out

Ember Moon defeated Billie Kay via a top rope stunner

Asuka defeated Bayley via a vicious kick to retain her NXT Women’s Championship

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ROH Death Before Dishonor Review

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Ring Of Honor kicked off an action-packed weekend that was filled with wrestling PPV’s and this was the first PPV Death before Dishonor. As I usually do I will provide you with my three count and my thoughts.

1) New Champion

Adam Cole and Jay Lethal told an excellent story heading into this pay-per-view main event Adam Cole decided to embarrass the ROH Champion by cutting off his dreadlocks. As a result of the ROH, match booker had no choice but to make sure that Adam Cole would not be able to compete for ROH World Champion.

However Jay Lethal had different plans because he wanted a match against Adam Cole in order to his revenge. Being an amazing heel as Adam Cole is he decided to take Lethal’s braids out of his trucks and that made Lethal irate. The two went back and forth with chops to each other but Lethal was in control of the match he scored two dropkicks. Adam Cole was placed on the table on the outside and Lethal climbed to the top rope to deliver a flying elbow but he was unsuccessful he crashed and burned as Adam Cole moved out of the way.

The pace of the match was absolutely perfect Lethal connected with the Hail to The King for a two count. The finishing sequence was unbelievable with nonstop action Adam Cole hit Lethal with the Destroyer to Lethal for a two count. It looked like Lethal was going to pick up the win with the Lethal Injection but Adam Cole kicked out at two and gave Lethal the middle finger.

Cole countered a Superkick attempt from Lethal and then Cole connects with the Shining Wizard. Cole hit the destroyer on Lethal only for a near fall then he connected with the last call multiple times on Lethal to pick up the victory. Adam Cole made history and he became a two-time ROH World Champion. After the match Adam Cole celebrates his win but then Kyle O’Reilly was behind Adam Cole and hit him with a Brain Buster, O’Reilly poses with the world title to close the show.

2) Statement victory

This was an interesting situation because it was No Holds Barred match between Adam and Jay Briscoe, these two have had a heated rivalry. The two were beating the living hell out of each other Page. Briscoe gave a Suplex to Page on the entry ramp outside. Page used his rope to choke Briscoe over the ropes Briscoe crashed to the outside. Adam Page hit a vicious Powerbomb to Briscoe on the steel chair. Adam Page was setting up a table at ringside, to give Briscoe the Rite of Passage off the ring apron. Jay Briscoe managed to get out of the move and back into the ring; he hit Page in the mat with a Death Valley Driver.

Page decided to wrap a bull rope around Briscoe’s neck he launched Briscoe onto the ring apron. Page went for a Shooting Star Press off the ring apron, but Briscoe countered with a Superkick. Adam Page hit Briscoe with the Rite of Passage through a table but Briscoe was able to kick out at the count of two. Page choked out Briscoe with the bull rope once again, this was followed that up with the Rite of Passage on Briscoe once again Adam Page to pick up the victory.

3) Getting pushed

This was the perfect way to start off the PPV a four corner survival match to crown the new number one contender for the ROH TV Championship. All four competitors Lio Rush, Jay White, Kamaitachi and Donovan Dijak all have a bright future ahead of them. Most of the intense spots through the match happened on the outside. One of the best spots was when Lio Rush hit a reverse Hurricanrana to Dijak. Dijak hit a big boot to Rush that was followed by Feast Your Eyes on Rush to pick up the victory, to became the number one contender for ROH TV Championship.

I thought from top to bottom It was a fantastic card and started a busy wrestling weekend with a bang that would give it an 8/10. Even though I am a fan of Jay Lethal, it was time for Adam Cole to get back his ROH World championship for the second time and start to reclaim his dominance back in ROH.

ROH DBD Results

Katsuyori Shibata defeated Silas Young via a PK Kick

Chaos defeated Bulletclub Yano with a low blow to Takahasi then he rolled him up to pick up the victory.


Kazuchika Okada defeated Dalton Castle via Rainmaker

Bobby Fish defeated Mark Briscoe with the Falcon Arrow Suplex to pick up the victory

The Addiction retained their ROH Tag Team Championship

Tanahashi connected with the High Fly Flow on EVIL. Tanahashi went for the pin, but Daniels used his intelligence and he tagged himself in just as Tanahashi left the top rope Daniels used a jack knife cover and pinned both men to pick up the victory.

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