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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
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.
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.