Did SummerSlam live up to the hype?

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After weeks of build-up, the SummerSlam pay-per-view arrived last night and the majority of the show lived up to the hype.

In this article I decide the worst match, best match, best performer and the overall rating of the show.

Worst match:

By far the worst match of the night was the Natalya vs. Brie Bella. This match came after the excellent Alberto Del Rio vs Christian match which meant the crowd were bound to be deflated. The fact that the match pitted two of the worst female wrestlers in the WWE didn’t help.

Thankfully the match only lasted four and a half minutes, however even that seemed like a life-time. There is no doubt that this match was the worst of the night and the WWE should never have booked it, but they have to promote Total Divas somehow.

Best match:

There is no doubt in my mind that Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk was the best match of the night, just as everyone had expected. The addition of the no-disqualification rule was inevitable and should have been announced last week on Raw rather than on the SummerSlam kick off show but apart from that, the build up to this match was arguably one of the best build ups in recent years.

The actual match was superb, with something in the match to satisfy everyone. The hardcore portion of the match was well done and the mat-wrestling was exactly what you would expect from former UFC Champion Lesnar. At 25 minutes long I could have easily taken another 10 to 20 minutes of this match and I expect that the WWE will capitalise on that feeling by booking a rematch at some point in the future. 

Best performer:

Rob Van Dam’s performance on the SummerSlam kick-off show would be unbelievable for anyone that saw his TNA run. RVD turned the clock back in terms of his appearance and his performance. The most disappointing thing about his match was that it was pushed back to the pre-show.

It is matches like this that had fans excited about RVD’s return. In my opinion this was Dean Ambrose’s best performance in WWE as well as RVD’s best performance since his return. If Van Dam continues with performances like this, he could well be in line for a title run, after he takes a break of few months in October.

Overall rating:

I would easily give SummerSlam an 8/10. Overall the show was the second best pay-per-view of the year, behind Extreme Rules. The Lesnar vs Punk match was the best  of 2013 so far and the John Cena vs Daniel Bryan match wasn’t far behind.

Had the mixed tag team match been given some more time and had the divas match been removed from the card completely, I would have given the show a 9/10. The end of the pay-per-view opens the door to a number of new feuds and also begins the run up to WrestleMania in April 2014.

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