This year’s highly anticipated SummerSlam event is now in the books after The Beast Brock Lesnar walked out of the Staples Center with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
There were mixed feelings towards this result from the fans, some were ecstatic that John Cena didn’t retain his gold and that Dolph Ziggler also finally captured a title. Whilst many were let down by the fact that Lesnar is a part-time talent who will now hold the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and believe the night itself lacked a certain edge.
I’ll admit, even though I’m happy with Brock Lesnar capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, I understand that fans have their own worries about the near future; the event was a success but it certainly fell short of expectations.
The pay-per-view had both good and bad aspects to it, no pay-per-view is perfect but SummerSlam is billed as the biggest party of the summer, and the second biggest event in the WWE could and should have been better.
Let’s take a look at the good and the bad that came out of SummerSlam.
The good: The pre-show
The first good point from SummerSlam was the quality of the pre-show match between Rob Van Dam and Cesaro. The pre-show matches have a history of being at a high standard because they’re free and it sets the tone for the remainder of the night, so the fans decide to pay for the rest of the event. Cesaro and Rob Van Dam put up a great match, albeit it was a last minute addition with nothing relevant involved in terms of a feud; but nevertheless a great wrestling match put on by the two.
The bad: The pre-show result
Even though the match itself was fantastic; Cesaro should’ve won this match. He did dominate RVD in the match and his numerous European uppercuts were very impressive. I just feel with Cesaro falling down the pecking order over the last two months or so, booking him to lose to RVD who will be on his way out again relatively soon does nothing but hurt his chances of becoming a main event star again in the near future.
The good: Dolph Ziggler becomes Intercontinental Champion
Dolph Ziggler fans can rejoice as their favourite superstar finally has a championship to his name; the second biggest title in the company. He always performs well inside the ring and the match wasn’t all that bad either. The fans seemed to be into it especially with The Miz continuing to avoid being hit in the fans proved to still be entertaining but even without any stand-out highlights it was great to see Ziggler finally getting some recognition.
The bad: AJ dropping the Divas Championship
I am perfectly fine with Paige becoming Divas Champion once more, it will help her develop her character a lot more and there’s a story behind it too. At such a young age the only way is up for Paige and the match wasn’t bad either considering the standard we see on the main roster. Nevertheless the negative here is that with AJ dropping her title it looks very likely that AJ Lee will be on her way out of the company soon, or will certainly start distancing herself from the company to start a family with CM Punk; the company needs AJ Lee.
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The good: Roman Reigns dealt with the pressure
This was Roman Reigns biggest test to date in his singles career, yes he’s been in a Money in the Bank ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and he was in the Fatal 4 Way title match the following pay-per-view as well, but during those matches he shared the spotlight with seven other superstars in the Money in the Bank ladder match and three others at Battleground, this time all eyes were on him. This is the second biggest pay-per-view in the WWE, this event would test Reigns' resolve at the top and if he could cut it at SummerSlam, he’d be fine WrestleMania.
Randy Orton was a good opponent for him to have, his slow style allowed Reigns to dictate the match at his own pace and in doing so, he looked very strong and got a huge win under his belt and didn’t crack under the immense pressure. It wasn't the best of matches, and it's worrying to see Reigns receiving this huge push yet his former teammates stole his thunder at SummerSlam.
The bad: Nobody knows what a flag match is
A huge disappointment, not the actual match itself but the fact that there were many different theories on the rules of this match. It was thought Rusev and Swagger would need to reach for their respective Russia and USA flags and it was only when the match started we realised pin-falls and submissions were all allowed. That last minute stipulation had an impact on many fans predictions as without a pin-fall it was thought that Swagger would win but Rusev would still look strong. It was just too confusing but the finish was a good way to potentially continue the feud and Rusev kicking Zeb Colter was a fantastic way to draw heat; nevertheless it was still a disappointment.
The good: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
This was the match I was looking forward to the most and I think this lived up to expectations. It was a wild, over the top brawl which was exactly what we expected ever since Seth Rollins turned on The Shield. The fact that some time was spent in the fans was good and the finish also allowed Ambrose to look strong in defeat; even though Reigns is the man the company is pushing both Rollins and Ambrose are doing a fine job to stay on par, if not above him.
The bad: The Lumberjacks
Possibly the worst set of lumberjacks I have seen in the WWE; there was potential with some big names there but they just seemed uninterested and not the big threat they were supposed to be. How intimidating can Stardust, Goldust, The Usos and Bo Dallas really be to Ambrose and Rollins who ran riot as part of The Shield? They didn’t prove to be a threat whilst Erick Rowan and Luke Harper shouldn’t have been there either; definitely didn’t fit well with their gimmick and still made it more realistic.
The good: Nikki Bella heel turn
If you don’t keep up with the dirt sheets then you would’ve been surprised when Nikki Bella attacked her sister Brie during her all-important clash with Stephanie McMahon. There weren’t many negatives with this, there was a solid story, both worked well in the ring and Triple H’s presence was also welcomed by the fans. Nikki’s heel turn keeps her relevant and adds a bit more depth to the Bella Twins once more.
The good: Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho
This is what Jericho is back for, to put younger stars over and they don’t come bigger than Bray Wyatt. With no Harper and Rowan, Bray had a big task to make himself a serious threat to Jericho and he did just that, the match was a lot better than their previous encounter last month and the small promo after his victory was interesting as well; expect a final match between the pair next month.
The good: Brock Lesnar dominated John Cena
I know a lot of fans aren’t happy with this, but this is exactly what needed to happen. The fact that Brock ended the streak meant the only way the streak ending had any legitimacy was that Lesnar would go on to annihilate John Cena like only he can; he not only made Cena look weaker than him, he made a 49-year-old Undertaker look strong because of how far Lesnar had to go to defeat The Deadman. Defeating Cena looked an easy task once the show ended.
16 German Suplex’, throwing Cena around the ring like a rag doll, a couple of F5’s and a great deal of ground and pound on John Cena was the perfect way to have Lesnar win and become a realistic champion in the so called reality era, right now he looks unbeatable and that’s perfect way to have someone else step up to the plate and dethrone him. The WWE Championship is defended too many times, the championship changes hands too many times, superstars who don’t deserve to hold the gold end up holding it and can’t handle the pressure.
Sometimes there’s just no winning with the fans, Lesnar and Heyman are the men to bring the legitimacy to the Championship, the title should only be defended at uber-special events, that’s when fans are drawn in more. John Cena needed to lose, and he needed to be dominated, Lesnar did what needed to be done.
WWE fans – what did you make of SummerSlam? Happy with the results? Let us know in the comments section below.
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