For the third year in a row, WWE Summerslam is being held in Brooklyn NY. The summer PPV version of WrestleMania. Also, 1 of 4 PPV’s that are both SmackDown and Raw. Suppose to be a 4-hour event, the kickoff show began at 5 o’clock, the same time the doors opened. Personally, it is already off to a bad start.
Miztourage vs. Jason Jordan and the Hardy’s –Talk about a terrible way to start, this match started at 5:27. There was maybe 200 people inside when the match began, and maybe 150 in their seats. Doors should have opened at 4, but that’s my opinion. So, way to waste the “A-lister” and an all-time great tag team in the Hardy’s. Also, a waste tonight, the IC title, one of the biggest belts in WWE history. This match wasn’t really anything special, just a match thrown together to get some names on the cards. Hope the show goes up from here.
Winner; Miztourage Match Rating – 4.5
Neville vs. Akira Tozawa(Champ) – Cruiserweight Title Match – Tozawa has gotten me pretty interested in the Cruiserweight division, he’s been fun to watch. I personally believed since the Cruiserweight tournament, the division just hasn’t been special. Neville, who didn’t have a story in the main roster got put in the division to help boost it, and he did. After losing the belt last Monday the 14th, came out and won it back just 6 days later. I can see a Tozawa and Neville having a feud for a while.
Winner; Neville Match Rating- 5.6
The Usos vs.The New Day (c) – SmackDown Tag Team Title Match – Two of the best tag teams current and of all time, the Usos and the New Day put on a show. It was your typical tag match. One team had full control and than a good 5-10 minutes of back and forth battle. The Usos end up being just a tad better and join a small class becoming 4-time tag team champs. It was the perfect match to end the kickoff show and get everybody pumped up for the next 4 hours.
Winner; Usos Match Rating – 7.3
John Cena vs. Baron Corbin – Cena and Corbin is basically a thrown together match. Just made so both guys are a part of Summerslam, especially Cena. Cena returned after an absence about 2 months ago and is known as a free agent in WWE. It’s already rumored that he’s leaving SmackDown after Summerslam and joining Raw. So, he had a 4-week feud with Rusev and now finishing a 4-week feud with Corbin. This really had no story involved until last Tuesday the 15th when Corbin would cash in his money in the bank briefcase and Cena cost him the belt. Corbin would take his anger into the match, and put on a good match, basically controlling the entire time. But, at the end of the day, the face would bounce and grab the victory.
Winner; John Cena Match Rating- 6.7
Natalya vs. Naomi (Champ) – SmackDown Woman’s Title Match – Naomi is in the mist of her second title reign. After having to give up the belt due to injury in early 2017, she returned to her home town at WrestleMania to win the title back. Natalya is a vet, and not just in WWE. Her uncle is the hall of famer, Brett Heart. She comes from a long line of Heart’s and one of the most recognized families in all of wrestling. This match was very one sided, and kind of seemed like it was going to flip and go the other way. But, using her knowledge, for the first time in 6 years, Natalya using her uncle’s move, the sharper shooter, becomes the new woman’s champion.
Winner; Natalya Match Rating – 6.5
Big Show vs. Big Cass (with Enzo Amore suspended in a Shark Cage) – About 2 months ago, Enzo and Big Cass relationship as tag partners and ever since, Cass has dominated him in all aspects. Enzo would call upon the Big Show to help him. I will admit it, earlier in the week I read on cage side seats, a rumor that Enzo would turn heel with Cass and take out the big show. I’d love to see that, and let Enzo do nothing but manage Cass. I don’t think you really needed a website rumor mill to know how this match was going to end. Big Show is at the point in his career where he is in WWE to help put guys over. Cass needs a lot of putting over if you ask me. He is just a big guy who can win matches, but I don’t think he really has any other main card values.
Winner; Big Cass Match Rating – 4.3
Randy Orton vs. Rusev – So Orton came out first, got attacked in the ring by Rusev. The bell would finally ring, and Orton would hit the RKO and win. You couldn’t even take a drink during this match.
Winner; Randy Orton Match Rating – 2.9
Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss (champ) – Raw Woman’s Title Match – Sasha Banks is a three-time woman’s champion and won the chance to face Alexa Bliss after her best friend Bayley had to drop out due to injury. Personally, I love watching Bliss, and not just because she’s cute. She legit, knows what she is doing in the ring. She has a lot confidence. Early on, it has been all Bliss in this match, or in other words, just like most of Sasha’s matches. Sasha was thought to have hurt her shoulder, and Bliss had full control. But, at the end of the day, the boss is now 4-time woman’s champion.
Winner; Sasha Banks Match Rating – 6.8
“The Demon” Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt – Let’s get one thing straight, Demon or not, Balor is one of the best all-around guys in the business. Also, Bray Wyatt is one of the best mic guys since the Rock. So, this set up was great. The biggest problem with this match, Wyatt never wins big matches. He won the belt and lost it within a couple of months later. This guy deserves a positive push and that includes major wins. Also, if you haven’t seen you must see both the Bray Wyatt entrance and the Finn Balor Demon entrances. What a year it has been for Balor, last year at Summerslam 2016 he became the first ever universal champions, to only to give up the belt the next night due to injury. Keep in mind with this match, the Demon is a special thing, you may only see it at major PPVs. Of course, Summerslam, is arguable the second biggest behind WrestleMania, the demon makes an appearance. I stated that due to my point earlier about how Bray needs more of a push. It was a match between two great competitors and at the end of the day, the Demon overcame the Eater of Worlds.
Winner; Finn Balor Match Rating- 8.3
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro & Sheamus (champs) – Raw Tag Team Tile Match – On June 2nd, 2014, Seth Rollins hit Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns in the back with chairs to break up the Shield. For the first time since, Ambrose and Rollins team up vs Raw Tag Team Champions, Cesaro & Sheamus. Cesaro and Sheamus were just thrown together as a tag team and have had a lot of success. Rollins and Ambrose have been doing singles stuff until about a month ago. Being the tag team with most the most recent experience, they took out Ambrose and beat up on Rollins early. Of course, like any WWE tag match, eventually the guy one team takes out, comes back. What a match this turned out to be. The move Seth Rollins hit at the end was amazing, jumping from the site of the turnbuckle, onto Cesaro’s shoulders to hurricanrana him into Sheamus. This lead to Rollins and Ambrose hitting both their finisher moves. Ambrose would end up getting the pin and winning.
Winner; Ambrose and Rollins Match Rating 8.7
Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles (Champ) – US Title Match – Special Ref Shane McMahon- The match I have been waiting for, Styles vs. Owens. These guys are just all around talent. Microphone skill, out of ring talent, in ring talent, they both have it all. This one has a twist, Shane McMahon as special guest referee. Shane has said the past couple of weeks, he would call the match right down the middle and minus sometimes where Styles or Owens would put their hands on him, he called the match right down the middle. In all fairness to Styles, he got pushed into Shane which cost him the match about half way through when he got Owens to tap out with Shane out of the ring on the floor. Shane would finally end up playing a factor later in the match. Styles would end up being pinned by Owens. During the count, Styles would get his leg on the rope and it would piss Owens off. Shane and Owens would get into a pushing match, which would lead to Styles taking advantage. Style retains the belt, being so far, the only incoming champion to walk out champion from their match.
Winner; AJ Styles Match Rating – 8.4
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jinder Mahal (Champ) – WWE Championship Match – Jinder Mahal has really grown since joining WWE in 2011, starting off as a manager and working his way all the way to the top, a place a lot of people didn’t see him going. Starting in 2002 in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Shinsuke Nakamura has been a fan favorite all about the world. Nakamura made his big name with the WWE universe during his time in NXT from 2016-2017. Of course, Jinder came to the ring with The Singh brothers, who always tend to get involved and we will see later if they do in this match. Jinder had full advantage early on in this match. One thing I’ve been impressed with while Jinder has held the title, minus the help from the Singh brothers, he has put on some impressive matches. Unfortunately, this one was bad. Zero creativity at all between two creative guys. Not only a bad match, but a horrible ending. The Singh Brothers got in the ring, Nakamura beat them up, Jinder took too long to get his finisher move and cover him. What a waste of talent.
Winner; Jinder Mahal Match Rating- 2.6
Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe vs Braun Strowman vs Brock Lesnar (Champ) – Universal Title Match – And here we go! 4 of the biggest guys in the sport, no rules, title on the line. 4 men who are believed can’t be beaten. Champion disadvantage in the match, he doesn’t have to be involved in the outcome. Last month, story lines had Lesner vs Joe and Reigns vs Strowman. Joe came very close to beating Lesner. The two I want to see the most are the two that was rumored months ago for this event, Stowman vs Lesner. The couple of times they stood the crowd would go nuts, I would sit up in my room. Luckily for WWE, they have about 20 hours to rebuild the Barclays Center for Monday Night Raw. This match is barely 10 minutes old and it’s already the best of the night! Stowman legit puts Lesner through not 1 but 2 announce tables and then lifted one and dropped it on him
Lesner ended up being stretchered out of the arena. Surprisingly, Lesner would end up returning to the match, after what seemed like he had 3 red bulls. Oh, my what a match, best of the night. First off, I’m very happy that Reigns didn’t win, I truly believed a riot would have happened if that happen. Everybody in this match had a chance to win, they all put on a show that would save a bad night. But, at the end the beast incarnate ends up walking about of the Barclays Center still champion.
Winner; Brock Lesnar Match Rating- 9.3!
At the end of the night, this PPV lived up to the party of the summer. 8 championship matches, 5 of which ended up with title changes. The non title matches had moments but the main event stole the show at the end. You know what they say, save the best for last, and that’s exactly what the WWE did. Great job by the WWE, let’s hope going back to the brand split until November doesn’t slow anything down.
SummerSlam 2017 rating- 8.7