WWE Summerslam took place at the Barclays Center in New York on the 23rd August. It looks like it will be a great event, looking at the card. So, how will it fare? Let's take a look.
After the show starts with a segment involving Jon Stewart and Mick Foley, we get our first match, which is Randy Orton taking on Mr Money in the Bank Sheamus. Highlights of the match include: Orton hitting an exploder suplex and later on, a hanging DDT; and Orton hitting a RKO with Sheamus rolling out of the ring. In the end, Sheamus reverses an attempt at a punt to hit the white noise followed by a brogue kick to get the win. The middle of the match wasn't great. However, they had some unique sequences, which helped to engage a generally tough New York crowd. Overall, a good way to start the Pay-Per-View.
Predictions: 0 for 1
The next match is for the Tag Team Championships as The Prime Time Players face the challenges of The New Day (sucks!), Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores in a fatal 4-way match. Like their match last month, Darren Young gets worn down by their opponents. Eventually, Young breaks free from Kofi and tags in Titus. Titus clears out everyone and hits the Clash of the Titus on one of the Matadores. However, Kofi had already tagged himself in by this point and he throws out Titus and pins the Matador to win the Championships for The New Day. I was quite surprised that The New Day won. However, thinking about it, it makes sense. The New Day are one of the best things on WWE TV at the minute and giving them the Championships would help to keep that momentum.
Winners: The New Day
Predictions: 0 for 2
Next was Dolph Ziggler (with Lana) facing Rusev (with Summer Rae). Quite early on, Rusev went fot the Accolade and Summer Rae tries to slap Lana. However, Lana slaps her, causing Rusev to release the hold to shout at Lana. The fight goes to the outside and Lana and Summer get into it. Ziggler then superkicks Rusev onto the announce table. Unfortunately, while all this was happening, the referee was counting and neither of them got back into the ring in time before the ref rang the bell for a double count out. The match was decent enough but I wasn't a fan of the finish. That means that the feud will continue (yay?)
Winner: None due to Double Count Out
Predictions: 0 for3
Next was King Barrett and Stardust taking on Neville and Stephen Amell. Amell surprised Stardust with some wrestling moves. However, Barrett tagged in and cut off Amell with a kick to the gut. Stardust and Barrett work on Amell in their corner before Amell manages to get in a kick to Stardust and tags in Neville. The action goes to the outside and Amell does a neat cross body to the heels. Neville then rolls in Barrett and hits the red arrow to get the win. I quite enjoyed this match. However, considering that Amell and Stardust were the focus of this feud, it felt weird that they weren't involved in the finish. I suppose this means that their feud will continue and I'm not if I want that to happen.
Winners: Neville and Stephen Amell
Predictions: 1 for 4
We now get the triple threat match with Ryback facing the challenges of Hollywood Miz and The Big Show. At the beginning, Miz goes out of the ring forcing Ryback and Show to fight each other. Show runs down both guys before Ryback cuts that off with a chopblock. A couple of minutes later, Miz hits a skull crushing finale on Ryback after he hits Show with a shell shock. Miz tries to pin both guys numerous times before Show hits him with the KO punch. Ryback then clotheslines Show out of the ring and pins Miz to get the win. This was a good match until the end. The New Day did that to win their match earlier; and it is not something that Ryback (who is the face) should do to win as it's a heelish move.
Predictions: 2 for 5
Next is a tag team match between Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Harper and Wyatt take advantage after Reigns was smashed into the announce table to wear down Ambrose. Reigns eventually recovers to take the tag from Ambrose and he lands some offense before getting hit by a sit down powerbomb from Harper. Reigns goes on to hit Superman punches to both Wyatts before he and Ambrose hit a doomsday device on Harper and Wyatt breaks up the pin. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail on Ambrose but he gets out of it and hits dirty deeds. Reigns then hits the spear to get the win. The match was pretty decent although it seems that the anti Reigns crowd is making a comeback.
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
Predictions: 3 for 6
Next is World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins taking on US Champion John Cena for both Championships. Highlights of the match include: Rollins hitting a running shooting star press; Cena hitting an AA early on; Rollins missing a phoenix splash and getting the STF put on him; and Cena applying a figure four and Rollins reversing it. The end comes when we get a ref bump and Jon Stewart runs down with a chair and hits Cena in the gut. Rollins then hits Cena with the Pedigree onto the chair to win the match and become the first wrestler since Goldberg in WCW to hold the US title and the World title. I really enjoyed this match and it's one of my favourite matches if the year. However, I wasn't really a fan of the end. I like Jon Stewart but I feel that him helping Rollins might not have made sense to much of the audience.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 3 for 7
We now get a three team Divas elimination match involving the teams of Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Paige; Sasha Banks, Naomi and Tamina; and Nikki Bella, Brie Bella and Alicia Fox. Early on, the Bellas do suicide dives to everyone and Tamina gets pinned in the middle of the ring, eliminating her team. The Bellas and Alicia start to work on Paige before she manages to tag in Charlotte. She later on tags in Becky who hits an urange on Brie to get the win. This wasn't a bad match. However, the main issue with The Divas Revolution is the character development or lack of.
Winners: Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Paige
Predictions: 4 for 8
The penultimate match is Kevin Owens facing Cesaro. Cesaro goes for the big swing early on, but Owens blocked in and sent Cesaro to the outside. Owens works on Cesaro, hitting moves such as
a cannonball splash into the barricade. Cesaro deso get back into it with moves such as a giant lift up slam. However, it goes pear shaped when Owens crotches Cesaro on the top turnbuckle then hits s top rope suplex driver. He followed that up with a pop-up powerbomb to get the win. This was a good win for Owens after losing his feud with John Cena then losing his his NXT title to Finn Balor the night before. Overall, a solid match.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Predictions: 4 for 9
The main event is the Revenge of the Taker (again and kind of) as Undertaker faces Brock Lesnar. Highlights of the match include: Lesnar hitting 4 German suplexes and getting busted open early on; Taker hitting a tombstone for 2; Lesnar applying the kimura then getting hit with the last ride; and Lesnar hitting 3 F-5s. In the end, Taker puts Lesnar in the Hell's gate but it's reversed into the kimura. Taker rolls to pin Lesnar and he kicks out and the bell rings. The referee Charles Robinson goes to the timekeeper and states that he didn't call for the bell. Meanwhile, Taker low blowed Lesnar and reapplies the Hell's gate. Lesnar eventually passes out giving Taker the win.
Up until the end, this was a really enjoyable match. However, the ending ruined it for me. We all expected Undertaker to win and get his revenge for Lesnar breaking the Streak. The ending makes it look like that Taker didn't deserve to win, especially as the replay shows Taker tapping out. Anyway, it looks like we will get Taker/Lesnar III in the foreseeable future.
I quite enjoyed Summerslam. However, I wasn't a fan of some of the endings. I get it creates debate and more matches but it flies in the face of even WWE logic, which is impressive and slightly disappointing.