Wednesday, 31 August 2016

WWE Summerslam 2016 Review

WWE Summerslam took place on Sunday 22nd August at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. With 13 matches in the whole event, including the Kick Off Show, plus the crowning of a new Champion, how will the biggest event of the Summer fare? Let's take a look.

The first match on the Kick Off Show was The Vaudevillians, The Ascension and Breezango taking on The Usos, The Hype Bros and American Alpha. After a while in the match, Ryder gets worn down by his opponents before he tags in Jimmy Uso. In the end, American Alpha hits grand amplitude on Simon Gotch. However, Jimmy Uso in a dick move, tags in and hits a splash to get the win. This was aquite an entertaining match and it looks like they are teasing a heel turn by The Usos.
Winners: The Usos, The Hype Bros and American Alpha (1 for 1)

The next match is another tag team match with The Dudley Boyz taking on the team of Sami Zayn and Neville. Zayn and Neville showed some good teamwork before the Dudleys focus their attack on Neville. Bubba Ray misses a senton, which gives Neville the chance to tag in Zayn. A miscommunication by the Dudleys leads to Zayn hitting a Helluva kick to Bubba Ray, who then receives a red arrow by Neville. This was a fun match although it seemed a little short to me.
Winners: Sami Zayn and Neville (2 for 2)

The final match on the Kick Off Show was the first in a best of seven series between Cesaro and Sheamus. The match goes back and forth before Sheamus gets the advantage. Despite Cesaro mounting a comeback, Sheamus throws him into a turnbuckle then hit a brogue kick to get the win. It was a decent match but I don't know if I want to see them 6 more times.
Winner: Sheamus (3 for 3)

The first match of the event was Enzo Amore and Big Cass taking on Jeri-KO. During the match, Jeri-KO get to focus their attack on Enzo. He eventually gets the tag to Big Cass after avoiding a cannonball by Owens. Despite Big Cass making a comeback, Jeri-KO get the win after Owens pops up Enzo into a codebreaker by Jericho. I was surprised that Jeri-KO won but I enjoyed the match.
Winners: Jeri-KO (3 for 4)

The second match was for the Women's Championship as Charlotte gets her rematch against Sasha Banks. Charlotte gets the early advantage after dropping Sasha's back onto the ropes. Charlotte goes on to ficus on the lower back before Sasha reverses a top rope razor's edge into a frankensteiner. Sasha applies a Boston crab, hits a double knee to the floor and puts on the Banks statement but Charlotte manages to turn it into a pin to get the win. This was a good match but the ending came out of nowhere. Also, Charlotte was a bit careless in a few moves during the match. I was very surprised that Charlotte would regain the belt but, with Sasha having to take some time off to deal with niggling injuries, it was probably the right move.
Winner: Charlotte (3 for 5)

Next is Apollo Crews challenging Hollywood Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. Miz was dominant for most of the match, even though we got to see Crew's impressive athletic ability. Miz gets the win after avoiding an avalanche splash and hitting the skull crushing finale. A very short yet enjoyable match between the two.
Winner: The Miz (4 for 6)

Now one match that I was looking forward to watching: AJ Styles taking on John Cena. This match went back and forth with Styles hitting a torture rack into a spin out powerbomb; and Cena hitting a fucking code red. This was a great bit when Styles applies a calf killer and Cena reverses into a STF. Cena comes very close to winning it after hitting a super AA. However, Styles hit a Styles clash followed by a phenomenal forearm to get the win. I was convinced that Cena would win but I'm so happy that Styles won and I really enjoyed this match. Styles is going on to challenge for the WWE Championship at Backlash. As for Cena, hopefully this will be a chance to evolve his character that he has had for the last 12 fucking years.
Winner: AJ Styles (4 for7)

We now get Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson challenging Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods from The New Day (with Jon Stewart). Gallows and Anderson focus their attack on Kofi before Woods gets the hot tag. The end comes Gallows and Anderson hit the magic killer on Kofi. Jon Stewart, bizarrely comes in to check on Kofi. Gallows and Anderson go to attack Stewart however, Big E comes in to make the save, getting his team disqualified. This match wasn't great to be honest which is a shame as I quite like both teams.
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (5 for 8)

We now get the WWE World Championship with Dolph Ziggler challenging Dean Ambrose. This match went back and forth with Ziggler hitting moves such as a fameasser and a zig zag. However, he couldn't put Ambrose away. In the end, Ziggler tries to do a top rope facebuster but Ambrose stops it and hits dirty deeds to get the win. This match wasn't bad and it was weird seeing Ambrose display some heelish behaviour even though he is technically Smackdown's top babyface.
Winner: Dean Ambrose (6 for 9)

Next is the 6-woman's tag match with Becky Lynch, Carmella and Naomi taking on Natalya, Alexa Bliss and the returning Nikki Bella.  Carmella gets worn down by her opponents before she manages to tag in Lynch. However, Nikki Bella gets the win after hitting a TKO on Carmella. The match wasn't anything special to be honest.
Winners: Natalya, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Bella (7 for 10)

Now a match that I'm really looking forward to: Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor for the WWE Universal Championship. This match starts at a fast pace before Rollins takes over. Balor gets hit with a brutal buckle bomb. sending him into the barrier and dislocating his shoulder. Balor manages to put it back in and recovers to make a comeback. Rollins comes close to winning it after a pedigree. However, in the end, Balor hits the coup de grace to become the inaugural WWE Universal Champion. It was a good match however, Balor's injury did hinder it as it limited his move set. Unfortunately, his reign lasts less than 24 hours as he has to vacate the title. It's a shame as he has been pushed so strongly since he was called up in the draft. Anyway, Balor will be back in 6 months so get well soon Finn.
Winner: Finn Balor (7 for 11)

The penultimate match is for the United States Championship as Roman Reigns challenges Rusev. Rusev attacks Reigns before the bell and it degenerates into a brawl and Rusev gets destroyed. The match never starts as a result. It would be nice to see Rusev beat reigns but I suppose they need want to make both guys look strong so it was probably the best decision.

The main event is Brock Lesnar taking on Randy Orton. Lesnar hit a few German suplexes before the fight goes to the outsdie where he chuck Orton through the Smackdown announce table. Orton responds with a RKO on the RAW announce table. Orton hits another RKO in the ring for 2 before Lesnar hits a F5 then proceeds to elbow the fuck out of Orton's head. Orton starts bleeding profusely and the match is stopped by the referee. Afterwards, Lesnar hits Shane McMahon with a F5 when he comes out to check on Orton.

I'm torn about the ending of this match. I get that you want to protray Lesnar as a monster. However, with the issue of concussions being very prominent in the media, it's probably not the wisest idea to show that level of brutality; especially in the PG era.
Winner: Brock Lesnar  (8 for 13)

I honestly thought that Summerslam was a mixed bag. Some of the matches were pretty good and a couple were disappointing. I thought that the order of matches seemed a bit weird and I don't think that having someone bleeding and knocked out is the best way to end the second biggest event of the year.

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