Rather than go match-by-match, I thought I would give my thoughts on SummerSlam.
It was a good event for the most part. I felt the first half of the show was the strongest. Enzo and Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens was a great way to kick off the pay per view. It was a good match and all four performers worked their tails off.
The Women’s title match between Sasha Banks and Charlotte was another crowd-pleaser, as I knew it would and one of my matches of the night. I’ve said it before, but I would watch these two wrestle all day, which is why I wasn’t upset with Charlotte going over. According to a report from Wrestling.Inc, apparently Sasha is getting time off to heal from nagging injuries. If anyone deserves time off, it’s her.
The other “Match of the Night,” was John Cena vs. A.J. Styles. I had to miss a little bit of it because there’s a brush fire in the next city over and I had to check out the smoke from outside. What I did see, I really enjoyed. Both Cena and Styles know how to put on an excellent match. This was similar to what I saw in their last match – many counters and big moves at a fast pace. What we didn’t see was Styles go over cleanly. I’ve always been a fan of Cena, but it was great to see Styles get the win.
I wish The New Day vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson would have actually been a full match, but I understand it was the pallet cleanser for Cena and Styles, which had the crowd on edge.
I liked the six-woman tag match for what it was. It was great seeing Nikki Bella return to the ring – especially off the heels of Eva Marie’s “vacation announcement.” All of the competitors got their moves in the match. Nikki had to be the one to get the fall because she made her return.
There were also moments I didn’t really care for – such as the IC title match. I like Apollo Crews and I was hoping he’d win the title. I like the Miz as well, but I feel like Crews – or anyone else at his level – would benefit more from having the title. I’d probably like Miz more as a champion if he was more invested in being the champion. Right now it just seems like he wears it to have it.
The two world title matches were good. Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler put on a decent match for the time they were given. Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship was exciting. It was a classic heel (Rollins) vs. babyface (Balor). The crowd’s reaction to the new title – which I’ll admit looks a little like a fruit roll-up – took me out of the match a little bit. However, Balor winning was a nice surprise. I said this about Shinuske Nakamura and Kenny Omega yesterday, but Balor is about wrestler who has had an amazing 2016.
The U.S. title match wasn’t what I expected – at least in terms of how it went down. I expected Roman Reigns and Rusev to beat the tar out of each other, but I didn’t think it would be a no-contest scenario. Although he was on the receiving ends of some boos, Reigns got some pops toward the end when he dispatching Rusev.
And then there’s Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton. It was a typical Lesnar match – Suplex City, opponent gets some offense and more Suplex City. I normally like TKO finishes as it brings an element of unpredictability to pro wrestling, but in this case I wasn’t thrilled. Brock looked like badass, which was fine with everyone. I did like the commentary though.
SummerSlam was a decent card and there were a lot of bright spots and several directions WWE can go with storylines.