WWE Results: Summerslam 2017
In the books is another "The biggest party of the summer" Summerslam, has come to a close, and what an... interesting PPV. There were so many questionable finishes, but what dance around it, let's just get right into it.
First and foremost, I need to mention that I was unable to see the first two kickoff matches, so I can't say anything about the quality of those matches.
Akira Tozawa (c) vs Neville (Cruiserweight Championship match)
Like I said, I wasn't able to watch this one, but I'm left to wonder why they would have taken the belt off of Neville just for him to take it back only 6 days later.
Winner: Neville (Rybo Slice)
The Hardy Boyz and Jason Jordan vs The Miztourage
Without knowing the finish of the match, this is a little perplexing. Maybe WWE is done pushing Jason Jordan already, but it seems like if they wanted him to do something, this would have been a crucial win.
Winners: The Miztourage (Pink)
The New Day (c) vs The Usos (Smackdown Tag Championship match)
Again, I have to repeat my sentiments from yesterday; why was this a kickoff match? It was such a well fought, inventive and exciting match. Even though I lost my vote on this one, I am very happy with the work these boys put in. The best thing about this, is because the belts changed hands, we get to watch them fight again (Sorry Brundan).
Winnes: The Usos (no one)
John Cena vs Baron Corbin
It makes sense to start the PPV with Big Match John, especially knowing the result. This was a good fight, but there isn't much more to say about it. Baron is in the shit house for something, and John is John, what else could be said about him?
Winner: John Cena (Double A, Brundan, Rybo Slice)
Namoi (c) vs Natalya (Smackdown Women's Championship match)
I didn't see that coming, but I'm glad Nattie got the belt again. It has been way too damned long since she's been respected in the WWE. She's moved passed the farting gimmick, and is now the Women's champ. The match was nothing special, but nothing negative to say about it.
Winner: Natalya (Pink)
Big Show vs Big Cass (Enzo Amore in a shark cage)
What the fuckity fuck was that!? Why the hell have a shark cage match if the 'prisoner' gets out? (I know these matches all end up like that) But then why the hell have Enzo do nothing once he gets out? He eats a boot from Cass, then so does the Big Show, twice, and Cass wins the match. Where the fuck is the logic in this?
Winner: Big Cass (Brundan, Double A, Rybo Slice)
Randy Orton vs Rusev
So Rusev is in the shit house too, huh? He at least gets some offensive before the match starts, but once the bell rings, Randy hits an RKO and that's it. What's the point? Randy is a 12/13 time champ, a loss here wouldn't have hurt him, whereas a win could have done wonders for Rusev. Whoopty do.
Winner: Randy Orton (Brundan, Pink)
Alexa Bliss (c) vs Sasha Banks (Raw Women's Championship match)
Despite a few sloppy spots on behalf of Sasha, this was a good match. I was really hoping Alexa kept the belt, but Sasha had her number this time. I see this leading to her heel turn and a feud with Bayley after Bliss gets her ill fated rematch.
Winner: Sasha Banks (Double A)
Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt
Even though we knew the Demon was coming out, it was good seeing him. Bray holds a special spot in my dark, horror-rooted heart, but there was no chance he was winning last night. The match was very good, and I was impressed with the way the two of them played off of each other. I hope they continue this rivalry for a few months longer. But Bray did was Bray does, and that is lose the important matches. Sure he won on Raw, but at the 2nd biggest PPV of the year he comes up short. Finn on the other hand, looked damned good in his victory.
Winner: Finn Balor (all)
Cesaro & Sheamus (c) vs Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (Raw Tag Team Championship match)
These four boys had a hard shot at topping the previous tag title match from the kickoff show, and all though I don't think they topped it, they sure as shit made an effort at doing it. I really enjoyed what they did, and they left it all in the ring, and they made a showing of this poorly built match. Seeing Dean and Seth working together again certainly felt good, but I don't see this reunion lasting long. Dean needs some spark to his character, and a heel turn would do just nicely. Cesaro and Sheamus had a great run with the titles and as a team, but I really want to see Cesaro elevated to a singles title.
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (Double A, Pink)
AJ Styles (c) vs Kevin Owens w/ Shane McMahon as Special guest referee (United States Championship match)
Granted this was destined to happen with a special guest ref, but wow Shane played too much of a role in this match. It was more about Shane being the ref, than it was actually about the belt being fought over. Of course they set up the inevitable Shane/Kevin match down the line, but they took too much away from what should have been the main story of this fight. For what they were able to do, they were impressive, as we would expect from these two, but every sequence they had was interrupted by some chicanery of Shane McMahon.
Winner: AJ Styles (Double A, Brundan)
Jinder Mahal (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Championship match)
We had three matches of Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton and each one of them ended in Jinder's favor after the Singh Bros interfered on his behalf. What do we have tonight? The same exact thing. I understand he's a squirrely heel champ, like Seth was when he first one the champ, but this just feels too damned redundant. If they had kept the belt on Jinder by some other means, it would have been fine, but to keep going to the well, it just feels cheap. I do think it would have been a bit too soon to give it to Shinsuke, but if he was going to lose, it should have been a better loss.
Winner: Jinder Mahal (Pink)
Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe vs Braun Strowman (Fatal-4-Way Universal Championship match)
What a slobber-knocker! If I'm being honest, I didn't expect this to be that good of a match. Braun was disgustingly awesome in this match, and he deserves the MVP award for the night. I would have been happy if he or Joe won, but Joe didn't really do much, he felt left out of the match planning for the most part. The table spots were incredible, and Brock looked legitimately injured at one point. Roman done fucked up when he nailed Braun with the wrong side of the steps. Something needs to be done with this. I really would have liked to have seen Brock lose the title, but with his victory, that means... I won!
Winner: Brock Lesnar (Double A)
That was an interesting PPV to say the least. There were some story telling missteps, like the order of the matches (especially the kickoff matches), the conclusion of the Shark Cage match, Special Referee Shane McMahon taking over the match, and the redundant booking of Jinder. But on the flipside, the PPV certainly had some highlights; the Universal Championship match delivered on the hype, both tag title matches were impressive, and although the Finn Balor/Bray Wyatt match was predictable, it was still a good showing. Overall, I'd give it a B/B - grading. But none of that matters, I won this round of voting! Even though I'm still in third place in total wins, I am at least the current champ.
All wrestling images courtesy of WWE, I think.