2016 Summerslam Review

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Raw General Manager Mick Foley and Commissioner Stephanie McMahon introduce the WWE Universal Championship.

Raw GM Mick Foley & Commissioner Stephanie McMahon introducing the WWE Universal Championship

Back here with the review of the 29th Summerslam, as it was up & down during the show plus questionable placement of the card. Lets take a look below:

Pre-Show Matches

The Usos, American Alpha & The Hype Bros. def Breezango, The Ascension & The Vaudevillians

After Jey Uso unexpectedly tags in to seize a pin for The Usos that would have gone to American Alpha, the victors share a slightly contentious celebration.

Rating: 5.5 out of 10

Analysis– A match we seen less than a week ago on Smackdown Live & the same result with the Babyface team goes over plus the Usos & America Alpha show more tension between the two teams. To me did we really have to see this matchup again, I would have put the heels over this time with one of the babyface teams making a mistake to cost the match.

Sami Zayn & Neville def The Dudley Boyz

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Analysis– Good to see Neville & Zayn in the event & to win, but how long will the Dudley’s have miscommunication. Match was ok to me but wasn’t more mainly because of lack of storyline.

Sheamus def Cesaro Match#1 out of the Best of 7 Series

Rating: 7 out of 10

Analysis– Once again these 2 are has hard hitting as they come as both Cesaro & Sheamus was trying to prove why they shouldn’t they been moved off the main card. I also think they should have been something on the line between these 2. Good Match.

                                                                     Main Show Matches

Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens def Enzo Amore & Big Cass

Rating: 7 out of 10

Analysis– Very good promo by Enzo & Big Cass to open up Summerslam, plus Jericho & KO working as a unit to keep Big Cass out the match & get Enzo, the weaker link. Good work by all 4.

WWE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
 Charlotte def Sasha Banks (c)

Whether the WWE Universe likes it or not, "the queen" is back on the throne.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Analysis– Boy these 2 once again went at it, as some of the moves that both Charlotte & Sasha did. I do believe after seeing this match is that Sasha was hurt. We all know that we haven’t see the last between the 2 of the best in women’s wrestling today.

WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Miz (c) def Apollo Crews

Rating: 6 out of 10

Analysis– Since the build to this IC Title Match was weak, the match & mainly the outcome was never in doubt. Crews ain’t ready just yet for a IC Title run plus still have to get character also.

AJ Styles def John Cena

Rating: 8.5 of 10

Analysis–By far the match of the night as both tested the other limits & told the story of Never Give up. John Cena had a look of shock & doubt as the AA of the 2nd rope on Styles. That self doubt cost Cena the match & it gives AJ Styles that boost in the arm also. Good Storytelling that paid over.

WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson def The New Day (c) by DQ

Stewart joins the WWE Tag Team Champions in celebrating the retention of their titles and the return of the rejuvenated Big E.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Analysis– Jon Stewart being with the New Day just period weird at best. I wouldn’t be shocked if Gallows & Anderson get a rematch tonight on Raw. I do think we are at the point the New Day don’t need the titles as they are the most over thing in the company right now. I think starting with this match, the PPV Starts to drag.

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
Dean Ambrose (c) def Dolph Ziggler

Despite Dolph Ziggler's best efforts, Dean Ambrose retains the WWE World Championship.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Analysis–I guess Ambrose was right as Ziggler once again came up short. The Match was good but it did seem like there styles did not mesh together. I seen Ambrose taking on Styles & Ziggler/Wyatt programs.

Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss and Natalya def Carmella, Naomi and Becky Lynch

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Analysis– Good to see Nikki Bella come back & as I predicted get the pin. Smackdown women’s division is deeper than Raw & yes they do need a title they can compete for. The match itself was there to ease the crowd but the length of the show I think did more to effect the crowd.

WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 Finn Balor def Seth Rollins

Bálor seals the win with a dropkick, stomp and Coup de Grace.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Analysis– A new star was fully made with Finn Balor winning the WWE Universal Title. I thought the match was good bit again the fans was bored at this point. Good match by both.

WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP
Rusev (c) vs. Roman Reigns No Contest

As the battered titleholder begins to make his way up the ramp, Reigns returns with a wicked Spear.

Rating: Incomplete

Analysis– You would have think you would have had the brawl on Raw & the very good match that was on Raw on the PPV. But the placement of the match as the last title to go on the PPV & have 2 world titles one you are trying to get over after it was created & the US Title is ahead of both of them, ???? to me. More Rusev vs. Reigns coming at you in the future, doesn’t mean its a bad thing but just the booking makes me wonder.

Brock Lesnar def Randy Orton by TKO

The Beast strips off his gloves and begins to pound Orton with his bare fists, landing a forearm to the head that busts The Viper open.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Analysis– Randy Orton went to Surplex City indeed. Orton got busted open the wrong & Brock just made him pay. Shane McMahon tried to defend Orton but no Shane-O-Mac caught a F-5 for his efforts.

... and is quickly F-5'd for his troubles.

Overall Show Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Final Analysis- Pre-show matches build up with & the beginning of Summerslam was good, but I would say 6 hours is a bit much for Summerslam, made the event drag on & not to mention the last 2 matches the finish or lack there of was questionable at best. WrestleMania to me did have the names that Summerslam did & put on a better show that was longer overall. Also match placement was questionable as the 2 World Championship matches was done by 10pm EST before a US Title Match. We see what Raw & Smackdown Live have in store as the Brand PPV will start before both combine back up for the Survivor Series in November.

 

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