SummerSlam 2017 Review

I know I’m a little late doing this, but, after so many hours of wrestling in a two night period, I needed a nap…

I hate these what them deem “Big 4” PPV’s where both Raw & Smackdown compete on the same show, but, for the love of God, does the show have to be 6 blinking hours? Between the 2-hour “Kickoff” show, and the 4+-hour “Event”, it’s simply too long. And of the matches that were featured on the “Kickoff” show, 2 were title matches, Neville regained the Cruiserweight title from Akira Tozawa, and the Usos defeated The New Day for the Smackdown Tag titles, which, in all honesty, was the match of the night. And The Miz and his Miz-Tourage defeated The Hardyz and Jason Jordan.

Onto the “Main Card” (First, I love these events that UFC and WWE put on. They now televise what would normally be “dark” matches, UFC does it so people will shell out $11 a month for the FightPass app, plus to get more people to watch the “free” fights so they’ll buy the  “main” card, and WWE does the same thing with these so-called “Kickoff” shows…folks, let’s call it like it is…SUMMERSLAM STARTED AT 5PM, NOT 7 WITH A 2-HOUR KICKOFF, IT STARTED AT 5! Much by the same token that most UFC cards start at 6:30, not 10, 6:30, but they have to make it sound all fancy, with the “FightPass Prelims”, and the FS1 Prelims, and then the main card at 10…give me a fucking break…)John Cena defeated Baron Corbin, which I in all honesty did predict coming, Randy Orton, in incredibly quick fashion defeated Rusev, the most action came during Orton’s entrance when Rusev attacked, but as soon as the bell rang, it was a (wait for it)…RKO “OUT OF NOWHERE!” (They always have to add that in…).

Then Naomi defended the Smackdown Women’s championship against Natalya. Pretty good match, Natalya made Naomi to the Sharpshooter to win the title, and much to my surprise, Carmella didn’t cash in Money In The Bank, and so many websites were predicting that Asuka would make her main roster debut last night during this match. I’m glad that didn’t happen.

Next, Alexa Bliss defending against Sasha Banks, first, I think WWE is perfectly setting up a feud between Bayley and Banks, although months ago it was rumored that Banks would turn heel against Bayley, based on crowd reaction last night, Bayley may be set for a major heel turn, those kinds of boos are reserved for John Cena & Roman Reigns. Anyhow Bliss taps on Banks’ third attempt at the Bank Statement, Sasha bank wins her 4th Raw Women’s Championship.

Big Cass vs. The Big Show.

First, how small is Enzo Amore? That little bastard somehow got out of the damn shark cage, of course he was promptly laid out by Big Cass, who in turn laid out The Big Show for the victory. It was a refreshing changing of the guard, see Show basically pass the torch to Big Cass.

The Raw Tag Titles were next as Cesaro/Sheamus defend against Ambrose/Rollins. In what was actually a really good match, after a lot of double teaming and back & forth, Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds for the victory and New Raw tag champs, Ambrose/Rollins.

Next “Demon” Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt.

This was my first time seeing the Demon Balor, it was a really cool entrance, as Finn used a piece of Wyatt’s old entrance music, where you hear people singing “He’s got the whole world…in his hand….”. And one thing is for sure, when Finn becomes The Demon, he’s a completely different person. And none of Wyatt’s usual mind games worked on Balor, Balor wins by pinfall.

United States Championship: AJ Style vs. Kevin Owens with Shane McMahon the special referee.

This match was awesome. Shane at one point counted Styles shoulders down for 3, but quickly reversed the decision when he saw AJ’s foot on the bottom rope. Tons for heat throughout the match between Shane/AJ/Owens. AJ hit the forearm, but for good measure he also hit the Styles Clash for the victory and the first title successfully defended on the entire card.

WWE Championship: Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

As per usual, the Singh brothers provide enough interference to allow Jinder to pin Nakamura and retain the title.

Universal Title: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe.

Hands down, most physical match of the night. Strowman put Lesnar though not one, not two, but three announce tables, seemingly putting Lesnar out of the match, but somehow Lesnar returns, hits an F5 on Reigns and retains the title.