A night after a blistering NXT TakeOver, the Superstars of RAW and SmackDown will do their best to outperform their NXT mates
It’s going to be a long night, with 13 matches on the card. So let’s dive right in, shall we?
Best Match of the night:
Folks, I can’t choose just one-and I had this same issue last night with the NXT show. Do I go with Sasha and Charlotte? Styles and Cena? Balor and Rollins? Taking nothing away from Ambrose and Ziggler, but the three I mentioned really dominated the evening.
If I need to give it to just one? I would give the slightest of edges to Cena and Styles. It was perhaps the best encounter they’ve had, with Styles feeling like he’s getting launched toward bigger and better things, and Cena ultimately leaving to cheers, but wondering what comes next for the face of WWE.
Worst match of the night:
I have to give this one to Reigns/Rusev, because it didn’t happen. That’s disappointing for the next to last match on a major PPV. The beating was pretty awesome to see, and I gather some of this was trying to rebuild the damaged Reigns. In that sense, I do think it worked. But that beating? That could have taken place before SummerSlam. It could have happened in the backstage area before the match, while the match still happened. But having a match not happen in that fashion? It took me back to the days when there was no WWE network, and the show had to be wrapped up before 11pm-almost like WWE officials were worried they’d run over, so rather than cut the match, they had it happen like that. What happens next will, of course, go a long way toward seeing how much sense tonight’s “match” really made.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
How you doin’
John Cena sucks
Let’s go Cena
New Day rocks
Let’s go Ziggler
I was having issues hearing it, but there were several chants for Balor and Rollins
Let’s go Balor/Let’s go Rollins
This is awesome
We want Slater
Star of the Night
I will give this to two people tonight, whom I think really elevated themselves.
#1? That’s AJ Styles. I could give a nod to Cena as well, in a losing effort, but these two put on one of the best matches in a while. It felt like it deserved a much bigger stage, but it was given a lot of time to run, and they packed a lot into it. Amazing match.
#2? That’s going to be Finn Balor. He claimed the first ever Universal Title, and in doing so became the first man to ever win a WWE title on his PPV debut. Or so said the announce team. Pretty epic night.
Spot of the Night:
Becky hitting three springboard sidekicks on all three opponents, one by one.
Looks like Nikki changed up the Rack Attack, making it a TKO, as she used the move to finish off Carmella.
Hard not to like Rollins’ small package driver.
Or Finn’s kick to knock Rollins off the top rope to the outside.
Lesnar, bringing Orton back in from the front row, heaves Randy through an announce table.
Jobber of the Night:
On a major PPV, jobbers are hard to come by. Tonight, the same thing is true. If I really wanted to give this to someone? I think I would give it to Rusev, for being on the wrong end of Roman’s fists.
Upset of the Night:
None, really. Was kind of surprised that Charlotte regained the title, but I would hardly call it an upset.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Sasha Banks’ first reign? Really short lived.
Cena/Styles was so good, the crowd turned pro-Cena. That’s good stuff.
Big E was back from ringpostitis, just in time to save Jon Stewart.
Nikki Bella coming out as the 3rd member of the SmackDown heel team.
Mick Foley, getting all dressed up for the big night!
Holy cow, how bad did Lesnar bust Orton open/or did Orton blade? Haven’t seen that much blood in a while.
Lesnar dropping Shane with an F5? That’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out.
Botch of the night:
Minor one, as Balor flipped Seth to escape the first Pedigree attempt-Rollins usually lands easily on his feet, but in this case, he didn’t quite. Recovered well, and honestly, this one is such a minor issue.
And I think the all star panel had a botch, as Renee called Booker “Booker King”, before tossing to Lawler. Yes, Booker was King, but always called King Booker. Oops.
I am calling this one a maybe botch. I don’t know if people wanted that much color in the main event-i.e., was that a bad blade job, or did Lesnar bust him open the hard way.
Commentary of the night:
Can we not act like that maniac Big E didn’t just drink formaldahyde?
Malfunction at the junction
They say great minds think alike, but I’m not sure Dean Ambrose even thinks
Dean Ambrose has a face that would set off a fire alarm, but he’s an incredibly talented champion.
It’s easy to do when you follow in the footsteps of a T-Rex like Seth Rollins
Lesnar is making ViperVille look like a trailer park
I think Orton would have been better off if that table broke.
I’m really uncomfortable being this close to the action.
LOL Moment of the night:
The Eva Marie faux entrance, to cover her suspension.
Ziggler/Miz KFC commercial. Ugh. So bad it was funny. Colonel Ziggler? Really?
Kind of surprised that Big E was back, dressed to wrestle, but was saved for a run-in to save Stewart. So instead of getting a clean ending either way, the match ends in a DQ when Big E runs in. Cheap way to keep the belts on New Day.
I get WWE making the Universal belt basically a copy of the SmackDown equivalent, so one doesn’t appear bigger than the other…but all the same, I was hoping for a nice, unique design. Disappointed, but I get why they went where they did.
Love the Demon paint on Finn, and as much as I thought I didn’t mind seeing it on RAW the other night, the more I ponder, the more I think how much more epic his entrance would have been tonight, if now was the first time it was seen on the main roster show.
Reigns loses his title. Gets suspended. Loses the rematch. And misses out on challenging for the new WWE Universal belt. But he still ends up going on after either major title match. Can’t read a ton into it, I suppose, as I see this more as WWE booking a match that if fans don’t care about it, is fine, since Brock Lesnar is coming up.
That was a lot of blood. I mean, a lot. The follow up to that is going to be interesting.
The Reigns/Rusev match. Or non-match. The payoff is down the road, perhaps. But for now? It wasn’t pleasant.
Miz/Crews was just too short and felt like it was largely forgotten.
The women’s title match being so early on the card.
The unimaginative design for the new Universal Title.
The women’s title match.
The Universal title match
Even the Heavyweight title match.
Cena and Styles.
Feeling that there’s an even bigger shoe left to drop following the destruction of Orton-and Shane-by Lesnar.
Nice return for Nikki, too.
After the final bell:
Wow. When I called it a night last night following TakeOver, I had serious doubts about SummerSlam being able to match that intensity, much less surpass it. But, now that SummerSlam is also in the books? I can say that WWE put on two great shows, one better than the next. One can only wonder what’s in store for us on Monday Night RAW tomorrow evening. Or, later tonight by the time this one gets published.