The Five Real Winners From SummerSlam!
The WWE returned to pay per view with Sunday’s SummerSlam, where titles changed hands and 13 matches were shoved down our throats.
The WWE returned to pay per view with Sunday’s SummerSlam, where titles changed hands and 13 matches were shoved down our throats. Overall, the 6 plus hours moved along but the show felt slightly bland at times. Somewhere in that mix of ordinary, five wrestlers that left SummerSlam as real winners. If you missed SummerSlam, be sure to check our results.
It might have taken Roman Reigns over three years, but he finally pinned Brock Lesnar. Good job by WWE setting up the match with Braun Strowman standing ringside ready to cash in the Money in the Bank contract. I believe the fans were waiting to see if Strowman would still cash and by the time they noticed he was not, the cameras were already turned off. Besides getting the better of Lesnar, the Universal Championship is back on a full-time superstar. So, there should be no more complaints of the Universal Championship meaning nothing as the titleholder has shown interest in frequently defending the gold. Reigns actually already has one title defense under his name.
From the start, Becky Lynch was always given a smaller push than their friends Charlotte Flair, Sash Banks and (maybe) Bayley. Each time Becky would come close to winning a pay per view match, she would just miss out and fans honestly felt bad. Becky’s record was so bad, she had not won a singles pay per view match in 555 days. She failed to regain the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but received one of the biggest pops of the night when she smacked her former friend Charlotte. The moment would typically see someone met with boos, although the fans were tired of the treatment Becky had received. Heel Becky might be the element that finally creates a main event star.
To little surprise, Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler burned the house down to open SummerSlam. After their match, the entire locker room knew they were not topping that action. There were some strong contests, yet the Intercontinental Championship continues to produce match of the night. Both deserve to go on the list and Rollins got the nod since he left with the pin. Strong performance by both men and I cannot wait to see what what roles are planned for Drew McIntyre and Dean Ambrose.
“The Demon” Finn Balor
As the show got deeper, I was dreading Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin. We have seen the match before and they did not show signs of needing to be in the final hour of SummerSlam. Then the music played and Finn Balor morphed into The Demon. I do not think the moment needed The Demon to be summoned, yet such an occurrence saved a boring match. Instead, we got a squash and fans were able to enjoy the antics of a nice surprise. The focus of the match was The Demon gimmick, which turned nothing into something worth remembering. After seeing Balor get a Universal Championship shot on RAW, big things could be happening.
Samoa Joe or AJ Styles
If you have ever watched a match on the Indy scene or the early days of Impact Wrestling, then you know Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles delivers. Not only was the wrestling on point, but they managed to make the feud personal by having Joe direct comments towards Styles’ wife and child. Joe played the perfect heel and then there was Styles, who lost his cool when his family was brought into the fold. We got the disqualification ending, but both wrestlers came out looking like stars that deserve to be WWE Champion. I would not mind a few more months of Styles-Joe.
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