This Sunday, WWE once again brings its biggest party of the summer to Brooklyn, New York for the third-year in a row. Whether or not this year's SummerSlam will be any good remains to be seen, but whatever happens, good or bad, we're sure it'll have the Universe buzzing. Will we finally get to see a new Universal Champion? Will Jinder Mahal lose to Shinsuke Nakamura? Will the Boss out-wrestle the Goddess?
Here's what WWE got right this week and what they got wrong.
5. WRONG - Cesaro And Sheamus Lack Common Sense
After an entire month of will-they-won't-they, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose finally come to blows this week during the opening moments of Monday Night Raw. It seemed as if things would sadly not work out for them, but before they could kill each other, Sheamus and Cesaro decided to show up to try and beat them up themselves. Thus, forcing Ambrose and Rollins to work together, which then made Kurt Angle book the four of them in Tag Team title match this Sunday at SummerSlam.
This all seemed way too rushed. Why would Sheamus and Cesaro stop Ambrose and Rollins from pummelling each other? Isn't that what they wanted in the first place? To see Ambrose and Rollins get pummelled? Why would they really need to do it themselves? If they just stayed in the locker room, Sheamus and Cesaro probably would have had much easier competition come Sunday.
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5. RIGHT - Ambrose And Rollins
Despite it all, the fact that we're seeing the two former Shield brothers back together is a big deal. We were all expecting Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to reunite in the end, but it doesn't mean we're complaining. Reuniting might just be what's best for their careers moving forward. Let them team up for a bit. Give them the Raw Tag Team Championships. All we ask is for this to eventually lead to a Dean Ambrose heel turn.
Think about it. If Ambrose turns on Rollins ala Rollins turning on Ambrose in June 2014, the Universe will lose their collective minds. Make it happen WWE. Ambrose needs it.
4. WRONG - The Miztourage
Why are The Hardy Boys and Jason Jordan able to defeat The Miztourage so easily? Isn't The Miztourage supposed to be a strong cohesive unit? Shouldn't stables be strong cohesive units? Shouldn't the Intercontinental Champion win matches sometimes? Shouldn't The Miz look strong sometimes? Why couldn't Jeff Hardy take the loss? And does anybody really care about the Hardy Boys anymore? Are we still into it?
4. RIGHT - The United States Championship Fiasco
This segment didn't break new ground, but it was everything it needed to be, which is more than we can say about anything currently involving the WWE Championship. Kevin Owens tried to cause more friction between Shane McMahon and AJ Styles, but it backfired as soon as his superkick accidentally connected with McMahon instead. It's Simple and effective. Don't be surprised if these two deliver the match of the night come Sunday.
3. WRONG - Goldust Makes His Grand Return (Sort Of)
Goldust has been off television since his beef with R-Truth. He's been hyping us up for his imminent return as if it's going to be the next best thing since 1997. Surely, we have been left to assume his return is going to be a super big deal, right? Nah.
Instead, WWE had him run out there along with the rest of the locker room in the closing segment of Raw merely to break up the fight between monsters, Reigns, Lesnar, Strowman, and Joe. Was there any need to throw Goldust out there for that? On that account, they might as well have thrown Adam Cole out there with him too.
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3. RIGHT - Surprise Cruiserweight Championship Win
The King of the Cruiserweights is no more! At least for now. WWE decided to have Akira Tozawa face Neville six days earlier than expected and the screaming little man won to become the new Cruiserweight Champion! A surprise victory is always welcome and this managed to create some much-needed intrigue for the division come Sunday.
2. WRONG - Why Would Barin Corbin Do That?
So, WWE treats the SmackDown Live main event between John Cena and Jinder Mahal as if it's the next coming of Christ and the match ends in disqualification once Baron Corbin comes out and stops Cena from pinning the WWE Champion. Predictable, right? No. Because then the predictable soon becomes unpredictable when Corbin decides then be the perfect opportunity for him to cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase.
Could it be? WWE's going to throw a swerve into the SummerSlam main events?
Nope! A few seconds after the referee calls for the bell, John Cena (sort of) distracts Corbin and Jinder Mahal rolls him up for the pin. And just like that, our new Mr. Money In The Bank is no more. So of course, we ask, why? What was the point? Was this the plan all along? Or did WWE get cold feet once they realized Corbin would be an even worse Champion than Mahal currently is? Which brings us to our next point.
2. RIGHT - But Yay, He Lost?
If this is the direction WWE went with Baron Corbin, then we're failing to see why he won the briefcase in the first place. This was just a cold reminder as to why Corbin shouldn't be the WWE Champion right now. He plays a terrific jerk, sure, but why streamline him to a WWE Championship reign while Kevin Owens and AJ Styles are stuck dealing with the United States Championship? Let him earn it first.
1. WRONG - Stop Portraying Foreigners As Evil
Not to get political here, but WWE should really stay away from evil foreigner story lines. The United States of America is in an awful state right now. Racism is at an all time high as evident by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. Shouldn't now be the time for the WWE to stop portraying Jinder Mahal as this evil Indian dude who hates America? Hearing people boo him and chant "USA" kind of just feels more and more wrong nowadays and it's a sick reminder of how ignorant a lot of people still are.
1. RIGHT - Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
Sasha Banks proved yet again she can have an amazing match with just about anybody. Her and Nia Jax easily wrestled the best match of the week, and if this was just a preview of what's to come this Sunday at SummerSlam, we're in for a treat. Now that Sasha Banks is going on to face the Goddess for that Raw Women's title, it's time for Alexa Bliss to be dethroned so Banks can take her rightful place atop the division.
Or, wouldn't it be crazy if Carmella cashed in her Money In The Bank for this title instead?
Until next week!
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