The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar has been made official for this year’s SummerSlam event which will take place next month in Brooklyn.
But first, Monday Night Raw was live in Oklahoma City as the next pieces of the SummerSlam puzzle were put together.
Here’s what happened this week:
Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Seth Rollins are out first to kick off the program. Triple H announces that SummerSlam will now be a four hour event before he and Stephanie announce four matches for the evening. (Big Show vs. Dean Ambrose, Paige vs. Sasha Banks, Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton, Nikki Bella and Alicia Fox vs. Becky Lynch and Charlotte) Seth Rollins then boasts about his championship reign; which brings out John Cena who calls out Seth Rollins on his claim of being the greatest Champion in history before challenging him to a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship later in the night. Stephanie asks the live crowd if they would like to see the match which garners a massive response of “Yes” chants. Stephanie then refuses to grant the request stating that John Cena must earn a title shot causing Triple H to intervene and instead make John Cena vs. Seth Rollins for the United States Championship. “Best for Business.”
Dean Ambrose vs. Big Show
Dean Ambrose takes the fight to Big Show with much aggression. Big Show does his usual powerhouse thing but there is no quit in Ambrose – until a KO Punch would incapacitate him enough on the outside for the ten count.
Match Winner: Big Show via Count Out
Match Rating: 5/10
Post-Match: Big Show attempts to spear Dean Ambrose through the barricade but Ambrose sidesteps and Show crashes through the wall.
Neville vs. Fandango
Neville was impressive as usual with his high-flying offence in this short match. Meanwhile, the Fandango gimmick has run its course.
Match Winner: Neville
Match Rating: 3/10
Post-Match: Stardust cuts a strange promo about “rescuing the WWE Universe.”
Backstage: Paige, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch are all smiles until Team B.A.D. appears. Words are exchanged between the six women as the “Divas Revolution” continues.
Paige vs. Sasha Banks
This was a good contest between two young women with a world of promise. The back-and-forth action would prove to be well timed and executed as opposed to the sloppy and uncoordinated Divas bouts. Paige would eventually tap out to the Banks Statement.
Match Winner: Sasha Banks
Match Rating: 7/10
Backstage Interview: Renee Young asks Seth Rollins about his match with John Cena. Rollins discussing how the future has already passed Cena.
Rusev and Summer Rae are out in the ring. Rusev declares that he is “smitten” with Summer before presenting her two gifts; a dog and a fish named Dog Ziggler and Lana. This brings out Lana who has some choice words for Rusev and Summer Rae before taking out her frustration on Summer and slapping Rusev in the face. (Bad segment)
Lucha Dragons vs. Los Matadores
Fast-paced action between two teams that are riddled with stereotype. Lucha Dragons score the victory. (Appearance by The New Day and Titus O’Neil kills it on commentary)
Match Winners: Lucha Dragons
Match Rating: 7/10
Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper are out for the “recommitment of Luke Harper.” Wyatt discusses how parents do not love their children and feed them lies; telling a story about a beloved pet that he once set free before it returned to him a changed animal – comparing this pet to the story of Luke Harper. Harper takes the mic and praises Wyatt while blaming the fans for his problems. Wyatt talks about Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose and the impending threat of danger. (Great segment)
Becky Lynch and Charlotte vs. Nikki Bell and Alicia Fox
Strong showing once again for a Divas match; proving that the future is bright for the division. Alicia Fox taps out to Becky Lynch.
Match Winners: Becky Lynch and Charlotte
Match Rating: 6/10
Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton
Excellent outing from both sides of the ring. Owens and Orton going at it for the first time did not disappoint as surely fans would love to see this bout again in the future. This match would end when Sheamus – who was sitting in on commentary – would attack Randy Orton.
Match Winner: Randy Orton via DQ
Match Rating: 8/10
Post-Match: Cesaro is out to get a piece of Kevin Owens but receives a Pop-Up Powerbomb for his troubles.
Backstage Interview: Renee Young asks John Cena about Seth Rollins. Cena discusses excellence and “shocking the world” when he defeats Rollins. (Shocking?)
John Cena (c) vs. Seth Rollins (United States Championship)
Good chemistry between John Cena and Seth Rollins. Cena catches a hard blow to the nose and the blood begins to pour. Rollins is quick, Cena is tough, and the match was entertaining. Rollins eventually taps out to the STF.
Match Winner: John Cena
Match Rating: 8.5/10
“The Divas Revolution” has been running full throttle for the past few weeks and there is much reason to remain optimistic. Charlotte is destined to be star – bred for the business. Sasha Banks has all the right stuff and knows how to work. Becky Lynch is a great competitor but the eccentric Irishwoman could get lost in the mix if not positioned properly. (Hopefully that does not happen as Beck Lynch has so much to offer to the Divas division)
Kevin Owens is the most promising Superstar around right now. Owens knows exactly what he is doing during a match – mocking his opponent, interacting with the crowed, talking trash to Michael Cole, and of course, showcasing some great in-ring skills. Kevin Owens needs to pushed to the top of the card. However, a feud with Cesaro right now seems right. Both men are great wrestlers and they will bring out the best in each other while in the ring.
In all likelihood, John Cena will challenge Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam which actually makes sense. Now that the event will have a fourth hour, SummerSlam will border along the lines of WrestleMania status. The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar has already sparked major interest in the event but the WWE World Heavyweight Championship cannot get lost within the melee of The Phenom vs. The Beast. Therefore, John Cena becomes the best candidate to face Seth Rollins; ensuring that the company’s biggest title does not go overlooked.
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