Everybody’s been talking about SummerSlam, for better or for worse. While the second half of the show featured some fantastic wrestling, including a star making performance by Braun Strowman, the first half of the show failed to elicit much excitement. Superstars who once shined bright were for, some reason or another, made to look like the equivalent of a stinky turd. With five new Champions crowned—the most Championship changes occurring in the same night since Wrestlemania X7—here’s five things WWE got right this week and five things they got wrong.
5. WRONG – The Cruiserweight Championship Switch-A-Roo
What was the point of Akira Tazowa winning the title just to keep it for six days? Why end Neville’s 197+ day title reign just to have him win it right back? What’s the point? I’m all for a surprise title switch, but we prefer a coherent and purposeful reason for it.
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4. WRONG – Natalya Winning The SmackDown Women’s Championship
You can argue Natalya is long overdue for another title reign but was now the right time for her to win the Championship? All she’s done for years is lose and lose, up until a month ago when she got her push. Naomi’s glow was still shining, and to put a dimmer on it now was the wrong move.
3. WRONG – Carmella Doesn’t Cash In At SummerSlam
We all thought Carmella would cash in her Money In The Bank briefcase at SummerSlam, because why wouldn’t we? She appeared on the kickoff and received a fantastic pop from the Brooklyn crowd and they even put her on the opening package of the show!
After Natalya defeated Naomi and Carmella didn’t come out, we thought, “could Carmella cash in on the Raw Women’s Championship instead?” But alas, that didn’t happen either because that would have been too good. Why give the audience what they want, right? A Sasha Banks Championship victory happened to be a letdown because the fans were waiting for Carmella to do something. It’s a crying shame and such a wasted opportunity.
2. WRONG – Jinder Mahal’s Title Reign Continues
Jinder Mahal’s victory over Shinsuke Nakamura at SummerSlam had to be the biggest head scratcher of the night. SmackDown is in need of a new star, and they could have had it if Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Mahal. You’re telling us WWE has no problem with taking five titles off of their Superstars, but the only title that truly needed it couldn’t get it? This isn’t a knock at Jinder’s reign, but—actually, yeah, it’s a knock.
The reign has been a novelty act that’s overstayed its welcome. How many times can we see Mahal win off the distraction with that weak looking finisher? Either it’s time WWE makes him win cleanly for once, or take the title away because we’re bored of it.
1. WRONG – Further Burial Of Talent
Three Superstars who once looked to be the future of the company instead hit an all time low last Sunday. Which begs the question. Who the hell did they piss off backstage?
The first embarrassment of the night was the lone wolf, Baron Corbin. After losing his Money In The Bank cash-in match last week, John Cena pinned Corbin with a single AA, solidifying the rumors that maybe Corbin appears to legitimately be in the doghouse. The second casualty was Rusev, who went down with a single RKO just nine seconds into his match with Randy Orton. The third was Enzo Amore, who was made to look completely useless as well. Why put Amore in a shark cage, have him escape, only for him to look even more pathetic in the ring than he did trapped in the cage? Now with Big Cass injured, it all just seemed like a big waste of everyone’s time.
5. RIGHT – NXT: Takeover
If you’re still not watching NXT Takeover events, yet you watch each and every WWE pay-per-view, we have no other choice but to ask, what is wrong with you?
Every single match on the card was amazing, which may seem impossible, but that’s only because we watch WWE on a regular basis. That’s not to say WWE has bad wrestlers, but proper booking goes a very long way. WWE has people lose and look dumb (see Baron Corbin and Rusev), while NXT has people lose and look like heroes, such as with Ember Moon and Johnny Gargano.
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4. RIGHT – Bobby Roode’s Arrival To SmackDown
Bobby Roode made his glorious debut to SmackDown Live this week after losing his NXT Championship at Takeover, and the timing couldn’t be better. The blue brand is in need of star power, and this man has the ability to make SmackDown Live must-watch again. But, we also said that about Sami Zayn, Tye Dillinger, and well, every other NXT call up. So, fingers crossed on this one.
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3. RIGHT – Enzo Amore Moving to 205 Live
In the Five Things WWE Got Right This Week And 5 They Got Wrong for August 11, 2017, we said Enzo Amore should fight for the Cruiserweight Championship.
And yes, it’s happening! Amore may have looked like a dud the past couple months, but hopefully, he is able to rise back up to relevancy with his move to 205 Live and his fight for the Cruiserweight Championship. And if WWE wants to be smart, this can be what catapults the Cruiserweight division in the direction it needs to go.
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2. RIGHT – Tag Team Wrestling
With four fantastic Tag Team Championship matches occurring at NXT: Takeover, SummerSlam, and Raw, it gives new hope to the future for tag team wrestling in WWE. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose have found new life as Champions and have already put on some of their best matches of the year just this week alone. The Usos are back on top of the division too, and with Shelton Benjamin back to team with Chad Gable, things can only get better.
1. RIGHT – Universal Championship Main Event
And still, your reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion. BRRROCK LESNAAAAR!
Holy hell, was that an amazing match or what? This alone more than made up for the lackluster matches earlier in the night. The fans in attendance had been watching wrestling for 5 plus hours, but Lesnar, Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe lit them a new fire as they cheered—and booed—for their favorite wrestlers, and Roman Reigns. We all thought Lesnar was done for after Strowman slammed him through two tables, and tipped a third over top of him. But, come on, this is Brock Lesnar we’re talking about. The rumors of him leaving WWE for UFC are premature, as we all know Lesnar signed a three-year contract after Wrestlemania 31. The beast is here to stay.
Until next week!
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