|Date: August 21, 2016
|Venue: Barclays Center |City: Brooklyn, New York
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There’s a really good video package to kick off the show, it’s edgy with cool graphics. A lot of the matches get featured.
Michael Cole welcomes us to Summerslam!
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Jeri-KO (Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens)
Background: This all started with a war of words between Chris Jericho and Enzo Amore. Big Cass would have the back of his partner but it was Kevin Owens that decided to align with Chris Jericho with no real explanation. Jericho and Owens now claim to be best friends. Since then Amore has continued to run his mouth which has led to a match between the two teams.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match between these four men.
Summerslam Record: Chris Jericho is 3-7, Kevin Owens is 1-0 at Summerslam, whilst Enzo and Cass make their Summerslam debut tonight.
Match: Enzo gives us one of his quality promos before the match, quoting Frank Sinatra and using plenty of New York references. Jericho and Kevin Owens start the match by knocking Big Cass off the apron and then double teaming Enzo. Enzo and Cass soon take the advantage. Cass launches Enzo over the top rope at Jericho in what wasn’t the smoothest double team. Enzo tends to take most of the beating in these matches and that’s the case in this one. Kevin Owens mocks Enzo’s dance on the apron. Jericho shouting “ask him” on a chinlock is a highlight to any Jericho match. He and Kevin Owens make quick tags as they continue the advantage on Enzo Amore. Jericho hits a springboard dropkick to know Cass off the apron and Kevin Owens hits a big frog splash on Enzo for a near fall. Enzo finally makes the hot tag to Big Cass who beats down both opponents. Cass tags in Enzo to hit the rocket launcher but KO crotches Enzo on the top rope. Owens then throws Cass into the barricade to take him out of the equation. Owens then throws Enzo up in the air for Jericho to hit him with the codebreaker. It wasn’t the smoothest but it’s enough for the victory.
Result: Jeri-KO win by pinfall.
Review: This was a decent enough opener. Jericho and Kevin Owens are entertaining as a tag team and the same can be said for Enzo and Cass. There was nothing on the line for this match but nothing needed to be. It’s a throwaway match but could put Jericho and Owens in contention for the tag team titles.
Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan are backstage and bump into Mick Foley. Jon Steward then shows up and asks how Mick Foley can work with Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie is standing behind Stewart and there’s a humorous back and forth between the two. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods show up and spread the message of positivity before taking Jon Stewart away.
Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte – WWE Women’s Championship match
Background: Sasha Banks defeated Charlotte for the WWE Women’s Championship a few weeks ago on Raw. Charlotte has since been granted her rematch for the gold. Since then Sasha Banks defeated Dana Brooke which meant that Dana is banned from ringside for the Summerslam match.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first ever singles match between these two girls on pay per view.
Summerslam Record: Charlotte is 1-0 at Summerslam, Sasha Banks is 0-1.
Match: The match starts in back and forth fashion. Charlotte takes Sasha up to the top rope, picks her up and drops her which looked sloppy as hell. I’m not sure what that was supposed to be, she just dropped her.That was rough on Banks. There’s another point where Charlotte goes for something not long after and they both just fall over. This match has been sloppy in the early going. Charlotte attempts the move again and this time locks it on. There’s a nice spot with Charlotte attempting a Razor’s Edge off the middle rope but Banks counters with a hurricanrana. Really nice, that. At another point Sasha Banks lock on a Boston Crab through the ropes, another nice move. ‘the crowd really get into this match, especially as Sasha dives to the outside with double knees. Sasha botches a backstabber but nicely counters natural selection with the Banks Statement. Charlotte gets out of that and hits natural selection for a near fall. Sasha manages to lock on the Banks Statement again but this time Charlotte rolls back and the referee counts three! Charlotte wins the match and becomes a two time Women’s Champion!
Result: Charlotte wins by pinfall.
Review: This match started pretty horrifically but turned out to be a really good match. These two girls are very talented and put on a great match. I have a feeling this is the beginning of this rivalry and it could turn out to be a really good series.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are backstage dressed as doctors. AJ Styles turns up and the three old friends “too sweet” each other. Finn Balor then shows up to a huge pop. They offer him the too sweet but he smiles and walks off.
The Miz (c) vs. Apollo Crews – WWE Intercontinental Championship match
Background: Apollo Crews became number one contender to the Intercontinental Championship when he beat Kalisto and Baron Corbin in a triple threat match. Since then Miz has disrespected Apollo, calling him Apollo Creed (much like Daniel Bryan did accidentally a couple of weeks prior).
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time singles match between these two men.
Summerslam Record: The Miz is 1-3, Apollo makes his Summerslam debut tonight.
Match: I’d like to start by saying that Maryse looks amazing tonight. White is her colour. The Miz takes the early advantage and seems extra-vicious tonight. Crew soon picks up the pace, he’s an explosive talent, or as OTunga calls him “the jacked-robat”. Jacked acrobat. Miz looks for the skull-crushing finale but The Miz counters. Apollo hits a big dominator for a near fall. Miz eventually hits the skull-crushing finale and that’s all she wrote.
Result: The Miz wins by pinfall.
Review: This didn’t really feel like a big Summerslam-esque Intercontinental Championship match. It was more of a match you would see on Smackdown. It was a big stage for Apollo who has a lot of talent but I don’t think anyone saw him winning this one.
There’s an ad for WWE 2K17 which features Goldberg. Interesting to see Goldberg in this ad. Previous 2K adverts have featured the likes of Sting and The Ultimate Warrior and they’ve made their return to WWE not long after.
There’s a video package next for John Cena and AJ Styles.
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
Background: This is a feud that has been going on for a few months now. AJ Styles beat John Cena at Money In The Bank, both men got drafted to Smackdown and they would meet again in a six man tag team match at Battleground where Cena got the pinfall on AJ to win the match. The two men now meet again.
Previous PPV matches: They have wrestled in a singles match once before on PPV and AJ Styles won that one.
Summerslam Record: John Cena is 4-8 at Summerslam, it’s a Summerslam debut for AJ Styles. Only The Undertaker has wrestled more matches at Summerslam than John Cena.
Match: The crowd are loud for this one. They seem to be behind AJ styles more as the match begins in back and forth fashion. AJ hits a suplex on the apron which looked pretty effective. Cena starts to fire up quite early on, hitting his shoulder charges, side suplex and five knuckle shuffle. AJ counters the attitude adjustment and hits the Pele kick and Styles Clash for a near fall. Cena then hits the attitude adjustment out of nowhere for a near fall. Cena hits a move I’ve not seen before, it was a mix of a diamond cutter and a dominator. AJ misses with a springboard 450 and Cena hits a sunset flip powerbomb for a near fall. Cena counters the phenomenal forearm and locks on the STF but AJ counters with a crossface. Styles then locks on the calf crusher but Cena counters, locking in the STF. AJ hits a nice springboard frankensteiner and then the phenomenal forearm but Cena kicks out! Cena hits a second rope attitude adjustment but AJ kicks out. AJ counters an attitude adjustment and hits the Styles Clash and then a phenomenal forearm for the three! AJ Styles beats John Cena again! Cena leaves his “never give up” sweatband in the ring.
Result: AJ Styles beats John Cena by pinfall.
Review: This was a fantastic match. And a surprising result for me, I expected Cena to beat AJ regaining his heat from the loss at Money In The Bank. But Styles picks up the victory which is a huge win for him. This was a really good match and slightly better than their match at MITB. I can see AJ getting involved with the WWE Championship following this show, regardless of who wins the title match later. Great match between these two men tonight.
There’s an ad for the WWE Network.
We’re shown some competition winners enjoying themselves.
Jon Stewart is out next. Stewart says that he’s glad nobody interfered in the John Cena match and hit him with a chair. Stewart then says that tonight he will join The New Day. He then introduces The New Day.
The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) (c) vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson – WWE Tag Team Championship match
Background: Gallows and Anderson have targeted The New Day since their debut in the WWE. They have taken it up a notch as of late, crotching Big E so badly that they’ve put him out of action.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first straight up tag team match between these teams on pay per view.
Summerslam Record: Kofi Kingston is 3-1-1 at Summerslam, Luke Gallows is 0-1 and both Xavier Woods and Karl Anderson make their Summerslam debut tonight.
Match: Kofi Kingston and Karl Anderson start the match and it’s back and forth between the two men. Xavier and Kofi work well together as they double team Luke Gallows. Gallows and Anderson take the advantage, making quick tags whilst working on Kingston. Xavier Woods makes a hot tag and hits a big flying elbow drop on Karl Anderson. Kofi hits a big stomp on Anderson and the match breaks down with all four men. Gallows and Anderson hit the magic killer but as they’re about to pin him Jon Stewart gets in the ring and distracts them! Gallows and Anderson look to crotch Stewart around the ringpost but Big E makes the save! Big E tears into both Gallows and Anderson, smashing them into the barricade! The referee calls for the bell, it’s a disqualification win for Gallows and Anderson but New Day will take home the titles.
Result: Gallows and Anderson win by disqualification.
Review: This match was ok. It wasn’t amazing but it was entertaining. Two entertaining tag teams, Jon Stewart, who is actually very entertaining and then the return of Big E. It wasn’t a classic by any means but it was a fun match.
Next up is a video package for Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler.
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler – WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
Background: Dolph Ziggler won a six pack challenge to become number one contender to the WWE Championship. He actually pinned AJ Styles in that match. Since then it’s been a war of words between these two men, with Dolph Ziggler looking win this match like it’s his last opportunity. Ambrose has said that Ziggler needs to focus on winning rather than stealing the show. Ziggler did hit Ambrose with a cheap shot on Miz TV but despite the respect between these two men, both men are intent on winning.
Previous PPV matches: These two men have wrestled once on PPV before, that was Night Of Champions 2013 and Dean Ambrose won that one to retain the United States Championship.
Summerslam Record: Dean Ambrose is 1-1 at Summerslam, Dolph Ziggler is 2-2-2.
Match: There’s a big “Let’s Go Ziggler” chant as the match begins. Ziggler takes the advantage in the early going, hitting a neckbreaker on the outside. Dean Ambrose and Charlotte are the only two superstars to have wrestled on every PPV so far in 2016. Ambrose dominates for a while, slowly picking apart Ziggler. Ziggler counters dirty deeds and hits a big DDT for a near fall. Ambrose picks up the pace as he starts a comeback, hitting his top rope vertical elbow drop. The two men scrap to the outside. The crowd have been a little dead for this one. Ziggler hits a big superkick and rolls Ambrose back in the ring for a two count. Ziggler counters dirty deeds and hits zigzag for a near fall. Ziggler looks for a facebuster off the top rope but Ambrose counters and hits dirty deeds for the victory.
Result: Dean Ambrose wins by pinfall.
Review: This wasn’t a brilliant match. I don’t know why but something about this match didn’t click. Dean Ambrose retains the WWE Championship in a pretty predictable finish. I can definitely see an Ambrose vs. AJ Styles feud in the future. Not much more to say about this one.
There’s a VT showing some of the events that have happened to promote Summerslam this week.
The girls make their entrance for the next match but during Eva Marie’s entrance we’re told that she’s suffering from anxiety and exhaustion so won’t be competing tonight.
Naomi, Becky Lynch & Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss, Natalya & Nikki Bella – Six woman tag team match
Background: These six girls were all drafted to Smackdown and have all been jockeying for position in their division. There is no women’s title on Smackdown so it’s a case of all six women looking to be the best.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time six woman tag team match between these six Smackdown girls.
Summerslam Record: Naomi is 0-1 at Summerslam, Becky Lynch is 1-0, Natalya is 1-0, Nikki Bella is 0-1 whilst Alexa Bliss and Carmella make their WWE PPV debut.
Match: Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss start the match and Alexa starts well. Naomi and Natalya get tagged in, they’re the two most experienced women in this match. Carmella makes her PPV debut by moonwalking around the ring and hitting a spinning flying headscissors. Nikki Bella is the last girl to make it into this match, she gets a big pop. She’s a part of the heel team but getting cheered like a babyface. The heel team take it in turns to lay into Carmella. Carmella makes the hot tag to Becky Lynch who takes out all three opponents. Naomi hits some impressive kicks on Alexa but misses with a moonsault. Eventually all six women get into it. Nikki lays out Carmella with a big forearm and then hits the TKO for the three.
Result: Nikki Bella, Natalya and Alexa Bliss win by pinfall.
Review: This match was a decent showcase for the Smackdown women’s division. It’s a big improvement on the six women tag team matches you used to see. It wasn’t groundbreaking but it did a good job of re-introducing Nikki Bella and gives a big win to Alexa Bliss on her PPV debut.
We’re shown some footage of Roman Reigns ruining Rusev and Lana’s wedding party on Raw last week.
Maria Menounos is backstage with Rusev and Lana. Rusev is furious at what Roman Reigns did with the wedding cake. He says that he will crush Roman Reigns tonight.
There’s a video package next showing what led to the match between Seth Rollins and Finn Balor.
Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins – No disqualification match to crown the first ever Universal Champion
Background: With the WWE Championship being drafted to Smackdown with Dean Ambrose, it has left Raw without a world champion. Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley announced that there would be a new title, a Universal Championship. Seth Rollins was put into the match at Summerslam to crown a champion whilst Finn Balor won a fatal four way match and then a match against Roman Reigns to qualify. Rollins claims that Balor is a knock-off version of Seth. Rollins has mocked the idea behind Finn Balor’s name but Finn has said that at Summerslam, Rollins will meet the demon king.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match between these two men.
Summerslam Record: Seth Rollins is 2-0 at Summerslam, Finn Balor makes his Summerslam debut tonight.
Match: The bell rings and the match starts with Balor hitting a running dropkick on Rollins and then flying over the top rope at the former WWE Champion. The fight goes in and out the ring in the early going. Rollins powerbombs Balor into the barricade and Balor winces in pain. His should was actually pulled out of the joint there but he popped it back in. Rollins keeps the advantage for a while. Seth hits a big frog splash for a near fall. Balor starts a comeback, using a lot of strikes, chops and kicks. Balor attempts to hit a coup de gras but Finn gets out of the way and locks on a triangle submission. Rollins hits a turnbuckle powerbomb which Balor probably wasn’t looking forward to following his injury earlier in the match. Seth hits a small package driver which is a move he has never hit in WWE. Finn hits a coup de gras to the back of the head for a near fall and then looks for a traditional coup de gras but Rollins moves and then hits a pedigree for a near fall. Balor avoids a phoenix splash, hits a running dropkick and then heads up top but Rollins hits him with a superplex. Balor counters a pedigree, hits two running dropkicks and then the coup de gras for the three.
Result: Finn Balor wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a good match. The crowd, for whatever reason, were dead for it. Maybe Seth and Finn were given too much time so in parts the match slowed down a bit. Finn Balor gets a huge win in his first PPV match, winning the Universal Championship. A good match though and I wouldn’t mind seeing more matches between these two men.
Over to the Summerslam kick-off panel of Renee Young, Lita, Jerry Lawler and Booker T. Lawler is happy that Charlotte won the Women’s Championship, Lita reflects on Balor and Rollins whilst Booker T says that AJ Styles is the face that runs the place. Renee Young links to a KFC advert involving Dolph Ziggler and The Miz.
Rusev (c) vs. Roman Reigns – WWE United States Championship match
Background: Rusev said that he could beat anybody as United States Champion but wasn’t expecting Roman Reigns to call him out. Since then Reigns ruined Rusev’s wedding celebration, which included putting Lana into the cake. Rusev now defends his United States Championship against Roman Reigns in arguably the biggest United States Championship match in a long time.
Previous PPV matches: This is actually a first time PPV match between these two men.
Summerslam Record: Rusev has won a match at Summerslam and drawn one, Roman is 2-0.
Match: Rusev attacks Roman Reigns before the bell even rings and takes the fight to the outside, launching Reigns into the ring steps a couple of times before picking up the steps and ramming them into his challenger. Roman hits a superman punch and then its Rusev with a chair. This match hasn’t officially got underway yet. Reigns leaves and a “we want Slater” chant breaks out.
Result: This match did not officially get started.
Review: Well this was less of a match and more of a brawl. As far as I’m concerned this was a match that never got underway.
There’s a video package next showing the history between Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar.
Randy Orton vs. Brock Lesnar
Background: This match was simply announced between these two men. These two men started in OVW together back in the early 2000’s before being called up to the main roster. They haven’t crossed paths since. Brock Lesnar has been drafted to Raw, Randy Orton to Smackdown and both have broken the rules, attacking each other on their own show. Orton hit an RKO (outta nowhere) and Lesnar hit an F5.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Summerslam Record: Brock Lesnar is 4-2 at Summerslam, Randy Orton is 6-5.
Match: The bell rings and Lesnar goes right to work on Orton. Randy fires back and looks for an RKO early but Brock swats him away. Lesnar then starts his path of German suplexes, hitting one after the next. Brock hits 5 german suplexes pretty quickly. The fight goes to the outside where Brock slams Orton into the Spanish announce desk. It doesn’t break the desk so Lesnar throws Randy into it again and this time the desk implodes. Lesnar looks to set up for something else but Orton hits an RKO on the Smackdown announce desk! Randy hits his hangmans DDT and then an RKO in the middle of the ring for a near fall. Randy tees up for a punt but Brock sees him coming and counters it into an F5 for a near fall. Brock then beats down Orton with elbow, busting him open the hard way. Blood pours from Randy’s head. A doctor comes in to sort out Orton but Brock Lesnar mounts Orton again and lays into him with right hands and elbows. The bell then rings as Orton lies in a pool of his own blood. Jojo announces that Brock Lesnar wins by TKO. Shane McMahon comes out to see to his superstar but Brock hits him with an F5 too!
Result: Brock Lesnar wins by TKO.
Review: This was a brutal match but I have to say, I enjoyed it. It felt special, like the main event it is. Brock beat Orton down to finish the match which is one of the most brutal finishes to a match I have ever seen. It was a good match but probably not one for the purists.
And that as Summerslam 2016. This was a decent enough show, there were some real highlights. Not everything was great though. Charlotte and Sasha Banks put on a good match, even if it started a little shakily. I like how it turned out, it was a really competitive match and a solid advert for the women’s division. John Cena and AJ Styles then put on a really good match. AJ Styles has really delivered since joining WWE and he just cannot have a bad match. I was surprised to see Styles win after his win at Battleground. I liked this a lot. The match between Finn Balor and Seth Rollins was another great match. Finn Balor is another guy who can really go and he has great chemistry with Rollins. I’d like to see more matches between these men. And the show will probably be remembered for the bloody affair between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton. Lesnar busted Orton open the hard way, it was pretty brutal to watch. Lesnar is just so stiff. It certainly wasn’t the match I was expecting but I have to say, I did enjoy it.
Overall Rating: 62.2/100 (ranked 98th out of 331)
Match Of The Night: John Cena vs. AJ Styles
Worst Match Of The Night: The Miz vs. Apollo Crews
Surprise Of The Night: AJ Styles beats John Cena
Worst Booking Of The Night: N/A
Superstar Of The Night: Finn Balor
Summerslam 2016 Will Be Remembered For: Brock Lesnar’s brutal KO of Randy Orton