I’ve seen a lot of horrible things in my time in WWE but that Summerslam was right up there with some of the horrible I’ve seen. For a company that just lost 350 million a few months ago they sure aren’t doing much to improve their situation. How do you build the future? You build the future by showcasing the future. These results are hardly signs of improvement:
-Brock Lesnar def. John Cena (c) (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
-Roman Reigns def. Randy Orton
-Stephanie McMahon def. Brie Bella
-Bray Wyatt def. Chris Jericho
-Seth Rollins def. Dean Ambrose (Lumberjack Match)
-Rusev def. Jack Swagger (Flag Match)
-Paige def. AJ Lee (c) (Divas Championship Match)
-Dolph Ziggler def. The Miz (c) (Intercontinental Championship Match)
-Rob Van Dam def. Cesaro (Kickoff Match)
Cesaro losing again on a pre-show match was start of my frustrations for the night. I was also frustrated that Rusev and Swagger was not a traditional flag match. If it was traditional it would have been a great way for Swagger to win without having to make Rusev submit or be pinned. I also think the Chris Jericho-Bray Wyatt feud has been less then memorable. They don’t seem the mesh very well in the ring together. I really feel like Bray has lost steam since Payback and is not as convincing as he once was.
Then there was the Main Event. I could write an entire article about how horrible the John Cena-Brock Lesnar match was. If you thought Lesnar’s matches against Goldberg and Undertaker sucked well this one topped it. Two F5’s and sixteen German Suplexes is all Lesnar did to win the WWE Championship. The annihilation of Cena was convincing but it was a horrible way for someone to drop the title. I am not a John Cena fan but it would have been great to see a young guy who is there long term and for the future to win the title from him.
The only things that made the PPV somewhat decent is the continued push of Roman Reigns, the lumberjack match between Ambrose and Rollins and Dolph Ziggler winning the Intercontinental Title. Those three things are part of the future. Ziggler is the best performer on the roster, Ambrose and Rollins are right behind him and Reigns does a lot more then 5 moves.
The future of WWE is bright if they would just pushing the future and not putting the WWE World Title on a part timer who doesn’t care about the business. I would give Summerslam a 4 out of 10 for lack of effort to give us anything epic and surprising. I hope that the buildup and the card at Night of Champions next month is much better then the second biggest pay-per-view was.