SummerSlam 2016

Once again taking place from Brooklyn in New York, WWE’s SummerSlam was a stacked card with the event clocking in at four hours and three kick-off matches as well before the main show.

The first match was local heroes Enzo and Big Cass taking on the team of Jericho and Kevin Owens.  Owens and Jericho are proving to be a fantastic team in the ring and on promos, so Enzo and Cass had their work cut out.  New Women’s Champion Sasha Banks faced Charlotte who invoked her rematch clause.  A good match considering the now known behind the scenes drama,  these two ladies are simply outstanding.  Miz was up to his usual crafty self with Maryse when he faced the challenge of Apollo Crews.  Miz is knocking the ball out of the park constantly at the moment and with his real life wife is doing his best work in years.  John Cena and AJ Styles was up next and the result was one that made me smile, so we’re leave it at that.  The New Day minus Big E. defended their tag team gold against Gallows and Anderson.  More of a comedy match than a serious title fight but still entertaining never the less.

Poor old Dolph Ziggler was up against WWE Champion Dean Ambrose next.  Dolph seems to be a bit of a jobber lately again and is a seriously wasted talent.  Let’s hope the tide turns for ‘The Show-Off’ he’s just too good.  A Six Woman tag match was up next with Becky Lynch (hooray!!) Naomi and Carmella taking on Nattie, Alexa Bliss and Eva Marie who didn’t show (in reality she was suspended) so there was a replacement announced and a certain ex-champ returned.

It was then time for the Universal Championship decider where Finn Balor would face Seth Rollins.  This turned out to be an excellent bout but a sad ending which was revealed the next night on RAW.  In the main event (why was this?) the returning Randy Orton took on Brock Lesnar.  This had a vile brutal ending which was totally unnecessary.  I love Brock and he is a legitimate bad ass fighter but this is SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT as Vince insists we call wrestling and seeing Brock beat the crap out of Randy for real is just not cricket.

The kick off bouts consisted of American Alpha, The Hype Bros. and the Usos taking on Breezango, The Vaudevillains and The Ascension.  Sami Zayn and Neville versus the soon exiting Dudley Boyz.  Finally Sheamus took on Cesaro in their best of seven series

Summerslam was a decent varied PPV, but was ruined by the horrible ending which I mentioned above.  Never mind Brock’s gone now for a bit, I’ll miss him but not if this is how he’s going to be presented.  Kids shouldn’t see stuff like that in PG rated entertainment.

  • Starring  Cesaro  Shane McMahon  Paul Heyman  AJ Styles  Finn Balor  Luke Gallows  Sasha Banks
  • Distributor WWE/Fremantle