The WWE’s flagship Summer pay-per-view took place this last weekend and here at The Sports Lowdown, our writer Tom Scholes gives us his thoughts at the event.
WWE Summerslam kicked off with the former host of The Daily Show (and an inspiration of mine) Jon Stewart, the host of Summerslam. Stewart basically started talking about New York, wrestling and of course, Brock Lesnar.
No one could stop talking about the Beast from Suplex City, and Stewart also mentioned his short feud with reigning WWE champion Seth Rollins, and if anyone reading this watched The Daily Show, you’ll know about the history of the two. Stewart then introduced a fellow New Yorker, the Hardcore legend Mick Foley, who has recently started to look an awful lot like Santa. Foley and Stewart had a chat, and then they just left. That was literally the first 10 minutes of the show.
Randy Orton Vs. Sheamus
Let’s get into the wrestling, because that’s why we are here, right guys? What’s the first match of the evening going to be? Oh, Randy Orton Vs. Sheamus? Well, at least it gets it out of the way. Joking aside, this wasn’t as bad, or as boring as I thought it would be. Sheamus is doing well in his heel role, mainly because he looks like a fool, but a good fool that people can enjoy booing, and at the end of the day, that’s what a heel is for.
These two have great chemistry, and both attempted their signature moves early on, but Orton ducked out of the way of a Brogue kick, and Sheamus dodged an RKO (not out of nowhere). It was just a pure display of how physical these guys can be, and despite this being Sheamus Vs. Orton Part 764, I still found myself enjoying this match.
After 3 Brogue Kicks, Sheamus picked up the victory.
Match Rating – 3/5
The New Day Vs. Los Matadors Vs. Prime Time Players Vs. Lucha Dragons.
To sum this match up in a few words, New, Day Rocks! In a modern era where heels are cheered if people find them fun, and get booed for basically being a heel in general. Whilst The New Day may be annoying, they are very entertaining and look like they’re enjoying themselves. It showed prior to the match where the guys performed their own rendition of “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z. They know how to get heat!
The match kicked off with Big E and Darren Young, with Young playing the face in peril role. These teams seemed to have great chemistry, and every team managed to showcase their abilities, with The New Day and Prime Time Players looking the strongest, despite New Day taking the titles, which by the way remind me of the 2p coin?
This match was quick, helped by the pace of the Lucha Dragons and the Matadors, and was also a very strong style, with Titus O’Neil having a huge hot tag where he was basically a wrecking ball. It was a great way to show fans what the tag team division can do.
Match Rating – 4/5
Dolph Ziggler Vs. Rusev:
If I’m being perfectly honest, this was not a match that I had much care for. It felt thrown together, the Lana and Summer Rae part just felt poor, but these two could still put on a great match.
Problem was, this wasn’t exactly a great match. It was a decent match, but nothing spectacular. Rusev was obviously just being a big man, throwing Ziggler around like a rag doll, and giving Ziggler the chance to do his best Mr. Perfect impressions via his selling.
Nothing else really happened, apart from the match finishing in a double count out, which no one liked, at all.
Lets swiftly move on…
Match rating 2/5
Stardust & King Barrett Vs. Stephan Amell & Neville:
I don’t know who Stephan Amell is, I’ve never watched Arrow either, but for his first and probably only WWE match, Amell did really well. Him and Stardust seemed to have great fun doing this whole story, and it was just old-fashioned fun wrestling. Of course, when you aren’t a wrestling fan, and you see Stardust, a man who thinks he’s a king of some universe he’s made up, and “the man that gravity forgot” you wonder what is going on.
The match was filled with great high flying, even from Amell himself, and Stardust was great in the match, screaming at random points in the match, and disguising himself as a massive tube of Marmite.
Amell even jumped off of the top rope onto Stardust and Barrett, before Neville hit the Red Arrow for the victory.
Match Rating – 3/5
Big Show Vs. Miz Vs. Ryback:
This match was for the Intercontinental championship. Ryback won. That was about as good as it got for this match.
Match Rating – 1/5