Sunday marked the 25th SummerSlam, which is supposedly the No. 2 pay-per-view on the WWE's schedule. Half of the matches resided somewhere between good and great, but there simply weren't enough big moments to make the event feel as important as it was supposed to be.
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H, CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. Big Show, The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho were all enjoyable bouts, but the booking throughout the night was unimaginative to say the least, and it robbed SummerSlam of its big-event status.
Alluding to a possible Triple H retirement was decent, and I did like the heel manner in which Punk dumped Cena out of the ring and pinned Big Show, but I feel like everything else was lacking.
SummerSlam presented a huge stage and a great opportunity to make something special happen, but the event simply didn't set itself apart from any of its predecessors.
There are so many things that could have been done to improve the show, and while I can't mention all of them, some of them include Wade Barrett returning and attacking Sheamus after his win, Ziggler cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on Sheamus after the Barrett beatdown, Punk cementing his heel turn by either teaming up with Big Show against Cena or helping Lesnar in the main event and perhaps even Shawn Michaels making a surprise appearance to screw Triple H.
All of those would have been surprising moments, and they would have contributed to the big-event feel that I mentioned previously, but we didn't see anything like that.
The booking was very predictable for the most part, and since I went into the event expecting some big angles to take shape, I was sorely disappointed by what actually transpired.
The match that I feel was botched worse than any on Sunday night was the world-heavyweight-championship match between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio.
The WWE fanbase as a whole is sick and tired of this feud and was hoping for some sort of resolution.
What we got instead, though, was a disputed finish, with Del Rio's foot on the rope, which seems as though it will almost certainly keep the rivalry going.
Although I have been a big proponent of having Ziggler carry the briefcase for an extended period of time, the WWE did have a very obvious way out of this terrible feud. Barrett could have returned to attack Sheamus, as I suggested, leading Ziggler to cash in successfully and completely changing the world-title picture in the process.
That would have led to a feud between Sheamus and Barrett, and then Ziggler could have gone on to interesting programs with a guy like Randy Orton or Christian.
That match had the worst possible ending instead, however, and was a microcosm of how the night went.
Ziggler losing makes little sense in retrospect, since Jericho is leaving to tour with his band and Ziggler didn't cash in. The manner in which Daniel Bryan beat Kane with a small package made him look weak when he easily could have been booked to beat Kane with a kick to the head or the Yes Lock. Even the tag-team match was poorly done, as there was no reason for Kofi Kingston and R-Truth to retain over the Prime Time Players.
The way Punk kind of screwed Cena over in their match was entertaining, but it didn't live up to Punk's assertion that he was going to teach Cena and everyone else a lesson in respect. Also, the Triple H-retirement angle is interesting in some respects, but nobody truly believes that Sunday was the last match in Triple H's illustrious career.
Maybe there are big things planned for Punk and Triple H, respectively, but I was expecting some big developments rather than the subtle beginnings of long-term storylines. Maybe I was naive for having such expectations, but SummerSlam is supposed to be one of the WWE's marquee events.
And the 2012 edition didn't live up to that billing.
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