Evening Bleachers! Your favorite—or not so favorite—Filipino Phenom is back from SummerSlam and a brief hiatus to bring you opinions from the nether side of the IWC. Thoughtful? Yes. Popular? Probably not. So let's get started, I need to blow off the dust.
Believe it or not, tonight was my first live pay-per-view event (if you saw the guy with the "Just Say No" sign, that was me), so there is still an air of innocence and the mystical that surrounds me at the moment.
So let me skew this SummerSlam review a little so that I don't rehash what's already been said for the hours following the closing bell.
For starters, the dark match was between Evan Bourne and Zach Ryder. Having seen Bourne earlier in the day, it was nice to see him flying through the air for us before the pyrotechnics blew my eardrums to hell. Evan wrestled a solid match against Zach, who was showing off his more technical side.
It was a bit refreshing from the bits that we were last subjected to all those weeks ago on RAW.
The end of the match left me feeling a bit sad that all of Bourne's pushes since WrestleMania haven't really amounted to anything, but that seems to be how creative rolls these days.
The pyrotechnics blew up and the screen proceeded to break. A large black line covered the middle of the stunningly high definition TitanTron. I don't know if it was just because I saw it in person, but the whole contraption looked a whole lot more crisp than the equipment usually given to the brands.
Well, either way, it broke and it was broken throughout Kofi and Dolph's Intercontinental Championship bout. In fact, I think Vicki said "EXCUSE ME" an extra time to give the back a few more seconds of booing to fix it. Chants of "Fix the Screen" filled the air, and we all had a good laugh as a man in gray came out from the right side of the stage to verify that it was fixed.
Melina looked great. Shaemus retained, but somehow I expected that. I also been expecting the destruction of the Straight Edge Society for a while now, so Punk throwing his disciples under the bus wasn't surprising in the least.
When we got to the end of Kane's matche, the crowds reaction to knowing that the Undertaker was somewhere in the vicinity of the casket but not coming out until the 3rd time it opened was a nail-biter.
There was lots of chatter going on even from the beginning of the match to the point of the Undertaker being in the casket because it wasn't opened immediately like in past SmackDowns. What was more amusing was when the lights went out and Undertaker managed to get himself to the casket which was then rushed away in an extreme hurry while Mysterio was accompanied up the ramp.
(To those who commented on my articles saying that Kane was the assailant and received comments from me back saying that it couldn't be... I stand corrected.)
So, Nexus vs. RAW.
Let's skew a little more. It's a constant observation that I've had over my tenure here at Bleacher Report that the IWC is very quick to conclusions. No offense is meant, obviously, but reporters talking about the WWE utterly wasting an opportunity to drive this stable home is something I can't help but disagree with.
Obviously, none of us at the Staples Center had any idea that Daniel Bryan was coming out as Cena (his TitanTron seemed to change today) stuffed it into the Miz's face. The chants for Bryan were the same as they were for the RAWs following "tie-gate." But when he appeared, we all collectively lost it.
Back to my point. Can we name a point in time since the Nexus has been oh so gently placed in our laps in which they lost? No. They have either escaped or dominated, as the "eloquent" Mister Cole would say, "like a pack of wolves."
The Nexus running with their tail between their legs is a good thing. They're mortal and the loss will make them stronger. Bryan's reemergence is a win-win for the storyline as well. Not only is the fan favorite back, he is the new default target for all attacks Nexus.
Sure, it ended the same way the last few pay-per-views in recent memory have, but let's not restrict ourselves being myopic. If anything, they finally proved that their reign will not be limited to one brand. And I'll start closing out the article by saying this: tonight's intro was all about change.
There was a change in Bret Hart as we saw athleticism from him that we haven't seen in a decade. There was a change in the interactions between the brands. For a time I was starting to be under the impression that the brands would be split further apart. Tonight we had not one, but three brand crossovers in the Nexus attacking Kofi, Shaemus approaching Kane and Laycool attacking Melina.
Seeing the event live aside, I had the same feeling coming out of this as when I finished watching WrestleMania 26—welcome to another three months of new and evolving story-lines. The next destination is Survivor Series and keep in mind, the fact that Wade Barrett's chances for gold renew then. (Oh, and we still have that speculation around the 900th episode of RAW too.)
Hopefully I've dusted off the old keyboard for good, I've missed you guys.