I usually focus on the positives in everything, and WWE PPV’s are no exception. And truth be told, I was kind of icky writing that title. But, this is Summer Slam—the second biggest spectacle next only to Wrestlemania. It’s dubbed “The Biggest Event of the Summer” but did it really live up to the bill?
It pains me to say it, but I feel like it didn’t. And that’s not because Randy Orton didn’t get the title, no. I actually have no problem with it and enjoyed the match from start to finish. No, the bane of it all is that everything was so damn predictable. Then there are things that I just don’t get what the heck it was for.
They had things planned that I assume were made to give us a surprise, but failed because we either were expecting it to happen…or it was leaked—on their own website at that. Read on, and then tell me what your answer is.
Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston
This had the potential of being a good match. It was quick paced, with a lot of good spots, and all the elements of an exciting match from these two Superstars. Vickie Guerrero was even there to add "drama" to the whole thing. I was expecting Dolph to retain with her aide, and then for Kofi to go berserk like what happened in Smackdown, only worse.
But Nexus came out and attacked the two, focusing mostly on Kofi. I didn’t expect that, and that was probably one of the few things I didn’t see coming, just because it was a Smackdown match. It wasn’t so much a shock though, because you kind of expect Nexus to do something like that. It wasn’t necessarily bad either.
But still, I think it would’ve been better if they didn’t have Nexus interfere and allowed the match to finish. Or if they had intended for it to really end in a no-contest, then at least have it something to do with either guys or Vickie causing it.
WWE Diva’s Championship: Alicia Fox vs Melina
Who else thought it was too early for Melina to challenge for the title? Don’t get me wrong, I like her, and I am happy to see her back. But I do think it was way too soon for her to compete. I’m sure you saw how she tweaked the just-injured knee and read her lips as she utter some profanity in reaction to that mishap. Oh, yes, she dropped the f-bomb.
She did shake it off and tried to make the most of it, but I don’t think she was just selling it because she didn’t even do her signature move to end the match. I almost feel like her tears of jubilation were actually tears of concern or fear that she might have to stall her return.
And then there’s LayCool. I love them. But I don’t get it. I don’t get why they had to come out and interrupt Melina’s in-ring interview. They’re from Smackdown so there’s no storyline to get into. Are they just out there to bully or terrorize every Diva there is? I thought it was pointless.
I also feel it’s too quick for Melina to regain the title. Not that the title actually means anything, but still. I think they should’ve let Alicia keep it for a little while longer and have Melina go after her for more than a week before she gets it.
3-ON-1 Handicap Match: Big Show vs The SES
Basically, Big Show showed his dominance and got his revenge on Punk’s group. The match itself wasn’t anything special. Punk and his boy’s attacks reminded me of Legacy, only much less attractive, with Punk letting Gallows and Mercury do most of the work for him as he waited for the opportune time by the corner to enter.
I have to admit, I haven’t been following Smackdown lately because of work, so I don’t really know what direction SES is heading right now. Some think they’re about to head to Splitsville, but I think it’s too early for that. Especially since the foundation of their group is their beliefs.
Gallows and Mercury would die for Punk if he asks them too because they see him as their savior. With Legacy, Ted and Cody saw Randy as a teacher, whom they strived to equal or surpass (but ultimately failed to do so.). I can’t think of any way to break up SES yet, unless one or more of them betrays the lifestyle they adhere to.
With that said, this match was basically meaningless. There was little storyline development, and it was really nothing out of the ordinary.
WWE Championship Match: Sheamus vs Randy Orton
This was the Match of the Night for me. For a lesser billed match, this was one of those that you can’t help but be invested in, whether you’re an Orton fan or not; or whether you hate or never really cared for Sheamus.
It was electric to say the least, and I was only watching it on my TV. You could feel the tension as soon as each men came out to their music. The crowd was on their feet, reacting to everything Orton and Sheamus were doing, every near falls, every kick outs, every punch, every slam, every stomp and every failed attempt to a signature move. And when that’s happening, you know you’re doing it right.
The only problem I have with this is that they had Sheamus retain again, this time via DQ. Are they really just going to let him have the stigma of being a sort of “circumstantial champion” just to keep the belt on him?
But I guess I can’t complain since he didn’t beat Randy. They still booked Orton as the Apex Predator—resilient, tough, cold-blooded, vicious and crazy. Even the post-match fracas was highlight worthy, with the kick to Sheamus’ crotch and the evil smile before the RKO on the announce table.
I don’t really have a problem with Orton not getting the title as much as I thought I would. It doesn’t take anything away from Randy because, let’s face it, he is the face of Raw, and quite possibly, the WWE right now. He was awesome in the match, and that may be the fan girl in me talking, but can you really say otherwise?
World Heavyweight Championship: Kane vs Rey Mysterio
This one followed Orton vs Sheamus match, which I think was not such a good idea. The energy kind of dropped after the WWE Championship match with this one. The match itself was nothing special either, and nothing we’ve not seen before from Rey and Kane.
The anticipation going into the match was whether Undertaker was going to show up or not. And only when he did, did the crowd start to be alive again. Again, though, this was pretty predictable, in a way that you could already see what’s going to happen next before it happens.
When Kane won the championship last month, I was kind of happy for him. He deserved to get the championship for all his hard work for the company. I was also hoping they would veer away from a brother vs. brother feud with Kane and the Undertaker, but sadly that’s the way they chose to go.
We expected that Kane will turn out to be the one responsible for putting Undertaker into "vegetative state" way before he started blaming everyone else, and especially way before he started blaming Rey Mysterio. I mean, seriously, who’s going to believe “lil’ Rey Rey” is going to be able to beat up the Undertaker into a "vegetative state"?
We pretty much expected the Undertaker to turn on Kane, and he did. I just couldn’t get excited about something I was expecting to happen.
7-on-7 Tag Team Match: Team WWE vs Nexus
Nonetheless, I was happy to see Daniel Bryan or Bryan Danielson, whatever you want to call him, back. But aside from his (spoiled) surprise return, everything else was…what’s the word? Oh, yes—expected! We knew who was going to be the first ones to go, and who were going to be the last members from either team. I expected Edge and Jericho to cause some kind of chaos in their team too, being the heel that they are.
And I expected Team WWE to win, too. Why? Because it’s SummerSlam! The second biggest event in the WWE Calendar! You can’t expect them to end the show on a dark note, with Nexus winning, can you?
But I have to say, it was a pretty good match. What with the talent involved, why wouldn’t it be? I guess I would’ve just liked if Daniel Bryan got the win for the team, or at least have him and Cena be the last guys standing. I think they kind of wasted an opportunity to bank in on his surprise return by ending the show with him and Cena. Oh, well.
So do I think it was a flop?
I don’t think it was necessarily a bad show. I think it was just okay. It had a couple of good matches, like the WWE Championship and the 7-on-7 tag match. But that wasn’t the whole show. It’s only a fraction of it, and I don’t think having a couple of good matches on the “Biggest Event of the Summer” is going to save the whole thing.
This is SummerSlam and I expected nothing short of amazing.