Play of the Day: WWE's Most Underwhelming Party of the Summer

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Play of the Day: WWE's Most Underwhelming Party of the Summer

For all intents and purposes, WWE SummerSlam was exactly what it was hyped to be. The biggest party of the summer. The second largest pay-per-view extravaganza of the year, second only to WrestleMania.

Alright, I can't finish that train of thought because I might vomit on my keyboard.

WWE SummerSlam was a decent show overall but to say that it failed to live up to its hype would be a gross understatement. What was supposed to be the second biggest event of the year was highlighted by a weakly put together card, several poor booking decisions and a Main Event match that had all the makings of a 'Mania quality bout.

Unfortunately, just because a match has the makings of a 'Mania contest, that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to play out like one.

I'll skip right to the chase here, seeing as how I'm sure everyone has more important things to do than listen to me rant. You could be listening to Ashley Morris rant and his are far more drawn out than mine. But I digress.

 

The Intercontinental Title opening bout was...

 

A bit disappointing. This has nothing to do with the abilities of Dolph Ziggler or his challenger for the evening, Kofi Kingston, as both men are highly talented and underrated in their own ways.

The killer for me was the ending of the match. 

Though I understand the use of the No Contest finish to continue the feud, I felt it took away from the match. The Nexus could have had the same impact attacking after a clean finish and after Kofi's recent increase in attitude and subsequent DQ loss on SmackDown!, the ending to this match felt like a bit of a let-down.

Out of a possible 10 stars, I give SummerSlam's opening bout 6 stars.

 

The Diva's Title bout between Alicia Fox and Melina was...

 

A typical Diva's bout. Seriously WWE, what did any of these women do to deserve the treatment they get? The most impressive thing about the match, in my opinion, was the fact that it went longer than two and a half minutes, which seems to be the length of the average Diva match in WWE these days.

A lackluster match, despite an impressive and legitimate effort from both women. The ending was rather predictable because honestly, who gave Alicia Fox a snowball's chance in hell of defeating Melina in her hometown?

Add to the fact that I feel Alicia needs another year or two in development before winning another Championship and we have another "bathroom break" quality match that was only saved by the abrupt and somewhat random interjection of LayCool during Melina's title celebration.

Out of a possible 10 stars, I give the Diva's Championship bout 4 stars.

 

Big Show vs the Straight Edge Society in a Three-On-One Handicap bout was...

 

About as predictable as one would expect. This was an average match that could have benefited with a more creative ending. The match was basically Big Show throwing people around, some cheap shots from S.E.S, and a dominant finish that was just entertaining enough to please the Show fans in the crowd.

Unfortunately, this match was little more than card filler and as a result, nothing noteworthy comes about as a result of it, other than planting the seeds for the eventual implosion of the Straight-Edge Society, which I feel is a mistake.

Out of a possible 10 stars, I give this Handicap bout 5 stars.

 

One of the few real highlights of SummerSlam this year was The Miz's in-ring promo. A long, drawn out, and entertaining diatribe, all just to answer a simple yes or no question. Another example of why The Miz is being pushed as hard as he is and one of the few truly enjoyable things about SummerSlam.

 

The WWE Championship match between Sheamus and Randy Orton was...

 

Meh. Forgive the unprofessionalism of that phrase but that's literally what the match felt like after watching it. While I love the intensity and the chemistry that these two have, the DQ finishes are killing me.

Sheamus suffers most from lack of credibility and it stems from the fact that he has not had a single clean win in any of his title defenses during either of his two Championship reigns.

It's hard to buy into a Champion that only looks like a million dollars when his title isn't at stake. WWE needs to give this guy at least one clean win to solidify his spot. While the pasty Irishman has definitely proven himself worthy of his spot, he's not going to be fully accepted until he scores a definitive victory in a title defense.

On the flip side, Randy Orton can do no wrong. He's easily the most over babyface in the company, (Yes, Cena supporters, I said it), as he doesn't have half the crowd telling him he sucks during his matches, and the audience has been eating up every single move he makes.

Out of a possible 10 stars, I give the WWE Championship match 7 stars.

 

We're now at the halfway point of SummerSlam, and already we've used up one of the Main Event matches.

 

The World Heavyweight Championship match between Kane and Rey Mysterio was...

 

Easily the most unrealistic match on the card. Sorry Mysterio fans but Rey couldn't beat Kane with a sawed off shotgun and a belt loaded with frag grenades so why would anyone buy the little orange firefly beating him in a Main Event level title match at SummerSlam?

Add to this the fact that most everyone watching was expecting an appearance from Undertaker and Kane vs Mysterio was little more than an annoying sideshow that we had to sit through in order to get to the good stuff.

'Taker looked like a beaten old man and though I'm still against another Kane vs Taker feud, I was impressed with the decision to let Kane have the dominant hand over his brother in their first scuffle of the storyline.

Out of a possible 10 stars, I give the World Heavyweight Championship match 6 stars.

 

Now on to the Main Event. And this is where WWE took a huge faceplant into the mud. Just as we've come to expect from them.

 

Bryan Danielson's return was...

 

A good move on the part of WWE. I'm a big supporter of this guy and what he brings to the table and I knew it was only a matter of time before Vince and company brought "The American Dragon" back but the fact that they managed to keep it under wraps and away from the notoriously spoiler happy IWC is impressive in it's own right.

 

Team WWE vs The Nexus in a 7 on 7 elimination tag match was...

 

The best match of the night but with a terribly booked finish. While I agree with Daniel Bryan being the "MVP" of Team WWE, I do NOT agree with Darren Young and Michael Tarver being the sacrificial lambs of The Nexus. 

Did they need to be the first to go? Yes. Back to back within minutes of each other and with extremely pitiful looking performances? No.

This brings me to the final point of my long and drawn out pay-per-view review.

 

Why did Team WWE defeat The Nexus?

 

This is where WWE blew everything up in their own face.

Why did Team WWE need to defeat Nexus? This was the first real test for Nexus as a group and after all the dominance and momentum, after everything these rookies did to get over (and they did get over), why axe all of it in the very first match of the program?

Why did Superman...excuse me, John Cena, need to once again end yet another pay-per-view strutting around the ring like an a**hole, no selling a match that saw him stand on the apron for a half hour and get his ass kicked for 15 minutes?

Nexus needed to win this match to solidify their spot and prove that they belong in the position that they're in. By losing the very first encounter of the feud, they've effectively lost a majority of the steam they worked hard to build leading into SummerSlam.

Removing one member of Nexus and having the rest of them get tainted victories on RAW the following night does nothing to rectify this.

In the first real chance to solidify Nexus as the must-see thing in WWE, we're instead treated to John Cena once again sucking the life out of a storyline because of Vince McMahon's refusal to change anything in his tunnel vision style of booking.

Out of a possible 10 stars, I give the Team WWE vs Nexus elimination tag bout 8 stars.

 

Overall, a disappointing pay-per-view that had its big moments but ultimately failed to live up to the impressive amount of hype it was given.

As Wade Barrett said during the first season of NXT, the winds of change are blowing WWE. That doesn't necessarily equate to something positive.

 

Feedback for the pay-per-view review is welcome and appreciated.

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