‘WWE SummerSlam’: Brock Lesnar Isn’t Going Anywhere
August 21, 2017 - WWE
I know what you’re thinking: we can’t trust Raw‘s champion will continue to be a common no-show on Monday nights. we kid. You are, presumably, beside yourself that I’ve returned with my initial in-depth PPV summary in months. No? Fine. Well, either you’ve arrived during this comment of Sunday night’s record out of pristine unrestrained for a triumphs and travails of WWE’s total Raw and SmackDown rosters or out of some impolite loyalty to a re-emergence of your least-disliked wrestling recapper, here are a 5 pivotal insights we took divided – be it Natalya’s healthy ascent, Shane McMahon’s spastic distractions or anything else between a ropes – from SummerSlam 2016.
5. Mellow Drama
A large regard streamer into SummerSlam – we assume to others and not only myself – was a fast thrown together mixture of feuds fueling an eventuality that, like WrestleMania, is improved served as a perfection of long-simmering differences. It was tough to shake a feeling that matches like Sasha Banks v. Alexa Bliss, Bray Wyatt v. Finn Bálor, John Cena v. Baron Corbin, Randy Orton v. Rusev, Jinder Mahal v. Shinsuke Nakamura – we get a thought – were some-more about resetting or reorienting one or all competitors’ compass in a opening weeks than communicating an active grudge. That’s not to contend there weren’t highlights on a highway to slight or rushed conclusions (Banks and Bliss brought it). Nor were a evening’s reduction constrained bookings bereft of large blowoffs and bigger pops (see: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose toppling Sheamus and Cesaro), though several hours steeped in splendour couldn’t cover for what mostly felt like low stakes.
4. Nattie By Nurture
As was celebrated on her victory, Natalya’s latest pretension explain was 6 years in a making, an inconceivable limbo for someone with Ms. Neidhart’s ability and pedigree. But so goes a merry-go-round in WWE, and a taciturn bargain that bequest and holding lumps don’t always pledge removing one’s due forward of innumerable flavors of a month. Still, Nattie never wavered, even as her real-life father Tyson Kidd succumbed to damage after injury, and peers including Paige, Charlotte and A.J. shone with mixed turns during gold. She is a best women’s wrestler in a company, period, even if her in-character charisma’s never clicked like some of a above. That’s since it was lovely to see a third-generation buttress say her heel’s poise after polishing off former women’s champ Naomi with a Sharp Shooter, prolonging a adversary that might not have been high on people’s radar tonight, though could simply infer best in uncover among a some-more rare label this fall.
3. Ref Jam
Let’s all take a impulse to acknowledge a excellent work that Mike Chioda, Jon Cone and WWE’s referees do on a nightly basis. As evidenced by Shane McMahon’s antics during A.J. Styles’ successful U.S. pretension invulnerability over Kevin Owens, anything brief of a aforementioned, partially small shot-callers’ zebra-striped standards simply won’t do. Even sized adult opposite wrestling’s slapstick story of special-guest refs, Shane’s inability to get out of KO, AJ or – mostly – his possess approach was a exam of viewers’ patience. And when a boon unsuccessful to broach some kind of wilful disguise (one assumes that story will be modernized on SmackDown, nonetheless again formulating some difficulty about what WWE considers a reward programming), it was tough not to resent carrying missed an eventuality for a good, clean, classical manoeuvre de beauty between these two. Or consternation either they did, too.
2. Jinder Block
While Jinder Mahal has explained how a Khallas was an good name for his ultimate pierce since of a verbatim interpretation to “finish,” he hasn’t come purify about Khallas’ disaster to stir astonishment in anyone staring agape during his doubtful run as WWE Champion. Putting aside a debt to Ted DiBiase Jr.’s Dream Street, Khallas simply fails to make an suitable impact for a male of Mahal’s distance and remarkable stature. Even tonight, Nakamura frequency seemed disfigured in dual after removing slammed from a medium tallness while in Mahal’s cobra clutches, let alone how many reduction convincing a maneuver’s come opposite opposite adversaries of larger mass. All is clicking for Mahal right now, adequate to have survived a maligned Punjabi Prison strife opposite Randy Orton with both pretension power and repute intact. But a Khallas never fails to land with an impressionistic thud, rather than a abdominal excellent point. And if Big Cass, Baron Corbin and others can abruptly tweak their opening themes, no reason it’s too late for Mahal to go out with a bang.
1. It’s The Bigs’ Show
The Big Show himself wrestled what could be his final PPV match, though a male he put over – Big Cass – along with Braun Strowman, are where a destiny of Raw is headed. It’s not a bad thought to let Brock Lesnar loaf around as Universal Champion a bit longer as younger charges keep improving and impressing and removing chances to grow exponentially pity a spotlight with no-nonsense vets like Samoa Joe. But if SmackDown is specifying itself as a laboratory for oddity and racial artfulness (the dual being jointly exclusive), afterwards Raw is where we see WWE’s some-more normal aims of pulling giants to a fore. Guys like Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Bálor seem to be pegged some-more for their application than unaccompanied presence, while a doorway is ajar only adequate for Cass, Strowman and – on a women’s side, a likes of Nia Jax – to flog down. Callous Cass staring down fan favorite Braun for all a marbles by this time subsequent summer, if not sooner? That’s a impact dunk.
Below a Belt
· Still tough not to double-take saying Mahal on a PPV poster.
· New rule: If it’s for a heavyweight title/titles, it’s on a categorical show.
· Is Cena Jeff Ross’ new trainer? (And can he be Baron Corbin’s?)
· Natalya unequivocally missed a spray-tan spot.
· Lil’ Kim did a hook, though “Money, Power Respect” was a Lox line. And Brooklyn knew it.
· Maybe third time can be a attract with Big Cass’ music?
· Rusev unequivocally took one for a group there.
· Re: Bliss’ “diminutive stature,” it’s not like she was adult opposite Nicole Bass.
· Alexa Bliss unequivocally took one for a group there.
· Regarding a above: Who breaks bad, Sasha or Bayley?
· Loved Booker T confirming that, yes, his tab group was Harlem Heat.
· Sheamus and Cesaro unequivocally took one for a group there.
· Jeez, Tom Phillips, approach to be a title-change jinx.
· If Mahal v. Nakamura upheld pattern overseas, design a blockbuster, all-international categorical eventuality during WrestleMania earlier than later.
· Corey Graves contingency have lost new FEMA history.
· Samoa Joe’s a brute, though maybe WWE’s many nuanced performer.
· If Roman is to go full kayfabe heel, is there a improved impulse than when his aged Shield buddies are using a tag-team yard?