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(#) - Lock of the Night
Kickoff Match 12-Man Tag Team Match American Alpha, Hype Bros & The Usos vs. The Vaudevillains, The Ascension & Breezango
RESULT: Jey Uso picked up the win for his team; Uso pinned Simon Gotch following a Samoan Splash.
THOUGHTS: Something of a step up from the kerfuffle last Tuesday, though more of the same "multi-man madness" with all of the different finishers at the end.
Big difference is the ending, with Jey seemingly stealing the pinfall from American Alpha. That strikes me as a prelude to a likely heel turn for the Usos, given the recent discussion that they feel threatened by American Alpha's rising stock in the Smackdown tag division.
If a heel turn means less phoning in from the Usos in terms of their in-ring performance, then I'm all for it.
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 1/16 Zack - 1/16 Greg - 0/16 Nick - 0/16 Julie - 1/16 Gus - 0/16 Maria - 1/16
#KickoffMatch #GetKennected #SummerSlam
Kickoff Match Tag Team Match Sami Zayn & Neville vs. The Dudley Boyz
RESULT: Zayn & Neville win via pinfall; Neville pinned Bubba Ray following a Helluva Kick-Code Red combo.
THOUGHTS: Basically a highlight reel of Neville and Zayn for the Brooklyn crowd, although I certainly wouldn't be against them teaming up in the future from an entertainment aspect.
The dissension of the Dudleyz is further teased, although Brooklyn would've probably been an opportune time for the split considering it was the site of the Dudleyz' return and WWE usually goes for the obvious kind of irony with tag team splitting up.
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 2/16 Zack - 2/16 Greg - 0/16 Nick - 1/16 Julie - 2/16 Gus - 1/16 Maria - 1/16
#KickoffShow #GetKennected #SummerSlam
Kickoff Match Best-of-Seven Series Cesaro vs. Sheamus
RESULTS: Sheamus wins via pinfall, leads the series 1-0; Sheamus pinned Cesaro following a Brogue Kick.
THOUGHTS: A basic by-the-numbers brawl, with a subtle heel jab by Sheamus towards the finish, though that isn't necessarily a bad thing as you don't want to give away all the intensity and high impact in the first of a best-of-seven.
Sheamus winning works fine here, as he needed the rebound from his previous losses to Cesaro; otherwise, no one would emotionally or mentally buy into the possibility of Sheamus winning, and people would lose interest in the series as a whole and do little to elevate either man, defeating the purpose of having one to begin with.
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 3/16 Zack - 2/16 Greg - 0/16 Nick - 3/16 (#) Julie - 2/16 Gus - 1/16 Maria - 1/16
#KickoffShow #SummerSlam #GetKennected
Tag Team Match Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Jeri-KO
RESULTS: Jeri-KO wins via pinfall; Jericho pinned Enzo following a mid-air Codebreaker.
THOUGHTS: A fun "New Yorker"-style promo from hometown boys Enzo & Cass, stuffed with just about every reference to the Big Apple you could find...
Not a bad opener, but the heat segment with Enzo dragged on a touch too long, and a little miscommunication near the end, I felt, hurt the impact of the finish. I can only guess the Jeri-KO partnership, which is proving to be more and more amusing by the day, will go on for at least another month before dissolving into the eventual Jericho-Owens feud that we've been anticipating.
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 3/16 Zack - 3/16 Greg - 1/16 Nick - 3/16 Julie - 2/16 Gus - 1/16 Maria -1/16
WWE Women's Championship Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte
RESULT: NEW CHAMPION Charlotte wins via pinfall; Charlotte rolled up Sasha off the Banks Statement for the pin.
THOUGHTS: This rematch had some bumpy moments at the beginning, likely because the two wanted to differentiate from their usual formula with some big spots that didn't translate well in the ring (Sasha's neck bump coming off the top was scary).
It picked up afterwards though, and became a intense, personal match as could be expected between the two. Many of the WK Krew were not expecting the finish with Charlotte regaining the title, as there's a distinct lack of face women outside of Sasha to chase the belt. It can only be surmised then that this feud will go at least another month or two. Given how well the on-air animosity and in-ring chemistry is built up between the two, I can't complain about that.
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 3/16 Zack - 3/16 Greg - 1/16 Nick - 3/16 Julie - 1/16 (-1 for failed B4 pick) Gus - 2/16 Maria - 1/16
#GetKennected #SummerSlam #WomensTitle
WWE Intercontinental Championship The Miz (c) w/Maryse vs. Apollo Crews
RESULT: The Miz wins via pinfall; The Miz pinned Crews following a Skull-Crushing Finale after Crews hit his head on the ring post.
THOUGHTS: A short, run-of-the-mill match that highlighted the rookie energy of Crews versus the veteran opportunist in the Miz; Crews runs on Miz early, but Miz capitalizes on the inexperience of Crews at a prime moment for the win.
Not really surprised that one of the more poorly-built matches for SummerSlam got the least time on the match card so far.
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 4/16 Zack - 3/16 Greg - 2/16 Nick - 4/16 Julie - 1/16 Gus - 3/16 Maria - 1/16
#GetKennected #SummerSlam #ICTitle
Singles Match John Cena vs. AJ Styles
RESULT: AJ Styles wins via pinfall; Styles pinned Cena following a Styles Clash and a Phenomenal Forearm.
THOUGHTS: An amazing follow-up to their first match at MITB 2016, as Styles and Cena took everything good about their chemistry in the first installment and ramped it up to a greater level. Fantastic counter-wrestling, big-time spots like the Super AA and the springboard Frankensteiner, and shocking near-falls and false finishes that got the crowd hinging on the outcome.
The best part of this was the psychology on the part of John Cena; for once, he found himself dealing with an equally-determined competitor who simply wouldn't stay down, and found himself in the same position of doubt as many have had opposing Cena (something Cole and company actually pointed out correctly, for a change).
The post-match moment with Cena has me a little curious, what with him leaving his wristband in the ring. This is often a symbolic gesture of a wrestler when they feel their time in the ring is coming to an end, but it's John "Mr. WWE All the Way" Cena, so it's best to take this with a grain of salt...
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 4/16 Zack - 4/16 Greg - 2/16 Nick - 4/16 Julie - 1/16 Gus - 4/16 Maria - 1/16
#GetKennected #SummerSlam #CenavsStyles
WWE Tag Team Championship The New Day (c) w/Jon Stewart vs. The Club
RESULTS: The Club wins via disqualification; Big E returned and assaulted Gallows and Anderson for the DQ.
THOUGHTS: Did anyone ask for Jon Stewart and the obligatory WWE-enforced celebrity call back? No? Didn't think so, and it really highlights that the New Day train's steam is running way low. The match was fine for what it was, and the DQ victory for Gallows & Anderson is justified, with Big E coming for revenge for the "ringpostitis" assault. All of that assures us that this feud WILL continue, hopefully with a much cleaner, Stewart-free finish.
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 5/16 Zack - 5/16 Greg - 2/16 Nick - 5/16 Julie - 2/16 Gus - 4/16 Maria - 2/16
WWE World Championship Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
RESULTS: Dean Ambrose wins via pinfall; Ambrose pinned Ziggler following a top-rope counter into a Dirty Deeds DDT.
THOUGHTS: Went a little longer than I expected, to be honest, but nonetheless a fun, athletic romp, as was expected between these two. That being said, while Ziggler had a few near falls, the result was never really in doubt as this was Ambrose's first defense in the "New Era."
The ending was a good one psychologically speaking, playing into Ziggler's need to show off over capitalizing on an opportunity, leading to Ambrose countering into the Dirty Deeds. It should be interesting to see where they go from here, and if Ziggler's frustrations will lead to the heel turn that's been hinted at over the last couple weeks.
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 6/16 Zack - 6/16 Greg - 2/16 Nick - 6/16 Julie - 3/16 Gus - 5/16 Maria - 3/16
#GetKennected #SummerSlam #WorldChampionship
Six-Woman Tag Team Match Becky Lynch, Naomi & Carmella vs. Natalya, Alexa Bliss & Nikki Bella
RESULTS: Team Natalya wins via pinfall; Nikki Bella hit Carmella with a TKO for the pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Regardless of my feelings about the Bellas as a whole, I'm happy to see Nikki make a full recovery and return, as neck surgery has always been a tricky business in the realm of professional wrestling, as individuals like Edge can account.
That said, no surprise she would get the duke here on her return, and she immediately adds a little more credibility to the Smackdown women's division, which REALLY needs a championship to justify its existence sometime before the end of the year.
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 6/16 Zack - 6/16 Greg - 2/16 Nick - 7/16 Julie - 3/16 Gus - 5/16 Maria - 4/16
#GetKennected #SummerSlam #WelcomeBackNikki
WWE Universal Championship "Demon King" Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins
RESULT: NEW CHAMPION Finn Balor wins via pinfall; Balor pinned Rollins following the Coup De Grace.
THOUGHTS: Am I the only one who's reminded of Loonatics Unleashed with Rollins' neon outfit, or is that just my age showing? ... ... Anyway...I'm thankful the No-DQ stipulation merely dictated that there had to be a winner, rather than the potential for interference hinted at earlier with the meeting between Balor and his former crew. Any scenario with an inaugural championship match needs to be done to the hilt, and done clean as well.
Rollins and Balor did that very well. The match had a great rhythm, everything was fluid and crisp from one maneuver to the next, and both men did a great job of keeping the crowd invested in the match. Rollins pulling previously-unseen maneuvers out of his playbook added an air of importance to this championship match.
Balor winning was the right call in my book. He had the momentum coming in from being a first round draft pick and going over Reigns on his first night on Raw. You would not have him pull his magnificent "Demon King" entrance for his first major WWE pay-per-view and lose with it, as it would diminish its aura and mystique, not unlike the kind Undertaker would possess with his many unique, psychological entrances for WrestleMania over the last two decades.
Rollins and the rest of the RAW roster chasing Balor for the championship should create for some great, possibly MOTY-candidate match-ups in the coming months...
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 7/16 Zack - 8/16 (#) Greg - 2/16 Nick - 7/16 Julie - 3/16 Gus - 5/16 Maria -4/16
#GetKennected #SummerSlam #UniversalTitle
WWE United States Championship Rusev (c) w/Lana vs. Roman Reigns
RESULT: No contest; the match never got started as Rusev and Reigns brawled all over ringside.
TIME: N/A; Match never began.
THOUGHTS: Not really surprised they went this route, as I talked at length about how spoiling the match on the go-home show would lead to a creative block on the PPV. This was probably the best way to do so rather than a DQ (which had already been done for the New Day-Club match); it keeps both men strong and leaves things open-ended for future encounters between Rusev and Reigns, the latter of whom looked like a beast tonight. Yikes.
WK KING OF PPV: (No result, so standings stay the same) Ken - 7/16 Zack - 8/16 Greg - 2/16 Nick - 7/16 Julie - 3/16 Gus - 5/16 Maria - 4/16
#GetKennected #SummerSlam #USTitle
Main Event Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman vs. Randy Orton
RESULT: Brock Lesnar wins via technical knockout; the match was called due to Orton's deep forehead cut from Lesnar's repeated elbows.
THOUGHTS: Wow. Safe to say I haven't run across a lot of technical knockouts in professional wrestling, and that's usually because either its an audible called due to a sudden, severe injury, or a way to write someone off for a short time. In this case, it was the former due to Lesnar getting a little too "acute" with those elbows and SERIOUSLY busting Orton open, as that cut would just not stop bleeding and led to a clearly-improvised TKO finish as Orton simply could not continue, nor should he have.
The irony here comes doubly so in terms of Randy Orton, whom has had several match endings/results altered due to a sudden injury to himself, such as his match with Edge at Over the Limit 2010 and his Last Man Standing match with Triple H at One Night Stand 2008, both cut short due to Orton suffering a shoulder injury. The extra irony is that Orton just came back from a shoulder injury, and yet he loses here due to a very severe, deep cut to his forehead.
Lesnar, meanwhile, simply collects another paycheck, and his F5 on Shane was most likely another audible to give the night a little finality, unless they're, god forbid, actually planning a Shane-Brock encounter to write Shane off in the near future. I'm only for that if Shane actually picks a representative, otherwise Brock might actually eat him.
The match up to that point had been what was supposed to be a textbook example of Orton's finesse versus Lesnar's brutality, playing up Orton cherry-picking his spots in-between Brock's penchant for suplexes and tossing "The Viper" around the ringside area. If you go a step further, Orton didn't actually get all that much in relative to Lesnar, making the overall affair seem like a main event squash for Lesnar more than anything.
All in all, including the non-match with Roman vs Rusev, a rather anticlimactic finish to what was an overall decent SummerSlam, and I would definitely recommend Styles-Cena II and Rollins-Balor for repeated viewing, if nothing else. #StayKennected, everybody!
WK KING OF PPV: Ken - 7/16 Zack - 8/16 (WINNER) Greg - 3/16 Nick - 7/16 Julie - 4/16 Gus - 6/16 Maria - 4/16
MAIN EVENT "TIME-BREAKER" (For the Big 4 PPV Championship)
...However, there's no party time for the new WK King of PPV "Mr. 8-Ball" Nick Giglio, as he faces a slew of competition; former champions, interns and a patient Big 4 champion all look to take the crown jewel and end the searing season shining as bright as the blazing summer sun!
Will Nick pull off the unenviable task of retaining the King of PPV belt in his first defense, or will a new champion rise to sign off on the summer?
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Be sure to check out all the predictions made below, and leave your own thoughts below on who you think will come out on top for both the WK Krew and SummerSlam!
Prediction Key (#) - Lock of the Night (B4) - "Big 4" Pick (00:00) - "Time-Breaker" time (B) - A "Bounced" Pick