WWE PPV REVIEW
The show opened with
The Immortal Hulk Hogan some dude getting the Los Angeles crowd psyched to be at SummerSlam. It lasted a few minutes, and then as per usual, we transitioned to a sweet promo.
Once that ended, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler went at it for the Intercontinental Championship. I’m a big fan of both men. I think they’re two of the more underrated men on the current roster, especially Miz.
He definitely does not get as much credit as he deserves. A big part of wrestling is engaging your audience, and he always does that. He doesn’t care if you love him, or if you hate him – because that’s his whole deal. Unfortunately, that didn’t help him keep the IC title here.
He fell to the three count, after Ziggler nailed him with his patented Zig-Zag.
Next up – AJ Lee took on Paige for the WWE Diva’s Championship. I have be honest – I’m completely biased here. The new season of, “Tough Enough,” has made me hate Paige, and man, do I love AJ.
I re-watched this match with that in mind, and I found myself constantly wishing for AJ to beat the hell out of Paige. Then I remembered that this is scripted television we’re talking about, and I mellowed out and enjoyed the show that those two talented women put on. Much to my surprise, Paige picked up the win and the Championship.
Good for her. That had to be huge for Paige’s career.
After AJ and Paige, it was time for Rusev vs Jack Swagger in a “flag match.” Not like the classic version, where you have to retrieve your country’s flag from off of a pole. No, this was an ordinary match, with a stupid stipulation – the winner got his country’s flag flown over the ring in a show of superiority and national pride.
I miss this version of Rusev. The new one with Summer Rae is funny, but the badass being led by Lana – that dude was a straight G. Nobody touched him. He was the most believable monster the company has seen in a while. He’s so wide. If he wanted to murder me brutally, there’s nothing I could do about it.
And I do not like that.
With that out of the way, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose took to the ring to put on the best Lumberjack Match that I have ever seen. The whole concept had been run into the ground, by the time Seth and Dean went out there. They still managed to surprise me. The best part is that the lumberjacks couldn’t keep them contained. They went into the crowd, and everything.
They did something new. That’s what both those guys are. They’re new. They’re the future. Their rivalry will soon be the new Orton/Cena. Every time the company needs to fall back on something, they’ll go to Rollins/Ambrose.
As they should. Anything involving those two going toe to toe is going to be gold.
Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho had the unenviable task of following Rollins and Ambrose. That has to suck. I know I wouldn’t want to follow those dudes. It’s not like Bray or Y2J are bad, but Seth and Dean killed it.
That’s gotta suck in general, though, am I right? Nobody wants to be the act that follows the awesome act.
Jericho and Wyatt did a decent job it, ending the bout with two Sister Abigails, and a pin fall victory for The Eater of Worlds. I think it’s awesome of Jericho to come back and help get so many young guys over. He could’ve been one of those dudes who learned absolutely nothing from the past, but he was too smart for that. He knows that the business can’t continue without young stars.
Yup – the next match was Brie Bella vs Stephanie McMahon. It’s not very good, and it involves a very ill-conceived heel turn for Nikki Bella that went absolutely nowhere, in the grand scheme of things. Watch at your own risk, and skip, if you have even a little bit of sense.
Moving on – before the main event, Randy Orton took on Roman Reigns.
This is not very good. It’s matches like this that made people feel justified in saying that Roman wasn’t ready to win the 2015 Royal Rumble. I was one of those. He proved us all wrong. He has definitely improved since this event.
The main event at WrestleMania 31 is one of the best in the history of the company.
We’re here – it’s time to go over Brock Lesnar vs John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This is one of my favorite matches ever, as well as one of my Top Five SummerSlam Matches. It’s so intense.
Nobody expected Brock to go in there, and lay that bad a beating on John Cena. It completely caught me off guard. The first time I watched it, I was completely enthralled. I didn’t take my eyes off of the television once.
Even though, if I could have, I would have jumped through the screen and murdered that kid WHO NEVER STOPPED CHANTING, “LET’S GO, CENA!” Holy HELL! That is annoying. I had to mute my TV when I watched the show for this piece. It was awful.
I really hope someone can find that small child one day, and ask him some questions. He must really love Cena. He never once gave up on him, even after a dozen suplexes. When it looked like nothing but pain was coming his way, that kid was still chanting for John. I wish I could inspire that kind of dedication.
To give you a real idea of how crazy it was for the kid to never give up, here is every other picture that WWE.com has up of Brock absolutely dominating John.
I think you guys get the point. After 16 suplexes, Lesnar pinned Cena for the one, two, three, and walked away with his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.