It’s less than 24 hours now until “The biggest party of the summer” Summerslam and I’m beginning to look forward to it. I don’t think it’s the strongest Pay-Per-View card this year, infact, it’s nowhere near to being, however there are some potentially fantastic matches on that card.
Antonio Cesaro vs Santino Marella – United States Championship
It all kicks off with Antonio Cesaro taking on Santino Marella in for the United States Championship in the pre-show. It will be interesting to see who gets the win, I’m certainly hoping that it is Cesaro though, a loss for him could really harm him. He’s already been given a horrendously dull, generic, stereotypical foreign heel character and I have no idea how he could recover from a loss to Santino. As for the match itself: Santino is a good, sadly restricted, worker and Cesaro is capable of putting on a great match. Obviously they’ll get no more than ten minutes, but still should be a fun match in which hopefully Cesaro will come out on top.
My excitement – 4/10
Titus O’Neil and Derren Young vs Kofi Kingston and R-Truth – Tag Team Championship
I’ve been asking for this for so long now. Not the match itself, but a proper Tag Team Championship fued between two well built teams and that’s what we’ve gotten here. It’s really not hard at all, just a simple fued is enough for me, just anything that isn’t a randomly chucked together match two days before.
Now obviously the WWE and Prime Time Playas have been surrounded in controversy in the last week or so with A.W’s dismissal. Personally I thought it was absolutely pathetic. The guy made one slightly crude remark and that’s enough to get him fired? Honestly, the WWE need to start standing up for their talent and defending them publicly when this sort of thing happens not just fire them; atrocious decision. However that is irrelevant, because Prime Time Playas have show they are capable of being interesting without him so I’m not too worried about them, and when working with Kingston and Truth I’m sure they will be able to put on a decent match, so I am looking forward to this one.
My excitement 5/10
Rey Mysterio vs The Miz – Intercontinental Championship
I really don’t understand why they made this match at all. They seemed to be building towards another Christian/Miz bout but they randomly scrapped that and added Rey. I’ve got no complaints about the guys involved, it’s just that the fued is totally non-existent.
I have to admit though, I’m delighted that two guys with as much credibility as Mysterio and Miz are in the Intercontinental Championship scene. It will boost it’s prestige and I hope the two continue to have a fued beyond Summerslam. People who know me know I’m not a fan of Miz at all, but as a general rule I believe that if someone is over then they deserve at least a midcard push, and Miz is extremely over with the crowd.
Will be a very decent match, just a shame about the lack of build.
My excitement 4/10
Daniel Bryan vs Kane
What, exactly, is the point in this match? I understand why Daniel Bryan would be in a fued like this if Charlie Sheen was still involved, but, he isn’t. So once again it seems like the guy who most of us agree is the best wrestler in the company, will be wasted in a match with a guy who is totally burn’t out these days. Kane offers absolutely nothing, his character has been booked horribly for years and even the mask returning feels gimmicky and if he doesn’t put over Bryan then that’s just despicable.
Despite all this, I look forward to every Daniel Bryan match, he’ll manage to produce something good out of this I’m sure.
My excitement 3/10
Sheamus vs Alberto Del Rio – World Heavyweight Championship
Probably the best booked fued in the entire WWE at the moment, yet I’m still uninterested. The two of them probably have the worst characters in the main event just now. Del Rio has absolutely loads of money, lots of sports cars, he dresses up in his flashy suits but the thing is, the audience have absolutely no reason to boo him. I wish WWE would just show some creativity as to where he got the money from and what he could do with it, there’s so much potential there but it’s not being utilized. Sheamus is just your typical out-of-date, dull, generic face character who doesn’t really offer much. He was quite good as a heel I felt, the role suits him a lot better than the one he is currently playing anyway. His promos just consist of smiling while giving his opponents unfunny nicknames and saying the word “arse” to get a cheap pop from the crowd. His wrestling style maybe suits being a face slightly more, however that still doesn’t stop the fact he’s really average in the ring. He doesn’t use his strength well enough and needs to become stiffer and become more of a powerhouse in the ring – he did this really well in a match against Tensai on Smackdown but it seems that was just a one off.
The match itself should be of decent quality due to how good Del Rio is in the ring, the fued itself has been booked really well yet I’m not interested and I’m not the only one I imagine.
My Excitement – 4/10
John Cena vs CM Punk vs The Big Show – WWE Championship
Another match that I just don’t understand at all. I understand why John Cena and CM Punk are involved, that makes sense, however, I’m totally perplexed as to why they decided to add Big Show in as well? He really doesn’t offer anything to the fued whatsoever. John Cena vs CM Punk in a singles match would have worked completely fine, they still could’ve had Punk being jealous over Cena getting the spotlight etc, it would have had better promos and the match itself would be a lot more entertaining I reckon. Alternatively, if they wanted to avoid another Cena vs Punk match, they could’ve added Daniel Bryan? He’s a lot more popular at the moment, he’s better on the microphone in my opinion and I think we can all agree that his in ring skills aren’t even comparable with Big Show’s! The fued would’ve worked made complete sense after Bryan’s fued with Punk, Cena and Bryan could easily have started their own little fued as well, factoring in the whole Punk jealousy thing. It would’ve worked perfectly. I just don’t understand WWE’s logic at all sometimes.
Still, the match should be fun enough and I’m loving everything that Punk is doing at the moment, I’m sure this will be enjoyable enough.
My excitement 6/10
Brock Lesnar vs Triple H
The build up for this one has been pretty average besides last week’s Raw I think. The issue for me is that it has struggled to gather any momentum with Brock only having limited appearances. Still, I think they did make up for it last week on Raw. Heyman’s promo was incredible. His voice always sounds so unbalanced, almost like he could crumble at any point in the promo, but at the same time his delivery is so crisp, so impactful, it feels so natural and it just works beautifully. He’s one of the best microphone workers ever and he sold Brock brilliantly on Raw. The Shawn Michaels assault really added to the fued as well, I’m glad they decided to utilize him.
What really irks me though is the fact that Lesnar could well have made his massive return to WWE, only to lose twice. They way the fued has gone I just cannot see Lesnar coming out on top at Summerslam. They’ve booked Triple H as the underdog and it would seem weird if he didn’t win it, still though, I’m behind Lesnar all the way as I think he would benefit so much more.
Will be a really good match, and Heyman back at ringside will be nice to see.
My excitement 8/10
Don’t worry I didn’t forget! Dolph Ziggler vs Chris Jericho
Will be the match of the night if they get over fifteen minutes. I’m certain of that. The fued has been booked to perfection so far and it’s finally gotten Dolph some heel heat. If Dolph Ziggler wins at Summerslam then this fued has been booked to absolute perfection. Jericho will leave, and then when he comes back another heel can tell him he’s lost his touch and should go away etc. Ziggler will go on from Summerslam to progress to the World Heavyweight Championship hopefully, so everyone’s a winner basically. The match will be a technical masterpiece, Jericho and Ziggler are both incredible athletes and incredible workers, no way this match will disappoint.
My Excitement 10/10
The Pay-Per-View as a whole has a decent card. The undercard isn’t too weak, decent tag team and Intercontinental title matches, potential for more to be added as well with Cody Rhodes vs Sin Cara and Brodus Clay although I would personally leave them out as seven matches is more than enough I reckon. There are a few matches with potential to be absolutely outstanding, Ziggler vs Jericho, Lesnar vs Triple H, Kane vs Daniel Bryan, even Cesaro and Marella could put on a pretty good match.
I’m looking forward to this Pay-Per-View and believe it will be better than recent Summerslams, as usual though, the card could’ve been a lot better in my opinion and would’ve been much improved even just by adding Randy Orton to one of the matches – preferably the World Heavyweight Championship match or as a replacement for Kane – he just would’ve added so much more starpower. The Big Show is nowhere near good enough to be in a WWE championship match these days. He’s slow, poor on the microphone, has absolutely no charisma and overall is just a massive burden on what could’ve been a great match. It was set up so perfectly for them to add Daniel Bryan, he’s one of the most talked about guys on the roster and one of the best wrestlers in the world and yet he’s overlooked for one of the least talked about guys in the main event scene and possibly the most limited wrestler on the roster: The Big Show.
Those issues aside though it’s a very promising Pay-Per-View and I’m looking forward to it.