Welcome to the latest WWE review, last time out we had solid DVD’s and Bluray’s in terms of Beast In The East 2015 and Monday Night Wars Volume 2. Today’s review is of SummerSlam 2015 known as the 2nd best PPV of the year behind WrestleMania which it usually is. This years event was highlighted by the re match between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar which is of course their first battle since the streak was dramatically ended.
So lets go through the matches saying whats good and bad about each one and giving you the reader my overall rating and whether you should pick it up or not.
Randy Orton vs Sheamus was first as the opener which was surprising as normally we get it as the mid card but doesn’t take away from the fact this match was great and even though like Cena vs Rusev they have faced off about a million times it was a great match. A good bout to get the crowd into it and so I have no complaints just don’t do it constantly like you always do it WWE in the future. Sheamus picked up the victory with a Brogue Kick to finish off a good opener but not amazing match.
New Day vs Lucha Dragons vs Los Matadores vs Prime Time Players
Another average tag team match on the card again, this goes back to the days where WWE always used to put Adam Rose and The Bunny vs teams like Los Matadores on the pre show, it is just getting stale and now that the Dudleys are back this is a sign that WWE were getting sick of it as well. I like Prime Time Players and The New Day but feel like the other two teams are lost in the shuffle and so WWE puts these matches on to get them some PPV time. All in all, it was alright but not amazing by any stretch of the imagination like the tag team division at the moment.
Dolph Ziggler w/ Lana vs Rusev w/ Summer Rae followed, this was even worse for me than the tag team match before it not because of the workers involved as they were doing the best with what they could do. It felt more like a television match and didn’t have the prestige of being on the second best PPV of the year. If this gets developed even further thats fine but why not have it build on here after a few matches on PPV’s that aren’t as prestigious like Battleground for example. Lana and Summer got involved as we thought they would and then the double count out made this worse, this was just done so that Lana vs Summer in a cat fight scenario could ensue and it just felt like it was wasted on the card.
Stephen Amell & Neville vs Stardust and King Barrett was completely different to that as it had a story to it and included Amell and Stardust who since their confrontation I for one wanted to see in a match. Stardust was great and has really broken into this character fully now since his brother has basically left to go backstage again. Amell put in a great performance for a celebrity and also sold the beating he got well which was surprising considering his lack of wrestling experience. Overall a really fun match which kept my attention and gave momentum to all 4 guys in the ring especially props to Amell. Big Show vs The Miz vs Ryback was next and this was OK but not amazing. You had Miz who was doing all he could to sneak the victory and Big Show who dominated with his power, this match wasn’t too long which was good and Ryback showed his legitimacy as champion by picking up the victory after a WMD to Miz which meant he could clear out Big Show and score the victory. Have always been quite the fan of Ryback so a couple more months on the top won’t do him any harm especially in my eyes.
Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper vs Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose followed which was good but should have been pushed up the card. There was no sort of beating outside the ring as it was all kept traditional which is OK but it spreading out into chaos could of enhanced this feud even further. Roman Reigns wasn’t liked by the crowd but him picking up the victory showed his legitimacy in his new found role in the midcard, a great match overall but could of been better if chaos was encouraged in a stipulation. Roll on their next match. John Cena vs Seth Rollins was next in a truly awesome match, Cena threw everything at Rollins throughout the match which he survived, both men looked amazing and Rollins was this smug, arrogant heel which is what I like and what has been great about Rollins this past year. Cena of course was great, I have always been of the opinion that Cena is a great wrestler but I have never liked or hated him in general. The finish was of course that Jon Stewart assisted him which of course is playing up to the fact that Rollins does anything to pick up the win. This was an OK finish but I found it knocked the rating of the match as it wasn’t as if a major name was returning to set up a feud with Cena it was a talk show host.
Team Bella vs PCB vs Team B.A.D followed, as you may know I am a massive advocate of Women’s Wrestling whether it is British with Kay Lee Ray, Nixon Newell, The Owens Twins etc or WWE with Becky Lynch, Charlotte, Emma and Paige. When Becky came up especially this year it was a huge mark out moment for myself as I have always been a massive Becky Lynch fan in particular so this match stood out to me on the card. This match though made me feel like I wanted more though as it was alright but not this amazing match that I thought I was getting, Becky getting the pinfall ups the rating but the fact that it was just meh made me disappointed.
Cesaro and Kevin Owens had the task of picking it back up after an average match and as a result the crowd wasn’t into it if only Orton vs Sheamus was swapped with this, this would of been what everyone would of been talking about. This was a really strong match though which was spoiled by the crowd having to watch the Divas match before it, would love WWE to put this again but in an opening spot or even before a match with less importance as it would of been the best match on the card had the crowd been on side. Finally we get Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar which is the rematch after WrestleMania where Brock broke the streak, Lesnar bled in this match but looked really strong as usual, Taker won it with a Triangle Choke which was a great finish which really sets up another match at another WrestleMania or a PPV like Survivor Series, I cannot wait myself as this was a classic and really upped the rating after an OK card of Wrestling, overall can’t fault it that much as it was a very good match.
In terms of Bluray extras, we get some buildup to the show which is good but not worth the extra money as apart from one segment everything is on the DVD
Rating 7/10 – 3 matches saved this from it being one of the worst of this year. WWE are starting to clean up their act in terms of PPV’s as normal reviews end with me slating the product but this one I was happy with and I am looking forward to the next review after 3 successful reviews.
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