Posts Tagged ‘SummerSlam’

Summerslam 2003 Poster

From this review forward I’m going to be centering all everything rather than just the matches. Looks more organized. I’ll also be adding in a picture to lead off each review and maybe some throughout the post. I think it’ll spice things up. Just a heads up.

La Resistance v. The Dudley Boyz – World Tag Team Title Match

We’re so used to seeing high flying, high impact thrillers from the Dudleyz, but this match just wasn’t that. Given, it wasn’t a stipulation match so it obviously wasn’t going to be epic, but it still had a chance to open the show well. However, it just didn’t. The majority of the match felt boring and flat. Nothing really stuck out and Rene Dupree selling every move like shit didn’t help. He literally took a punch and then took the stiffest back bump I’ve ever seen on a second and a half delay. It was just painful to watch and Grenier wasn’t much better. It wasn’t until the last 2-3 minutes or so where we saw something good. Bubba got D-Von riled up and hit a 3D on Dupree. Just as the ref was about to hit the three count Grenier pulls the ref out of the ring and distracts him while Rob Conway, then known as just the service man or Marine from the crowd, dressed as a camera hit D-Von with a camera which allows Dupree to pick up the win. Boring match, but a clever finish. – **3/4

Undertaker v. A-Train w/ Sable

I like this match, I really do. Taker went above and beyond to sell his rib injury even with the smallest things. He sold i extremely well which is one reason why I like this match. Taker was on the receiving end of a lot of punishment as A-Train focused on the ribs. Taker would mount a comeback with his patented Old School maneuver. A-Train would get a few chair shots in, as the ref took a bump earlier, but Taker would eventually stick the boot right through the chair sending it back into A-Train’s face. It eventually led to A-Train reversing a Last Ride and a Tombstone until Taker finally got him in a chokeslam and secured a pinfall. Taker was going to continue his assault on A-Train but Sable stepped in, still looking as fine as ever, and tried to seduce him but to no avail. Before Taker could chokeslam her Stephanie McMahon’s music hits and she hits the ring to exact revenge on Sable for A-Train injuring her a month earlier at Vengeance. Steph pounded on Sable for a while until A-Train pulled her away and that was pretty much it. Solid match with a great finish. Loved the way Taker refused Sable whoring herself upon him, kayfabe wise of course. – ***1/4

Shane McMahon v. Eric Bishoff

I won’t recap the whole storyline, but it sure as hell was heated. Bischoff, supposedly, slept with Shane’s mother and the promos for that by the way are just plain wrong. Shane came to the ring ready to fight and he did for the first few minutes. He dominated Bischoff as expected, but it didn’t take long for something shady to go down to aid Bischoff. What was that shady thing you ask? Just Coach hitting Shane with a steel chair. The ref tried to DQ Bischoff, but he announced that it was now a no DQ match and falls count anywhere. They would gang up on Shane until Austin intervened. Bischoff and Shane were both down so Coach had a standoff with Austin, but Austin couldn’t lay hands on Coach unless physically proved by Coach. Shane cleverly pushed Bischoff into Austin which allowed Austin to go on the attack and pretty much annihilate Coach. Austin stunned both Bischoff and Coach. Mind you amidst all this chaos the match was still in progress. Shane would then go on to put Bischoff through the Spanish announcers table with a Leap of Faith and because it was falls count anywhere, got the pinfall. Austin and Shane would then celebrate with beer and Bischoff for no apparent reason bladed when his head took no severe damage from the table bump. This match was just bound to be a clusterfuck due to Bischoff not even being a real competitor. You knew something was going to go down and it sure as hell did, in a bad way. The match wasn’t much of a match and was rather boring until Coach interfered. Then, it was just a matter of time before Austin came out and Shane won. Rule changes and interferences just made the match a clusterfuck. It really just ended up being one big stunt. Bischoff should have had someone take his spot and wrestle for him and if his guy lost Bischoff would face some punishment, but that’s not what happened. It was more of a big spectacle if anything, but not even Austin could save this. – **1/2

Eddie Guerrero v. Chris Benoit v. Rhyno v. Tajiri – US Title Match

Four pretty good if not great ring workers in the ring during this one. Benoit’s wrestling was dead on during this one and he was really the highlight of the match. Loved the Three Amigos spot and the Tarantula Submission which I’ve never seen before I saw this match. It looked fucking sick. It’s no wonder why Benoit is one of the all time greats. Overall the match was pretty good. Didn’t see one botch and for a fatal four-way it was really well organized and under control. There was never too much going on. Great ring work by all. The submission standoff between Eddie and Benoit was gold and I loved every second of it. Really liked this match and as of right now, my favorite fatal four-way. Eddie retained in a quick pinfall victory after Benoit took, I believe, Rhyno out to the outside. Great match. – ***3/4

Kurt Angle v. Brock Lesnar – WWE Title Match

Such a great match. Started off with quick and swift chain wrestling. Both men would have short bursts of offense before the other regained control. There was a roller coaster of momentum and emotion. It was just a really technically sound wrestling match and I think Lesnar’s wrestling ability was completely overshadowed by his look and sheer dominance, but he and Kurt put on a wrestling clinic in this match. I don’t know if this surpasses their Wrestlemania 19 match as it’s been a while since I saw it, but it sure as hell was great. Vince got involved and hit Kurt with a steel chair while the ref was out which allowed Brock to hit an F5. After Kurt kicked out of the pin, Lesnar went for another F5 but Kurt countered it into an Angle Lock. Lesnar would grab three of the four ropes, but Kurt would pull away each time and Lesnar eventually tapped. Such a great finish and there were some good false finishes in there as well. Great build with a great heel turn leading into a great match. – ****1/2

Rob Van Dam v. Kane – No Holds Barred Match

This match was nothing special. Just the usual cool down match between main events. It was still a good time killer. There were parts of the match though that felt slow and boring, mainly the action outside of the ring. The last 4-5 minutes or so are pretty good so that saved it from being a total buzzkill. – ***

Triple H v. Randy Orton v. Chris Jericho v. Goldberg v. Shawn Michaels v. Kevin Nash – Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship

Elimination Chamber Preview

Well, it was a good day to be a Goldberg mark I suppose. See, I normally like Elimination Chamber matches. I like the concept and it’s one of my favorite match types, but this is by far the worst Chamber match I’ve seen. It started out well it HBK and Jericho going one on one. No real surprise there. Orton was the first to be released from the pods. He didn’t really cause much of a stir mainly because no one cared for him at the time, but that’s a different story. Then Nash comes in, goes on an offensive assault and then is eliminated two and a half minutes after he entered. Okay, short and quick elimination. I guess I’ll let it slide besides, he did destroy everyone before he left, lolz. Trips is next to enter, but as soon as his chamber door opens HBK super kicks him and Hunter goes into oversell mode for like ten minutes for the finish of the match, but I’ll get to that in a second. Goldberg is obviously last to enter and by God I could have waited another three minutes. He comes in and wrecks everyone. Spears Orton, eliminates him. Then spears Jericho through a chamber pod. HBK gets a few punches in, but good ol’ Bergie goes back to the offensive and goes right through Michaels. If I remember correctly, Jericho is eliminated first followed by Michaels not even two minutes later. So, in about five minutes, Goldberg enters the match and buried two future HOF’ers and the future of the company. Good job there Bergie. Then, it’s onto Trips who has been watching Goldberg destroy everyone. Flair tries to keep Goldberg out by holding the door shut and at one point was doing it by laying on the barricade with his feet on the door, major lol moment there. But, eventually Goldberg broke through the cage and started to assault Trips. It wasn’t long before they were back in the ring, I’d say about 90 seconds but it’s anyone’s guess. Goldberg lines up a spear on Trips, but Flair had handed him a sledgehammer through the cage and Hunter struck Goldberg with the sledge in mid spear. Then…Trips secures the pinfall and retains.

What a load of shit. Goldberg fucking decimated three men in roughly five minutes and is beaten by one shot from the sledge? On top of that, Trips barely took any damage himself. One Sweet Chin Music and a few punches from Goldberg. That’s it. There wasn’t one false finish the entire match and not one reason to believe Trips was in danger of losing the title. The whole match was pointless. – **1/4

Overall, a terrible SummerSlam. Most likely not that worst, I haven’t seen every SummerSlam, but definitely got that good. The Fatal Fourway was cool and Taker/A-Train was cool for the undercard, but other than that Angle/Lesnar was the only great match on the card. Nothing else really stuck out. Thank God I didn’t have to sit through Zach Gowen/Matt Hardy. Just a poor SummerSlam.

SummerSlam 2003 – ***


SummerSlam 2011 Review

Posted: August 14, 2011 in 2011
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NOTE: I won’t be addressing the backstage segments and/or the musical performances until the end.

The Miz/R-Truth/Alberto Del Rio v. Rey Mysterio/Kofi Kingston/John Morrison

Alright so coming into tonight’s show we had just five matches scheduled for the card. However, we started the night off with a six man tag match between the team of the Miz, R-Truth, and Alberto Del Rio and the team of Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, and Kofi Kingston that wasn’t even scheduled. Surprisingly though, it was a really good six man tag. The pace was high the entire match and with the exception of a bad performance on Miz’s part, no surprise there, it was a really fun curtain jerker. The finish was the best part of the match though. Kofi and Morrison taking out, actually I can’t remember who they took out, but they took two of their three competitors out and Rey put the nail in the coffin by securing the pin. It was actually a really good 6-8 minute match and it honestly got me excited for the rest of the show. – ***

Mark Henry v. Sheamus

I had high hopes for this match. If you read my Smackdown! review you know that I’m really high on Sheamus at the moment and I’m loving his face turn. The crowd was hot tonight and Sheamus got a really big pop. Then again I wouldn’t be surprised if the crowd consisted of mostly smarks. Anyways, the match was really well done. There was one nasty spot where Sheamus was hunched over the second rope facing the hard camera and Henry rushed him  and did sort of a Bronco Buster maneuver but slide all the way through which I was sure broke Sheamus’ neck. Look bad, but turned out Sheamus was alright. It was roughly a 10 minute match and both men had a good showing, but the most memorable part of the match was without a doubt when Henry put Sheamus through the corner barricade. It had people all around the area jumping and screaming in shock and excitement. It was a crazy moment that shocked a lot of people including myself. However, the match loses some points because of the count out finish. I guess it was all apart of a major sell, but Sheamus couldn’t muster the strength to make it back to the ring before the count reached 10. I felt cheated by the finish, but I suppose it will make me hungrier to see their next encounter…which it has. – ***1/4

Kelly Kelly w/ Eve v. Beth Phoenix w/ Natalya for the Diva’s title

Now, the match got a little more time than Diva’s matches usually do even on PPV so it was cool in that aspect, but the match itself sucked. Kelly’s a poor ring worker and is over solely on her looks. She’s just so cringe worthy in the ring with all her screams and what not. There was one funny part of the match where Beth was lifting Kelly from the turnbuckle to eventually set her up for the Glam Slam and she was grabbing Kelly’s tights and they were really starting to get low. I thought Kelly was on the verge of losing her pants, which I was all for, but unfortunately it just led to Kelly reversing the Glam Slam into a roll up and winning. Poor match and Kelly’s a tease. – **

Wade Barrett v. Daniel Bryan

I knew from the get go that this match was going to be great. A good ring worker in Barrett and arguably the best in the world in Bryan it was a given that this match was going to be good and it was. Most of the match is foggy to me, but I do remember Bryan unleashing a flurry of kicks to various parts of Barrett’s body and eventually one to the head. It was a good 12-15 minute match and I’ll probably go back and re-watch it at some point, but I remember being entertained and satisfied by it. Great match. – ***3/4

Randy Orton v. Christian for the World Heavyweight Championship

Before the match Christian announced he had someone to come support him at ringside and it turned out to be Edge. It was a great fucking moment to see Edge return. He looked fresh and healthy and happy. He was just excited to be there and he showed it. His return and entrance made the night for me as I’ve been an Edge mark for years. Anyways, Edge said a few words about Christian and eventually made the point of Christian being a cry baby and using tasteless tactics to win. Edge admitted he did these things, but said he did it in style. He eventually called Christian a bitch, I’m paraphrasing here since I can’t remember the extra few words Edge added in before the “bitch”, and then walked away. Christian was screaming for Edge to come back, but eventually Orton’s music hit and the match begun.

It was a long match, roughly 25 minutes, so I can’t remember all the details. However, the match started out I believe with good old fashioned brawling. There weren’t many, if any, submissions in this one, but there were some nasty bumps. So nasty apparently that Orton was bleeding from the mouth and I believe the thumb which Orton then used as face paint towards the end…go figure. Lots of kendo stick action, Christian took all three table bumps, and a pretty nasty bump on the steel steps which were in the ring. Thought for sure there was some legitimate damage done there, but he took it like a champ. It was just an overall hard knocks style match and both men took some punishment. There was even a spot where they both landed on a flat table in the ring. I don’t remember the exact move they executed, but the table wasn’t even setup so it must have hurt like hell. I was disappointed that Orton one the belt back, but they’re likely going to continue the feud into NOC or Vengeance, possibly even into Survivor Series. Either way, it was a fantastic match just like they’re previous four, though I didn’t see MITB or CP but I heard good things. – ****1/2

CM Punk v. John Cena for the Undisputed WWE Title w/ Special Guest Referee Triple H

The main event, the match we all paid to see. CM Punk vs. John Cena for the Undisputed WWE title. Now I heard WWE wanted less matches on the card so that they had more time for this match as they wanted to top MITB. I don’t know if they did that, but it sure as hell was a good match. It started off slow with a lot of chain wrestling and submissions. Really technical style wrestling here. The crowd was AMAZING for this match. Not quite as good as Chicago, but that was an all smark crowd. The pace started to pick up and the two really went at it. Most of the action stayed in the ring except for when Punk dove through the ropes and hit Cena. Instead of a double count out, Trips threw both men back into the ring and the match continued. It was a really good match with a few clever counters and great selling on both parts. I’m not going to map out the match for you as you really should see it for yourself, but it was a really good fucking match. Punk won, but Cena’s leg was on the ropes and Trips missed it which made me feel cheated, again, but I was happy for Punk’s win and didn’t question it. I just thought of it as more material for the feud…and then all hell broke lose. Punk was left alone, celebrating in the ring when all of a sudden Kevin fucking Nash of all people is in the ring and attacks Punk. Trips realizes what’s going on and heads down to the ring, but Nash ran off through the crowd and I, among others, was left stunned…and then shit really got crazy. ADR comes out, cashes in his MITB briefcase and wins the WWE title.

I’ve never seen a bigger display of fuckery in my life. ADR is a talentless worm who’s only upside is being half decent in the ring. He put Rey out of action and feuded with Edge and yet still couldn’t garner any heat if he were to rape a small child in the ring on live television. I’m just not happy about the situation at the moment…I know,”Tell me how you really feel.” Shat ap. Match rating – ****1/4 – Mostly for the swerves at the end.

Overall it was a good PPV and it’s going to give us a lot to think about. Why was Nash involved? ADR’s title reign. How will this affect Cena/Punk. Where do we go from here? The backstage stuff was good as well. Punk and Steph exchanged words backstage and Steph asked for a handshake and Punk responded with,”I would, but I know where that hand has been.” which had me trolololol’ing. We did see Steph leave Cena’s dressing room, but that was never explained. Maybe there is a conspiracy. Maybe Trips, Steph, Nash, ADR, and Cena have teamed up…nah, Russo isn’t writing. So it couldn’t be that.

I’m still pissed off that both the IC and US titles weren’t defended. It just goes to show how shortsighted WWE really is. The titles need a lot of working on to mean something again and this has been another opportunity missed by the WWE. I would have taken Riley/Ziggler and Rhodes/Zeke over the 6 man tag and musical performances. I honestly would have. The matches on the card were really good, for the most part, and so that’s good. Edge’s return and the two title matches really made up for it as well. Overall a good undercard and two great main events only held back by the Diva’s match which was a given.

SummerSlam 2011 – ****1/2