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Let’s be honest, here… It’s easy for AEW fans to gloat right now because AEW debuted CM Punk to “rub it in” to the WWE. But this is SummerSlam which is arguably the WWE’s #2 show of the year. Regardless of what a competitor is doing, this is WWE’s opportunity to shine with a big show. The stage was set with a large crowd and the performances themselves should have nullified Punk’s AEW somewhat. After all, John Cena vs. Roman Reigns was a pretty damn big match-up that was drawing 2.4 million viewership numbers on FOX.
But this show was a clear indicator of a WWE in decline and reliant on the same old names and the same old BAD Creative decisions.
I’ve been writing on the WWE for a while now, folks, and when your show has John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Bill Goldberg featured in major spots… It’s time to fully admit what a failure your Talent Developmental system was for the last 10 years. Seriously… Goldberg looks like he is about to pass out and John Cena, for once, looked slower and tired inside the ring. It looked like they just desperately called Brock Lesnar to come off of his farm and appear because the competitor unleashed CM Punk.
Roman dispatched of John Cena cleanly but it wasn’t anything close to “Match of the Year”. It was good, but not great. Cena’s not the worker he once was and getting older + trying to be a Hollywood actor will do that to you. Afterward, a less toned and not tan version of Brock Lesnar arrives with a haircut influenced by the older kind from Home Improvement and we’re supposed to get excited for this? We’ve seen Roman vs. Brock at least 4 times already. I understand the Heel/Face dynamic has changed and we’ll have the Paul Heyman drama… But come on, it’s a tired match-up and bringing in Lesnar looking like that is pure desperation. Seriously, the WWE made a phone call to Lesnar this morning to get his butt in Las Vegas and the WWE changed their creative plans around it.
And many want Roman Reigns vs. the Rock sometime, too. Did you guys miss how lackluster the Rock was during 2011-2013 inside the ring? He was clearly not in ring shape back then with terrible cardio and he was 8 years younger back then. He’s 49 now and we all know why he wrestling Roman Reigns. In the immortal words of Vin Diesel, whom the Rock has a “great” relationship with, it’s about Family…
You’re out of bullets, WWE… You have nothing but an extreme reliance on 40+ year olds that you’ve already squeezed every little drop out of. Yeah, I’m aware of how old CM Punk is, but the man took 7 years off and has never wrestled the AEW roster except for Cody, Jericho, and Moxley (probably a few others). Roman has beaten every top name 100% cleanly and will likely pin the Rock in a match that will be hard to watch because the Rock won’t be the Rock of the late 1990s or early 2000s that we loved inside the ring.
This Becky Lynch deal against Bianca Belair. Sorry, I’m a huge supporter of Becky, but Bianca DID NOT deserve this. WWE just BURIED Bianca Belair, period. WWE must NEVER give us any virtue signaling for any Social Justice, ever again. That is all we heard about Wrestlemania 37 was how great it was that not only 2 female talents headlined a night of Wrestlemania, but two black females. In less than 15 seconds, the WWE just flushed that away. Fine, if you want Becky to be champion, AT LEAST give Bianca Belair a fighting chance. Have a 15 minute match and easily explain that Belair lost because she wasn’t expecting to wrestle Becky Lynch that night. Simple.
WWE just ruined Bianca Belair and it’s going to take WWE fans rebelling against Becky Lynch to save her. As a few commenters have said, “what did Becky Lynch do to deserve a Smackdown Women’s Title Match?”. After all, she was a RAW performer and was RAW World Champion when she went on maternity leave.
This SummerSlam show was just boring. It’s just the same old WWE with the same working style in every match with the same old talent.
Let’s just do a quick run through of the event…
– Big E wins back his Money in the Bank briefcase but does anybody care? Especially since it was on the Pre-Show. Sad part is that Baron Corbin is actually 100% invested in this character and is far more interesting than the Big E who just cannot shake his New Day gimmick (or grow sideburns).
– Happy that RK-Bro won the Tag Titles and I still question why AJ Styles and Omos ever teamed up. Just made for an odd tag team.
– Can we have the FUN version of Alexa Bliss back please? Glad that she beat Eva Marie whom the WWE has already ruined and given up on.
– Damian Priest is our new United States Champion. Who cares? If this is the best that NXT had to offer over the last year, then what was the point of that farm system? He looks the part but appears slow inside that big WWE ring.
– I enjoyed Usos vs. Mysterios as a tag team match. No problems here.
– Of course, Becky Lynch destroying Bianca Belair was ridiculous. Complete hotshot in response to what AEW just did with CM Punk.
– Why was Drew McIntyre vs. Jinder Mahal even on a Pay Per View, let alone SummerSlam?
– The national nightmare is over… Charlotte Flair defeated Nicky ASH and Rhea Ripley to win yet another Women’s Title. As tacky as being a 12-time World Champion in 6 years may be (2 titles per year???), it was embarrassing to have a super hero comedy act as your champion.
– Edge vs. Seth Rollins was solid but it just lacked any heat… It’s just hard to get excited for Seth Rollins’s character against anybody. Edge won but what will he do next when Roman has already beat him?
– WWE is doing whatever it takes to protect that Bill Goldberg asset. Referee stoppage? Come on… Why can’t Lashley just pin the guy? Goldberg is 54 years old, going on 55… People will understand if he loses cleanly at that age.
– Roman Reigns vs. John Cena was solid, but Cena has lost a few steps. Yet another clean win for Roman and now he’ll get another clean win over Brock Lesnar.
This show right here just tells you that WWE is in deep trouble. Because they have lacked a good Talent Developmental system for the last 10 years, the are reliant on the same old names to carry their promotion. John Cena, Edge, Bill Goldberg, Rey Mysterio, Brock Lesnar, etc. You’ve got NOTHING on your bench, WWE, and that spells trouble if your veterans can’t hold up.
The WWE empire is crumbling, folks… If they cannot put on an exciting SummerSlam Pay Per View, which IN FACT they did last year at the Thunderdome somehow, then its time to pack your bags. WWE is a tired brand and reliant on the same old stuff to keep drawing. They have NOTHING long-term to look forward to and shall remain reliant on Brock Lesnar to keep coming back.
So just chill… Until the next episode!
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