Review of SummerSlam 2017
August 20, 2017 SummerSlam came to Brooklyn, New York and it didn’t disappoint. It started full of action and it stayed action packed for six hours straight! This WWE SummerSlam was one we’ll be talking about for years to come. The second biggest WWE event of the year came though in every way with epic matches. So with that said, let’s get to it.
Kickoff Show Match 1: The Miz and The Miztourage vs. Jason Jordan and the Hardy Boyz in a six man tag match
The Barclays Center is loud and full of fans for this epic event! The kickoff show starts off with a six man tag match. It’s The Miz and The Miztourage vs. Jason Jordan and the Hardy Boyz. This bout would start as the arena began to fill with fans. This match was a classic back and forth kind of fight early but a sudden tag to Jordan gave him and the Hardy’s the upper hand as he levels anyone in his path! But then a blind tag by Miz allowed him to set up a “Skull Crushing Finale” on Jordan for the easy 1, 2, 3 win. The winners by way of pin fall, The Miz and The Miztourage.
Kickoff Show Match 2: Neville vs. Akira Tozawa for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
A matter of a few days after the match where Neville loss the WWE Cruiserweight Championship to Tozawa, these two meet again fighting for the same prize. The champion himself Tozawa would be the one to gain an early upper hand in this one. He nails Neville with a “Suicide” dive from the top rope but can’t get the finish yet. So he puts Neville in an “Octopus” submission hold and seeks a win that way, but that fails as well. But then he hits him with a “Shining Wizard” and still Neville refuses to be beat!
But then it appears that Tozawa’s left shoulder is injured bad, Neville would take advantage. Neville would again find himself on his back on the mat in this one, but could Tozawa capitalize on it? It appears the injured shoulder of Tozawa has slowed his climb to the top rope this time. Tozawa goes for the win with a high flying “Senton Bomb” back drop but Neville gets his knees up and leaves the champ now laying on the mat! Neville now would go up top himself for a “Red Arrow” that he delivers perfectly to Tozawa’s back and then immediately after he goes for the pin. The winner and again new WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville by way of pin fall.
Kickoff Show Match 3: The Usos vs. the New Day for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships
This match was awesome from the beginning! Another epic match between the Usos and New Day took place as the third match of the kickoff show. This one was back and forth through out and had multiple near falls and awesome double team moves. This match really got the action rolling for the night! This match easily could have been on the main card of the event with the level of entertainment it had.
Late in the match as Big E set up for his signature move the “Big Ending”, the Usos made a blind tag! Both Jimmy and Jey nail Big E with a super kick before hitting him with a double team super kick leaving him laying flat in the center of the ring. Each Uso then went to the top of opposing corners and then hit Big E with a double “Samoan Splash” for the three count! Making the winners and new WWE SmackDown World Tag Team Champions the Usos by way of pin fall.
Kickoff Show Match 4: John Cena vs. Baron Corbin
Baron Corbin was hoping for revenge in this match and John Cena really was just hoping to not come out to the sounds of a “John Cena Sucks” chant along with the tune of his own theme music. But I’m not sure either really got what they wanted. Corbin would take control quickly in this match hitting Cena with a chokeslam backbreaker that would lead to two failed pin attempts. Cena would battle back though and look to hit Corbin with an “Attitude Adjustment”! Corbin escapes the move and nails Cena with a big “Deep Six”! That would light a spark in Cena for whatever reason.
Cena would now go on the offensive and and he would set a trap for Corbin. Cena noticed that Corbin continually slid outside the ring and around the corner post before entering the ring again to land a move on Cena. Cena took advantage of that knowledge and waited for Corbin to make the move again. Corbin did so and this time Corbin is nailed by a huge clothesline from Cena as he enters the ring. Cena then hits Corbin with an “AA” and then he pins him for the easy go ahead win! The winner by way of pin fall John Cena.
Main Card Match 1: Natalya vs. Naomi for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
This match was great and perfect at where it was on the card. Natalya would start by gaining the upper hand in this one but that would change several times through out the match. Everything from kicks to a sliding double knee opened hand slap were seen in this battle. However Naomi would begin to be worn down by Natalya and Natalya would tell her that, “glow time is over”! After a big slam Natalya would try to lock in a sharpshooter on Naomi despite the reversal of the move previously in the match. She finally locks it in and moments after pulling Naomi back to the middle of the ring she gets the submission win! The Winner via submission by way of sharpshooter Natalya.
Main Card Match 2: Big Cass vs. Big Show (with Enzo Amore hanging above the ring in a shark cage)
This match was to hopefully end the rivalry between Enzo Amore and former tag team partner Big Cass. Big Cass would dominate most of this match due to the broken hand of Big Show. The crowd not big fans of this one however as the match continued. As it became clear that Big Show couldn’t use his right hand and that he was in serious trouble, Amore tried to help. Enzo finds a way to slide out of the cage but would regret it immediately. Big Cass puts a big boot in the face of Enzo and then turns around and does the same to Big Show. Right after he hits Big Show with the “Empire Elbow” for the easy win. The winner via pin fall by way of “Empire Elbow” Big Cass.
We then go backstage to see Raw G.M. Kurt Angle and SmackDown G.M. Daniel Bryan talking to one another. Each one though begins to express that their brand was going to steal the show. Before long each G.M. was stealing the catch phase of the other one and the two became more sure their brand would win the night. This eventually lead to a screaming match between the two. Angle screaming “Yes!” and Bryan screaming “No!”, this went on till the camera cut providing a good laugh for the audience.
Main Card Match 3: Randy Orton vs. Rusev
This match was quick and intense to say the least. As Orton is engaging in his signature pose he is attacked unexpectedly from behind by Rusev. Rusev tossed Ortan out of the ring and began to beat severely, all before the match even started. But then the two get back in the ring and the match officially begins. As if the bell broke a trance Ortan was in, Orton hits Rusev with the “R.K.O.” out of no where! Orton then goes for the cover and gets the quick win at SummerSlam. The winner via pin fall by way of “R.K.O.” Randy Orton.
Main Card Match 4: Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
This match was set up after Bayley was injured prior to the match originally booked with Bayley and Bliss for the title. However Bayley wanted her friend Sasha Banks to replace her in the match and after winning a number one contender’s match Sasha did just that. This match saw multiple control gains but Banks would begin to take control towards the end of the match. Banks would go for two different “Banks Statement” submission attempts but would securely lock in the second one! This lead to the tap out of Bliss in the middle of the ring. The winner and new WWE Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks.
Main Card Match 5: The Demon (Finn Balor) vs. Bray Wyatt
This match would get creepy quick during the entrances. Bray did his normal creepy entrance but the Demon had a slightly altered entrance. The Demon used some of Wyatt’s own games against him playing mental games from the start. Bray gave this one everything he had but just could not find a way to keep the Demon down. As Wyatt set up for his finisher the Demon jumped up and appeared to actually scare Wyatt. The Demon nailed Wyatt with a “sling blade”, a drop kick, and then the “Coup De Grace” for the win. The winner via pin fall by way of “Coup De Grace” the Demon(Finn Balor).
Main Card Match 6: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus and Cesaro for the WWE Raw World Tag Team Championships
This match saw two thirds of The Shield reunite and take on one of the most dominant tag teams in the WWE. This match was great and continued to build energy the whole time. However some of the fans became distracted by a beach ball being bounced around in the crowd, Cesaro didn’t like that. Cesaro immediately bolts from the side of the ring, jumps the guard rail, grabs the ball, and then returns to ringside with the beach ball. Cesaro rips the ball in half and then is tagged into the match. That perhaps lead to him being distracted mentally which may have been what cost them the match. The winners via pin fall by way of “Dirty Deeds” and new WWE Raw World Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
Main Card Match 7: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE United States
Championship with special guest Referee Shane McMahon
This match was great and a classic special guess referee match. All three of these guys gave an awesome performance and didn’t disappoint. The match was a absolute battle between Owens and Styles the whole time. Towards the end of the match it appeared that Owens had won the match via pin fall, but Shane O’Mac quickly waved off his three count as he noticed Styles foot was on the rope! As Owens argued about the facts Styles gets him in a roll up pin!
Owens kicks out of the pin but is immediately nailed by a “Pele Kick” by Styles! After the Styles hits him with a “Phenomenal Forearm” and the a “Styles Clash” for the 1, 2, 3, win! The winner and still WWE United States Champion AJ Styles via pin fall by way of “Styles Clash”. This match was well worth the hype and it lived up to no doubt. I Can’t wait to see where this goes from here. But if I was Shane, I might take some officiating classes before my next special guest referee match.
Main Card Match 8: Jinder Mahal with the Singh Brothers vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship
This match was great but exactly what you would expect from a Jinder Mahal match. Shinsuke had control of this match from the beginning but I’m sure you can guess what happened next. The Singh Brothers would interfere in this in an attempt to help Mahal yet again. The Singh Brothers jump in the ring and Shinsuke lays both brothers out twice! But in doing so is distracted by them long enough to for Mahal to hit him with “The Khallas” and get the cover for the win. The winner and still WWE Champion via pin fall by way of “The Khallas” Jinder Mahal.
Main Card Match 9: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Universal Championship
This match was epic at the absolute least. The carnage was intense from the very beginning and never did end. Lesnar vowed to leave the WWE if he loss the match. Though this match was a four way bout, it quickly became a battle of two. Strowman and Lesnar went at it like animals! Strowman though did something no one has ever done, he tore apart Lesnar! Strowman put Lesnar through two announce tables and then flipped the last one on top of Lesnar. That forced medical staff to cart Lesnar away and left just three men standing.
After Lesnar was taken away the remaining three went after one another. After Joe and Strowman both had their runs Roman began to take the match. But then Lesnar comes back down the ramp and rushes the ring. Roman nails Brock with three straight superman punches and then loads up for a spear. But Lesnar catches him and nails him with the F-5 for the win. The winner via pin fall by way of F-5 and still WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. This match was awesome!
Nathan’s Final Thoughts
This SummerSlam was amazing from kickoff show to main event! You have to watch this from start to finish, though some matches are slower than others. Every match was awesome and little things like Cesaro ripping the ball in half and the yes vs. no shouting match between Angle and Bryan was well worth seeing. Would’ve love to have seen Shinsuke win the title but the match was entertaining at least. Five title changes, great promos, and excellent matches made this pay-per-view the best I’ve seen for awhile! If you haven’t watched this yet you have to as soon as you can. Best match was the main event for sure, you have to see that one if nothing else! I easily would give this one a 10 out of 10. The reason for the high rating, it was awesome all the way through.