First and foremost, #SummerSlamTaughtMe that match order matters. After a totally enjoyable experience last night writing the first part of this series, today’s Summer Slam viewing dragggggedddd onnnnnnnnn. I got through the first 45 minutes yesterday and took four pages of notes. I watched an hour tonight (four matches, as opposed to the 2 from yesterday) and barely wrote three pages of comments. Yikes.
While I was very vocal about Orton and Sheamus being a bad choice for match opener, it certainly was a far better option than the two or three matches that followed. AmbReigns and the Wyatts may have worked, but probably only as well as RKO and “The Hawk”. I guess being a veteran dependable hand is another thing that
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that without the video packages setting up each match, most WWE ‘events’ would be only 90 minutes long.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that there is such a thing as too much denim. . . Also, there is such a thing as too many sequins.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that #WorldElite (the stable Josh Petrie and I have been salivating over for months) is closer than ever. Rusev, just like at Wrestlemania, looked like he stepped right off of Josh and my fantasy booking tweets. (@jpetrie18 for a great wrestling fan)
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that Dolph Ziggler seems to be asking for concussions, especially with the way he slams his head into the turnbuckles. Orton just showed us that those things can cut you, Dolph, be careful! Or are you trying to make this stand up career a more full time thing?
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that bear hugs are boring. . . Very, very boring. . .
Going off of that a bit, #SummerSlamTaughtMe that while some matches (Orton and Sheamus for one) do not benefit from Twitter (since you need to focus and watch to appreciate them), some matches do. Like this one.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that when bored and without Internet, I doodle while watching wrestling.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that Rusev, Kevin Owens and Bray Wyatt would make, quite possibly, the greatest stable the world has ever seen. #SentonStable
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that Lana is pretty good at being a manager. It’s a shame she’s “Too Russian” to do much talking anymore, but she’s got the little things down. The quiet cheering, the facial expressions, all of it. I think she’s been taking lessons from Heyman.
Truthfully, the main theme of Ziggler vs. Rusev was. . .
that when it comes to this feud, Lana and Summer > Dolph and Rusev, and quite frankly, that shouldn’t be.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that the Cosmic Kings make a good team. Of course, having seen RAW now, I understand that lesson doesn’t really matter anymore.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that Edna from The Incredibles was right. No capes!
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that WWE really didn’t intend for this show to be “bigger than Wrestlemania”. If they had, both Neville AND Stephen Amell would have had better entrances. Dim lighting, a spotlight on an arrow in the ground, maybe a zip line, better costumes. . . Really, anything. Jason Moltov said this already, and I’m sure he wasn’t alone - Amell was just “a guy” walking to the ring. Total waste.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that Stephen Amell knows his wrestling rules. I give him all the credit in the world for making sure to grab the tag rope before Neville brought him into the match.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that Stardust might be Cody Rhodes’ best work so far. Scoff if you must, but its true. While I missed almost the entire rest of Cody’s career during my “Lost Years”, I have to believe that no other part of the younger Rhodes brother’s wrestling life involved this much ‘performance’. He is being crazy while also being very emotional, and I enjoy it a lot. I don’t know what the endgame is for Stardust. . . In fact, since its WWE we can all probably assume there isn’t much of one. . . But this has been incredible.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that the production truck was missing camera cues left and right. We didn’t see Amell’s nip up til the replay, nor did we see the entirety of his arrow pose. Sad.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that while the truck had problems, the storytelling in this match did not. Stephen Amell SHOULD get his ass kicked. The aforementioned Mr. Moltov isn’t very impressed by a guy who only did a couple of moves, and I get that. But if he had done much more than that, it would have just looked weird. Rhodes and Barrett have probably 15-20 years of wrestling experience - They can’t get tossed around by a glorified stuntman.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that Neville knows when to kick it into high gear, especially when a match is dwindling. I’ve never seen him do those handsprings faster or those kicks more fiercely.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that wrestling is real. Amell, who is in superior shape, looked absolutely exhausted following his relatively brief match. I’m sure he, like Lawrence Taylor before him, would agree that pro wrestling requires the most energy than any other sport.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that Big Show is taking these chants personally. You can see it in his face, but more importantly, you can see it in the extra effort he is putting into those matches. Molasses-level slow as it may have been, Paul Wight has no need to pull off a second rope somersault senton, but he did it, probably just so we’d all shut up.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that WWE, after all these years, can still surprise me. I was SURE. . . TOTALLY SURE. . . that Miz was winning the title following the Shell Shocked and Skull Crushing Finale.
Oh, by the way, #RAWTaughtMe that, too. And then some.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that the Intercontinental title feud we just saw was FAR better than it should have been. I’ve been writing about it for weeks, so its not necessarily new information, but these three guys really made lemonade with a weak title, an injury, and two guys who can have some serious “go home” heat. Well done to all three combatants.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that Jon Stewart can cut an excellent promo. . . And then Paul Heyman can trump it with a little bit of singing.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that Bray Wyatt’s new jacket is stupid, especially when they only really show it in the dark. I get it, he has horns - Is the uber-shadows supposed to make it better?
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that head bumps looks really, REALLY bad when you don’t fully commit to them.
Look, I get it. People don’t want to get concussions, they don’t want to get hurt. I don’t blame them for that in the slightest. However, everytime Luke Harper, Kane, or most importantly, Big Show, takes a DDT by landing on their knees, I cringe. It looks. . . underwhelming, and even that’s a generous way to describe it.
It looks soft. Not Enzo and Cass soft. Like the Snuggie bear soft. Pillsbury Dough Boy soft. . . Micro-soft.
If wrestlers don’t want to take head bumps, STOP DOING THE MOVES THAT REQUIRE THEM. Save the DDT’s for guys like Neville, who can land on the top of his head and ideally not hurt himself, and life will be grand.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that wrestlers thank each other for protecting them. I don’t know if anyone else saw the little tap of appreciation Dean Ambrose gave Bray after the triple table run, but it was very sweet. There is no other explanation for it - it was a “thanks for catching me” moment. Really cool.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper would be an AMAZING tag team, and would be dominant tag team champions. I don’t know what the future holds for the Wyatt Family, especially now with Bram on board. . .
By the way, I’m really upset. Everyone on Twitter said that this guy had signed a new TNA deal, and now he’s in WWE. What gives?
What’s that? . . . . What did you say? . . . Oh, there’s a U in there? Braum?
Bray and Luke might not be booked as a tag team going forward, but they should be. Especially with that spectacled duo who just made a totally surprising WWE return.
Dudleys vs. Wyatts? Shut Up and Take My Money.
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that WWE knows how to play with the IWC’s emotions SO EASILY.
When Roman Reigns was down on the outside of the ring, completely out of view, most of us had one of two thoughts running through our head.
Ambrose is TOTALLY going to turn because Roman wasn’t there to help him!
Reigns is TOTALLY going to turn because he’s not there to help him!
Neither of those happened. Well played, WWE!
And finally, for this section anyway. . .
#SummerSlamTaughtMe that the Big 4 “PPV’s” are no longer culminating shows. Remember when Wrestlemania and Summer Slam were when feuds ended? Building for months to this epic zenith of a frenzy of a match at a major event, then both participants move on to other challenges? Yeah, that doesn’t happen anymore.
Night of Champions is more than likely going to feature these matches, all stemming from feuds that happened before Summer Slam.
Ziggler and Lana vs. Rusev and Summer.
Big Show vs. Ryback
Reigns vs. Bray, or AmbReigns vs. the Wyatts plus BraUm.
For these middle of the card matches, Summer Slam was just a piece of the puzzle...
I don’t know how I feel about that.
What do YOU think? Be Heard