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ZWrestleTalk's Dom Bouchard grades the shocking, exciting, and bizarre event known as WWE SummerSlam 2016.
American Alpha, The Uso's, and The Hype Bros. VS The Ascension, The Vaudevillains, and Breezango
A little overcrowded but very solid match between a lot of talented wrestlers. The story here is the start of animosity between the Usos and American Alpha. After the Alphas did their finisher the Usos frog splashed and pinned Viktor.This could lead a very interesting feud and solid matches between those two teams. The Usos trying to protect their upper echelon position against the new cocky super athletes.
Neville and Sami Zayn VS The Dudley Boyz
The end of the Dudleyz is near. This was booked just so Neville and Sami could be on the card. The Dudleyz can barely move anymore. It is sad to see them reduced to a low level jobbing team. Neville and Sami will have other opportunities to show us all what they can do. Meaningless win for them.
Cesaro VS Sheamus
The first of the best of seven was all you can expect from the two most underrated WWE superstars. Sheamus still has a lot left in the tank and Cesaro is a premiere athlete. This feud can revitalize their careers. Very physical match and their chemistry is awesome.The first goes to the Celtics warrior.
Enzo and Cass VS JeriKO
Enzo is the best on the microphone. No doubt the kid can talk and be funny and cool. The crowd loves their hometown boys. It was a very exciting match. KO and Jericho work real well together.Enzo playing the face in peril might get old someday but for now he is extremely good at it and he keeps adding a few moves here and there.Big Cass is explosive and deceptively quick. A very surprising.ending with JeriKo winning the contest.The good news is the feud is far from being over.
Sasha Banks VS Charlotte
What was supposed to be a show stealer turned out to be a boring botch fest. Charlotte seemed off her game.Despite the beautiful hurricarana off the top rope from Sasha the match was very uneven.Surprising win for Charlotte.
Apollo Crews VS The Miz
There is no one in the entire WWE who makes you feel like punching him in the face like The Miz. He is so good at being an arrogant braggart. Apollo needs to be allowed to add layers to his character but he is a wonderful athlete. Miz is also extremely underrated as a performer.Solid match and Apollo is a strong man. Upset win by Miz.
AJ Styles VS John Cena
The crowd was on fire early on. No one draws a reaction like Cena. What do you expect from these two? A "Match of the Year" candidate. That was exactly what we got a match of the year candidate with some very strong storytelling. Styles and Cena have great chemistry and feed off the energy of the crowd. The last ten minutes of the match was a classic. Absolutely amazing near falls. Two once in a lifetime performers.The win that will catapult AJ to the top of the WWE. This was awesome to watch and experience.
The New Day VS The Club
I have not yet seen chemistry between these two teams. After a slow start things picked up a bit. I would prefer to see more aggressiveness by Gallows especially. Anderson is a solid wrestler and Gallows has not convinced me yet. I truly hope he can rediscover the spark he had in Japan.Without Big E, The New Day is not the same.Wait who comes to the rescue Big E, and The New Day is whole again. I am not a big fan of DQ in title matches but for this occasion it was perfect.
Dean Ambrose VS Dolph Ziggler
The Showoff vs The Lunatic Fringe: Two different styles and two very energetic competitors. No one sells better than these two guys. So it is really fun to see them dish out punishment and not always be on the receiving end of it. Good back and forth action but Dean never seemed in danger of losing the match. I expected more out of these two.Kinda easy victory for Dean.
Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss, and Natalya VS Carmella, Naomi, and Becky Lynch
Big surprise! Nikki looked good and she has the it factor none of the other women have in this match. It was fun to see Nikki back. Good throwaway match. It is sad to see the lack of crowd reaction to Carmella. Not everyone watches NXT. Naomi is an underrated wrestler. Nikki pins Carmella.
Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins
This is what I was waiting for THE match. The Man vs The Demon. Both are the present and future of the WWE. Nothing short of a "Match of the Year" would be a disappointment. Seth's ring gear is awesome. Finn was absolutely amazing in his entrance. This is a future WrestleMania main event. Non stop action, near falls plus Seth and Finn fighting a very physical battle. Finn targeting the leg of Seth.
The crowd chanting that the belt was awful was extremely childish and disrespectful.All it takes is a few morons and everybody follows. What a wonderful perfect suplex into a cradle by Rollins. A Coup de Grace in the back of the head, a pedigree, holy s**t. Two amazing athletes at the top of their games. Coup de Grace and later a new champion Finn Balor.
Roman Reigns VS Rusev
This is a wonderful feud between two heavy hitters. It is the perfect spot for Roman right now. Rusev was extremely aggressive before the match. He is a great heel and Roman was also aggressive and it led to a no contest. The start of a long violent feud. A spear by Roman to cap it off.
Brock Lesnar VS Randy Orton
The main event that doesn't deserve to be the main event. In my opinion the main event should have been Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins. Not that this match is not compelling. Randy has not delivered a good match since his WrestleMania match against Rollins a year and a half ago. Hopefully Brock will bring his A game contrary to what he brought at WrestleMania. The Viper stands now chance to win without outside interference.Thankfully Brock was not too stiff with his German suplexes with Orton's shoulders.The Viper fought valiantly and Brock is such a destructive force. An RKO on the announcers table and a DDT from Randy put him back in the match. Randy kicked out of the F5. Brock knocked out Randy and left him bloodied.Brutal. Even Paul Heyman tells him enough is enough. An F5 to Shane O Mac.
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