I remember waking up on Sunday morning excited about WWE SummerSlam. I knew in my head that it wouldn’t be better then NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn but I so badly wanted it to be. SummerSlam is WWE’s second biggest event of the year. Like the other fans I had high hopes. SummerSlam wasn’t as bad as WrestleMania. It was just as long as WrestleMania but it wasn’t as bad. Usually while watching WWE events I will read my Twitter. I get everyone has a different opinion but it was awful to read some tweets last night. The fans were finding new ways to put a “negative” twist on things. One of those things was the whole “card placement” issue.
I was appalled people were tweeting “Of course Rusev and Roman Reigns is the co-main event” and “Why would the Women’s match go second?” WWE put the Women on second to actually give them TIME. Do you not want your Women’s wrestlers to get time? WWE has never done back-to-back main events and if they do it’s rare. (WrestleMania 28 featured a back-to-back main event with Chris Jericho and CM Punk leading into The Rock VS John Cena.) Let’s do some looking back at some WWE co-main events according to these people. So Charlotte VS Becky Lynch co-main evented the Royal Rumble this year? So Fastlane’s co-main event was Curtis Axel VS R-Truth? Rusev VS Titus O’Neil also co-main evented Money in the Bank… See how ridiculous this sounds. Also another reason why everybody knows it’s the cool-down position is because WWE put the Divas in that position for years! This isn’t UFC the card doesn’t go by importance. WWE fans getting confused between combat fighting promotion.
There are a couple “negative” things I will agree with though and you will see that throughout this column. Earlier today if you follow me on Twitter I tweeted out a reply to my friend and I said, “SummerSlam sucked because wrestling fans are starting to suck”, and yeah it sounds harsh but it’s true. I mean wrestling fans have been stereotyped. To non-fans and haters we as a group look like classless, white trash, basement living bottom feeder people. Which is totally untrue but last night won’t help reverse that stereotype. That stereotype will never be reversed. I’m not trying to say all wrestling fans are bad. That is totally not the case because when I go to wrestling events, wrestling fans are the coolest people in the world. Why? They don’t judge you for liking pro wrestling because they like it just like you. Last night fans were being obnoxious and weren’t acting like normal “happy” wrestling fans.
The terms “mark” and “smark” are being blurred. Let’s get educated for a moment and find out the true definitions of these terms that we so often throw around.
A Mark- A person who buys into the emotion and characteristics of the storyline and characters in Wrestling.
A Smark- the fan that knows wrestling is choreographed, but appreciates it on a higher level.
When did it become bad to be a “smark” and look at the definition “appreciates on a higher level”? I also enjoy marks because their reactions are great and we were all once a mark. The two terms are now blurring, as fans will use their “mark” emotion with a “smark” mindset. Prime example would be fans petitioning to #FireBrockLesnar or suspend Brock Lesnar. They are using “insider” knowledge but letting their emotions get the best of them. Brock Lesnar pounding the heck out of Randy Orton was uncomfortable to watch. It was cool though because you don’t see finishes like that ever. Earlier in the show I mentioned that it would be cool to see Brock knockout Randy Orton. Well it happened yet the ending was lackluster. Lesnar walked out on top and with no excitement. Nobody from SmackDown Live wants to come out and defend the brand? Shane McMahon coming out without Daniel Bryan was especially odd.
If I played pretend and acted like I was booking the show. Bray Wyatt coming out to spook Brock Lesnar would have been a nice ending. Heck, I know it’s a quote and quote New Era but Goldberg coming out would have been cool also. The fans want the pay off and usually I say wait for SummerSlam and wait for WrestleMania for the big pay off. Sadly it’s now becoming a random RAW in July is the big payoff and then they go back to the same old theme.
WWE doesn’t have to give us what we want. I know that sounds really weird. WWE is just printing cash. Especially with WWE creating NXT they are well off. I have written about this subject many times. This SummerSlam applies to this subject. It’s the whole We Will Still Watch Monday Night. The fans usually say “they won’t” but they end up watching it. If they were serious they would stop watching WWE and start watching TNA, ROH, NJPW, and Lucha Underground. If you like pro wrestling there is plenty of alternatives.
Here are more of my hot takes about last night. The “belt” chant was funny but true. I wouldn’t chant that when you have Finn Balor and Seth Rollins in the same ring. John Cena and AJ Styles delivered a classic. How can people still hate John Cena? That is a myth I will never understand. Ambrose and Ziggler had everlasting potential to shine on a big stage yet they fall short way short. To quote ZWrestleTalk writer Dom Bouchard on Sasha Banks VS Charlotte: “It was going to be a show stealer which turned into a boring botch fest.” The Women’s tag team match was unnecessary and it was only good because it showcased the women of SmackDown. Reigns and Rusev needed a match. WWE liked going against the popular decision, which upsets fans. It was similar style to WrestleMania. Both events had main events that shouldn’t have been main events.
Although this SummerSlam was way too long it wasn’t the worse ever. The finish wasn’t as bad as everybody is making it out to be. People went gaga when Sasha Banks and Charlotte were wrestling dangerous yet when Lesnar hits Orton stiff we need to send Brock to “wrestling school.” WWE doesn’t want you to like Brock Lesnar. They never have wanted you to like Brock Lesnar. I mean they had Brock Lesnar end the streak. The Undertaker’s prestigious streak was ended by this man of course he’s going to be hated. To all the fans that love to hate on Brock Lesnar. One day your going to get your wish and WWE is going to have someone beat him. I’m sure by that time though you will say it’s the wrong decision. Wrestling fans (myself included) tend to change their minds a lot.
WWE is going to be gun shy especially with how the fans reacted to the brutal ending last night. Fans have wanted WWE to push the PG to its limits. Yet when they do it’s “too much” or “over the top.” Sometime WWE events have to end bizarre to get us to watch tonight. The events of last night even though some were boring will get me to watch RAW tonight. That’s also because I’m a fan. I care about product and I have criticized the product. I do constructive criticism and I give my reasons for disapproval. The New Era fans don’t do that which tends to get frustrating and annoying. Twitter is a place where we are all experts and have opinions. That is usually a good thing but sometimes like last night for SummerSlam it’s a bad thing. WWE can’t make everyone happy. If you enjoy the product that’s great and if you don’t find something you like to watch. I understand WWE sometimes can be hard to watch because they have all the best talent in the world yet they lack stories. I feel WWE will become even better in the upcoming month let’s just sit back and enjoy the ride. They struggled last night because of the brand split and all the matches. They overbooked and that happens.
WWE’s New Era doesn’t need all the pay-per-views and events. It just needs good storytelling. That’s a different article for a different day.
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