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I liked it, it was miles better than last year's Summerslam, that's for sure. I think it's great how they didn't shy away from making certain matches really short, which helped their 13 match line-up feel a bit more alive and survivable. Even a throwaway match like Balor vs Corbin turned into something interesting with the surprise return of the demon character. The only match that was a bit of a sleeper for me was Hardy/Nakamura, but even that recovered nicely with Jeff almost committing suicide on his own back at the end.

Been thinking it for a while now, but Charlotte is literally the female Roman Reigns.. there's no other way around it now lol. Personally, I thought Charlotte winning the title was ok but only as long as she would be the one turning heel, firstly because she's extremely corny as a face and secondly because it was obvious that Brooklyn was gonna eat her up if she's gonna cockblock Becky like that. I guess they can still turn this around and make Becky the face in this situation but knowing WWE, they'll probably stick to having Charlotte be the strong babyface for her match with Ronda down the line. Welcome to Reigns' world, Charlotte.

Speaking of Reigns, I'm still shocked over how well this main event worked out, people legit cheered for the big dog.. in a city like Brooklyn nonetheless. Props to the E for putting that together and thank god we're over this Lesnar title reign now. I'm also kinda glad that Strowman didn't cash in afterwards because Reigns is a better champ than chaser, despite only being world champ for a combined 4 months of his career. Looking forward to what they're gonna do with the title next.

Oh and Ronda vs Bliss was perfect. Exactly what I expected from a match like that. I think it's funny how some people expected Bliss to get much offense in on, arguably, the strongest woman on the roster in Ronda lol. Gonna give the PPV a generous 8/10, I enjoyed it from start to finish and there weren't many bad things to complain about
 

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The whole PPV was much better than I expected it to be. Every match felt big and ihad a good build the entire time.

9-10

Highlights: Seth and Dolph match
Charllotte winning - and for some reason Carmella looked so hot to me that night. Like I wanted to hate fuck her lol.
AJ Styles snapping
Demon returns
Ronda decimated Alexa like we’ve never seen.
Brock lost the title finally.
 
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The main event was weird.

Why didn't Braun just cash in to make it a triple threat? He is a massive pussy.

The only way Roman could of beaten Brock was for him to be distracted with Strowman. So Roman can't beat Brock clean.

The fans were expecting a cash in. It didn't happen. So that's disappointing.

Are people happy with this main event?

The rest of the show was good. All the matches were decent. Nothing amazing but still fun.

7/10
 

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Out of everyone winning, Ronda and Reigns will be the most impactful for the future.


One would expect to see a lot of change and shift with RAW but we will see.
 
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  • Rollins vs. Ziggler was good as expected. Nice spots, good finish. I hope this is the end for their feud, 'cause I'm tired of Ziggler/Rollins matches at this point.
  • Big E.'s overhead belly-to-belly suplexes look very dangerous when performed on people taller than him. I'm surprised neither of the Bludgeon Brothers landed on their head.
  • The DQ finish for the tag match is lame beyond belief. No reason for such an uninspired finish.
  • Strowman killing Owens was fine and dandy. The chokeslam on the steel ramp is sexy af.
  • Following up the Strowman match with an anti-bullying PSA is gold.
  • 90% of Carmella's moveset is just her screaming. Also, she is incredibly tiny. She looks like a stick figure when face-to-face with Charlotte.
  • Charlotte wins, lol.
  • Becky being a distraught babyface and making her feud with Charlotte be face vs. face would be great. Becky being a heel despite being the most over babyface woman on Smackdown is dumb...but not as dumb as Becky having to release her submission due to Carmella grabbing the ropes in a triple threat.
  • Styles vs. Joe is a great story. The DQ is perfectly acceptable to me due to how far Joe was going to fuck with Styles' head. Much better build to it than randomly grabbing a hammer.
  • Bryan vs. Miz could've been better, but I got entertained by it still.
  • Ronda vs. Alexa got booked perfectly. WWE should pat itself on the back for a job well done there.
  • The main event practically screams bleh. Strowman vows to cash in then and there, yet gets taken out like a bitch boy from one F5 and a couple of chair shots? Is Strowman a Pokemon and the steel chair is super effective on him? Give me a break. We finally are given the Reigns victory and it arrives because of a freakin' distraction! Opportunity after opportunity and when Reigns FINALLY seals the deal he can't even do so clean. Unbelievable!
I give SummerSlam show a 5/10. There's some good stuff to check out, but plenty of crap to roll one's eyes at.
 
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Most definitely not the best Summerslam I’ve seen throughout the years but I feel a 6/10 sounds just about right. For a show that went a little over four hours (not including the extra two hours of the pointless preshow) it’s pretty much doomed to have its highs and lows but at the end of the day, I really can’t complain. Rapid fire thoughts:

- Skipped the preshow and just read the results later on. As it turned out, I saved myself two valuable hours and the way I see it, WWE might as well just kill the preshow concept altogether. For the most part it’s useless, pointless and a waste of time…

- Great opener with Rollins regaining the IC strap, however the bigger story I feel is Dean Ambrose cause you can just see the turn coming. I’m glad they didn’t do anything last night being this is a story that should slowly play out but you can clearly see it with the way Ambrose is acting. His mannerisms, his not so enthusiastic reactions all around (almost looked indifferent after the match was over), the new heelish look and the fact he has yet to utter a single word (perhaps will do so tonight on RAW) are all signs that this turn is happening sooner than later.

- AJ vs. Samoe Joe was easily the match of the night in my book. A magnificent told story both inside and outside the ring alongside the great commentary from Corey Graves during certain moves (as in explaining why the Styles Clash or the Clutch were not as effective as usual) just made this entire thing simply awesome. Even the DQ finish made all the sense in the world and I feel it’s quite obvious that we are looking at a Hell in Cell rematch next month. Being this has gone way too personal of a feud, for once it will be a gimmick match that makes all the sense in the world rather than just a random two people fighting inside the cell for the sake of it.

- Speaking of awesome, Miz and DB was a close second as far as MOTN is concerned and I’m sure some may argue it’s the other way around. I guess it all comes down to personal opinions cause either case has valid points so won’t argue about it.

- Nice to see the Demon character back and was very pleasantly surprised. Didn’t that feel good, him coming out unannounced? I wish WWE would pleasantly surprise us more often these days because it would surely make for better shows, rather than everything being advertised beforehand. Where’s the fun in that?

- Quite convenient to have somebody double jointed on the roster, isn’t it? Either way, Ronda dominated as she was supposed to so at the end of the day, all is good. Post match, I obviously understand Natalya celebrating with Rousey but what the fuck was up with the Bella Twins? Like, why were they out there to begin with?

- Becky slapping the shit out of Charlotte post match probably got the biggest pop on the entire show but I wouldn’t rush to call this a heel turn just yet. WWE can play this in more ways than one being Becky’s reaction came out of frustration for basically being screwed over and not some out of nowhere random attack. Anyway, interesting story being developed and at the end of the day, I think we are happy Carmella ain’t champion no more.

- Can’t say I appreciated KO being squashed like that, as if he’s some random jobber, even if it came at the hands of Strowman.

- Main event was fine and though indifferent about Roman Reigns, at least we can MOVE THE FUCK ON…

- Should have started with this, but really enjoyed the opening of the show with Terry Crews. Very well done....
 

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but not as dumb as Becky having to release her submission due to Carmella grabbing the ropes in a triple threat.
She wouldn't get a DQ for not releasing it. She just couldn't win while she had the ropes. Much like a pinfall on the outside wouldn't count just because it's a triple threat. By grabbing the ropes, a competitor technically crosses the plane of entry to the outside, much like a competitor putting their arm into the ring while on the floor to reset a countout. I don't know how many people I need to explain this to, but I am like 99% positive you and I have had this discussion multiple times
 

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I completely disagree. The whole body has to be outside the ring for it to count as being outside the ring.
I mean, unless you're a licensed referee (because all rules are enforced under referee discretion), it's not really a matter of opinion. If I have time tomorrow I can find the official rule book file I have saved on my old laptop.

Compare it to sumo though. Or football, or any sport with boundaries really. In most cases, it's not the whole body which has to cross the barrier in order to be considered a point or out of bounds etc (depending on the sport being compared to). The ropes in this case provide such a barrier.

If you want a real life example, look at the OSHA regulations for a confined space, which states that any body part which crosses the plane of entry shall be considered entry into a confined space.

Getting back to wrestling and this one specific example, had Becky just been able to pull Carmella away from the ropes while still in the submission, due to the no DQ format of the match, this would have remained a legal means of victory. Thinking about it logically though, if she wasn't able to pull her away from the ropes while Carmella had nothing to give her grip or leverage, she would have had an even tougher time doing it while she had a firm grasp of the rope.
 

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If I have time tomorrow I can find the official rule book file I have saved on my old laptop.
I'd very much like to see that. Post it whenever you get the chance.

I wouldn't have a problem with it if Carmella kept edging her body out of the ring until Becky is forced to either let go or fall out of the ring. That would've look much better.
 

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I'd very much like to see that. Post it whenever you get the chance.

I wouldn't have a problem with it if Carmella kept edging her body out of the ring until Becky is forced to either let go or fall out of the ring. That would've look much better.
Will do my best. And that's been done in the past and it can look cool. Carmella being a smart and sneaky type though, I don't see her feeling the need to go the extra mile to do that. Agree to disagree though.

On a side note, I feel like you would greatly enjoy the old ROH Pure Title matches (I think Evolve recently started using it too, but who the fuck wants to watch Evolve?). Main idea of those matches being that each side only gets 3 rope breaks during the match, and after they use them up they can get beat while in the ropes.
 
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So something I noticed when I went back and watched Summerslam was that almost all the superstars had unique outfits that paid tribute to something. This may be completely useless, but I found a video that explains them all, and I got Seth's, New Day's, AJ's, and Ronda's instantly, but the others flew over my head.
 
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So something I noticed when I went back and watched Summerslam was that almost all the superstars had unique outfits that paid tribute to something. This may be completely useless, but I found a video that explains them all, and I got Seth's, New Day's, AJ's, and Ronda's instantly, but the others flew over my head.
Noooo Not What Culture!! (I am joking lol)

I would not have noticed but I like that they did it and hope they do stuff like this in the future. Pretty cool. Some seem like a bit of a stretch but if they are using this much creative effort in their attires... WHY THE HECK ARE THEY NOT APPLYING THIS TO THEIR BOOKING AND STORY TELLING!?

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Noooo Not What Culture!! (I am joking lol)

I would not have noticed but I like that they did it and hope they do stuff like this in the future. Pretty cool. Some seem like a bit of a stretch but if they are using this much creative effort in their attires... WHY THE HECK ARE THEY NOT APPLYING THIS TO THEIR BOOKING AND STORY TELLING!?

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You mean [name redacted] or SimonCulture?
 
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Noooo Not What Culture!! (I am joking lol)

I would not have noticed but I like that they did it and hope they do stuff like this in the future. Pretty cool. Some seem like a bit of a stretch but if they are using this much creative effort in their attires... WHY THE HECK ARE THEY NOT APPLYING THIS TO THEIR BOOKING AND STORY TELLING!?

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Because the wrestlers have control over what they wear to some extent, lol. Because paying tribute to something is different from booking and story telling, lol.
 
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