Best Match: Jericho vs Ziggler
Worst Match HHH vs. Lesnar
WWE has given us the best (Extreme Rules) and worst (Royal Rumble) shows of the year and this show was a lot closer to Royal Rumble quality than Extreme Rules quality. I watch these shows with a group of friends and their kids and it really is more about hanging out with friends than the show itself. Usually the kids are really into the show but tonight they were only excited during the main event. It says a lot when young kids start complaining about the show. When I was 8 years old I loved every show, because I was 8 years old. Anyway here is what I thought of the show:
The preshow match was awful, I am fine with goofy, I always enjoy something that makes me laugh, but this was just stupid. I don't get all the p[raise Cesaro is getting, looks like your typical foreign heel to me, and doesn't play it as well.
Jericho and Ziggler was good, but not really ground breaking or memorable. I am still trying to figure out why Ziggler takes these wild painful bumps on B shows but when it is a major show he doesn't do the bump. Why waste those bumps on shows watched by only half the paying audience. Match was enjoyable though.
Kane vs Daniel Bryan, somewhat boring. Like both wrestlers but they didn't seem to gel like they have on previous shows. Everyone has an off night, this was theirs.
Miz and Mysterio was kind of there, not good not bad, average. Would have been an alright TV match.
Sheamus and Del Rio was also just kind of there. Sheamus has really improved in the ring this year, I thought he was an average worker before but his ring work has really improved in 2012. The match was above average but nothing I would call memorable.
Tag title match, again just there. A couple good highspots and that was about it. Most people used this match to grab some food or chat amongst themselves. Nobody was really paying attention to this match.
The three way match was worse than I expected. I didn't care much about the match but thought it would be at least exciting, however it was pretty boring for the most part. I was fine with the non finish of Show tapping. It would have set up Cena/Punk for the next show and it is not like this match mattered anyways. I know it is an A show but it has not been built as one. At the end Punk retained, crowd wasn't very loud, and the reign still means nothing. Usually keeping the belt on a guy makes it matter more, however it is having an opposite effect with Punk. It means less than when he won it in November.
This event was built around one match, which if the match seems like it is that important is fine. I think the build was decent for this match, not great but I was somewhat excited for it. The match was at best bad. Just one of the worst possible matches thse two could have. The crowd was dead for this match than any other which says a lot because this crowd was dead all show, even when it began to pick up (Barely) this crowd didn't give a crap. But you cannot blame the crowd for not caring and staying quiet. If they are quiet, give them a reason to pop, make them care.
When you compare this crowd to the UFC on fox show it is like night and day. The UFC crowd was so excited and rowdy, this crowd was about as loud as the crowd at the 2nd round of a mid-May golf tournament.
This show was the worst PPV the WWE has done since Royal Rumble. Just a bad show.
I didn't see Summerslams 2001-2008 so I missed a good chunk of them. That said this is one of the worst I have ever seen. I cannot think off the top of my head of a worse one. 1993 was pretty bad if I remember right. It was better than Summerslam 2010, so they can hang their hat on that I suppose.
Keep up the great work guys,
Thumbs in the middle.
Best Match: Brock vs HHH
A one match show and that match delivered. Except for Daniel Bryan, it felt like everyone was going through the motions. If SummerSlam is one of the big four events, WWE is going to have either better matches or marquee fights. If it's supposed to be special, make it special.
Note to WWE: the pattern of the loser taking most of the offense in a match is too predictable. Time for a change.
Thumbs in the middle.
Best Match: Jericho vs. Ziggler
Worst Match: Kofi/R-Truth vs. Darren Young/Titus O'Neil
This was a weird pay-per-view in that the results of the matches were largely good, yet the matches themselves all seemed to lack something. This was a pay-per-view of all 2-3 star matches, and a finale that doesn't seem to lead anywhere. After the opener between Jericho and Ziggler, the pay-per-view seemed to drag until the Sheamus vs. Del Rio match, which was also very good. The Punk/Cena/Show triple threat match had a good finish, but the double-submission in the middle of the match really bothered me. If Show tapped out, clearly he should be eliminated and Punk and Cena should finish the match in a regular 1-on-1. It doesn't make any sense that he should continue on in the match. The Lesnar vs. Hunter match ended how it should have, with Lesnar winning. However, something just seemed wrong with the entire match itself. I can't even pinpoint it. The finish was good, especially with Hunter tapping. Maybe the aspect where Brock sold his "stomach" ailment so much turned me off. Or maybe it was the final 5 minutes of the show feeling like Hunter was begging for cheers as he left the ring. Overall, I'm not upset that I bought the show, but it just seemed like a normal monthly PPV.
Thumbs decidedly up.
Best--Punk Triple Threat Match
Worst--Lesnar match only because, as an mma fan, I am saddened that his illness curtailed his career, so using that as a weakness to be exploited in a match was kind of sickening and ruined it for me.
Best Match: Miz vs Misterio
Worst Match: Playas vs Kingston/R-Truth
Before the show started, I pitched a scenario with little chance of happening. If HHH wanted to do "the right thing" for business, I predicted he would put over Lesnar. But I also pitched that he should lose via Kimura in less than a minute. I had both competitors come to the ring around 10:25, then HHH makes a mistake and Lesnar wins right away. The announcers are stunned - HHH is furious but humbled. They then go to a "bonus match" of Brodus Clay vs. Damien Sandow and the show goes off the air 10 minutes early. People would be stunned by the unpredictability and it would help Lesnar get over as a killer, setting up WM. Well, HHH did the right thing - it only took 20+ minutes to get there.
Misterio with a great performance, making Miz look like a star - finally.