After watching an odd installment of [Wednesday] Night RAW, I came to the realization that I would’ve booked WWE’s SummerSlam a lot better. Let’s face it, most wrestling fans are excited about 2-3 matches within the entire card of the show. Not really enough to draw any pay-per-view buys if you think about it. Hell, a large percentage of the readers of this blog will most likely pass on this year’s SummerSlam, and for good reasons. (Aside from the obvious ones…)
Starting off with the main event of SummerSlam will most certainly go to Triple H vs Brock Lesnar. The big “blockbuster” match up that has been brewing since John Cena discredited the “credible” fighter back in April, as Triple H goes into the fight of his life–not a wrestling match as Paul Heyman has pointed out–against Brock Lesnar. If Brock Lesnar was going into SummerSlam with a win over John Cena under his belt, I would agree to Heyman’s ongoing grandstand about the guy. But Triple H is trying to do something that Cena already took care of.
There is no real story between the two men. So what if Paul Heyman disparaged Triple H’s manhood. Who cares. So what if Paul Heyman put down Triple H’s wife Stefanie and his daughters. It doesn’t matter because all that says is it’s not Triple H who’s looking for the fight, it’s Brock Lesnar. “The Pain” came back to the WWE after a disappointing exit strategy from UFC, and lost to “All that is wrong with the WWE” in John Cena. Brock Lesnar vs Triple H, though a match I would’ve gone behind on 10 years ago, really makes no sense now. Chris Jericho has the right mindset, using his abilities to raise that of a talent on the roster who needs it. Triple H just had the most important match up of his WWE career when he faced off against The Undertaker in what was headlined as an “End of an Era” match. Triple H has nothing more to prove and should not be in the main event slot of SummerSlam. Brock Lesnar should be battling someone who actually needs it, like the World Heavyweight champion Sheamus.
Sheamus vs Alberto Del Rio for the championship was done already, why do it again? How to book Sheamus vs Lesnar after Extreme Rules: Sheamus came out of Extreme Rules with a spectacular title defense against Daniel Bryan in a 2-out-of-3 falls match. A backstage sequence of Sheamus laughing or poking fun of Lesnar while recounting a tale from his native Ireland could land him an abrupt encounter with Brock Lesnar. From there, the two could pick fights backstage or on the road. Let’s not forget that back in April-May, Sheamus was gimmicked as a hot-tempered champion, Paul Heyman would have gotten under his skin long ago without even breaking a sweat (more like breaking his neck after a Brogue Kick). Sheamus would’ve benefited tremendously from fighting Brock Lesnar because he’s grown soft. Where is the man who put Jamie Noble on the shelf for life? He’s too busy playing a hooligan that he isn’t actually forcing his opponents to stay down. I would have loved to see what these two men could do.
Then SummerSlam has the Triple Threat WWE championship bout as CM Punk defends the title against both John Cena and Big Show. Does this make sense? Seeing as how RAW 1000 saw CM Punk retain his title from Cena thanks to Show’s interference, it is understandable why RAW’s GM AJ Lee made the decision. Doesn’t mean it was a good one. In all fairness, John Cena was screwed out of his Money in the Bank opportunity. It’s not his fault that Show just had the incessant need to punch Cena in the face. I have that feeling all the time, but do I do it? NO! John Cena has more claim to a WWE championship match then Show does. Then again, Show was seconds away from becoming Mr. MITB before Cena won it due to sheer luck that the handle of the briefcase broke off. Looking at it that way, both men do have a claim to a match with Punk. But not at the same time.
What AJ should’ve done was schedule a number one contender’s bout between Cena and Show to open SummerSlam and the winner face off Punk in the (sub) main event. That way “The Biggest Part of the Summer” can start off with a bang, and Punk gets the respect he truly yearns for. These men should be fighting and putting everything on the line for an opportunity to go one on one with the WWE champion. Why? Because the WWE championship is the most important championship in all of professional wrestling. CM Punk has successfully defended his title for nine months without any short cuts, he deserves the respect of having superstars kill to share the spotlight with him. But the build of this match is coming off more as Cena and Show assuming they deserve the title match, while Punk is the one scraping for some recognition.
And what about the crap match AJ put Daniel Bryan in? The “YES!” man turned “NO!” went from a prospect celebrity match up against Anger Management star Charlie Sheen to a throw-away bout with Kane. Didn’t Bryan beat Kane throughout that whole sluggish love triangle? I get that AJ Lee is trying to get back at Bryan for possibly wanting to have her committed, but Daniel Bryan is a gifted athlete and one of the best rising stars that WWE has come across in ages. SummerSlam should have a spotlight directly on Daniel Bryan at his best. Perhaps a Fatal 4-Way for the WWE championship if WWE higher-ups dislike the concept of Punk vs Cena/Show in a singles bout and wishes to follow the multi-competitor formula. All I’m saying is that the pairing of Bryan and Kane is dull – change it up!
So if I have Sheamus battling Brock, what about Alberto Del Rio? Alberto should be having his SummerSlam match against the man he supposedly put on the shelf for a year – Rey Mysterio. Why doesn’t the WWE have a little faith in these two Mexican wrestlers to put on one hell of a show. There is more animosity stemming from a proud luchador and an aristocratic a-hole than a goofy Irishman and an aristocratic a-hole. The story is already made, Alberto Del Rio cost Rey Mysterio a year of his career, why in the hell is that not good enough to make a SummerSlam match? Instead Mysterio is facing The Miz for the WWE Intercontinental championship.
Why is Miz all of a sudden getting the Christian treatment? You know what I mean, a long-awaited Superstar returns to capture the IC title and for some reason or another staggers into a losing streak? The Miz is supposed to be the new face of the Intercontinental championship, and so far hasn’t lived up to it with loses to both Kane and Mysterio. Instead of Mysterio, The Miz should be elevating the younger talents like Justin Gabriel or Tyson Kidd – two underutilized talents that would benefit from a championship spotlight at SummerSlam.
As for the elevation of talent, I’m excited about Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler. However, I’m not fully behind Jericho going back to his Y2J persona because it goes against his always reinventing himself. As a wrestling fan I have more fun acting as the arrogant Jericho clamoring that I’m THE BEST IN THE WORLD AT WHAT I DO, over the showman Jericho raising my voice an octave higher as things will never EVER EAAAVVVER BE THE SAME AGAINE! [Canadian twang at the end]. If they can pull it off right, then SummerSlam can be just as memorable for Ziggler as WrestleMania 19 was for Jericho.
So what it all boils down to is this card: John Cena vs Big Show for the right to face CM Punk for the WWE championship in the [sub] main event; Sheamus vs Brock Lesnar in the main event; Alberto Del Rio vs Rey Mysterio; The Miz defending his Intercontinental championship against either Justin Gabriel or Tyson Kidd; Dolph Ziggler still facing off against Chris Jericho in a show stealing match; and Daniel Bryan somehow elevating his status in a big way. [No tag team bout because it’s garbage, and maybe a Divas match because there has to be a bathroom break…You’re Welcome!]
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