WWE SummerSlam 2017- My Final Thoughts

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SummerSlam_2017It is not too often that a WWE pay per view gets so much hype (more than Mojo Rawley) and fails harder than Zack Ryder. That was my thought regarding last nights more boring than Corbin PPV SummerSlam 2017. Last night, the WWE had a chance to start building their future with future stars like Baron Corbin, Rusev, and Shinsuke Nakamura, but they did the exact opposite. They certainly buried Rusev who lost in minutes after a simple RKO ended the match in ten seconds. They did that to Baron Corbin who had already lost the MITB briefcase on the previous Smackdown Live and then you have him lose cleanly to a guy who quite frankly didn’t need the win even though it was Cena’s first win at Summerslam since 2010. I was pleased to see that the WWE finally put the Smackdown Women’s title around the waist of someone who deserves it in Natalya (her first title in six years). I was rather upset that they put the Raw Women’s Championship around the waste of a superstar who just isn’t boss enough to hold it considering she ignores whatever fans she has left. One thing though is for certain and that is if you want to view SummerSlam skip all the matches and just watch AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs Cesaro & Sheamus, and watch the Fatal Four Match because those matches saved the night from being a total disaster.

aI do however have a piece of advice for the WWE, if you want losses from Bray Wyatt to mean anything then you have to let him win some times otherwise what are you doing with a guy who started out the year WWE Champion? You see I am really starting to think that it may be time for Vince McMahon to start handing down the reigns to others like the proven Triple H who has turned NXT into a dynamite show that delivers every single time. Can you imagine a WWE that is run by that mastermind? I know I could and I think I am ready to see it happen very soon otherwise we are going to be force fed crap result sand unworthy champions. The fatal four way match delivered in every way and it just felt like a big match main event which is what you want. I am just waiting to see if the WWE books Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman because that needs to happen like now. Is anyone going to called up from NXT tonight on Monday Night Raw? We can only wait and see. As far as my predictions, I went 5-8 in this PPV and I am happy with it because it just proves my point and some of the people I wanted to win did. To see the final results, click here to go to wikipedia.

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WWE SummerSlam 2017: My Thoughts and Predictions

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SummerSlam_2017It’s that time of the year again when things start to slow down because it’s almost the end of the summer. WrestleMania 33 has already come and go as it happened four months ago so what do we need to keep us in the spirit of summer? Well, lets give us the second biggest PPV behind WrestleMania in SummerSlam which comes to us once again from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Now this year’s event can go one of two ways in my opinion with one of them being that it turns into a total disaster of an event or they make things right to set the road to WrestleMania. We all know the matches we would like to see happen at WrestleMania 34, it’s whether they get it right at this pay per view that sets the tone. One of the first things I want to talk about is the selection of pre-show matches that they decided. First you have the new cruiserweight champion in Akira Tozawa defending the belt against the man he beat for it in Neville. Then you have The New Day defending their Smackdown Tag Team titles against former champs The Usos. The last match of the pre-show features The Hardy Boyz teaming up with Kurt Angle’s son Jason Jordan as they take on The Miz and the Miztourage (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas). The only argument that I am going to make is that The New Day match does not belong on the pre-show card because you know they are going to give you an excellent match that is worthy of opening the PPV and setting the pace. I can understand the Hardys only because The Revival is out of the picture due to an injury which means they had nothing to do, but unfortunately one of the best heels is relegated to the pre-show. The cruiserweight match is their quite simply because it’s a pre-show title match. You don’t believe me, just look at past PPV’s dating all the way back to WrestleMania 33. The match that I would have thrown in place of the New Day match is the Smackdown Women’s Championship match only because its not as interesting of a match as the Raw Women’s title and Naomi just does not have star talent in my opinion.

showcassenzoThe rest of the card is pretty stacked if you ask me although they are a couple of uninteresting matches on the card. I think the whole world is ready to see the uninteresting reign of Jinder Mahal come to a close and the era of strong style to rise to the top. You know you want this because it could set up a mega match between Shinsuke and AJ Styles at WrestleMania. I honestly feel bad for The Big Show who gets to work a program with Big Cass who it already looks like the WWE has lost faith in and expect to go close to 20 minutes especially if the rumors of this being a punishment to Enzo Amore for his recent troubles being truth. One match that is going to be interesting to see at SummerSlam is the match between John Cena and Baron Corbin only because the way the match goes and the result could speak a 1000 words as far as where Baron’s career is going considering he already lost the MITB briefcase. I am not 100% sure how I feel about the Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks feud that is happening, but the fact that they don’t like each other in real life has me interested enough in it then I do the other women’s match.

WWE_SummerSlam_2017_bodyOne of my favorite feuds that is going on in the WWE features two of my favorites on the whole roster in the WWE in Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. I am at the point that it would not bother me if AJ drops the belt tonight or not because I know you are getting a guaranteed great match especially with Shane O’Mac as the special guest referee. Randy Orton vs Rusev is another throw away match in my opinion, but you can only hope that Randy makes Rusev look good tonight in the ring otherwise we’ll be chanting out we want Lana (as your valet/Manager of course). I am honestly hoping that the WWE makes the right choice tonight as far as The New Face of Fear vs The Demon match is concerned. Bray deserves to be at the top of the company and so doesn’t Finn, but I am invested in a future with Bray Wyatt. Granted his WrestleMania match with Randy Orton was horrible, but not every match is a home run. As far as the big main event is concerned, we all know that there are rumors out there of the next PPY featuring a main event that is Brock Lesnar taking on Braun Strowman. The Beast Incarnate taking on the Monster Among Men, but the only question now if that’s true is who walks out WWE Universal Champion? If that is the case (and hear me out), I think it would be awesome for Braun to win the title tonight and defend it clean (ish) against Brock at the next PPV before Brock goes to do his UFC thing again. Now the rest is up to the company to decide as far as what direction they decide to take tonight, but I will definitely be tuning in for sure. Here are my predictions and just an FYI, if you don’t see my predictions on this blog, just follow me on Twitter for my predictions twitter.com/@MrXPunchOut for those.

The New Day over The Usos

Neville over Akira Tozawa

Jason Jordan and The Hardy Boyz over The Miz and Miztourage

Naomi over Natalya (pains me to make this prediction)

Alexa Bliss over Sasha Banks

Big Cass Over Big Show

Rusev over Randy Orton

Baron Corbin over John Cena

Finn Balor over Bray Wyatt (pains me to make this choice)

Kevin Owens over AJ Styles

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins over Cesaro and Sheamus

Shinsuke Nakamura over Jinder Mahal

Braun Strowman over Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe

 

Main Event Madness: Sheamus Vs Damien Sandow

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6As I said in yesterday’s article, I have been scouring the web for different types of matches that the WWE or anyone other organization has hosted. After stumbling on the parking lot brawl, I also discovered that ten years later on the June 28, 2013 episode of Smackdown, they kicked off the show with a Dublin Street Fight that saw Sheamus take on Damien Sandow. Damien and Cody Rhodes had been pests to Sheamus over the past couple of weeks and Sheamus wanted some revenge on Sandow in a match that best serves his fighting spirit. The match started with Sandow coming at Sheamus with a new sense of viciousness that included a shot with a kendo stick. It wouldn’t matter much as Sheamus used his strength and punishing style to put Sandow on the mat very quickly. After slamming Sandow’s head on the bar tap table, he delivered the sweet sounds of the Beats of the Bodhrán. Sandow was no slouch either as he gave it back to Sheamus slamming him against one of the bar tap tables. He couldn’t keep the advantage for very long as he got hit with a keg toss and beat with a sack of potatoes. After beating each other with kendo sticks, brooms, and whatever else they could get their hands on, it was time that someone was going to win. That advantage would go to Sheamus who after setting up two chairs in the ring, hit Sandow into a seating position thanks to the Kendo stick and then proceeded to deliver a brogue kick that put the superior intellect out for good. Sheamus was the winner of the match.

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Main Event Madness: John Cena vs Eddie Guerrero

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4When it comes to different types of No Holds Barred matches, I have been scouring the internet looking for them. We’ve hosted an ambulance match, a deathmatch, and now we have for all of you out there a parking lot brawl. On the September 11, 2003 episode of WWE Smackdown, John Cena would battle Latino Heat Eddie Guerrero in a parking lot match. After months of the pestering Cena who was a much better and grittier character in 2003 then he is in 2017, Eddie Guerrero was out to end this feud especially after Cena had stolen his low rider. The two when the match finally started were just beating the hell out of each other as they slammed each other on top of the cars. After bodyslamming Cena on top of a car, Eddie climbed it and went to deliver a vertical suplex, but Cena reversed it and delivered it to Eddie forcing him to land on the roof of the car. At one point, Cena opened up a minivan and started grabbing weapons which was everything from a lawnmower to a shovel to try and use on Guerrero to which he failed every time to land a shot. Thank God for that because the lawnmower would’ve not been a pretty site to see what damage it caused.

5Eddie would proceed to use a car to his advantage as he hit Cena with the car door and then proceeded to beat him while he choked thanks to a seatbelt being around his neck. Cena would eventually do the same as he backbody dropped Eddie on to a windshield and then started beating him with the car door. The match was not pretty at all as both men would proceed to go through a car window at some point in the match head first. This is everything a WWE fan wants in a match and they were delivering. At one point in the match, John was looking to end it by delivering an FU (basically an AA) to Eddie on top of a car, but Eddie was able to reverse it with a hip toss. Then out of nowhere, Chavo comes out and smashes something on top of Cena’s head which gave Eddie the time to hit a five star frog splash from the top of a car for the win as he covered John for the 1-2-3. The rest as they say is history and we will always miss Eddie Guerrero.

Main Event Madness: Vampiro Vs Corporal Robinson

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vampiroNow, if you were a fan of the Attitude Era like I was then you will all remember the time the Insane Clown Posse was involved with both WCW and the WWE. In the WWE, the Insane Clown Posse ran with The Oddities which was one of the coolest segments of the time that I enjoyed a lot. I then remembered that the Insane Clown Posse founded their own wrestling company called Juggalo Wrestling Championship or simply just JCW. So, the match I have for you tonight is from one of their pay per view called Bloodymania 5 and it pins one of my favorites from WCW in Vampiro challenging the JCW champion Corporal Robinson for his belt. The match started off with both men trying to gain the upper hand in the collar & Elbow tie up until a visitor came down to ringside. Evil Dead made his way down to the ring and eventually inside of it as he attacked both men delivering a double DDT. Then as both men tried to rise to their feet, they were engaged in a good ole fashioned slugfest.

vampiro 2Both men then traded advantages and big shots, but Corporal Robinson seemed to be on top of things, always cutting off Vampiro’s onslaughts. Both men were showing off what they could do from Vampiro’s educated feet to an impressive tornado DDT from the Corp. But it wasn’t until later on in the match when things started to get interesting as both men started bringing some toys to the ring like chairs and tables. As one of the announcers said, it went from being a classic wrestling match to something very violent. Unfortunately, no one went through the table which I am sure some people were bummed out about. Vampiro was on the advantage hitting Corp with kicks, the steel chair, but the Corp never gave up and at one point in the match it looked like someone gave him a shot of adrenaline because he brought it to Vampiro. At the end of the match, he was able to hit Vampiro with the bootcamp which is basically a cobra clutch leg sweep and he covered him for the 1-2-3 and the win to retain his title.

Main Event Madness: Killshot vs Marty Martinez

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wmdWe are continuing right along with another edition of Main Event Madness goes No Holds Barred style. Now I have to be 100% honest in saying that I haven’t watched too many episodes of Lucha Underground which by the way airs every Wednesday on the El Rey Network. I decided to check out an episode from last year which was the second episode of season three and the featured match is a Weapons Of Mass Destruction match between Marty Martinez and Killshot. If you do not know what kind of match that is it’s basically a no holds barred street fight with military style weapons around the ring along with your standard chairs. For the first ten minutes of the match, they spent it on the outside of the ring with Killshot getting the best of Martinez with a Gatling gun to the head which busted Martinez open and just brutal beatdowns on the outside. After only being in the ring for only a minute or so, Martinez was able to take control by throwing a running Killshot face first into a ladder to create some separation.

wmd-1Most of the match, Martinez would counter to slow Killshot down, but then he would waste too much time allowing Killshot back into the match every time. At one point, Martinez superplexed Killshot on top of some missile cases and that slowed both men down for sure as they reveled in pain. After both men slowly made it to their feet on the outside apron of the ring, Killshot delivered an AA like maneuver to Martinez on top of a ladder on the outside and then proceeded to throw him back into the ring and deliver an double stomp from the top rope. He covers him for the pin, but Martinez would kick out at 2. The action just gets more intense after that as we see Martinez powerbomb Killshot onto a table on the outside of the ring and you agree with the crowd who is chanting “Holy Sh**”. The outdoing of moves continued with Killshot hitting an JML driver, but Martinez kick out of the pinfall attempt. At one point in the match, they have a 20 foot ladder set in the middle of the ring with a table on each side of it. Both men have climbed to top of the ladder and they are try to gain the upper hand by throwing hay-makers at each other. Then out of nowhere, Martinez’s sister Mariposa tries to help him out, but Killshot kicks her until she falls and goes through a table. He then gains the advantage on Martinez, steals his dog tags back, and delivers the swerve stomp to Martinez through the table. He then covers him for the 1-2-3.

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Main Event Madness: Mr. McMahon vs Stone Cold Steve Austin

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19One of the greatest rivalries that the WWE had back in the Attitude Era was the home run that was the Mr. McMahon vs Stone Cold Steve Austin rivalry. It transcended wrestling in so many ways because it was the blue collar champion vs the white collar crime committers. Stone Cold was the guy that everyone wished they could be because who didn’t want to deliver a stone cold stunner to their boss? Well, the rivalry kept heating up especially after the fact that Mr. McMahon eliminated the rattlesnake to win the Royal Rumble in 1999. After relinquishing his spot in WrestleMania, Austin was the next in line, but he would put everything on the line at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacred In Your House PPV inside of a steel cage (The old blue steel cage, but in black this time). Mr. McMahon promised Stone Cold that no member of the Corporation would be present at ringside, but that may have been a mistake on his part. At first Mr. McMahon wouldn’t enter the cage making Austin chase him around the ring. When Austin was on the outside, McMahon was being preventative of Austin getting into the cage so Austin pretended that when he landed on the floor that he tweaked his knee.

22.pngThis immediately suckered McMahon to the outside where Austin would start opening that can of whoop ass. He literally started to beat Mr. McMahon all over the arena whether in the crowd or around the ring. McMahon was reeling from the beating, this could be the biggest mistake he has made. Then McMahon started to climb the cage and Austin followed, but when they got near the top of the cage, Austin slammed his head so hard into it McMahon went flying off it and into the Spanish announce table. Austin would eventually continue the assault in the ring until an unexpected visitor came bursting out of the ring who was technically not a member of the corporation in The Big Show. The Big Show tried to assault Austin by throwing him against the cage, but when he did, the cage fell apart and Austin landed and hit the floor to win the match. This was as good as you could get out of this amazing rivalry between the two that defined the attitude era.

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Main Event Madness: Joey Janela Vs Maxwell Jacob Friedman

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2Maxwell Jacob Friedman is one of the most brash and cocky individuals on the Indie scene right now and rightfully so as he defeated Ethan Page for the Alpha 1 Wrestling Outer Limits Champion. Unfortunately, he didn’t have enough time to celebrate as the Bad Boy Joey Janela came charging in with a trash barrel that left it’s mark. Maxwell was begging Joey to talk things out, but Joey paid no attention as he slapped on the figure four leglock. The fight would eventually spill outside the venue where Joey continued to deliver punishment to MJF despite any attempt at offense that MJF had. The match would see MJF use a dumpster as a weapon, Joey climb into a complete strangers SUV and clothesline MJF, and even a kneedrop from the top of said SUV, but MJF or Joey would not give up. After some more running around the parking lot, MJF would get Joey into a Boston crab, but Joey was able to reverse it and he nailed MJF with a superkick which was all it took as he got the 1-2-3. This is why we are celebrating No Holds Barred month here on Mr. X’s Punch Out.

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Main Event Madness: The Sandman Vs Steve Corino Vs Justin Credible

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ecwYou can’t have a month dedicated to bending the rules without having a match from one of the most legendary companies that preached hardcore wrestling other than ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling). With a roster that included the likes of Raven, The Sandman, Tazz, The Dudley Boys, and Tommy Dreamer it’s no wonder they revolutionized the way the business was run. With that being said, I have an interesting match for you guys today as The Sandman takes on ECW World Heavyweight Champion Steve Corino and Justin Credible in a triple threat Tables, Ladders, Chairs, and Canes match for the championship. The was the first and only time in the history of ECW that the belt was defended in this manner and you had to think that the odds were totally stacked against the champion with not fighting just one, but two guys in the same match. When the match started it looked like Corino and Credible may work together against The Sandman, but Corino had other plans as he began taking them out one by one. Nonetheless, the three began brutalizing each other with the ladders at ringside and occasionally a kendo stick. There was no clear front runner as soon as one looked like he had momentum, another would step in and change the tide.

ecw 2At one point in the match, they had Sandman in the corner reeling from taking a shot with the ladder. Corino sets up the ladder so that it’s open and pointed at the family jewels of Sandman. Both Corino and Credible get chairs and they hit each end of the ladder forcing impact to the jewels. The mayhem would continue with The Sandman going through a table on the outside and Credible getting a drop toe hold that forced him face first into a chair. Don’t fear though for The Sandman because he would dish out his own brand of punishment as he delivered a vertical suplex into a ladder to Corino while launching a busted open Credible into a table that Credible set up himself on the outside. Then the ultimate fail would happen in the match. Sandman believed that he had everyone gone so he set up the ladder and he tried to climb it. As soon as he got near the top, the legs bent and the ladder collapsed. After going into another table and suffering a huricanrana from Francine (who was at ringside), the Sandman never gave up and he brought a bigger ladder. All he had to do was wait for Corino and Credible to put themselves through a table because he climbed the ladder and he grabbed the belt becoming the new champion. It didn’t matter much because within a few minutes he defended and lost the belt on the same night to Rhyno in one minute.

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Main Event Madness: Pete Gas vs Crash Holly

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21The WWE back in the year 2000 was an interesting time especially if you were a fan of the Hardcore Championship and the newly implemented rule that made the title defendable 24/7. Crash Holly unfortunately found that out the hard way when he and Prince Albert were jumped at the Newark Airport on an early March episode of Monday Night Raw. After Prince Albert fended off most of the posse, Pete Gas was able to cover Holly for the 1-2-3 and he was now the new WWF Hardcore Champion. Although as soon as Pete Gas started to celebrate, he was nailed from behind by Crash Holly with a scale. As soon as he went down, Holly pinned him for the 1-2-3 and he was once again WWF Hardcore Champion. What a crazy time that was especially when you consider that Raven was a 27 time champion.