It was the mighty back to back go home show double header. The table has been set for Summerslam. One of the only four times in a year where both Smackdown and Raw have a go home show in the week. Raw had a better overall showing, while Smackdown had the most memorable moment.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Was that the ultimate reasoning over the fist bump heard around the world or are Dean and Seth on the same page. We finally got the payoff of a Shield reunion and the execution made all the wait well worth it. Seth and Dean were excellent in convey doubts of not only trusting each other but trusting themselves as well. When they got into a tussle it was built by anger over how these two can not just quit each other.
Heels are booked to get humiliated and on Smackdown we all had a laugh at the bully. Baron Corbin’s Money in the Bank cash in fail was great in the moment but serves as another example of WWE giving too much away before a big event. We are now going into to Summerslam without the possibility of a cash in and a weaker looking opponent for John Cena. This only adds more anger to Corbin to want to destroy Cena, more he already had plenty of that. Corbin’s main motivation has never included much story besides wanting to beat a guy up, but at least now he has the revenge factor in play. I guess that’s an improvement. The career of the Lone Wolf might just lay in the hands of John Cena. Remember Damien Sandow cashed his briefcase in and lost, yikes, nevermind he’s a bad example. But Cena did give him his best match ever, so maybe Corbin will steal the show.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) August 16, 2017
The pseudo motivational speaker act is transparent. You laughed in my face while ruining the biggest moment of my career. I’m with the girl https://t.co/4WwVXsqyFv
— Baron Corbin (@BaronCorbinWWE) August 16, 2017
Remember when Sasha Banks was jobbing to Nia Jax in squash matches a few months ago. It’s a distant memory to what happened Monday when Sasha executed her best Bank Statement ever by reversing a Samoan Drop into a DDT into the Crossface. It was a very impressive move by both of them. Going into Summerslam this is one of the hardest matches to predict. I believe it isn’t Sasha’s time. And the only is because of her link with Bayley. It would be conceivable for Nia Jax to interfere in this match and Alexa to perceive it as a sign of friendship, but Nia really only does it because Alexa is easier to defeat than Sasha for the Women’s Championship. This triangle can spin the wheels until Bayley returns and then the seeds of Sasah vs Bayley can be planted because that’s where the money is.
Big Cass is his best heel self when he is shooting and keeping it 100% real. Now that may bury his friend Enzo and an irrelevant Big Show, but we rarely see tag teams have two members survive. Some one has to be a Marty Jannety, some one has to be a Jim Neidhart. The only way this angle will be saved is to have Enzo urn on Big Show to accept the manager role he is destined for.
We have almost been conditioned to not pay attention to cruiserweight bouts on Raw. So it was a problem when the title changed hands out of nowhere. Neville has been a great champion, his loss should’ve been on a bigger platform. In other divisions a title change on Raw would be exciting. In the Cruiserweight division it’s like you went to a concert and you were in the bathroom while they played the song you came for. But like Corbin’s cash in, Tozawa’s win makes their Summerslam match more unpredictable.
Before I say a few quick hits and do predictions. This gif is something all wrestling fans are hoping to see… Get well Nature Boy!!!
It was smart to let Jason Jordan get the rub from Hardys to boost him.
I can’t tell if Big Cass and Jason Jordan got new entrance music or did they just make the audio louder.
All those developmental guys posing as security had too goofy of a haircut to ever make it as a security guard.
Brock Lesnar (C) Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman – Brock will win, they will tear the house down. There are too many leaks, and business deals behind the curtain all attached to Brock remaining on top. WINNER Brock
Jinder Mahal (C) vs Shinsuke Nakamura – The card is going to need a feel good moment and the current world climate doesn’t have the room for the boring xenophobia villain. I am worried for the Championship in the long run, but it will get a shining moment this Sunday. WINNER Shinsuke
AJ Styles (C) vs Kevin Owens – Kevin Owens has been in some form of a title picture for a long time now. It’s time to move him into a different but still high profile feud. Expect Shane to cost him a win. WINNER AJ
Wrestling isn’t everything but everything is wrestling