Tuesday, August 16, 2011

WWE SUMMERSLAM 2011 REVIEW

THE MIZ, R-TRUTH, & ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. REY MYSTERIO, KOFI KINGSTON, & JOHN MORRISON
Truth has some Lil' Jimmy on his chin.
Kofi's tights are the best thing he's done in ages. And I almost thought he was having a good night until he did that jumping clothesline which happened to be the worst one he's EVER DONE EVER IN THE HISTORY OF EVER. I'd say the highlight was The Miz busting out 3XW wrestler “The Viking Warrior” Kraig Keesaman's finish. Morrison was pretty weak sauce here. That weird spinaroonie legdrop has less impact than Cena's Five Knuckle Shuffle. The heel's did a great job here, with Miz in particular standing out. The finishing stretch was fun and wild and a great way to kick the show into gear.

MARK HENRY vs. SHEAMUS

Sheamus and Mark Henry had the best count out finish I've seen in a really long time. I can't remember the last time I saw a count out finish(probably something from 1980's New Japan) that I was actually satisfied with. Also, here's some cold hard truth: Mark Henry is maybe the best "on top" wrestler in the company. His controlling of Sheamus was inspired, high impact, and flowed perfectly. If you're someone who doesn't "get" the Mark Henry love, watch him piece this sucker together. There's not many guys I'd rather see in control of a match than Mark Henry at this point.
...All over your faces.

BETH PHOENIX vs. KELLY KELLY

Beth and Kelly Kelly was solid stuff with Kelly losing her shit and trying to prove that she's not just another blonde bimbo champion. A good story and some clean wrestling that pulled the crowd in, who were probably thinking it would be a good time to go get some sodas. Much respect to these ladies.

DANIEL BRYAN vs. WADE BARRETT
Daniel Bryan probably gave Wade Barrett his best match. These two busted their asses though and I hope turned some heads. The replays of Barrett's forearm to the face really helped show how hard these guys were going at it and enhanced everything. My only problem is that Wade doesn't have the heat to carry off his control sections and he has a lot of pauses that get little reaction. It would be great if there was one, but instead it gives his sections a stuttery feeling. Watch him go for the pump handle slam and his big pause..... crickets.

Michael Cole finally coming around and talking about how dangerous Daniel Bryan was felt like a choir of angels in the heavens singing. And Booker did a great job of selling both guys as competitors. I really liked his talk about Barrett not being able to outlast Bryan and that he needed to kick it up a gear to knock this little fucker out. A good finish that kind of sort of protected Bryan, who has now eaten two losses in three days.

Solid match worth checking out. Add this to the Tyson Kidd, Heath Slater, and the Sin Cara matches and Daniel Bryan is having a stellar year.

RANDY ORTON vs. CHRISTIAN

Randy Orton and Christian are Gods among men when they are together. It's a bummer that this story has gone on forever with out anything particularly interesting, but holy jesus these guys put on great matches together. They've countered every damn spot the other one can. They're two of the most perfectly matched people on the roster. I loved that they had call backs to just about every moment of the feud including the same finish as the first match but with the steps for added EM PHA SIS.

CM PUNK vs. JOHN CENA

This..... was okay. Cena's offense was just so bad. Everything. They lay out of the match was fine. The heat was great. And then you watch Punk take a bump off of a phantom shoulder block or the awful cross faces that he has to work to keep his head in and it takes you out of the match. And it wasn't really like this at Money In the Bank. I don't get it. Cena didn't detract from that match at all. But at Summerslam, he was pretty sucky when it came to delivering moves and even bumping for them. Like that horrendous looking Go 2 Sleep he took at the end. He was more worried about getting in perfect position for the finish than making the move look any good and you could see it.

It's true. I'm not a fan of Cena at all. I'll cop to that. But I recognize how hard he tried and that he totally came through last month. But this month he stunk it up and took me out of the match, much like he has for the past couple of years.

THE AFTERMATH
KEVIN NASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DEL RIO WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JAE'S PANTS COME OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah, that was awesome. I flipped out for Nashy Poo coming out, and Del Rio winning was icing on the cake.

OVERALL SHOW: 
Great stuff. The whole show is worth checking out if you haven't seen it. The main event was kind of poor technique wise, but they did put together a decent story with a good finishing stretch. Daniel Bryan and Mark Henry put together some great matches with their opponents. And Orton/Christian didn't disappoint as they, hopefully, capped off a really great in-ring feud.


3 comments:

  1. I didn't hate this show, but I didn't really like it too much. I thought the main event was technically better than the MITB match but with a way worse crowd and finish. The Nash stuff and Del Rio cash in was whatever. I like Nash, but I don't need to see him be the only one to really get over in the main event of a big show.

    I didn't understand a lot of the booking on this show. I don't get Beth losing or Daniel Bryan losing. Mark Henry vs. Sheamus had a good finish, though, which could potentially set up a world title match after Henry inevitably wins it. Orton vs Christian was good, but too much like a hardcore title match to me. I hate kendo sticks and trash cans. Why would either be under the ring. You could make a case for a trash can being there, but not kendo sticks.

    RAW didn't do much to answer any questions left open by the PPV. Thankfully, Punk is so good on the mic that he can whip the crowd into a frenzy during every promo. Nash was awful. Cena had a great promo at the end of the show. Alex Riley and Jack Swagger had the worst match I've seen in a long time. Hoping next week is better. Especially hoping it gets better now that my wife is going to have Monday evenings off of work and will have to watch it with me.

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  2. On one level, I got the Beth/Kelly booking because the match felt like it legitimized Kelly Kelly as a Divas competitor. That I liked. But it feels like that should have happened later, since this Divas of Destruction angle just got started like two weeks ago. I wonder if it was a weird response to the crowd being pretty pro-Beth/Neidhart and their message.

    I mentally justify the trash cans and the kendo sticks being under the ring by thinking either the wrestlers stored them under, or the production people put them under there to add fuel to the fire. Like something Eric Bischoff would do, if that makes any sense.

    I wouldn't have minded Daniel Bryan losing if they just protected him a little better. Booker tried to help by saying Wade may have tapped, and even Cole slipped in this idea that crotching an opponent on the ropes is some type of illegal maneuver, but it just wasn't enough. Hopefully DB gets his win back.

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  3. I definitely think that Daniel Bryan will get his win back, probably on this week's Smackdown. Is it better to get the win at a PPV or at a TV show? TV show has more viewers, but not as much replay value in the long run.

    Beth should have beaten Kelly, even with Nattie helping her, and then Kelly could chase the title and get the win back in a few months. I wonder if Kharma was there if that would have been her losing to Kelly Kelly instead of Beth.

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