By Nicholas Jason Lopez
WWE deserved a lot of credit for building up this four-hour long, Brooklyn-bred edition of SummerSlam.
You had the pure marquee matches (Seth Rollins-John Cena “Title For Title,” Brock Lesnar-The Undertaker “The Rematch Too Big For WrestleMania,” etc.), a sure-fire Tag Team spotfest, celebrity involvement (Jon Stewart, Stephen Amell) and much more.
It’s not to say the entertainment factor didn’t strike us with the desired reaction, it’s just an example of how shoddy overbooking can override what would otherwise be fun on its own.
Let’s get to all of that stuff below.
If you ask any wrestling fan, it’s not summer until SummerSlam.
In a year that has pushed new stars into the limelight, we’ve gotten a SummerSlam card that’s more revved up than years past, even getting an extra hour, all taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
It’s an excellent weekend to be a Brooklyn wrestling fan on many fronts, aside from the NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn show just the day before.
It’s a loaded show, so let’s get right to things.
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
Green Arrow Attacks
– WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins came out and did more bragging about injuring United States Champion John Cena, acknowledging he didn’t hear Cena respond to his challenge. The bit with the “live via satellite” was too cutesy, but fit what Rollins was going for. Cesaro’s interruption to challenge Rollins for the Title was a good moment, since he looked like a star with the suit, glasses and crowd support. Owens interrupting allowed him to pick on Cesaro more, brilliantly drawing heat from the method of the “Cesaro Section Signs Fans,” then drawing out Randy Orton, who made jokes on the heels. Rollins had another instance of talking himself into trouble by saying he didn’t care what The Authority thought, when Triple H picked up on it and booked a triple threat match with Owens-Cesaro-Orton with the winner fighting Rollins for the Title later. Good segment.