ROH Adds Six-Man Championship – ROH Wrestling
Ring of Honor will be introducing a new Six-Man Tag Team Championship with a tournament beginning at All Star Extravaganza 8. Teams announced so far include The Bullet Club, The Cabinet, and Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Kamaitachi. With the popularity of six-man matches in Mexico (see also Lucha Underground) I’d expect some of the talent coming to ROH from new partner CMLL will be involved in the division as well as the teams in New Japan’s NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Division.
Alberto Del Rio On The Outs Again – Wrestling INC
Wrestling INC is reporting that Alberto Del Rio gave notice to WWE 60 Days ago and will not be returning once his wellness policy suspension is completed. Things seemed to go south with Del Rio rather rapidly after the dissolution of the League of Nations and then he and Paige, who he has been romantically linked, being drafted to separate shows.
SmackDown Tournament Semifinals Set – WWE
After The Hype Bros defeat of The Vaudevillains and Rhyno & Heath Slater’s victory over the returning Headbangers, the semifinals in the tournament to crown SmackDown Tag Team Champions are set. Next week, American Alpha faces the Usos and Hype Bros square off with Rhyno & Heath Slater. C’mon Rhyno & Slater, Beulah needs a double wide and an in-ground pool. The winners of next week’s matches will meet in the Finals at BackLash.
Orton-Wyatt/Ziggler-Miz at BackLash – WWE
Also coming out of last night’s SmackDown Live, The Eater of Worlds will face The Viper at BackLash. This matchup is a sticky wicket as both men need to gain some momentum, Wyatt, fresh off another Family breakup and Orton, fresh off a Brock Lesnar thrashing. In addition, Dolph Ziggler will challenge The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.
WWE Championship: Dean Ambrose defeated Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Championship
An action-packed main event, with a number of nods to the history of the Shield, including a Shield style powerbomb and Seth Rollins’ sneak attack chair shots. The finish came after Rollins hit Reigns with a Pedigree and a Buckle Bomb but Reigns rebounded with a Superman punch and a spear. With Rollins neutralized, Ambrose swooped in and hit Reigns with a Dirty Deeds to keep the championship on SmackDown. The SmackDown roster sans Bray Wyatt came down to the ring to celebrate the victory. An overall strong match which will likely set up a Rollins & Stephanie vs. Reigns conflict over losing the championship for the Raw brand.
Not surprisingly I suppose, the live DC crowd was solidly behind “Anyone But Roman” in this match. I was pleasantly surprised that with the presence of the commissioners and GMs of the respective brands there was not chicanery and the finish was clean. I do hope that now the draft has taken place and the rosters are set, we stray away from the Raw vs. SmackDown feuding brands and onto traditional rivalries as separate shows.
The Highlight Reel with Randy Orton
With Orton and Jericho headed to different brands, this was purely promotion for Orton-Lesnar. While I think everyone knew going in how this was going to end, with an RKO out of nowhere, it had some fun elements. Orton surprisingly referenced Lesnar’s USADA drug tests and Chris Jericho is killing it currently with his “drink it in man” shtick.
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Another biggest party of the summer has come and gone and controversy reigns supreme once again, only this year it wasn’t a Money In The Bank cash-in but a disputed finish. While Takeover set a high bar for the weekend, SummerSlam was an enjoyable card in its own right. Of course when a non-finish occurs in a WWE main event the keyboard warriors come out of the woodwork to declare the show as “Worst SummerSlam ever.” While the finish wasn’t perfect, for me it didn’t detract from a Lesnar-Undertaker war that was way more enjoyable than I had anticipated.
The Undertaker was awarded the match over Brock Lesnar after Lesnar passed out in the Hell’s Gate submission.
The confusion began when the bell rang while the Undertaker was locked in Brock Lesnar’s Kimura but the referee (or the cameras) did not see Taker tapping out but the timekeeper rang the bell. Charles Robinson restarted the match and one Taker low blow later, the Deadman slapped on Hell’s Gate and Lesnar defiantly refused to tap out.
Overall, the match was a fun physical brawl built to give Taker some of his mojo back while also protecting their $$$ draw, Brock Lesnar. So while not a satisfying finish, it makes total sense to me.
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The Wrestlemania of the summer is here! Now 4-hours, SummerSlam kicks off tonight at 7 PM from Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, NY on pay-per-view and the WWE Network. Following last night’s Takeover this show has a lot to live up to, so let’s run down the card and get you ready for tonight’s festivities!
Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker
Not much needs to be explained about the main event of SummerSlam. At Wrestlemania XXX, Brock Lesnar ends the streak and he and Paul Heyman spend over a year reminding the WWE Universe of that fact at every turn. Now, the Deadman has returned to take another shot at the Conqueror after costing him the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground. I suppose you could bring up their previous encounters in the mid-2000s, but this one is all about redemption for the Streak.
Amazing stat: this will be Undertaker’s first SummerSlam match 7 years, and his first non-WrestleMania pay-per-view match in 5 years.
Winner Takes All- WWE World Heavyweight Championship vs. WWE United States Championship: Seth Rollins vs. John Cena
What started out as a war of words, with Cena chastising the Architect’s cheating ways as champion, turned violent during a United States Championship match between the two on the July 27th Raw. During the Cena victory, Rollins broke Cena’s nose with a brutal knee strike, putting the status of a Winner Takes All match in question. After emergency surgery, Cena finally accepted the match to co-main event SummerSlam.
Despite widespread criticism of his reign, as a huge fan of 1980’s Ric Flair, Rollins has been killing it the cowardly heel champion role and with Cena’s recent turn as United States Champion his in-ring work has been some of the best of his career. I’m expecting another great match from two of WWE’s top talents.
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