Where Honesty Never Ends.
Greetings everyone! Unleashed One here. My apologies to those of you who were waiting around for a review on Battleground. I was not quite feeling my best and as a result, was sicker for a lot longer than anticipated. Perhaps I will do a baby bit of backtracking as I talk about Summer Slam 2015 to make up for it.
Usually, I would do the whole spiel on predictions, along with Mr. Controversy, but this time I decided to let the chips fall where they may and just report on reactions accordingly. I will try to keep things as close to in order as possible with the event but I may not be able to guarantee it.
All right folks! On with the show.
My thoughts will be in blue; Mr. Controversy’s will be in black.
Sheamus (Money in the Bank holder) vs. Randy Orton
My first thoughts when this match came on.
(1) It was the same match that started off Battleground which teased at
(2) A possible Money in the Bank cash in by Sheamus so one spent the majority of the night wondering
(3) If the cash in was going to take place
In their last show down, with a beautiful RKO out of nowhere, Randy Orton secured the victory. Although I do like Randy Orton, I didn’t think for a minute that they would let Randy Orton win a second time. Besides, it would slow down Sheamus’ momentum, which has been building via his matches on Raw and Smackdown.
In my opinion, this match wasn’t good as their showing on Battleground. Could they be weary of this feud? Perhaps. At this stage of the game, people are starting to forget why they were beefing in the first place (like one caused the other one to miss a shot at being WWE WHC or some such).
The length of this match was close to the one at Battleground but whether Sheamus was going to cash in would really be dependent at what point the WWE WHC match would take place in the four hour event. I don’t think it will be at the end, due to the hype with Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. I won’t give it away but will reveal it as the recap goes on.
Mr. Controversy: I could not chime in on this match because I was not around to watch it.
Prime Time Players vs. The New Day vs. Los Matadores vs. Lucha Dragons
(WWE Tag Team Championship Match)
For a while I was not one hundred percent certain where WWE was going with The New Day. Kofi Kingston looks like a strange rendition of Pippi Longstocking, Xavier Woods is the reincarnation of Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart, and Big E … um … is Big E.
Not only is The New Day delivering inspirational words, they are also trying to make their marks in the music business with singing, along with Big E and his no rhythm hip swaying and swinging.
Winner (and new Tag Team Champs): The New Day
I guess WWE would rather put belts back on that than give Prime Time Players a fair shot, which I really feel is a bit of a travesty. Titus and Darren were very impressive in the match, even more so than the newly crowned champs. Calisto was great to see as well.
I know you are wondering, “Unleashed you didn’t for once think that Los Matadores and Lucha Dragons had a chance of winning?” Well, no. Quite honestly, I think they keep those teams there in order to hold on to the little Latino following they have left. The bull looks like he has more moves that the team he accompanies and with the Lucha Dragons, Calisto is the one that gets the shine. Sin Cara is known too much for botching moves (whether it’s the original or the other one).
Mr. Controversy: I didn’t get a chance to see this match either. The Prime Time Players losing the belt was bullshit, but The New Day is the flavor at this time.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev
Ever since Rusev lost the US belt to John Cena, he has been stuck in a bit of a rut. Now they have him in this ridiculous feud with Ziggler, all because Ziggler is with a woman that he claims not to care about. If so, why even have the match? Summer Rae looks absolutely terrible dressing like Lana, and Lana didn’t quite look right in casual gear, although I am a fan of the shoes.
Winner: None (double count out)
Out of all the matches, this one was the most disappointing. Number one, it ended in a double count out. Dolph didn’t quite make it in before the ten count, which means this feud will continue. Number two, there was more focus on Lana and Summer Rae battling than the actual competitors. More could have been done with this but for whatever reason, they didn’t.
Mr. Controversy: This match just sucked. There really isn’t much that can be said except for welcome back Dolph to the Land of Poor Booking, and the cat fight between Summer Rae and a TERRIBLY DRESSED Lana. THIS is the actual Bathroom Break.
Nevell & Amell vs. Stardust & King Barrett
Confession: I just watched to see Neville deliver the Red Arrow and for Stardust. I think those two are pretty evenly matched. Although Neville doesn’t fit the typical WWE Superstar formula, he is definitely a talent to look out for and invest in.
Winners: Neville and Amell
Mr. Controversy: I AM SICK of Celebrity matches! This was just tired, and it CLEARLY shows why celebs should NEVER lace up boots. Amell DOES have skill, and I hope this is his ONLY in-ring showing.
Ryback vs. The Big Show vs. The Miz
(WWE Intercontinental Championship Match)
Okay, am I the only one who thinks that in some ways Ryback is just like the Ultimate Warrior? Just roll with me for a second here. The tie dye outfit, along with the shaking of the rope from time to time. Also, not exactly the best at cutting a promo.
I did not really care who won this match. It makes no sense to put it on Big Show. He is moving on to bigger and better things (aka movies and such) pretty soon so retiring is in his future. And Miz? Who really wants to see that belt back on Miz? Don’t worry. I’ll wait.
This match was painfully short as well as boring, albeit it slightly more exciting than Ziggler vs. Rusev.
Winner (and still IC Champ): Ryback
Mr. Controversy: Ryback’s knee looked to work nicely as he Shell Shocked The Big Show. The match was quick and lacked a lot, even though Show showed that he could still perform a double suplex on people. Miz got punched in the mouth and pinned: THANK. GOD.
Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns vs. Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt
Although the Wyatt family and these former members of The Shield have had outstanding matches in the past, this was not one of them. Roman looked like he was running out of gas, and Dean had to carry the majority of the match. Bray was still being … Bray, and Luke Harper added a couple of new things to his wrestling arsenal.
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
Now that it looks like Wyatt is getting together a family, you would think that would mean his batting averages in PPV’s will increase. I’m not holding my breath.
Mr. Controversy: Reminiscent of L.O.D., The Shield (YES: The Shield) connected with The Doomsday Device; I am VERY HAPPY to have seen that move again. This match should have had more, but this was JUST ENOUGH to spark great interest in seeing more from these four.
“Roman’s sleeping!” was QUITE humorous!
WWE Champion Seth Rollins vs. US Champion John Cena
(title for title)
On this match, I was torn. On one hand, I do not like Seth Rollins. On the other hand, I did not think it was time for John Cena to tie Ric Flair’s record for holding the belt. Therefore, I would have been perfectly all right with a disqualification, count out, or even afterwards, a MITB cash in from Sheamus.
Yet, none of these things happened. Instead, the host of Summer Slam Jon Stewart decided to interject himself in the match and hit Cena with a chair while the referee was out, causing a certain opportunist to capitalize and win the US Title.
Winner (and both WWE WHC and US Champ): Seth Rollins
Why couldn’t they let Seth shine? He can wrestle, and I did admit to being impressed with his performance all up until the interference. I do think John Cena came back too early after the nose surgery, so perhaps the title drop was best until that gets completely healed. Yet still, it was a stellar match. One of the better ones if you ask me.
Mr. Controversy: I’ll not say much about this match.
It is a damn shame that such an excellent match ended with Jon Stewart kissing Rollins’ ass after all the BS that transpired between those two. If the win was clean (WHICH IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN), I would have been singing this match’s praises. Instead, Stewart shafted us all, DESPITE us knowing that a swerve was coming.
I can accept J&J interfering. I can accept Kane interfering. Hell, I can accept Stephanie Levesque flashing her boob job in distraction over Jon Flippin’ Stewart!
At the end of the match, the right champion was crowned, the right titles were assigned, and the Right Champion is Here.
Team PCB (Paige, Charlotte & Becky) vs. Team B.A.D. (Sasha Banks, Naomi, and Tamina Snuka) vs. Team Bella (Alicia Fox, Brie Bella, and Divas Champ Nikki Bella)
Elimination Match Rules
Mr. Controversy owes me money because I bet him this match was going to last longer than the Intercontinental Championship match, and it did. I do wish Naomi would have gotten some more time, but was glad that Tamina got a chance to wrestle a bit (still a bit miffed at how a Legend’s daughter is being used but that is for another day). I was very happy to see what Becky Lynch can do. No disrespect to Charlotte (Ric Flair’s daughter) but there’s just something about the Lass Kicker.
Winners: Team PCB
Mr. Controversy: The toilet was broke during my scheduled Bathroom Break that is the underutilized Divas Division. On this occasion, I am glad it was, WITH TWO EXCEPTIONS: Tamina Snuka and Naomi.
Affirmative Action can only go but so far in WWE: sadly Naomi and Tamina were not blessed that night. Tamina need not say a word UNTIL WWE treats the Snuka name with dignity and respect. Naomi will still be the sidechick; the stepping stone for the new kids.
The new kids (NXT Divas Division) showed up, and cleaned house: ushering in a new era as they won. This was a SURPRISINGLY good match. I even tolerated Naomi’s defective light-up boots. The ladies showed up, and showed out. GREAT WORK!
Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens
Another match that was top notch was the show down between Cesaro and Kevin Owens. Kevin is talented; I grant him that, yet something about him reminds me of one Brock Lesnar. Yet, how many talents out there are still truly original? (shrugs)
There were so many good moves: it could have gone either way. If you blinked, you missed something.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Although I am a big Cesaro fan, I believe the right decision was made in letting Kevin Owens get the victory, particularly since he suffered the losses to John Cena. Plus, I do want this feud to go on a bit longer, with the next time Cesaro getting some revenge.
Mr. Controversy: One of the 2 BEST matches of the night! They came in, whooped ass, and tore the roof off The Barclay Center. Cesaro and Owens, IF they were not fighting each other, have GREAT POTENTIAL to be tag partners and dominate. They both are THAT SKILLED. I was and still am proud to have watched their match!
Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
There’s a time to hold on to nostalgia and there’s a time to let go.
Ladies and gentlemen, my name is No Labels Unleashed. I remember when Undertaker first arrived in what was then known as WWF at Survivor Series 1990, as the mystery partner to the Million Dollar Team, escorted by Brother Love.
That was 25 years ago. People age. They get old and cannot do what they used to do. I do not expect the Undertaker of now to be the Undertaker of then. Yet I do want people to know when to say when, particularly when the Undertaker has been in bad health for quite a number of years.
I ask myself, “If I had to choose between seeing him for one more match but obviously not fit to compete at one hundred percent and not seeing him, which would I choose?”
I choose the latter.
Now, would Summer Slam had been sold out simply on the strength of Brock Lesnar being there? Not unless it was against Undertaker. So, I understand why WWE did it. I understand there were people that wanted justice because Lesnar ended the Streak. I was ticked the Streak ended and did not hide my disdain. However, that should have been the end of it.
Even coming down to the ring, Undertaker was not at his best, yet Undertaker needed to win. To put some closure on this. For Brock to win again would defeat the purpose, because he already beat the Undertaker at the most crucial part–to snatch the Streak.
Winner: The Undertaker
Yes the ending was marred in controversy. The time keeper had no business making a judgment call on whether a match should end. He waits until he gets the signal from the referee. The referee decides who wins or loses the match, and his word is final.
The Undertaker had to be rushed to the hospital. He collapsed after the event. Yet he put on quite a show, as did Brock.
This is one request I make from WWE. I love Undertaker. Goodness knows I do, but I don’t want to see him competing anymore. Let that man rest. Put him in The Hall of Fame. Hell, have Brock Lesnar inducted in there, even Kane. But no more active wrestling. Seeing him in that state was heartbreaking. No matter how much he wants to please his fans (old and new), Undertaker … just no.
Mr. Controversy: Undertaker, though looking a bit slow getting to the ring (possibly limping a bit), he had a good showing. Even took Lesnar’s early assault. PERSONALLY, Charles Robinson (the referee) should have dinged the bell right then and there and let the guys beat the shit out of each other.
Doesn’t matter: they did anyway!
Pillar to post, inside and outside of the ring, Lesnar and Undertaker took it to one another and pushed each other’s limits.
Hell: The Undertaker’s mock laughter towards Lesnar looked SCARY AS SHIT, and I LOVED IT!
Brock Lesnar reintroduced The Undertaker to Suplex City (Bitch!). The Undertaker ate each suplex, and I was genuinely afraid that he would have been concussed again. Not even 3 F-5s could keep The Dead Man down, just as much as an emphatic Chokeslam, Last Ride, and Tombstone could not keep Lesnar down. The overall showing was what I hoped it to be: right down to the controversial ending.
Lesnar had the Kimura Lock in place, yet at the same time, his shoulders were down. A count of one was register, then the time keeper rung the bell for an unexplained reason. Robinson chastised the time keeper, and the match continued. The Undertaker low-blowed Lesnar, setting up for Hell’s Gate and the Victory of Redemption against the Streak Killer.
WE SAW IT: after the match, replay showed The Undertaker DID tap to Lesnar when the time keeper rung the bell! AFTER he was declared the winner with a finger gesturing Lesnar passing out then passed out to Hell’s Gate at the end of the match, the replay CLEARLY showed The Dead Man tapping before the controversial ending.
This, due to my knowledge of WWF History (YES: WWF HISTORY), sets up for “The Rubber Match”: MOST LIKELY a No DQ type of match for Night of Champions. I say it will be fitting for these two Champions to lock up one more time and make sure that both the win and winner are Crystal Clear.
Unleashed (and Mr. Controversy) Rating (based on media scale)
3 out of 5 Stars
Mr. Controversy: Overall, Cesaro/Owens and Undertaker/Lesnar were the highlights of the night. Sadly, it was not enough to garner a better score: 3 out of 5.
Unleashed: For me, not only was Cesaro/Owens and Undertaker/Lesnar good but also the Title for Title match (before the interference) and the Divas match. However, some of the other matches that were lackluster were responsible for Summer Slam 2015 not achieving more stars.
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