Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer Shame 2012

Summer Slam just didn't feel like Summer Slam this year. Like a Christmas with no snow or something. It is not that show was all that bad. We saw Santino finally lose his U.S Championship on the pre show and with the exception of the Ziggler match and tag team title match I was fine with how the show was booked in terms of winners and losers. It just lacked any sort of really drama or excitement.

Pre Show saw Santino lose the U.S Title to Antino whatever his name is. The story of the match itself was quite stupid with Santino trying to chase after the Cobra sock puppet. only to have the Heel destroy it. But some how in this struggle to get the original Cobra Sock Puppet Santino forgets he has a second one?  Whatever point is he lost. If anyone can explain to me why he gets a title run from March till now and Zack Ryder only got the same belt for a few weeks I would love to here it. Personally would have like to see Sandow with this title and have a long run to build it back to some kind of importance. But anyone but Santino is an improvement.

On to the main show. Is there some reason the WWE likes to mess with Ziggler that I am not aware of? I mean they do an angle on Smackdown in which Ziggler has Y2J injured coming into this match and he comes out tonight selling large with taped ribs and still comes out on top? Really this how you build your money in the bank guy? Sure the plan looks to be to have Ziggler get the win back on Raw tomorrow night but still. Jericho is off to play Rock Star again touring with Fozzy. I have to say and hurts me to say this but don't hurry back anytime soon Chris. His return at the start of this year really had me excited. The prospect of him working a match with Punk had all kinds of potential. In the end it was good but not great. This latest Jericho run was by far his worst in the WWE and the fact by the end he was back to his babyface character of like 10 years ago was a fitting but terrible end. It is clear to me Jericho is far more interested in other things and wrestling is just a fun thing to do now and then. It works better when The Rock does it. I just felt this entire run from the start in which he never spoke to the end where he spoke like it was 2002 was just terrible. I don't like Fozzy so I will be happy to have a Chris Jericho Vacation.

Daniel Bryan vs Kane was as good as a match with Kane can be. Which isn't saying much. I just don't get why we needed this match at all. I suppose their was some plan to do something with Charlie Sheen that was scrapped. Still they need to get Bryan in a decent program if they want to keep his momentum strong. He might be the most over person on the roster at the present time. As for Kane I would be happy if he became a roddie on the Fozzy tour. He snaps after losing to Bryan and beats up an announcer just for trying to do his job. Whatever. Kane is about as scary as the Big Show. But will get to him later.

Sheamas vs Alberto Del Rio in the feud that no one cares about that refuses to die. We have a screwjob finish in which the supposed babyface corks the heel with a shoe and then gets a pin with the heels foot on the ropes. Oh great the feud continues. I suspect were heading for a three way with Orton, Sheamas and Del Rio although nothing on this show indicated that. But Del Rio will have a legit claim for a re-match. Orton now back would also want a shot at the champion you would logical figure. Not like the WWE punishes guys that are suspended unless they are mid carders.

Moving on. Prime Time Players lose yet again. Why are Kofi and R-Truth the best tag team since Demolition? I have no idea but with the title run they are having you would think they were. This match meant nothing and only thing that was good about it was the crowd chanting Kobe Bryant during the match for obvious reasons given the recent AW firing and fact we were in the home of the Lakers to boot. None of whom bothered to come out for Summer Slam not even Ron Artest. I mean have Artest Manage the Prime Time Players it would have been funny. Artest is considered by some a modern version of Dennis Rodman and it would have fit nicely. Oh well. Little Jimmy is clearly the best manager in the WWE at this point with run Truth and Kofi have been on.

WWE Title match was dominated by Big Show for the first 10-15 minutes it seemed. This lead to a dead crowd for most of it. Which when you have Cena and Punk in the match is really saying something. Show did a good job for him and since this latest heel turn has really been selling himself well as an angry giant. Problem is we have seen this like 10 X over at this point and could careless. In the cool spot of the night Punk applied a new submission face lock that I have never seen him do before. This was followed by a Cena STF. But have no fear they will not be forced to share the WWE Title. Instead A.J just ordered the match to continue and there was a quick F-U from Cena and a Punk push out of the ring of Cena and the Pin. Get ready for another Cena vs Punk showdown in Boston at the next PPV. Should be good. Punk was sporting the Bret Hart colours tonight as he was the Pink and Black attack and he hangs on to his WWE Title. Punk clearly did this a tribute to Hart as there was mention of it on Twitter post facto. WWE seems to be afraid to go full heel with Punk and that might be based on him being the cover boy for WWE 13 and fact he moves a ton of product. Hey Randy Savage as heel sold lots of stuff too and could have pulled off being a heel and promoting a video game. So can Punk.

HHH vs Brock was some mix between an MMA Fight and Wrestling match. I just thought this style never really suited Hunter and while the match was good it still to me was a confused mess of pro wrestling mixed with MMA. In terms of wrestling it was as basic as both guys working an injury. Brock the injured arm of HHH and HHH the injured stomach or ab region of Brook Lesnar. In the end HHH tapped out to Brock which was the right finish and HHH again puts someone over. Something people claim he never does but he actually does a lot. After the match they teased a retirement angle for HHH. Had this been the case it would have been much more interesting to have Steph run down and throw in a towel and do an angle of HHH questioning his career in and out of the ring. In a world of 3 hour Raws those could be compelling segments. Looks like we head towards a Taker vs Brock match at Mania which many will love and I will really not give a damn about.

Oh and The Miz defending the I-C Title against Batman...or Rey Mesterio dressed like Batman. In the end could not have cared less although both worked a decent match. If anyone can get a decent match out of The Miz they should be commended.

Tonight was a far cry from the Mega Powers vs the Mega Bucks, From the first ever TLC match, From Mr. Perfect vs Bret Hart. In fact Randy Savage's Wedding to Elizabeth was more entertaining. This just was a Summer Slam that just didn't really do much of anything for me. I think this having it in L.A ever year kind of blows as well. It was the 25th Summer Slam and it was likely not even in the Top 10 of all time. It just was an average WWE PPV and really didn't do anything wrong but it failed to sell me on it doing anything that was REALLY REALLY Right that made me want to get excited. HBK had the right idea of not going to this one in person and just tweeting about it.