SummerSlam 2021

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I’m kind of a lapsed wrestling fan. I say kind of because I don’t watch, because there’s just too much for me to keep up with while doing other things. I do keep up thanks to Cultaholic Wrestling, Wrestling with Wregret, and Going in Raw. I use those YouTube channels and podcasts to keep up with both wrestling results as well as wrestling news. That being said I’ve been a subscriber to Peacock since before the deal with WWE was announced, but this is the first full PPV that I’ve watched in over a year at the very least.

The kickoff show had one match and it was Big E vs Baron Corbin. Baron Corbin’s gimmick for the past few weeks has been gold, even though its him being down on his luck. Big E is awesome, he has been for years and he will continue to be as long as he continues to wrestle. Big E wins and gets his money in the bank briefcase back after it was stolen by Corbin.

The main show started with the Raw Tag Team championship title match, with the RK-Bros vs AJ Styles and Omos. This was a good enough match. I’m not invested in either of the teams. The RK-Bros end up picking up the win and become the Raw tag team champions.

The next match was Alexa Bliss vs Eva Marie. This was kind of a nothing match except that Doudrop turned on Eva Marie after she lost to Alexa. There really isn’t much I can say about the match.

Damian Priest went up against Sheamus for the United States championship. I had seen Damian Priest a little while he was in NXT, but that had been sometime ago. This was a fun match. Priest ends up picking up the win and becomes the new United States champ.

At the about halfway point in the card, The Usos went up against the Mysterios for the SmackDown tag team championships. This is the kind of tag team match you have come to expect from The Usos, fast paced and fun to watch. The Usos pick up the win and retain the titles.

What comes next is a low point, it was supposed to be Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks but Sasha wasn’t cleared to compete. Through shenanigans Becky Lynch ends up getting the match. She then squashes Belair and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champ. It brought me down for a while.

Drew McIntyre vs Jinder Mahal was next. Drew won. It was kind of a nothing match again.

Next match was the triple threat for the Raw Women’s Championship. It was Nikki A.S.H. vs Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair, and this was a high point of the card. The match is an example of a good triple threat match. Up until the finish I wasn’t sure who would win. Charlotte ended up getting the win by making Nikki tap. While I hated to see Nikki lose, Charlotte is a draw no matter how much people will say otherwise.

Edge vs Seth Rollins was next, and boy howdy was this a fun match. The fun started when Edge used The Brood entrance. This was the kind of fast paced match you expect from Seth Rollins. I do want to mention the finish, which I have never seen in all of my time watching wrestling. Edge won with a cross face sleeper hold which looked pretty unpleasant.

The WWE Championship match was next, it was Bobby Lashley vs Goldberg. This was match, that’s honestly the nicest thing I can say about it. It was ended by referee stoppage with Goldberg losing. There’s storyline stuff that happened after, but I don’t care about it.

The Main Event is the WWE Universal Championship match, with Roman Reigns vs John Cena. Cena’s strategy of trying to roll up Reigns was really funny. This was great match, especially to end the night on. They did the false finishes with style and I fell for some of them. I genuinely believed that Cena might win a few times. Reigns did end up winning but Brock Lesnar showed up as it ended.

This was a pretty solid show. The good outweighed the bad, but the bad was really heavy. I would rank it a middle of the road PPV.

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