WWE SummerSlam 2017: Reactions & Review


Watch the trailer for The Biggest Event of The SummerSee the trailer for SummerSlam 2017, streaming live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on the award-winning WWE Network. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-08-20T23:44:43.000Z

Here’s my final thoughts on WWE Raw and SmackDown Live’s Summerslam 2017!


Neville vs. Akira Tozawa (c) (with Titus O’Neil) (WWE Cruiserweight Championship)


Neville puts WWE Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa to the test: SummerSlam 2017 Kickoff MatchFollowing Akira Tozawa's incredible victory over Neville on Raw, The King of the Cruiserweights looks to reclaim his crown in a SummerSlam Kickoff Match. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-08-20T22:37:17.000Z

Reactions: This was a solid Cruiserweight matchup between two very capable competitors. Tozawa is a living, breathing firecracker who’s matches tend to always be high energy. Neville arrived with revenge on his mind and that was easy to see during this championship rematch. Tozawa got most of the offense here, but Neville’s in-ring smarts got the better of the high-octane member of Titus’ stable. Decent match with an unexpected (and for me, disheartening) result.


Neville responds to critics who deny his WWE Cruiserweight Title pedigree: Exclusive, Aug. 20, 2017Reclaiming his throne as The King of the Cruiserweights, Neville calls out the critics who thought he did not have what it took to reclaim the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at SummerSlam 2017. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-08-20T23:31:33.000Z

Rating: 2 & a Half out of 5 Stars


The New Day (Big E and/or Xavier Woods and/or Kofi Kingston) (c) vs. The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)


Xavier Woods viciously defends the SmackDown Tag Team Titles: SummerSlam 2017 Kickoff MatchSmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day fight to hold onto their titles against The Usos in the SummerSlam 2017 Kickoff Match. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-08-20T23:34:15.000Z

Reactions: This might be the first time in Kickoff Show history where the crowd was caught chanting “THIS IS AWESOME!” And I have to agree with everyone who yelled that inside the Barclays Center. Both these teams have incredible chemistry with each other, which was evident during their excellent Battleground match. They put on another amazing performance here that felt a bit fresher thanks to some innovative tag team moves from Woods and Big E. The Usos shocked me and the live crowd with something just as cool (I legit hopped off my couch when Woods got thrown to the outside and then destroyed with a Samoan Drop). This match was built up efficiently and by the time it got into the middle portion, the crowd began losing their minds (and so did I). Big E’s destruction via a double Superkick/Superfly Splash and the shocking result makes this one of the standout matches from this year’s summerSlam. Can we get a 2-out-of-3 Falls rematch next?


The Usos boast about making SmackDown Tag Team Championship history: Exclusive, Aug. 20, 2017The Usos kick Raw announcer Mike Rome off the microphone and launch their own celebratory interview following their SmackDown Tag Team Championship triumph in the SummerSlam 2017 Kickoff Match. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-08-21T00:07:17.000Z

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) and Jason Jordan vs. The Miz and The Miztourage (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas) (with Maryse) (6-Man Tag Team Match)


The Miz & The Miztourage call out Raw GM Kurt Angle for holding them back: Aug. 20, 2017Despite their strong showing in the SummerSlam 2017 Kickoff Match, Intercontinental Champion The Miz and The Miztourage do not mince words about how Raw General Manager Kurt Angle has treated them. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-08-20T23:02:18.000Z

Reactions: Doesn’t get anymore basic than this. This was a disappointingly bland 6-man tag team match that lacked any crowd interest since most of the arena was still empty. Nothing remarkable happened here. It was what it was. The Miz got a win over Jordan, which sets up a future IC Championship feud between the two at least.

Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


Cesaro and Sheamus (c) vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)


Ambrose & Rollins form a unified front against the Raw Tag Team Champions: SummerSlam 2017Having finally reconciled their differences, the former Shield brothers put Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus to the test: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-08-21T02:18:21.000Z

Reactions: I’m always down to watch a slow burning tag team match. This was the purest definition of that sort of instance. Ambrose and Rollins were the strange bedfellows who that title wouldn’t have applied to back in 2014. Cesaro and Sheamus stood united and worked together perfectly as they took advantage of Rollins near the match’s early portions. When Ambrose got his chance to run wild, this match kicked into a higher gear. His comeback sequences tend to do that, and with Rollins by his side, that moment’s excitement became magnified. The double Suicide Dive and fresh tag team maneuvers from the former Shield brothers were awesome along with Cesaro and Sheamus’ impressive moveset. The closing moments saw Cesaro and Sheamus pull out everything from their bag of finishing moves, but Rollins’ insane Frankensteiner helped turned the tide for his team. That wild ending and the rest of the this match all equaled up to a fine performance.


Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins "own tag team wrestling": Exclusive, Aug. 20, 2017The reunited Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins speak backstage about their big night at SummerSlam 2017, and about becoming the new bar of excellence in WWE's tag team ranks. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-08-21T03:05:45.000Z

Rating: 3 & a Half out of 5 Stars


John Cena vs. Baron Corbin


A vocal WWE Universe greets John Cena: SummerSlam 2017 (WWE Network Exclusive)Everyone is on their feet during John Cena's entrance inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., as the 16-time World Champion prepares to face Baron Corbin: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network. More ACTION on WWE NETWORK : wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: bit.ly/1i64OdT Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: goo.gl/QmhBof Visit WWE.com: goo.gl/akf0J42017-08-21T00:03:33.000Z

Reactions: Corbin hasn’t impressed me much with his main roster performances. But I had a feeling he’d go that much harder and show some better potential against WWE’s #1 guy. And that’s exactly what happened here. Corbin put in a ton of work and made himself look better than he’s ever been. Cena gelled pretty well with the big man as Corbin used his powerful offense to match up with Cena’s slickness. Corbin looked like the world beater he’s promoted to be and he pulled out his best moves. But Cena still ended up on the winning end of this fun opening match. While it was a bit too short for my tastes, I still got a kick out of Corbin’s coming out party. But in more important news…CENA FINALLY ENDED HIS SUMMERSLAM LOSING STREAK!

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars