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Above average Summerslam...
on 29 June 2011
WWE Summerslam 2010 had the possibility to be a cracking PPV, John Cena led team WWE to face off against the mite of the Nexus, Randy Orton challenged Sheamus for the title in what was expected to be an excellent match & Kane defended his title against the biggest little man Rey Mysterio.
The PPV was pretty good.
The opening bout was a title match between Dolph Ziggler & Kofi Kingston, fair enough, decent opening match & both guys showed what they can do in the ring, but what did WWE do? They made Nexus come down to interrupt the match, this was done to show that Nexus meant business tonight, however why couldn't they have hit the ring after the match finished cleanly rather than ruin a perfect opening match? The whole angle set up for a night of disappointment. I would give this match a *** for the actual wrestling but due to the interference it drops to a **.
Next up we had a divas match, Melina taking on the very in-experience Alicia Fox, the right person won the match but like most divas matches nobody could care less about it. *1/2
Then we had what was a joke of a match, The Big Show taking on the SES in a handicap match, it was so obvious what was going to happen that it wasn't even worth watching, the build up to it had been terrible & made Punk & his guys look horrendously weak, there was no way WWE could let them win after looking so bad, it took Punk a long time to recover from this humiliation. **
In the first main title match of the night, Sheamus defended his title against Randy Orton in a match where if anyone interfered Sheamus would lose his title & if Randy lost he wouldn't get another shot at the title. The match was very good I must admit, both guys done very well & was possibly one of the matches of the year, right up until the ending. WWE wanted to do an ending where Sheamus kept the title but made Orton look strong, so they made him win by count out, meaning he couldn't win the title. I hate these sort of endings, it is lazy booking IMO, should have been something like Orton had his foot under the rope & the ref didn't see it. ***1/2
Next up was a pretty poor & very predictable world title match; Kane had been trying to put Mysterio in a coffin after the match which he brought down to the ring, every time he opened it we were expecting the Undertaker to be there so when he finally appeared it wasn't exactly a shock, it was so obvious, when he did return he accused Kane on putting him in a vegetative state & tried to choke slam him, Kane overpowered him & hit him with a choke slam himself, this was actually quite a good angle to show Undertaker was still weak. Match itself was probably a ** but I will give the whole thing a *** due to the excellent ending where Kane overpowered Taker.
The main event was a 7 0n 7 elimination tag-team match, Nexus V WWE. Team WWE had only 6 members & The Miz had offered his services but WWE decided to go with former Nexus member Daniel Bryan who made a shock return to our screens since being suspended. Miz took offence to this & nearly cost WWE the match later in the night. WWE picked up an early advantage with Daniel Bryan & John Morrison eliminating Darren Young & Michael Tarver respectively. However this advantage didn't last too long, Nexus then eliminated 3 WWE superstars to leave the WWE with 4 & Nexus with 5. WWE then equalled things up as Edge eliminated Skipp Sheffield.
At this point in the match the teams look like this:
WWE (Edge, Jericho, Bryan & Cena) V Nexus (Otunga, Slater, Gabriel & Barrett)
Team WWE then picked up a huge advantage as Edge eliminated Otunga & WWE had the advantage, however after this one of the shocks of the match happened, Heath Slater eliminated both Jericho & Edge in the space of about 40 seconds, it was a remarkable scene. However he was eliminated by Bryan as the match went down to 2 v 2.
John Cena & Daniel Bryan V Wade Barrett & Justin Gabriel
The Miz then interfered in the match and laid out his former prodigy Bryan thus causing his elimination, Cena pinned both Gabriel & Barrett to win the match.
Very good match here ****1/2