on 10 December 2006
1-Rey vs. Chavo
**-This was not a great match. A good opener, but not a great match as it failed ot do what it's supposed to do: remember Eddie Guerero. I think that the Guerrero family must be insulted that the WWE allowe Rey Mysterio to land the patented "3 Amigos", but not Chavo. I'm almost inclined to agree with John Layfield's announcing on this match...but ti did the trick: it opened the show.
2-ECW Title, Big SHow vs. Sabu
***-ECW's only match on the show was good, but unfortunatly not great as the Big Show is not an actual ECW superstar, so why WWE is allowing him ot hold thier ntitle I do not know. He has, however, picked up a few tricks from his new ECW buddies, and the Homocidal, Suicidal and Genocidal Sabu was brilliant in the match (the first time I've seen a WWE fan get behind a muslim, since the Muhammed Hassan days!!!). a good Hardcore match in general.
3-Legend Killer vs. The Legend
****-As this was Hogan's final wrestlign match, I "knew" Orton was going to win, because it is a tradition in the Wrestling business to loose on your final match (or not...Bret hart, anyone? :D), so I was pleasently surprised to learn that this was not neccesarily the case in this match. Hogan was great as he reverted back to his early days, i.e. being a heel player, and was able to pick up the win not by being the good guy, but quite the oppoiste. Orton did not put on a show like Micheals ahd the year before, but HBK adn Hogan were given the Mian Event last year, so that is understandable.
4-Mick Foley vs. Ric FLair
****-I do not know how they made this match happen. As JR says time and time again in this match, both wrestlers here GENUINLEY hate each other, after Mick Foley included some snide comments about FLair in his autobiography, Have A Nice Day, Flair genuinly did not like Foley. However, they managed to put together a great match (whether Foley has apologized since then I do not know, although he hints on it in his follow-up book, Foley is Good), filled with enough gore to be an original ECW main event any day :D
5-World Heavyweight Championship, King Booker vs. Batista
*-I truly hate King Booker. His Booker T gimmick was great, flashy adn fun to watch. Now however he is just annoying--sure he is supposed ot be heel, but this is too much! And in this match, not only does Vince Mcmahon keep Batista down, but the two of them just don't gel at all in the match. It is hard to watch, very, very hard to watch.
6-Degeneration X vs. the Mcmahon Men
*****-DX was killed off after Wrestlemania 15 when Triple H betrayed them and joined Vince Mcmahon's coorporation. Since HHH and HBK have reunited, however, they have taken up thier bad blood with the WWE owners and it has lead into a spectacular match at Summerslam. One of the fun thigns about the match is it is NOT in any way a wrestlign contest. Vince Mcmahon, Shane Mcmahon and DX just go out there to have fun, and they do it well. There is very little direct competition in the match, as there are numerous run ins at the start whihc leave HHH incapacitated to begin with, so it's just the two mcmahons copying other peoples moves as they beat up HBK. When DX take control again, it is just fun to be watching the most hated man in SPorts Entertainment getting beaten to bits...and then it ends with a nice move fomr HBK to shane mcmahon, adn a dustbin to the head of Vince Mcmahon. Shawn Micheals claimed in his Autobiography (written by Aaron Feigenbaum) that Vince was fun to work with...this match confirms just that.
7-WWE World Championship, Edge vs. John Cena
****-John Cena is still on shaky ground after the Wrestlemania 2 problem, but he still has the support of his hometown fans going into Summerslam. It is a good back-and-forth contest, with a particularly nice finish as it makes Cena look like the Superior competitor, even though he loses the match. A great match, just not a great Main Event