Review for WWE Summerslam 2021
Summerslam 2021 is one of the worst PPVs I have watched in a long time. It is a shame as there are certainly positives, just not enough to remove the bitter taste that this PPV left me with.
Alexa Bliss against Eva Marie was awful and should have just been kept for TV. A waste of the Alexa character. Drew McIntyre taking on former friend Jinder Mahal was passable, but really needed more of a build to make it mean something. Sad showing from two former world champions. Lashley against Goldberg was painful to watch and I knew that they would never put the belt around Goldberg, but the match and everything about it was just awful. Stop bringing Goldberg back.
Next up with the double hitter of awful women's championship matches. Bianca Belair went up against the returning Becky Lynch who just blew the roof off the building with her entrance. They then proceeded to have a match which lasted TWENTY-SIX seconds! This was a slap in the face to Belair and also to us who had waited over a year for The Man to return.
The Triple Threat match between Nikki A.S.H, Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair was a travesty. In ring, the match was pretty good, until the match ended with Nikki losing her belt after only holding it for THIRTY THREE Days. This was a waste not only of her Money in The Bank Cash-in, but also the momentum Nikki had been gaining. It's no secret that I don't like Charlotte and this felt like another example of let's give The Nature Boy's Girl the title for no reason.
Now to the good stuff. Sheamus defending his US Championship against Damien Priest was a great match from the two, not hugely memorable, but some great moments from the two of them. AJ and Omos against RK-Bro was fine and again had some great moments. I do like the RK-Bro team and if this makes me warm more to Riddle then that's a good thing.
The Usos against Rey and Dominik Mysterio for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships was a great match. My only real issue with this match is it feels like proof that Jimmy Uso (who a month earlier had been arrested for the fifth time for a driving offence) was going to keep being rewarded for this. However, bell to bell a fantastic match from all of them.
Match of the Night was absolutely Edge against Seth Rollins. Edge proved that despite still being a little ring-rusty, his performance is better than half the roster. Both worked great together. Edge's throwback to The Brood entrance was fantastic and seeing all the callbacks to Finishers and Moves he had done in the past was just great.
The PPV ended with a great match between Roman Reigns putting his Universal Championship on the line against John Cena. Now I can't recall whether they had ever faced before and so they tried to make this have a Rock/Hogan or Rock/Cena feel and maybe with a bit more build it would have worked better. In the ring they are both great and despite people (myself included) who don't like Roman or his character, his performance and Cena's cannot be denied. The ending was great and the redebut of Brock Lesnar may have felt a bit like over-egging the pudding, but the show definitely needed it.
Extras include the Kickoff Match between Big E and Baron Corbin which was fine, nothing special, but I didn't expect it be. Following this are five promos from Raw and Smackdown. These feature two segments of John Cena and Roman Reigns facing off, Goldberg and Lashley facing off which were as cut and paste as you could make them and not really worth watching again. Also two regarding the feud between Edge and Seth Rollins which are great and seeing Rollins in the 'Bloodbath' was fantastic. It is a shame they didn't include as an extra Brock attacking Cena after the show.
Summerslam 2021 is really a PPV of two halves. If you only watch the positive segments I picked out you will really enjoy it, but sadly the rest of the PPV is there. There just feels like there were too many negatives to overlook. What was usually the party of the summer was definitely missing a few burgers for the BBQ this year round.