WWE SummerSlam 2017 just happened and it was, well, interesting.
There was a lot to like about the show; Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt was a competent showcase of The Demon, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins became Raw Tag Team Champions thus making the former a WWE Grand Slam Champion, and Brock Lesnar retained the Universal Title in a phenomenal main event which made a star out of Braun Strowman.
However, despite all the goodwill that the show had built up, there were many, many issues with the PPV. Strange booking decisions, bizarre card structure, and a first half that would leave people considering whether or not to change the channel.
Without further adieu, let’s have a look at the 5 worst moments from WWE SummerSlam 2017!
Honourable mention goes to the WWE Title match between Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura. I would have included it on the list had I been at all surprised that a title match involving Jinder Mahal had gone that way.
1 The Lone Wolf in the Doghouse
This time last week, Baron Corbin was sitting pretty in the upper mid-card on Smackdown Live and was in possession of the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Fast forward seven days and Corbin has lost the Money in the Bank briefcase in the most embarrassing way imaginable and has lost the SummerSlam opener to John Cena in anticlimactic fashion following a single AA.
The entire match felt like a practical joke on the Lone Wolf. It opened with Cena mocking Corbin to the commentary team before wearing JBL's cowboy hat and consisted of roughly 10 minutes of Corbin beating on Cena before Cena hit a singular AA to win the match.
Whether or not his Twitter activity is the reason for this booking, Corbin must have done something to somebody very important backstage to warrant this sort of treatment.
2 Miz-placed Priorities
Less than 12 months ago, The Miz was enjoying his best run in WWE as The Hollywood A-Lister on Smackdown Live. His feud with Dolph Ziggler over the Intercontinental Title was the best of the year, and his story with Daniel Bryan resulted in some of his best work on the microphone.
Alongside AJ Styles, he was the MVP of Smackdown following the draft.
Unfortunately, at SummerSlam, Intercontinental Champion Miz was stuck on the preshow in a 6-man tag-team match alongside his Miztourage (Curtiz Axel and Bo Dallas) against The Hardy Boys and Jason Jordan in front of an almost empty Barclays Centre.
In isolation, that tag team match is pre-show worthy. However, it is an indictment of how WWE have booked one of their prestigious titles that its champion was on a pre-show while Big Cass vs Big Show, the worst match of the night, found a space on the main card.
3 Poor Ru-Ru
Remember when Rusev was one of the hottest heels in WWE in 2014? Remember how he went on that massive unbeaten run and became United States Champion? Remember when he rode into Wrestlemania 31 on a tank?
Well, WWE Creative and Vince McMahon certainly doesn't, as any credibility Rusev retained following his return from injury this summer was dashed after he fell to Randy Orton in 6 seconds at SummerSlam.
That match started well, with Rusev attacking Orton before the bell even rang, beating him up outside the ring.
Unfortunately, once the bell did ring, Rusev charged at Orton, missed, and was hit with an RKO and that was all she wrote.
On a night with some very questionable booking decisions, this was probably the most depressing. Rusev has gone from a monster heel with the potential to be a world champion main eventer to being jobbed out to Randy Orton in 6 seconds to the benefit of nobody.
4 Bayley Booed in Brooklyn
In 2015, Bayley defeated Sasha Banks for the NXT Women's Championship at the Barclays Centre in the 1st ever NXT Takeover: Brooklyn event. She was the most popular babyface in WWE, and the match that the two had has since been viewed as one of the best women's matches in WWE history.
Almost preposterously, WWE have managed to mishandle and misuse Bayley to such a damning extent that, 2 years on from her crowning moment in NXT and in the same arena, she was booed by the Brooklyn crowd.
It is a saddening turn of events for one of the purest babyfaces on the WWE roster. At a time when the company is finding it harder and harder to create a majorly beloved babyface star, they have dropped the ball with who could have been the female John Cena.
5 The Entirety of Big Cass vs Big Show
The accolade of worst match of SummerSlam 2017 goes to Big Cass vs Big Show with Enzo Amore suspended above the ring in a shark cage.
From Enzo's rambling opening promo, to the plodding and slow wrestling between Big Cass and Big Show with Enzo barking from the cage above, this was an immensely disappointing match to (hopefully) end an immensely disappointing feud.
There was a moment of entertainment in the bout when Enzo stripped down, oiled himself up and slipped through the cage bars to help the Big Show. Unfortunately, as soon as he touched the mat he was hit with a big boot by Cass.
It has already been mentioned how much of a shame it is that this match got on the main card and the Intercontinental Champion was on the pre-show, but the Smackdown tag-team title match between The Usos and The New Day, which was one of the best matches on the card, should have also got a spot on the card before this hot garbage.
If there is a God, WWE will put this feud to bed and move Cass onto anything else. Otherwise, his solo heel run will prove to be dead-on-arrival.
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