Brock Lesnar’s reign of terror continued as the Beast defeated Randy Orton in a controversial ending to SummerSlam, which also saw big victories for AJ Styles and Finn Balor.
There is only one place to start and that is with the underwhelming and controversial finish to SummerSlam which saw Brock Lesnar defeat the Viper by a TKO, after Orton was badly cut open after an elbow to the skull from the former UFC star.
Up to that point, the match was going the per-usual Lesnar style match-up with the Beast throwing his opponent around the ring with suplex after suplex, but it appeared Orton had turned the tide with an RKO Outta Nowhere on the Raw announcers desk.
Watching it live it looked like this was not the planned finish as Orton started bleeding badly following the incident and after deeming him unable to continue, Lesnar was rewarded a TKO victory, before he nailed Smackdown commissioner Shane McMahon with the F5.
However, there are reports that this was the planned ending but Orton did bleed more than expected. If this is the case, I don’t know why WWE would risk a severe injury on a superstar that has just recently returned following a nine-month lay off.
I just can’t get my head around that WWE would plan something like this and it might take a few days to learn exactly what went down and whether this was the intended finish.
WWE have completely turned a blind eye to the fact that Lesnar failed a drugs test at UFC 200 and I thought last night would have been the perfect opportunity for someone to finally beat the Beast. Maybe that was the plan, but Lesnar had other ideas.
In my opinion, I ma getting bored with Brock Lesnar and Suplex City because after an underwhelming match with Dean Ambrose, Lesnar puts in another lazy effort against Orton. The sooner someone beats Lesnar, the better.
Whether the underwhelming main event went off as planned or not, there was a lot of strange decisions at SummerSlam and one of them was Finn Balor’s victory over Seth Rollins to crown the Demon the first ever Universal Champion.
The name of the new championship did not go down too well and the design was an even bigger mistake. It is just the WWE title with a red strap. In my opinion, it is a lazy design and fans had their voice heard singing “That title sucks” to the tune of “John Cena sucks.”
It was the first ever meeting between Rollins and Balor and they did not disappoint. They are two very talented wrestlers who put on one of the best matches of the night but in the end, Balor was the surprise winner hitting the Coup de Grace on the former two-time WWE Champion.
Although Balor is one of my favourite superstars, he is not ready to lead the Raw brand and i think the decision to reward him the belt was purely down to the fact they did not want the Irishman to lose on his pay-per-view debut.
Rollins is the perfect choice to lead the Raw brand and he proved throughout 2015 that he is the man. It is inevitable that they will have a rematch at Clash of Champions, where they can put the belt on Rollins unless Balor proves us wrong and that the risk pays off.
Keeping with the strange decisions and that of the Rusev vs Roman Reigns United States Championship match that never happened after Reigns assaulted the Bulgarian Brute to the point that the champion was ruled unable to compete.
In a way I am glad that Reigns did not leave Brooklyn with the United States title, but I was actually looking forward to this match and the fact that it never happened was a let down.
On the plus side, it means that we get to see more of the Rusev vs Reigns fued which has been surprisingly good but you need to look the card and suggest that one or two matches could have been scrapped to make room for this match if timing was an issue.
Enough of the negatives and let’s get to the positives. Actually there is only one positive but it was a good one as AJ Styles made it two wins from two against John Cena in the match of the night.
It was a slow burner and I did question whether Cena is as good as he used to be at one point in the match with predictable spots, but mid-way through the match suddenly burst into life with big moves and plenty of near falls, including an incredible huracarana from Styles.
Styles is an incredible talent and he left it all in the ring against the Franchise, but Cena also proved that he can hold his own. After both men kicked out of each others finishers, Styles hit a second Styles Clash and a second Phenomenal Forearm to pick up his biggest win yet.
I was disappointed with their clash at Money in the Bank but this was more of what I expected from the two Smackdown superstars. Styles got the deserving victory and it suggests that the Phenomenal One will be next to challenge for the WWE Championship.
As for John Cena, the “Face that runs the place” left his ‘Never give up’ armband lying in the ring and received a good ovation from the crowd as he exited which suggests that could be the last we see of Cena for a few months, which it being suggested he is set to take time off.