Alright lets just do it all here. Raw went back to being your standard Raw as opposed to last week's really awesomeness. The big take away is WWE sees big things in Cass when some of us just don't. The other thing is Bayley got legit hurt in her match with Nia. So, her SummerSlam status is up in the air. Finn can magically appear now. Good for him. Jason Jordan can cut an ok promo, but his suplexing of Miz into Bo and Axel was pretty neat.
Smackdown was the true winner. We got AJ/Owens ending in a way we get Shane as a special referee for SummerSlam. Fashion Peaks was more entertaining and satisfying than a good chuck of new Twin Peaks. I am looking at you Las Vegas storyline. Becky also may have been injured as she looked to tweak her leg in her tag match. Finally, we get Cena/Nakamura. That needed 10 more minutes, but what we got was great. Nakamura beat Cena clean after almost breaking his neck. Amazing stuff.
The problem for SummerSlam is all of their matches seem lackluster. I am always up for AJ/Owen, but we have done it. Bayley maybe out of her match with Alexa. Naomi/Nattie feels weak. Jinder/Nakamura is such a weird match yet it might be the match that puts the belt on Naka. I think we all feel the Fatal Fourway is going to be a ton of fun yet that is it. Getting to SummerSlam has been great, but its like going on this cool trip of Europe only to end up in the Ukraine being followed around by Putin's men.
Funny dig at the Pirates from Elias Samson. Soon as I saw him with his guitar I knew that Pirates zing was coming.
Miz (who of course is from Cleveland) had me howling when he came out to loud boo's and his very first words to the crowd were "I can't tell you how much I hate this city". I'm betting that came from Miz's heart rather than it being just a scripted line.
Disappointed there wasn't an "ANGLE" chant from the hometown crowd when Kurt came out.
On Smackdown, couldn't believe Nakamura didn't kill or at least seriously injure Cena.
I have a feeling there will be an Owens/Shane match after Summerslam.
So what happened on that Cena/Nakamura move? Nakamura's been doing a Reverse (Inverted? No, Reverse) Exploder Suplex, where the guy taking it rotates all the way over and lands on his stomach. Did Cena think it was going to be a Saito/Teardrop style suplex and not realize he was supposed to rotate over or did Nakamura not get him all the way over (though he's gotten Owens over cleanly in it).
Not looking to assign blame, I just couldn't quite figure out what happened there. Cena is a truly superhuman to not only take that and finish the match, but get up and be genuinely polite and forgiving to Nakamura about it (and, apparently, do a damn post-show dark spot with Corbin on top of it). The Prototype indeed.
I do and will question giving that match away randomly on TV a few weeks before Summerslam when John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakamura was one of those "this can't possibly ever happen" dream matches, but it was still a damn good match (I place it just behind the Cena/Punk Series Finale on Raw where they broke out the piledriver spot among Cena Matches That Should Have Been Big Four PPV Main Events), and good on John for graduating from John Cena Indy Worker Fantasy Camp to John Cena G1 Climax Fantasy Camp. Now that he's had that taste with AJ and Nakamura, expect Cena to either make them sign Omega or disguise himself and fight Okada while pretending to film his Transformers movie.
Shinsuke Nakamaura vs. Jinder Mahal for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Summerslam. That is a thing. That is real. Huh.
Just the 12-or-so minutes we got of Cena/Nakamura makes me wish they just did this match at SummerSlam. I can't believe (well, I guess I can believe) that these are Vince's options and that's what he's going with.
I get that Jinder is younger and has more long term potential, but since he wants to probably put the belt on Corbin anyway, there were probably more fun ways to have done that.
Anyway, yeah, Vince is crazy. I know that's not news, but as if Reigns' portrayal wasn't done deaf enough, he really seems to be doubling down on Corbin and Big Cass (with Strowman being a rare hit that I'm okay with) for a New Hoss Valhalla Era in WWE.
I don't even mind Cass, Corbin, and Reigns individually as performers. It's just how they're being positioned and packaged.
Not a fan of the SummerSlam main event, but given that Lesnar has threatened to leave, I'm guessing that WWE knows about the rumors of him leaving for UFC and are capitalizing on it. Seems too projected now that Lesnar almost has to win the 4-way.
The right guy went over in Cena/Nakamura, though. Not that they really care to make moments like this special anymore, but you don't want to do Cena's 17th at SummerSlam and have him immediately cashed in on.
If Nakamura beats Jinder then gets cashed in on, okay, sure. I guess I can accept that.
Really really glad Nakamura won. Thought they were going Cena wins, says he's free agent going to RAW, Heyman says Lesnar is always a free agent and goes to Smackdown. Can't have a Money in the Bank holder with only 4 times a year you can cash it in.
Bayley being out injured might be the best thing right now, as bad as that sounds, as it can rehab her character that they have beaten down. Give her some time off, her Sasha on that heel side where she belongs, and bring back hugger but superstar Bayley as her ultimate foil. They are the two biggest merchandise trains they have in the womens division, so put them in a position to make money. God knows my daughter already wants every Bayley thing there is.
Cass needs some more development. All I get out of his current presentation is Test, and that's not a good thing.
The triple threat was fun, though kinda unnecessary since we are getting that plus Brock in a few weeks. Keep the battles to a minimum and let them just have an awesome hoss battle at SS.
While I question giving away Cena/Shinske on a random episode of SDL, I appreciate the match and I'm glad with the result. Still no interest in Jinder, and the random shots of him doing the evil foreigner smile as he watched the match didn't help (which is probably more on how he is being produced than him). Nakamura getting a title match is interesting business, though I fear it leads to a Corbin cash-in.