Winning the WWE Universal Title at SummerSlam was a huge first step for the main roster career of Finn Balor, but it’s possible the journey might have been delayed before it can even get underway. According to eyewitness reports and photos taken after SummerSlam, Balor was walking around with his right arm in a sling, leading to rumors he’d suffered some sort of injury. While Balor did make a scheduled appearance on Good Morning America on Monday morning with no sling in evidence, it has basically been confirmed that he did injure his shoulder in some way during him SummerSlam match. Balor is scheduled to be fully evaluated by doctors after Raw (so, he’s unlikely to actually wrestle tonight), and decisions will be made going forward depending on the final diagnosis.
Sasha Banks’ shocking loss to Charlotte at SummerSlam, which saw her drop the Women’s Title less than a month after her hugely emotional win, sent the rumor mills spinning almost immediately, especially once it was revealed that she was also removed from live events for at least the next 33 days. We’re being specific about the number of days, because thanks to the recent rash of suspensions for Wellness violations, people instantly became fairly paranoid that The Boss might have also been nabbed with a failure.
At SummerSlam, the Raw brand unveiled the new WWE Universal title, shortly before Finn Balor and Seth Rollins competed in a match for the chance to become the first Champion. To say that the design was met with less than completely positive support would probably be an understatement, as a rowdy Brooklyn crowd often interrupted the match with chants of “This belt sucks”. But what’s your opinion on the new title belt? Have a look at these photos from the show and tell us what you think!
This weekend was all about WWE’s biggest Pay Per View of the summer, and with 13 matches booked for the card and over six hours of time set aside for the show, it was definitely one of the longest WWE shows in recent memory. With so much to cover, let’s get right to the results of a very full night of wrestling!
It may be SummerSlam weekend, but for WWE’s developmental territory, NXT, it’s more like WrestleMania, as last year’s Brooklyn show set the standard for NXT, and an incredibly high bar to clear. We’ve got the results of the show, which is available right now on the WWE Network, right here, but believe us when we tell you this: If you’re a wrestling fan, you need to watch this show.
There may already be eleven matches booked for SummerSlam, but WWE has a two-hour pre-show scheduled, and they’re going to use all of it. So, there’s good news for everyone wondering why the heck Sami Zayn doesn’t have a match at SummerSlam, because now he does! Admittedly, it’s a mostly meaningless pre-show match where he’ll be teaming with Neville against The Dudley Boyz, but hey, it’s something!
SummerSlam in one of the longest-running Pay Per Views in WWE history, and one of the original “Big Four”, along with WrestleMania, Survivor Series, and the Royal Rumble. And as you’d expect with any PPV with an extensive history, there have been more than a few incredible matches which have taken place at this event over the years, from technical masterpieces, to the most ridiculous gimmick matches ever seen. For your consideration, we’ve gathered up what we believe are the absolute best matches to take place at SummerSlam over its lifetime, and there are a lot of them. Honestly, if you’ve never seen any of the matches on this list, make sure you remedy that, and soon.
With WWE seemingly suspending Superstars left and right (and rumors of more on the way after SummerSlam), it was probably only a matter of time before someone decided to make an issue out of it. In this case, it was a man named Jonathan Coyle, the husband (and manager) of Eva Marie, who was the most recent Superstar suspended 30 days for her first violation of the Wellness Policy. Coyle took to social media immediately after Eva Marie’s suspension was announced to deliver the following statement:
WWE 2K17’s release is fast approaching, so the media blitz is on, with the latest bit of information being this clip of actual gameplay, featuring a match between Sasha Banks and Charlotte, and another one involving Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho, which shows off one of the game’s new “OMG! Moments”.
The blue brand hasn’t come close to beating Raw in the ratings since the first week of the Brand Extension, but that doesn’t mean the ratings still aren’t good news for WWE and the USA Network. This week, Smackdown saw a very slight increase in both viewership and demographics, halting the downward trend that the show had been on and likely establishing a reasonable area where the show’s ratings will probably end up on a regular basis. The good news is, that number, even with the Olympics stealing viewers from all programming on TV, is still higher than the show was pulling in before the brand split, making the whole thing at least a moderate early success. Overall for the evening, Smackdown garnered a 0.82 rating in the 18-49 demographic and averaged 2.47 million viewers, good enough for the #1 spot in original cable programming for the evening.