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.
It has not been a very good second WWE run for Alberto Del Rio, full of bad wrestling and poorly booked angles, as well as a public relationship with Paige that seems to have raised some eyebrows among WWE officials, with reported belief that the 39-year-old Del Rio is a “bad influence” on the 24-year old Superstar. Rumors have been running rampant lately that he is looking to exercise an alleged “out” clause in his contract as early as September, and, if that is true, then this week’s main event loss to John Cena on Smackdown could very well end up being the last time we see Alberto Del Rio in WWE for a long time, as the company announced today that Del Rio has been suspended 30 days for violating the WWE Wellness Policy. Here is their brief but official statement on the suspension:
While the days where wrestlers would take matters into their own hands when fans jumped the barricades are long gone, due to potential legal complications, WWE is still in the business of making object lessons out of anyone dumb enough to try and become part of the show. Case in point, the fan who jumped into the ring on this week’s episode of Raw, getting far too close to Seth Rollins before being dragged away by security, is facing some serious legal problems as a result of his action. The man, Edward Ferrero, is now facing charges of criminal trespass and assault, not only for getting in the ring, but he also apparently bit a security guard while he was being removed from the arena (because why not make things even worse for you, we guess).
In what will probably be revealed as some sort of commercial as part of a partnership between WWE and KFC for SummerSlam, last night after Smackdown went off the air, Dolph Ziggler fought The Miz in a special dark match for the live audience…with one small twist. For your enjoyment, we’ve gathered up some fan photos of the match from social media. They’re a bit blurry, but you can clearly see that Ziggler is dressed up as the famous KFC mascot Colonel Sanders, while The Miz is wearing what appears to be Kurt Angle’s chicken suit.