Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is, Brock Lesnar is going to work another match this month, after we thought he’d be gone until January at least, and it’s going to be a rematch against Randy Orton. The bad news is, it’s taking place at a non-televised live event in Chicago the night before Clash of Champions, and it won’t be a WWE Network special, so only the people in attendance will get to see it. Lesnar is also not scheduled to appear on the Raw-exclusive Clash the next night, all of which begs the question: what’s the point of the rematch, then?
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While it’s only temporary at this point, Brock Lesnar has been suspended indefinitely from competing in MMA while an investigation continues into his two drug test failures in advance of UFC 200. This is an expected move, and matches the similar suspension levied against Jon Jones, who also failed two separate drug tests, which led to his fight at UFC 200 being cancelled. Jones has said that his own investigation has revealed details that could overturn the decision, but it remains to be seen if the same will be true for Lesnar.
While the finish to the main event of SummerSlam between Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar was definitely planned, the extent of Orton’s injuries and the early stoppage of the match almost certainly were not, and that reportedly led to a confrontation between Brock and respected veteran Chris Jericho immediately after the match. Jericho, who was unaware of the planned finish, was apparently upset with Lesnar for what he saw as Brock taking liberties with Orton, and a combination of miscommunication, adrenaline, and harsh words led to Jericho and Brock having a brief shoving match that was broken up by Triple H and Vince McMahon.
We can say this much for WWE, they know how to put on a spectacle, and their powers were in full force for all of SummerSlam weekend. We saw the first Universal Champion crowned, absolutely glorious debuts, tearful farewells, and an ending that we still can’t quite believe, plus any number of other big moments. We’d love to go over every detail of what has been a very long SummerSlam weekend, but there is not enough time to explain, so we’ll have to sum up instead. Here’s everything that we though was worth talking about from an absolutely packed weekend of wrestling, starting with NXT TakeOver, and going all the way to the bitter end of what felt like a day-long SummerSlam event.
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!
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.
WWE has another huge weekend of wrestling events scheduled this weekend, and it’s safe to say that the stakes are high in a lot of ways. Over the course of a live NXT TakeOver special and a four-plus hour SummerSlam Pay Per View, an incredible nine titles will be on the line, including a match to determine the very first WWE Universal Champion. Plus, Brock Lesnar wrestles his first match since WrestleMania, amidst accusations of drug use from the USADA and laziness from other wrestlers. Oh yeah, and it’s also the first Pay Per View to occur fully within the confines of the new Brand Extension (remember, Battleground’s matches were booked before the Draft ever happened), and will likely set the tone for WWE’s plans for the rest of 2016. We thought about predicting match results, but anyone can do that, so we decided to take a deeper look at all the important stuff we think you should pay attention to on SummerSlam weekend, things that could determine if the whole event is a smashing success, or WWE’s worst nightmare.
It’s the go-home Raw before SummerSlam, so this was the final chance for any new matches to be made, and for any SummerSlam opponents to try and get the upper hand headed into the big show! Here’s everything that went down on the last Raw before the PPV!