I almost let it happen again.
A massive amount of stuff happened since SummerSlam both on and off the screen. I watched it live on the WWE Network (for only 9.99/mo), which is becoming more and more difficult with my schedule lately. I missed watching Money in the Bank and Battleground live, so this was kind of a big deal.
I can’t even begin to talk about everything so I’m going to touch on a few things.
Heath Slater is the hottest free agent in sports today. And if everything goes his way at Backlash, he’ll finally land a contract with Smackdown Live. That’s if he and The Man Beast, Rhyno, can become the first ever Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions. After being offered a contract if, and only if, he found a partner, AND together they go on to win the entire tournament, Heath was a man on a mission. Slater trys the Miz and Arn Anderson until finally Rhyno agrees to be his partner, telling Slater he bets a Tag Team Champion can make payments on an above ground pool.
The two men together have been a force to be reckoned with in and out of the ring. With the help of Renee Young and Heath’s beautiful wife Beulah, the mismatched pair delivered an absolutely over the top vignette that was way too funny for words. Heath Slater has rebranded himself for the better with this “Free Agent” thing and now #HeathsKids is an actual thing at the shows and on social media. #HeathsKids
Even if they don’t win the titles on Sunday I can’t imagine this will be the last we will see of Heath Slater. And just like Heath has an above ground pool to pay for, Rhyno has constituents to impress… quick side bar. Check out this campaign video he did with your favorite milk drinking, gold medal winning, American hero:
In what should have been the match of the night at SummerSlam, Finn Balor defeated Seth Rollins to become the first ever WWE Universal Champion. I say should have been match of the night because it was really overshadowed by some trivial bullshit that I really don’t want to spend too much time on because I’ve already moved on and could probably write about a million words on it and none of it would be constructive just like this really long run-on sentence but it really makes me angry so I’m just going to say it once and get back to what’s important…
IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE BELT DESIGN THAT’S FINE BUT AS SOON AS THAT FIRST BELL RINGS YOU SHUT YOUR FUCKING MOUTH ABOUT THE BELT AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE TWO PERFORMERS PUTTING ON A GREAT MATCH. ONE OF THOSE PERFORMERS EVEN POPPED THEIR OWN SHOULDER BACK INTO SOCKET IN ORDER TO GO ON TO WIN THE FUCKING MATCH. WHO CARES WHAT THE BELT FUCKING LOOKS LIKE THE WRESTLER MAKES IT IMPORTANT YOU WHINY PIECES OF SHIT.
Ok… sorry about that. I’ve been holding that in for a while. I don’t get to talk to too many people.
Finn Balor and Seth Rollins left it all in the ring and after several heart stopping near falls Finn hit the Coup De Grace win the match and become the first ever WWE Universal Champion. However, it was a short reign for The Demon King.
The night after SummerSlam on Raw, Finn had to relinquish the belt due to injury as he came out to announce he had dislocated his shoulder during the match and the result was a torn labrum. He would be out for a few months. Of course Seth Rollins relished in it and thought he deserved to be champion no contest.
After three great matches and a free pass, it was determined that Seth Rollins would face Roman Reigns, Big Cass, and Kevin Owens in a fatal 4way elimination match. The next week Raw begins with the best opening segment in a while. A panel with all four contenders led by Corey Graves. Graves is brilliant as usual and each wrestler gets a good amount of time on the mic to jab each other and really get over with the crowd. It eventually breaks down and the typical chaos ensues.
The title match itself was really entertaining. Rollins, Big Cass, Reigns, and Owens were firing on all cylinders. My favorite moment of the match was Kevin Owens pointing at Mick Foley before paying homage and dropping that classic Cactus Jack elbow off of the ring apron to the floor.
When Triple H hit the ring, just like Michael Cole and I’m sure everyone else watching was thinking, I thought for sure that Rollins was going to win. I was completely floored when he hit that pedigree on Seth after staring at Owens in the corner. The shock and surprise on Kevin’s face told the story all too well. Kevin Owens was now the WWE Universal Champion.
WWE hit the entire WWE Universe with a collective RKO (#Outtanowhere) right to the brain with the end of that match. It’s clear that HHH is the ultimate visionary in this industry with the success of NXT and the way the company seems to be heading.
The last thing I want to briefly discuss is the current Intercontinental Champion, The Miz. I’ve never liked the Miz. To me he represented everything that was wrong with the “PG” Era of WWE. I still have trouble believing that he main evented a Wrestlemania… but it happened. I wasn’t watching then thankfully… but it still happened.
Talking Smack is a show that airs immediately after Smackdown live on the WWE Network. It’s hosted by Reneed Young and features interviews and discussions all surrounding the blue brand. A couple weeks ago The Miz completely lost it on Daniel Bryan and WWE couldn’t share the video enough. They posted on social media over and over. It lead the Smackdown Live broadcast the following week. To be as cliché as I can be… It was the best thing I’ve ever seen the Miz do.
I still hated him for it because Daniel Bryan is my boy, but it was the first time I ever believed what the Miz was saying or doing was legit. The week after it happened, on Smackdown Live, Miz kicked off the show only to be interrupted by Dolph Ziggler who spoke a lot of truth and started what is mostly likely going to be one of the most memorable feuds of these two performers careers.
Every time I watch this video I get chills so I’m going to share it with you too. I’m pretty sure the Miz was going to cry from the intensity. Look at those eyes.
Tell me below, or on Twitter @kayfabekenny, which storylines are you currently most excited about? Which brand do you think is the better brand out of the gate? Backlash will be the first Smackdown exclusive PPV and looks to be a pretty great night of wrestling. Watch it this Sunday on the WWE Network for only… 9.99.