Maybe I'm the only one but I feel the Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena match at SummerSlam was too much of a squash match. I understand they want to show Brock as dominant but the match was kind of boring and all Lesnar did was a bunch of German suplexes. Not very entertaining especially for the final match. What are your thoughts?
You are not alone but I disagree. Most of the criticism from Brock Lensar vs. John Cena at SummerSlam stems from critics feeling that Cena sold Brock Lesnar too much and it was too one-sided to be taken seriously. I believe this was the only way to book the match and actually how Lesnar should have been booked in WWE from day one (at Extreme Rules 2012). What will be interesting is how WWE moves forward. Does John Cena get a rematch or does Lesnar mow down someone else? As I stated in Richard Reacts to SummerSlam, he at least needs to defend at Night of Champions and Survivor Series this year. While Lesnar vs. Cena wasn't a 5-star wrestling match, it was memorable based on the booking and execution.
I thought SummerSlam was one of the best SummerSlams in a long time?
WWE SummerSlam was the best pay-per-view of the year and a very strong effort. From top to bottom, there was nothing to criticize. The show was entertaining from start to finish and did what WWE needed it to do. The show gave people that already subscribed to the WWE Network a reason to keep it and the people that do not have it a reason to get it. If you haven't seen SummerSlam, you need to watch it. It's well worth your time.
Is there a chance Brock and the WWE have agreed upon more dates contingent on him becoming champion and altered his contract?
If there has been any modification to the contract extension that Brock Lesnar signed with WWE in 2013, I am not aware of it. Lesnar's new deal was rumored to include a title reign and this appears to be that. I'm not sure anyone saw Brock ending the streak prior to winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, however, that's how it happened. I was reassured far in advance that WWE will handle Lesnar's defense of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship appropriately. As I stated above, he at least needs to defend at Night of Champions and Survivor Series.
I know you've mentioned that the mic work of the McMahon family being gold, but the move set from Stephanie at SummerSlam proved they have everything it takes to be superstars, no? That was one of the better Diva performances in recent memory and it's too bad it came from a McMahon because we know she won't wrestle again anytime soon.
If you missed Richard Reacts to SummerSlam, I backed off my McMahon family is gold on the mic in response to readers reminding me that Linda McMahon is dreadful. The best way to state it is the McMahon family is captivating. That's not to say everything they do is excellent but everything they do causes people to pay attention. Stephanie was in great shape for her match and clearly trained very hard. Her move set was impressive, especially for a non-wrestler. However, there are plenty of other females on WWE's roster that could do just as well -- if not better -- if given the same amount of screen time. Remember, Stephanie vs. Brie received better build than anything at SummerSlam, something Divas do not get regularly in WWE.
From the Ask WNW vault…
May 2013: What was the word on Evan Bourne after he worked a NXT house show, is there any idea on when he’ll be back on TV and does he still have any backstage heat from his suspensions shortly before his injury? - Evan Bourne wasn’t ready to return after testing his foot out at an NXT live event in March (video here). The last I heard he is closer to returning today but he’s not by any means in a “safe” position in WWE. In fact, he was one name specifically mentioned to us as someone that remains on the “endangered species” list due to his consecutive Wellness violations prior to suffering his career-threatening injury. It would be very disappointing to see Bourne get released after all his hard work and I’m rooting for his comeback, however, failing consecutive Wellness tests for the same thing (synthetic marijuana) is mind-boggling.