14th Oct2015

‘WWE Summerslam 2015′ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

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WWE’s Summerslam is one of the main pay-per-views of the year for WWE and is normally one of the biggest events of the year. With the inclusion of Arrow’s Stephen Amell and the return of The Undertaker Summerslam 2015 promised to be a good year.

Starting off with Sheamus vs. Randy Orton these two are trustworthy to put on a strong match wherever they are placed on the card. While not one of their better matches it was still a good solid match for the start of the night, and a good sign of what was to come.

The next match was the Tag Team 4-Way between New Day, The Prime Time Players, The Lucha Dragons, and Los Matadores. While I wasn’t sold on New Day originally Xavier Woods has really turned it around for me. With some high-flying moves taking place within the ring while Woods came out with some good one-liners outside the ring this was another above average match. Moving onto Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev I found this one a little too story heavy. Still a fairly entertaining match it’s a shame that the ending was ruined to progress a storyline that has been pretty much killed off now.

One of the big fights of the night saw Stephen Amell and Neville take on Stardust and King Barrett. Matches that include stars like Amell often never live up to the hype, but this one was a surprise. While Amell may not have hit all the right moves he managed to do good enough to keep the match going and had good ring chemistry with Stardust in what turned out to be a good match.

Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper) was the expected hard-hitting chaotic brawl that we’ve come to expect from this group of fighters, and this match lived up to expectations. Moving onto Seth Rollins vs. John Cena I have to admit that this may have been the fight of the night. I find when Seth Rollins actually fights and doesn’t get propped up by constant run-ins he shows just how good he is in the ring. I may dislike John Cena and his “Superman” persona, but he also works hard to put on good matches. Very entertaining, this reminded me why I liked Seth Rollins in-ring work, though I dislike his attempts at being a heel on the mic.

To the “Diva Revolution” which featured an elimination match between Team PCB Paige, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch) vs. Team Bella (Nick Bella, Brie Bella, and Alecia Fox) vs. Team B.A.D (Naomi, Sasha Banks, and Tamina). While this was a better match than some previous Diva battles the problems with the division still remain. WWE have to realise that the audience are not idiots. You can pull some of the talented NXT women to the main roster, but if you force them to fight in the same stagnant style that has held the Diva division boring for so long…you just kill off any “revolution” before it even started.

Before the big main event of Summerslam 2015, Kevin Owens took on Cesaro. While it may not have been the most exciting of matches for wrestling fans it was a masterclass of high impact wrestling. This was the style of fight I love to watch, and it’s a shame that it doesn’t fit into the style WWE loves to cling to these days. This is probably why NXT is often more entertaining than Raw and Smackdown.

Now to the return of The Undertaker to take on Brock Lesnar, this lived up to the hype though the ending was slightly weak. While we do have to accept The Undertaker will be retiring soon, in matches like this he proved he still has it.

For the most part WWE Summerslam 2015 was surprisingly good and far better than the show we so often see on Raw and Smackdown these days. The roster definitely upped their game for this one with some of the best performances coming from some unexpected matches. If only we could have more events like this one.

****½  4.5/5

WWE Summerslam 2015 is available on DVD and Blu-ray now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek
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