Going into SummerSlam, WWE fans had a reason to be excited. Aside from the fact it was four hours with a two-hour pre-show, there were a multitude of good matches on the card. Even said pre-show contained two good matches. Sami Zayn and Neville teamed up to face off against the Dudley Boyz. It was a predictable finish, but good nonetheless. Cesaro and Sheamus began their best-of-seven series with a Sheamus victory in a quality bout.
As for the main card, it had its fair share of ups and downs. The opening match saw Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens defeat Enzo and Big Cass. It was their first loss as a tag-team on the main roster. Charlotte and Sasha Banks tore the house down in their Women’s championship match. John Cena lost to AJ Styles, but a mega star was built in Brooklyn Sunday night. Don’t forget Finn Balor’s historic victory over Seth Rollins to become the first WWE Universal champion.
The matches mentioned above were the high notes of SummerSlam. Both had great drama, storytelling, and wrestling quality. To put what will be said next into perspective, the main event of any show should leave the WWE Universe happy, or wanting more. That doesn’t mean a babyface has to win. It simply has to make sense and provide a cliffhanger for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live in the following two days.
Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton didn’t complete that task. In fact, fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn weren’t happy with the result. One fan who attended the event said, “Nobody here cares.” It was supposed to be “15 years in the making.” The WWE built this bout highly with much anticipation. Both stars didn’t deliver, and the ending was mediocre at best, according to many WWE fans. In Orton’s defeat, he was bloodied and brutally attacked. There’s a chance that won’t happen again too soon. According to Ringside News, his new opponent after Lesnar could be Bray Wyatt.
“In regards to what the company has planned for Orton moving forward, we have been told that he is expected to work a program with Bray Wyatt coming out of tonight’s event. It’s worth noting that Bray doesn’t have a match at SummerSlam.”
That wasn’t a popular move by the WWE to not have Wyatt on the card. Several months ago, the Eater of Worlds said in an interview that WWE Creative just doesn’t know what they have in the Wyatt Family. He’s very accurate with that claim. He’s such an enigmatic figure in professional wrestling that it’s hard to book him properly. The antithesis has happened over the past two years. Wyatt continues to make threats and lose.
Luckily, a change of direction could be on its way. The leader of the Wyatt Family teased something on his Twitter in the last 48 hours.
In an earlier report by the Inquisitr, a rumor of Randy Orton’s future looked bleak after the gash he suffered at the hands of Lesnar. The rumor said Orton’s WWE career was in doubt, and he may not return. That is false, and Orton will most certainly come back on Smackdown Live in the coming weeks. The Viper did get 10 staples after SummerSlam ended.
Where will Orton go from here? There is no word on if he is scheduled for Smackdown Live on August 23. Last week on the blue brand, Bray Wyatt stared at Orton as he left the ring. That could have been foreshadowing to the next program. If that’s the case, then Wyatt is right. Why not?
[Image via WWE.com]