WWE SummerSlam 2019: 5 things the company did right at the PPV
- There were some things that needed to happen at the Biggest Party of the Summer. One stole the show.
Depending on the type of wrestling you like and the Superstars you count as your favorites, SummerSlam either met your expectations or it fell short of them. For the most part, the matches were fine for what they were, but few really set the world on fire. None really seemed like they were PPV matches, but rather, matches that could have been seen on RAW or SmackDown.
That doesn't mean to say that no one performed above their usual standards. Ricochet continued to utilize his fantastic athleticism and creativity in his match with AJ Styles. And while there were a few messy moments in the Submission Match between Becky Lynch and Natalya, it was easily the best defense of Lynch's tenure as RAW Women's Champ.
The matches were uneven as Legends Trish Stratus and Goldberg had matches while WWE regulars Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, Sami Zayn, Rey Mysterio, and Andrade did not. The matches with Goldberg and Stratus were what you probably could have predicted going into the show with Goldberg picking up a quick squash win over Dolph Ziggler and Stratus providing Charlotte Flair with a great challenge in defeat. Here are five things that WWE did right with SummerSlam 2019.
#5 Giving the Women's Tag Team titles an actual PPV match
A lot of people wondered what the point of having the IIconics win the Women's Tag Team belts at WrestleMania was. They had rarely been used on TV and would only be shown in backstage segments or WWE Network exclusive segments.
A feud with the Kabuki Warriors had been teased but only happened off of TV. On the go-home RAW, however, they were finally allowed to appear to defend their titles. They lost of course as Alexa Bliss and her partner Nikki Cross became the third duo to hold the titles. Instead of going away again, the new Champs defended the titles on the pre-show against the former champs.
While it was still only a pre-show match, it marks one of the few times the titles have been defended and defended on a PPV. It's not the fault of the wrestlers so they cannot be blamed for the inconsistent appearances. It was still a step in the right direction to at least remember to book them like the rest of the title holders in the company.