Let’s do THIIIIS?! My SummerSlam recap.
Watched SummerSlam. I mostly enjoyed it, and I definitely LOVE SummerSlam, it has a better vibe than WrestleMania, simply because there’s no P Diddy or Flo Rida performing, and no celebrity matches.
The pre show was good, RVD won, the crowd is happy. Ziggler won, crowd is happy! Good match, too, although I’m a bit tired of Ziggler’s routine of getting pummeled that pulling off a finisher with his last breath. Now I know Brock’s winning, and probably Paige as well - you gotta balance out the heel/face wins and losses. I know RVD is old, I don’t care, I’m a fan, dude, he’s my dude and it’s 4:20 somewhere, always. At least Cesaro doesn’t have those rugby leg bands, that looked dumb and like it was intended for sexual purposes.
Having the Divas match after the IC match was a surprise, and it was a great match, but Paige and AJ are still a bit sloppy. A bit. And the camera work doesn’t hide it, but that’s a production issue that’s apparent most of the time. They’re also hot as hell and Paige has truly mastered the subtle art of showcasing her butt. I mean that in a classy way, because both performers are classy, can work the ring, and know how to use their sexuality. Outstanding. Those are the facts. So, they’ve managed to put on a great match AND look really hot at the same time. Now I’m happy. The crowd ate this match up!
Rusev VS. Swagger was a fun match, and I loved both sides taunting each other before the match. Very much Rocky IV, which I love. Even though I’m not American, I’m obviously pro-American so I mark out for All-American characters. But… I don’t like Rusev at all, so to me, this is a match I can watch, but don’t have to. I don’t like Rusev because he’s Bularian, but he’s playing a Russian patriot, and I can’t watch barefoot dudes wrestle, especially fat and strong dudes like Rusev. I know, I’m a dumb spoiled fan.
Rollins VS. Ambrose was great, both delivered as expected, I swear, Ambrose wispered ‘I love you’ to Seth before delivering the Blackout. Great moment by Goldust, too, standing up against Corporate Kane. I even enjoyed all the run ins, this match needed that. Also, this feud will go on, so - hell yes!
I didn’t care about Bray VS. Jericho before the match, during, and I still don’t, sorry. Bray talks a lot and it all gibberish. Talk less, do more creepy stuff. I guess I’m not a Bray Wyatt fan, he annoys me. I’m a Jerichoholic. This feud isn’t over.
Reigns VS. Orton is another match I didn’t care for, it was okay I guess, Reigns is being built up and that needs to be done slowly, he’s still green in many aspects. A lot of people call Orton boring, but I disagree, he wrestles like an android, maybe he’s THE actual Prototype of the WWE. Reigns is already a fan favorite. but his gear - it sucks, aaah it’s just, well, what the hell is it? His lack of chain moves sucks as well, he really needs to work on that to become the total package.
Stephanie VS Brie made me think that Brie maybe shouldn’t wrestle, or talk. At least not have an angle where she has proper dialogue. She needs an acting coach, and Bryan needs to keep training her in the ring. Stephanie was so cool, she won the crowd over. That West Coast sign before the match, damn, she knows how to act cocky and funny at the same time. Bravo. Other than that, I don’t really care, and Nikki’s heel turn is confusing - isn’t she Cena’s woman?
The main event was unacceptably slow. So slow! Brock’s in the best shape of his life (kayfabe and IRL), he’s a UFC mastodon, so where’s the cardio? Where are all the punches, locks and takedowns? Cena looked like he was sleepwalking through a nightmare, but asleep nevertheless. WHERE WAS THE BLOOD? You’re telling me that a match like this doesn’t deserve a bit of blading? Come on! If you promise blood, urine and vomit, at least ante up on the blood! Motherfuckers. And they wonder why more people aren’t getting the Network and why wrestling can’t get back some of its late 90s hype. A blood capsule, anything, this needed to look more brutal, and it had to be faster.
So, SummerSlam had the ingredients to be an outstanding show, but didn’t fully deliver on its potential of being THE best SummerSlam of all time. It was still very fun to watch.
I’m surprised by the camera work, filming so many spots from wrong angles that I started to think they WANT to use the wrong angles. Also, the commentary team. Cole deserves a gold medal, he carries the other two who are just phoning it in, and when he joins them in discussing something other that what’s going on in the arena, he also sucks and together they devalue the product immensely. They sound like they don’t want to be there. Just keep Cole and let the other two go. Instead of firing Jinder and McIntyre, they should have fired JBL and Lawler, the laziest bastards currently employed by the WWE. Other than that, hey, it’s wrestling, one of my favorite things ever, and SummerSlam was really enjoyable. Skipping a show like this one would be nuts.
I’m happy Brock won. Now, make the WWE title prestigious again and make the champ hard to get to, elevate the IC tite and let the good times roll.
Vuk / Rad Recorder
Suicide, a Crime of Loneliness
Andrew Solomon on Robin Williams:
“He played an alien so well because he was an alien in his own mind, permanently auditioning to be one of us. Suicide is a crime of loneliness, and adulated people can be frighteningly alone. Intelligence does not help in these circumstances; brilliance is almost always profoundly isolating.”
Above: Robin Williams, September 14, 1978. Photograph by Jim Britt/Getty
I’m not into posting a bunch of memorials for Robin, this will do, and I’m writing an essay of sorts right now, going to publish it next week. About a movie of his I watched maybe too young, and how it affected me. It’s not a happy story, though, but it is true.
It’s been a terrible year so far. Ultimate Warrior, Connor the wrestling fan, Rik Mayall, all gone. Luren Bacall is gone too, but she was 89, and had an incredible life. I though Mayall and Robins would end up crazy old men, as both didn’t have an off switch.
Loneliness, even in a crowd. Self loathing. Some souls carry an unnamed pain that’s so sharp it leaves you numb, so loud that it is silent, and it’s overpowering. Try to keep that in mind.
Be nice to others.
- Vuk, Rad Recorder