SummerSlam is fast approaching so we have a few things we’d like to see before we get there. Also what’s the greatest match in SummerSlam history?
Coast 2 Coast is cowritten by Josh Rebuck.
1) We’re one week out from SummerSlam, what do you want to see from WWE programming this coming week?
Corey: I’m hoping something comes out of Conor McGregor going at WWE talent! With all the trash talk he’s doing lately if it all turns out to be planned by WWE I’ll never question them again … ok that’s not true, but I’ll definitely be excited!
Josh: I need to see something that boosts the lower card match-ups. As likely the last cross-brand PPV until SurvivorSeries (we don’t really know because they haven’t said much other than that Smackdown will do their own separate PPVs) they need to up the hype for the four hour card that is SummerSlam. The main events are set, it’s everything else that still needs some work.
2) Was there anything that stood out from this week in WWE programming?
Corey: The Cruiserweight Classic! Dear lord both of those matches were amazing. Absolutely amazing, especially Kota Ibushi vs Cedric Alexander. Major props go to Cedric because that man wrestled the match of his life! You are doing yourself a major injustice if you don’t watch this week’s second round of the tournament. I’m calling it now that this will be match of the year.
Josh: Corey is absolutely right that the CWC was the highlight of WWE programming this week. A solid Raw and a rather lackluster Smackdown had the week trending down, but NXT and especially the CWC, with it’s crazy touching moment to conclude the episode, was great forward momentum leading to one of the biggest week’s of the year for the WWE.
3) Bobby Roode will make his NXT in-ring debut at TakeOver: Brooklyn 2, where is his eventual card placement?
Corey: I think he will be the top guy in NXT once Nakamura gets called up to the main roster. I’m actually a bit curious where his character will be by the end of the year.
Josh: Have you heard his theme?! Roode will likely be booked as a big deal, which is appropriate because he’s kind of awesome. I think it’s more a question of when rather than if for his main roster call-up. I think he’s the perfect fit for the upper-mid card of Smackdown. Is anyone not excited for a potential Bobby Roode vs John Cena feud?
Will Bobby Roode’s NXT in-ring debut be as glorious as his entrance music?
4) How do you like Eva Marie’s storyline so far?
Corey: Personally, I’m unimpressed in her abilities and I don’t think she’s going to improve much. And honestly this storyline makes it so the main roster audience isn’t fully aware that she’s terrible in the ring just yet.
Josh: It’s kind of perfect. Is there anything more heel than having a super elaborate entrance and then doing nothing when you get to the ring? Eva Marie is still new to wrestling. She’s working with The Brian Kendrick on her wrestling skills and she’s improved considerably. Is she ready for primetime? That remains to be seen, but it’s a clever way to introduce her character without exposing her weaknesses. I approve of the of the outside-the-box thinking here.
5) What’s the greatest match in SummerSlam history?
Corey: I’m gonna go with Brock Lesnar vs John Cena. Never before has a top star been dominated so completely in a championship main-event match like that. It made Cena human and it corrected WWE’s initial mistake of how they brought back Brock and made him a monster. Honorary mention goes to HBK vs Vader.
Josh: There’s a few spectacular matches throughout the history of SummerSlam, but there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest: SummerSlam ’92 Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart (c) vs ‘The British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith for the Intercontinental Championship. It’s one of the greatest matches ever, building a story from real life circumstances with family battling over a prestigious championship and Diana Hart caught between cheering for her real-life brother and her real-life husband. The match builds perfectly, with a stunning finish and a great moment to send the crowd home happy. It’s great! Watch it!