WWE SummerSlam 2022 (Review)

Paul Levesque’s body of work in NXT suggested his creative style was more pro wrestling than sports entertainment. That couldn’t have been further from the truth, as he struck the perfect balance on Saturday to produce a SummerSlam for the ages.

Roman Reigns closing out the show #AndStill champion could signify the shroud of Vince McMahon looming over the new era of WWE. One could be forgiven for conjuring such an idea. After all, wrestling has embedded the art of “the worfans’ minds of fans everywhere.

Bianca Belair’s victory over Becky Lynch, followed by Bayley’s reemergence along with Io Shirai and Dakota Kai’s introduction to the main roster, set a pronounced pace and tone to open the show.

It was a statement that things are going to be different.

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Quick WWE SummerSlam 2022 Predictions

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The multiverse of madness shifted tonight’s SummerSlam to the end of July instead of its usual spot on the calendar at the end of August. Nissan Stadium in Nashville is the site of what was just another edition of WWE’s “biggest party of the summer.” Now it will be the company’s first major event without Vince McMahon.

Paul “Triple H” Levesque is officially the head of creative, and we’ll see how he plays the game with our viewing pleasure. Do you see what I did there? “How well he plays the game?” Because he’s called “The Ga….”

Here are my quick SummerSlam predictions!

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Trios Championship Coming Soon to AEW

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Depending on who you are, the overflow of championship gold in AEW was either praised or skewered before the promotion introduced the Trio’s Title’s Wednesday on Dynamite. While another prize risks diluting all of the AEW titles, Tony Khan had the belts made some time ago, meaning their inclusion in the all elite ranks was inevitable.

But is it a good idea?

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Thoughts on ROH Death Before Dishonor

Lowell, MA, added another historical event to its pro wrestling resume with the first full-on presentation of Tony Khan’s Ring of Honor with Death Before Dishonor. Many wondered what match would close out the show.

Would it be the World Championship or the Tag Team Championship?

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Vince McMahon Retires from WWE

Unless he contributed to this week’s episode of NXT, Raw on Monday was the last piece of pro wrestling content Vince McMahon will ever create. 

July 22, 2022, will be a day-long remember when the biggest announcement in the history of the industry occured. At 4:05 PM Friday, Vince McMahon announced his retirement from WWE on Twitter.

The company followed up with a full statement issued by McMahon confirming his complete retirement from WWE, including the head of creative. Stephanie McMahon and Nick Kahn will assume the role as the new co-CEOs of the company.

We’re also one week away from SummerSlam.

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The Problem with AEW

All Elite Wrestling has become a viable pro wrestling alternative. However, the Jacksonville-based promotion receives as much adoring praise as it does staunch criticism. AEW booking the newest WWE release, Cole Karter, on Dynamite this week is the latest example of the promotion’s biggest problem.

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Goldberg: “I Was Embarrassed to Go Out and Be a Wrestler”

Bill Goldberg is a guest on the latest episode of Uncut with Jay Cutler. Goldberg sits down with the former NFL QB and discusses college football conference realignment, NIL deals for college athletes, as they both have mixed emotions on the topic, transitioning from football to pro wrestling, where he succeeded and failed in building his character, and who ruled the roost in the WCW days.

-Speaking to Jay Cutler on Uncut, Goldberg talked about his first impressions of pro wrestling.

“Football was my thing, and I was embarrassed to go out and be a wrestler.”

-Difference between WCW and WWE

“WCW was run by the inmates. WWE is a different entity, cooperate.”

-How he looks at himself compared to other wrestlers

“[The} Rock is an entertainer, and I’m a competitor.”

-Goldberg also talks about his microphone skills and their importance

“I never developed them.” and went on to say, “You got to show range not just in wrestling but in life.”

-Why he returned to WWE in 2016

“I still ask myself that question. You know, I didn’t think I was ever gonna do it again.”

My wife and I were fortunate enough to have a little boy. He was six at the time, and I would not show him any of the stuff as I kind of repressed wrestling at the time.

“I was in New York promoting something, and I saw Brock [Lesnar], and one thing led to another, and I said, you know what, my son needs to see this in real-time.

Goldberg addresses other wrestling topics such as:

  • His thoughts on the Japanese style of wrestling.
  • Which wrestler was the hardest to “wrangle.”
  • Who were the locker room leaders in WWE and WCW
  • If he takes it personally when he gets booed
  • The match when he felt he could stick with wrestling as a career
  • Touched on people, intentionally setting him up to fail
  • If he will come back to WWE for another match and more.

In this sneak peek, Goldberg talks about how Lex Luger and Sting recruited him for WCW when he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons and how he was embarrassed at first but tried to make the best of it because he needed the money!  

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Jeff Jarrett is the Special Guest Referee at SummerSlam

“Are you serious?” I blurted out loud when Jeff Jarrett was announced as the special guest referee for Usos/Street Profits Tag Team Title match at SummerSlam on July 30th.

“What’s wrong?” my wife asked with heartfelt concern. She rolled her eyes and quickly returned to her book after telling her, “It’s a wrestling thing.”

WWE has dipped into the guest referee well for the 9th time in SummerSlam history. Usos and Profits have great matches against each other. However, some complained about another outing between the two teams after the shoulder controversy at Money in the Bank.

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Liv Morgan: A Different Type of Enigma

Liv Morgan has a new belt strapped around her waist. Eleven days ago, she won the Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match and later in the night cashed in the briefcase on a wounded Ronda Rousey to become the SmackDown Women’s Champion. It was quite the shocker that most didn’t see coming.

Another title change saw Theory lose the U.S. Title to Bobby Lashley. But he turned his bad luck around as he was inexplicably entered into, and won the Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match.

Two surprise moments occurred. One was damned with faint praise, while fans and wrestlers celebrated the other. Liv Morgan’s win and successful cash-in culminated in a hard-fought journey with a happy ending many feared was improbable.

Liv Morgan is a different type of enigma. Morgan is not the most polished wrestler, but she’s not bad enough to write off either. Online enthusiasts celebrate her to a degree usually reserved for top-level in-ring performers.

So, what makes her different?

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Vince McMahon Paid 4 Women over $12 Million in Hush Money

Here we go again. 

The Wall Street Journal discovered more hush-money payments made by Vince McMahon in excess of $12 million over 16 years to four women who worked for WWE. The former paralegal, the subject of the Wall Street Journal’s initial report on McMahon’s sexual misconduct is included.

Three more women and over $9 million in addition to the $3 million WSJ reported on June 17. A $7.5 million settlement was reached with a former WWE wrestler who claimed McMahon “coerced her into giving him oral sex and then demoted her and, ultimately, declined to renew her contract in 2005 after she resisted further sexual encounters, according to people familiar with the matter.”

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