By Byron Evans – @Bevans1985 – You can check this out every Tuesday/Thursday on Ringsidenews.com, along with other good wrestling articles/news. Follow me on twitter so you don’t miss any of my articles. I post podcast recaps and original content daily.
Welcome everyone to another episode of The Steve Austin Show. Today’s episode features Wade Keller. SummerSlam was this past weekend, and these guys are going to break it all down for you. Let’s get to the action.
Wade doesn’t think having NXT TakeOver Brooklyn hurt SummerSlam any, as far as wearing people down with to much wrestling. There is a consensus out there that SummerSlam was to long, and with all those people having been at NXT the night before, that people were worn down during the SummerSlam event. He said he really doesn’t want that to be true because he doesn’t want them to not do TakeOver Brooklyn again.
TakeOver Brooklyn was Wade’s favorite part of the weekend. He loved the Shinsuke, Samoa Joe match. He thought having the violinist out there was awesome, and it was the perfect entrance for Shinsuke.
Wade wants them to call Samoa Joe up to the main roster soon, and he hopes they put him in a feud with Brock Lesnar.
Wade said the tag team championship match from NXT TakeOver would be the match of the year for Austin. He thinks it was a clinic for the psychology of a match. They teach you how to win a crowd without killing yourself. Austin said he’d like to see it because he loves tag team wrestling.
Austin wants to know if Shawn Michaels is going to stay full time as a coach at the performance center. HHH said if he wants the job it’s his to take, but it’s up in the air right now. Austin really put over Terry Taylor as a great coach for the performance center.
Austin thinks Shawn would be a fantastic teacher. Ric Flair is his favorite wrestler, but he thinks Shawn Michaels was the greatest in ring performer he’s ever seen. Wade agrees with Austin.
Austin loved the John Cena, AJ Styles match. It was his favorite match of the night. He thinks the things that separate AJ Styles from several other guys in WWE with similar skill sets are intensity, focus, and delivery.
Austin enjoyed the Jeri-KO, Big Cass and Enzo Amore match, but he thought the crowd wasn’t as into it as they should have been. Wade said the two hour pre-show may have hurt the ppv a little. By the time this match came on they’ve already seen 3 matches, and had a few hours of talking. The crowd has already settled in by the time the opening match started.
Wade wants a half hour pre-show, and a 3 hour ppv. He agrees with Austin that people weren’t into the opening match like they should have been. They did everything right to get the crowd into it. They think it didn’t hurt Enzo and Big Cass at all to lose this match.
Both guys think Big Cass has come a long way in the last few years, as far as the little nuances that make someone great. They think he has a great singles run coming one day.
Wade thinks it would be a good idea to keep Jericho and Owens together as a tag team for awhile, especially if they don’t have anything else meaningful for them to do as a singles star. It would be a good way to get people itching to see Owens go on a singles run again as a main star.
Austin thinks Charlotte has a great presence to her. He also is a big fan of Sasha. This was one of Austins favorite matches of the night. He thought there were a couple of bumps that were really risky. He loved the finish of the match. He doesn’t think it hurt Sasha beating her like they did. He thinks maybe they should have just kept the belt on Charlotte in the first place.
Wade thought the match was good, but he didn’t like it as much as Austin did. He thinks they need to stop doing some of those risky spots. He was really traumatized seeing some of those dangerous spots Sasha was in. They both think they did a good job making you feel like they were really battling over this title.
You can tell both guys want Sasha to tone down the high spots so she can have a long productive career, and so she isn’t taking herself out of storylines.
Austin thinks The Miz, Apollo Crews match was a good solid match. He thinks Miz is a good dependable worker, and Apollo is a good athlete. Wade wants them to start developing the Apollo Crews character better.
Austin thinks the way the match went that they are going to start pushing Apollo Crews after this loss. Wade doesn’t see the match as a positive for Apollo.
Austin thinks the Cena, Styles match was an instant classic. He thinks there was great psychology, great moves, and great selling in this match. He wants WWE to push AJ as a huge star after this match. He doesn’t think anyone could follow this match, so it should have been higher up on the card.
Wade liked how, after the match, the crowd started cheering for John Cena while he was sitting in the ring. He wonders if this will be a turning point in how Cena critics view and react to him. He thinks this match was designated to make AJ Styles the next big star in WWE.
Wade thinks Jon Stewart dressed like a bum, and he didn’t like that. You can tell Wade wasn’t a fan of Jon Stewart being a part of SummerSlam like he was. Wade isn’t a fan of the whole angle they’ve been running with the tag team title chase. He thinks the psychology of the match was all wrong.
Austin didn’t seem to think the tag team title match was put together very well either. He thinks they could have done a better job building the match than they did. He likes all the guys in this match, he just didn’t like the booking.
Austin thinks the Ziggler, Ambrose match was solid, but not spectacular. He thinks the crowd wasn’t very into the match. He called it an average match. He wished Ziggler would have shined more in this match, and maybe shown more heel tendencies.
Wade doesn’t think the match fit the storyline. He agrees with Austin’s points. He thinks this is a match that could have just been shown on Smackdown.
Austin thought the 6 woman tag match was fine for a 6 woman tag match. He was really impressed with Naomi and her athleticism. He liked her ring entrance.
Wade thinks the match didn’t need to be there. He thinks they only had the match to have a woman’s match from Smackdown on the ppv. He said it added length to a show that didn’t need it.
Austin thought the Finn Balor, Seth Rollins match was a good match, but the crowd wasn’t into it as much as they should have been. He thought Finn Balor’s entrance was spectacular. He wishes they would have been a little more physical than they were. He thinks Seth is a phenomenal worker, but he needs to really work on his character.
This was Wade’s second favorite match on the show. He thinks they should have waited until SummerSlam to reveal the Demon King character. Seth Rollins is one of his favorite wrestlers of all time. Wade thinks Seth needs to have a more sinister side to himself.
Wade thought Roman Reigns brought it in his brawl with Rusev. He said the crowd felt cheated out of a match. He thinks they might be setting up Roman Reigns as the only guy who can stop Brock Lesnar. Austin was disappointed he didn’t get the match.
Austin thought the Orton, Lesnar match was perfect. He said the crowd wasn’t expecting to see something so violent. Wade doesn’t want to see Brock vs Shane McMahon. Austin doesn’t think that’s where they are going.
This concludes today’s episode of The Steve Austin Show. These guys did a great job analyzing SummerSlam, and they really went in-depth in the analyzation. Even if you saw SummerSlam, you should check out this podcast. Thanks guys for reading. Check back with us this Thursday for the next episode of The Steve Austin Show Unleashed. Please comment and start discussions below.
What did you guys think about today’s episode of The Steve Austin Show? What were your favorite moments and matches this weekend ?