By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Dot Net Member Don Murphy attended WWE SummerSlam on Sunday in Brooklyn, New York and sent the following notes.
– Lana showed slight improvement in the mixed tag match and that’s grading on a huge curve. The arena was almost half full by the time the opening match started on the Kickoff Show.
-The live crowd seemed to have a collective gasp of anticipation waiting for a Dean Ambrose turn during the main card opener between Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler.
-The outcome of the Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens match was expected, but I’m not a fan of Owens essentially being treated like a jobber.
-Regarding Becky Lynch turning on Charlotte Flair after the Smackdown Women’s Championship match, I’ll take miscast heels and babyfaces for 200, Alex.
-The crowd’s lack of response to the Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz match was partially attributable to the slow paced start with some of the submission moves, but it eventually picked up. Plus, with Maryse at ringside, we knew we were getting a screwjob finish.
-The crowd was flat during the Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy U.S. Title match presumably due to the assumption that it was only a matter of time until Randy Orton came out. We got a clean finish, but the expectation was there.
-An Interesting production note from the Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss post match scene. Ronda called for Natalya to come in to do the post match celebration while they were showing the replay. Natalya started to head in, but the referee held her back until they were back on camera.
-Braun Strowman announcing he would cash in on the winner of the Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns match for the WWE Universal Championship was kind of a jerk way for Strowman to do it since both guys would be tired.
-Once Strowman was laid out, you knew he wasn’t cashing in. It was a creative way to do it and Vince McMahon got to live out his fantasy. The music was really loud to drown out the boos. There was kind of a pop when Reigns won, but it seemed like more of a sigh of relief that the title is back regularly. The boos settled in during the celebration