A Fan’s Perspective: A Great Weekend to be a Fan of Professional Wrestling
By Oliver Newman
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Oliver Newman. I have been a Fan of professional wrestling for 25+ years and a Writer for 13+ years.
I watched GFW Destination X, NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 3 and WWE Summerslam over the weekend, here are my thoughts on those shows………
GFW Destination X – Good show with consistent in-ring action, surprises (Taryn Terrell, Jim Cornette & Petey Williams), I am really happy that Matt Sydal won vs. Bobby Lashley too. Unfortunately my picture?—?via Spike TV (here in the UK) was distorted from the Super X Cup final on-wards, so I can’t give a full perspective on the show.
Two of my favourite guys (Travis Banks & Chris Brookes) to watch in professional wrestling were in an ROH ring, this was amazing to see! Congratulations guys.
NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 3 (Thoughts):
Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas?—?WOW! What a match. Could’ve gone either way, kudos to the super-hot Brooklyn fans?—?they were on tonight!
NXT Tag Team Titles
Sanity (Eric Young & Alexander Wolfe) w/Killian Dain & Nikki Cross vs Authors Of Pain (Akam & Rezar) w/Paul Ellering ©?—?An Awesome NXT Tag Team Titles match?—?chaotic, all action, just a really fun match to watch. reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle ‘O Reilly) attacking post-match was great too as they bring some much needed experience to the NXT Tag Team scene.
Hideo Itami vs. Aleister Black?—?3 matches in a row, all great (in their own way), an absolutely brutal fight! Kudos to both.
NXT Women’s Title
Ember Moon vs. Asuka ©?—?INCREDIBLE NXT Women’s Title match, that is the show stealer (Match Of The Night)?—?WOW!
Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Roode ©?—?Superb main event, that tops off one of if not the greatest NXT Takeover in history! reDRagon and Adam Cole (BayBay) attacked McIntyre post-match and that was the icing on the cake in terms of this show, brilliant stuff.
NXT Takeover Brooklyn 3 was one of if not the best NXT Takeover in history. My NXT Takeover Brooklyn 3?—?Match Of The Night?—?Ember Moon vs. Asuka © for NXT Women’s Title.
SummerSlam (Kick-Off) Thoughts:
The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff Hardy) & Jason Jordan vs WWE I.C. Champion The Miz © w/Maryse, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel?—?Nice warm up match, Jordan is fun to watch (Suplex City)?—?Miz steals the pin.
WWE Cruiserweight Title
Neville vs Akira Tozawa © w/Titus O’Neil?—?Good match, wow! I didn’t see another Cruiserweight Title change happening tonight.
Cool video advertising the upcoming Mae Young Classic?—?much like #WWECWC I am really looking forward to watching this tournament.
That performance?—?Elias shows me his future is bright in WWE reminiscent of The Rock during his concerts #WalkWithElias
WWE SD Live Tag Team Titles
The Usos vs The New Day ©?—?A truly AWESOME match! I could watch these two teams wrestle each other on repeat all day & night!
Legit laughed out loud during all of that KFC advertisement!
Go out of your way to see The Usos vs. The New Day ©?—?an absolutely amazing match that should have been on the main show.
WWE SummerSlam Thoughts:
John Cena vs. Baron Corbin?—?Corbin’s trash talking was on point! Good match with the wrong result, Corbin needed to win.
WWE SD Live Women’s Title
Natalya vs. Naomi ©?—?Great performance by Natalya, Naomi’s athleticism is awe-inspiring. WOW! New SD Live Women’s Champ.
Big Cass vs. Big Show w/Enzo (Shark Cage) I liked Cass’s focus on Show’s injured hand, Show fighting Left handed and Enzo’s antics.
Randy Orton vs. Rusev?—?Loved the attack from behind (to start the match), was shocked it didn’t last long! What’s next for Rusev!?
WWE RAW Women’s Title
Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss © – A really good match, you could feel the hatred the two have for each other, shocked that Sasha won.
‘The Demon’ Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt?—?Loved the mind games between the two in pre-match video & in the actual match itself.
WWE RAW Tag Team Titles
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro & Sheamus ©?—?Another awesome Tag Team Titles match! That’s 2 for 2 and yet again a Title change!
WWE U.S. Title
Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles © (Guest Referee Shane McMahon)?—?Another really good match in the series?—?which will be continued.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jinder Mahal w/Singh Bros ©?—?The biggest shock of the night! Everyone believed Nakamura would win?—?WOW!
WWE Universal Title
Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman ©?—?INCREDIBLE main event, just shocked Lesnar won.
A really good show, Corbin should have won and Rusev deserves better, I would also have traded Big Cass vs. Big Show w/Enzo (Shark Cage) for The Usos vs. The New Day ©, these issues aside there are four matches worth going out of your way to see?—?Both Tag Titles matches, Banks vs. Bliss © and the Incredible Main Event.
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Match Of The Weekend:
WWE Universal Title
Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman ©
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— Oliver Newman