As a service to fans who have a general passion in WWE but may per chance well per chance per chance no longer have watched a match in months, we’re chuffed to produce this FAQ as a manual to SummerSlam at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, July 30. (8 p.m., Peacock)
What’s going down with WWE on the 2d?
It is impossible to focus on SummerSlam without acknowledging that that is the predominant WWE Top fee Are living Match (beforehand identified as pay-per-views) of the put up-Vince McMahon technology. The 76-year-former chairman and CEO introduced his retirement on July 22. His daughter Stephanie is the brand new chairwoman and co-CEO with Cleave Khan, who became serving as WWE president.
The announcement got here after Vince McMahon had already stepped away from his roles with the firm following a Wall Boulevard Journal document that the WWE board became investigating a secret $3 million settlement given by McMahon to a former WWE paralegal.
To claim the entirety about WWE adjustments without Vince McMahon within the excellent chair would be underselling on an Final Warrior match level.
So … now what? How does it influence SummerSlam?
Stephanie McMahon addresses her father Vince McMahon’s WWE retirement all over the outlet of SmackDown.
McMahon has been the WWE since the 1980s. All the pieces you look, hear, scent and contact had his signal-off. Now, that’s performed. The route of for creating weekly tv and premium occasions will alternate now that Paul “Triple H” Levesque is overseeing the WWE’s artistic direction. The kinds of wrestlers who catch promoted and pushed will alternate.
Powerful of that is prolonged-term alternate. As for SummerSlam, given the timing of this pattern, there would no longer look like barely about a deviation from the beforehand established plans. But it absolutely became queer to glimpse a extremely anticipated SummerSlam match between Seth “Freakin'” Rollins and Riddle scrapped this week because Riddle suffered “a brachial plexus damage” all over an attack on RAW. We imagine it became recognized by a Dr. Kay Fabe …
As for whether or no longer Vince’s departure will seemingly be acknowledged in storylines, we already have our retort: Roman Reigns earned gasps from the Madison Sq. Garden crowd all over Monday Evening RAW by informing Idea, McMahon’s protégé, that “your daddy’s no longer here anymore.”
Properly, gasps and the “Who’s your daddy?” chants that adopted. Properly performed, Original York.
What’s Idea as much as at SummerSlam?
He’s attempting to catch his U.S. championship aid from the worthy hands of Bobby Lashley, who defeated him at Money In The Monetary institution in a match that saw Idea strive to shut the circles on his Apple Peek by working away from Lashley for an valid a part of it. If nothing else, their feud had the absolute most reasonable authentic description from the WWE we have ever read: “A burgeoning contention built out of unveiling off their muscle tissue and squirting baby oil into each and every assorted’s eyes.” (Savage vs. Steamboat, bask in your heart out.)
But the real intrigue is now not the least bit times whether or no longer Idea can catch aid the U.S. gold, but when he’ll allege through with his direct to income his Money In The Monetary institution contract in opposition to both Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar … but presumably Roman Reigns.
Roman Reigns is wrestling Brock Lesnar over again? Are we stuck in a time loop?
Certain, and in desire to “I Acquired You, Babe,” or no longer it’s that awesome guitar lick from Brock’s theme tune that plays at any time when the alarm clock goes off within the morning.
Reigns and Lesnar met at WrestleMania in 2015 and at SummerSlam in 2017 and at WrestleMania in 2018 and at SummerSlam in 2018 and at Perfect Royal Rumble in 2018 and at Crown Jewel in 2021 and WrestleMania — where Reigns defeated Lesnar to vary into the Undisputed WWE Standard Champion — and Crown Jewel in 2022. But while there have been as many Roman vs. Brock matches as there have been actors playing Batman on film (watch it up!), this edition is being billed because the final assembly ever between the two.
Powerful like personality deaths in silly books, we don’t assume the finality of “the final” the rest in wrestling.
The match is also a Closing Man Standing match, meaning the winner will no question be good and energy-drained for that aforementioned Money In The Monetary institution cash-in, may per chance well per chance per chance furthermore simply tranquil it happen. Intrigue!
What relating to the girls’s singles titles?
Speaking of working issues aid over again: Hi there, or no longer it’s but every other edition of Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch for Belair’s RAW girls’s championship! Please buy how lastly year’s SummerSlam Lynch returned as “Gigantic Time Becks” and defeated Belair in 26 seconds for her title. They met in a huge grudge match at WrestleMania 38, where Belair’s victory sent Lynch emotionally spiraling.
The fans are getting extra within the aid of Lynch, who continues to examine like Hayley Williams cos-playing as Pris from “Blade Runner” attributable to the challenges she’s facing mountain climbing aid up the mountain. Becks fought through a Triple Threat Match at Hell in a Cell and a grueling Money In The Monetary institution ladder match en path to this return engagement, falling factual short in both. If truth be told, the winner of that ladder match is featured within the assorted gigantic girls’s singles match: Liv Morgan.
Liv Morgan is a singles champion?
Certain indeed, and for the predominant time. Larger identified for her model-teaming because the Riott Squad and with Rhea Ripley, Morgan climbed the ladder to mediate the Money In The Monetary institution case and then cashed in that identical evening in opposition to a diminished Ronda Rousey, whose ankle had been labored over in a victory over Natalya. Sport acknowledge sport, so Rousey hugged her after the match. The rematch comes geared up with Rousey’s baggage: The fans live decidedly mixed on her, while Morgan has made Ronda’s dedication to wrestling a part of her trash talk. Is this the originate of a Morgan singles poke or became her mediate factual a temporary, memorable sideshow all over Rousey’s reign?
Speaking of temporary, memorable sideshows: Pat McAfee is wrestling over again.
What has compelled McAfee to dart away the announcer’s table this time?
It is Gay Corbin.
Properly, that makes sense. Gay Corbin is terribly punchable.
Precisely. If truth be told, the rest to catch McAfee within the ring works for us. The previous NFL player-changed into-sports activities talk radio phenomenon-changed into-SmackDown announcer effect in extensive work in NXT and became one amongst the valid highlights of WrestleMania 38 for his match in opposition to Idea that will well per chance lead into the final “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon 2d ever, as it turns out.
That match came about because McMahon invited McAfee to struggle at ‘Mania all over a radio level to appearance. This match is going on because McAfee challenged Corbin to a bout at SummerSlam and Corbin spoke back with a barely brutal and pleasing attack on McAfee after Money In The Monetary institution went off the air that the WWE repeated on SmackDown, because they’ve by no formula met an valid bit they couldn’t subsequently water down. Anyway, McAfee guidelines so this desires to be an valid one. He’s in that an increasing selection of rising class of “non-wrestlers who change into legit wrestling sights” … like WWE celeb Logan Paul.
Logan Paul is officially with the WWE?
The social media influencer and great film critic signed a multi-event address WWE in June. He made his in-ring debut at WrestleMania 38, and like McAfee, his performance became one amongst the weekend’s highlights. He became attacked by The Miz after their WrestleMania model match and declared he wished a rematch at SummerSlam. The Miz, meanwhile, enlisted the support of Ciampa to attack Paul. Hmm … if absolute most reasonable there became a free agent wrestler Paul may per chance well per chance per chance furthermore add to his nook to ogle his aid, who also has vital historical previous with Ciampa and a fan within the person overseeing the WWE’s artistic direction.
What relating to the model group division?
The undisputed WWE model group champions The Usos have a rematch from Money In The Monetary institution in opposition to The Boulevard Earnings, with the gimmick being that the Earnings lost that match when the referee overlooked Montez Ford’s shoulder coming off the mat sooner than the three-count. This desires to be extra excessive-flying stress-free between two correct groups with a positive appeal: guest referee J-E-Double-F J-A-Double R-E-Double-T himself, Jeff Jarrett. It is a busy weekend for Double-J, as he’s also collaborating in Ric Aptitude’s “closing” match the next evening in Nashville.
Meanwhile, Rey and Dominik Mysterio face Finn Bálor and Damian Priest of The Judgment Day, in which the Mysterios ogle revenge for a harmful attack on Rey all over his 20th anniversary catch together. It is a no-disqualification match so Edge can poke in and spear The Judgment Day, presumably.
Umm … where are half of the folks whom I acknowledge?
There are extra than about a good names missing from basically the most stylish SummerSlam card, including one most stylish champion: Gunther, who holds the Intercontinental title. Other vital names on the originate air taking a watch in on the Nashville stadium event consist of AJ Styles, Drew McIntyre, Shinsuke Nakamura, Omos, Sami Zayn, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, The Original Day, Alpha Academy, The Viking Raiders, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Carmella and both Ezekiel and Elias. Kevin Owens, Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes are also off the card due to this of most stylish accidents.
What intrigues you basically the most about SummerSlam 2022?
As persistently, our eyes are originate to surprises. Celebrity returns that are anticipated (Edge) or surprising (John Cena) or basically, basically surprising (Bray Wyatt). Shapely title adjustments — how many of us would claim McMahon is tranquil working artistic if Idea cashed in to mediate the WWE championship? Alongside with his match in opposition to Riddle scrapped, one assumes Rollins must be on this card someplace, relevant?
All of that is unknown, but which can be the WWE’s finest promoting level at this 2d. We now have by no formula had a SummerSlam without Vince McMahon. Or a Survivor Sequence. Or a WrestleMania. We have been in our fifth decade of having one singular artistic power — for higher or worse — because the closing recount in what did or did now not happen in basically the most crucial wrestling tag on the planet. No one’s barely obvious what the WWE looks like with that filter removed. But this weekend will seemingly be our first search for.