WWE SummerSlam 2022 Review - Triple Threat POV | Smark Out Moment

WWE SummerSlam 2022 Review - Triple Threat POV

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Thursday, August 4, 2022

Welcome to another edition of Triple Threat from Smark Out Moment, where three of us get together to discuss three questions based on one big topic going down in the week of professional wrestling.

This week, Dallas Allsopp, Greg Coleman and Tony Mango review WWE SummerSlam 2022.

What did we think about the biggest show of the summer? Just how crazy was THAT main event?

Question 1: Which return did you enjoy more - Edge or the team of Bayley, Dakota Kai, and Iyo Sky?

ALLSOPP: Edge still feels like a part timer, in the sense that I anticipate his departures, and am no longer surprised by them. His return was cool, but I find it more notable that my wife was more interested in his hair than his actual impact. The return of Bayley, flanked by both Dakota Kai and the newly rechristened Iyo Sky, caused me such excitement. They have the ability to shape the next 12 months for WWE’s women’s division, which makes their return more enjoyable.

COLEMAN: Definitely Bayley, Dakota Kai, and Iyo Sky! It was a genuine shock and pleasant surprise to get Bayley back, let alone with a new stable with Sky and Kai. Edge’s return was heavily teased and we just saw him a couple of months ago. The return of the ladies was much more impactful, and was clearly Triple H putting his fingerprints on the show as the new Head of Creative and Talent Relations.

MANGO: I love Edge and it hasn't lost its value to me that he's back instead of being retired, but hands down, the trio wins this. Edge wasn't gone long enough for it to feel special, his comeback wasn't anything memorable and his feud with The Judgment Day is subpar. Meanwhile, Bayley's been gone so long she hasn't even performed in front of a live crowd in years, Kai not only returned to action, but to the company after being released, and both she and Sky are called up to the main roster? That's a big influx of fresh talent compared to just Edge fighting a guy he was teaming with and a guy who was against him.

Question 2: Was Ronda Rousey’s heel turn well executed? Did Liv Morgan look like a competent WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion?

COLEMAN: I feel like Ronda Rousey should’ve turned heel, but I don’t like the way that they got to it. Ronda making Liv Morgan tap out before the ref counted her out for 3 and giving Morgan the win honestly makes Rousey a bit of a sympathetic figure. Also, a majority of wrestling fans, myself included, can understand her actions even if we don’t agree with them. Morgan cashed in on Rousey at Money in the Bank when she was hurt. Rousey didn’t complain, and instead congratulated Morgan on her win.

Now at SummerSlam, Rousey makes Morgan tap and she still isn’t given credit for the win. She has a right to be pissed off. This is why the turn wasn’t well executed. Morgan looks more like a champion is more lucky than good, and that is not a good thing. It hints at a lack of confidence WWE may have in her as champion, and we all know that a certain Horsewoman will be returning sooner than later.

MANGO: I've seen worse and I've seen better. The important thing to me isn't so much how her turn happened, but that it went down at all. Ronda Rousey is a better heel. I wasn't digging her babyface act at all. Granted, I'm not interested in her heel promos going forward, either, but despite how Liv Morgan had to take some flack for this to go down, I think they're in an adjustment period to find where people need to settle in and Rousey's heel turn will be better for the both of them.

ALLSOPP: I’m very apathetic towards Ronda Rousey, especially when it makes Liv Morgan look bad. Whilst not the worst heel turn, it was certainly not exciting. Morgan needs a miracle to come out of this feud looking good.

Question 3: How much did you enjoy the insanity that was Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar?

MANGO: I have it on my list of match of the year candidates. Nuff said.

ALLSOPP: Three words - such good shit! I love how chaotic it was, which made me remember just how fun professional wrestling can be.

COLEMAN: The SummerSlam match is the match we should’ve gotten at WrestleMania! Arguably the best match in the Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar series outside of their first match at WrestleMania 31. I still don’t get why Lesnar drove a tractor to the ring, or used said tractor to lift the ring completely off the ground, but it was entertaining as all hell. And my goodness, can we get Michael Cole a trophy or something for his performance on commentary! “For the love of God, count faster” will go down as one of the greatest calls in pro wrestling history.

Those are our thoughts on the issue, but where do you stand?

Let us know your answers to these questions in the comments below!

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Dallas Allsopp is a writer with two main interests, Pokemon and wrestling. He has been writing for a few years for his own personal blogs and is now taking his passion for wrestling and putting it into his writing. You can follow him on Facebook.


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