Triple H, October 2011:

“When I grew up, I hated Hogan. I thought he was terrible and didn’t like to watch him. I was like Punk in a way. I liked the Steamboats and Flairs and the ones that could go. Would I be right in saying that Hogan was the wrong guy to go with, and they should’ve changed directions and gone with Steamboat because he was the better wrestler? Ludicrous.” - Triple H. October, 2011.

Road to Survivor Series 2016 - Part 1

Friday, September 01, 2017

SummerSlam is here.

Survivor Series comes to us in November from Toronto.

RAW the night after SummerSlam begins with the Bullet Club (minus Devitt) headed to the ring.  AJ has his belt, Anderson/Gallows show the wear of the previous night, and always a beat behind, Nakamura.

AJ says the Bullet Club is again victorious and never stronger.  He’s kept the WWF Title, Nakamura is now the Dark Ride Wrestling champion, Anderson and Gallows have ended the careers of the Dudley Boys.  These are glory days for the Bullet Club.

Danielson appears on the stage, says he’s confused, there used to be another guy with them – but last night Brock Lesnar fractured his skull.

AJ says of course, thoughts and prayers to Prince Devitt, a long time valued member of the Bullet Club, but the Bullet Club isn’t here to talk about the past.

That’s going to be the posture of AJ, he’s running the Bullet Club, Devitt doesn’t exist – Devitt suffered a torn labrum and the aforementioned fractured skull at SummerSlam and isn’t anticipated back anytime soon.

Before Danielson gets off the stage there’s back and forth with AJ where Styles says he’s taking the night off – and Danielson says he’s not, that in the main event, AJ will be kicking off the Survivor Series.

Confusion, obviously.

Danielson explains that the Survivor Series this year will be a 64 man tournament, a series of matches to culminate at Survivor Series to claim the ultimate survivor.  And it starts tonight when AJ Styles will take on….John Cena.

Cena makes a return after a long absence, he’s wearing his old school WWF T-shirt, he’s full high octane energy as he hits the ramp and points at Styles as the segment ends.

So – that’s the Survivor Series this year – 10 matches, 7 of which will be tournament matches.  The full tournament and the resultant Survivor Series matches will be set up here – next month we’ll cover the rest of the card and anything else going on in the build – including the election of the 45th President of the United States.

Here’s Round One, matches take place on all 3 WWF shows throughout the build.
1. AJ Styles d. John Cena
2. Sombra d. Cedric Alexander
3. Tommaso Ciampa d. Dash Wilder
4. Luke Harper d. Eric Young

-AJ beats Cena clean in the best match they can have, it appears for a moment that Cena is going to get the postmatch beatdown and flag burial, but Styles, demonstrating his command of the group, calls it off – saying “he’s not worth the flag” and sneering as they exit the ring.

-Sombra and the injured Kenta quietly were removed from Heyman’s client roster after the Rumble, Somba goes over Alexander on Dark Ride to earn a Round 2 match against the WWF Champ.

-Also on Dark Ride, a continuation of the Revival program against Gargano/Ciampa, Ciampa getting the fall on Dash.

-It’s the return of Harper, he and Bray were destroyed the night after the Rumble by the Bullet Club, he beats the debuting EY in a good Fight Night brawl.  Harper will match up with Ciampa in Round 2.

5. Chris Jericho d. Baron Corbin
6. Roderick Strong d. Mikey Nicholls
7. Scott Dawson d. PAUL
8. Tyler Black d. Xavier Woods

-Old man Jericho’s last ride continued at Summer Slam when he went over Crews, as mentioned in the build for SummerSlam the Network longform pieces documenting his career continue in this build, he goes over Corbin from developmental on RAW.

-Strong has been feuding with Roode on Dark Ride, that’s going to end in this build, we’ll discuss that when they are both out of the tournament.  He beats NOAH’s Nicholls on Dark Ride and will meet Jericho in Round 2.

-The other half of the Revival wins his opening match on Dark Ride, against PAUL, the big man is entirely enhancement at this point in his career.

-Black beat Kingston in his long awaited return at SummerSlam, he and Ambrose fissure worsened postmatch, Black continued his run of getting revenge on Langston’s friends in Langston’s injured absence, he whips Woods on Fight Night and will take on Dawson in Round 2.

9. Kalisto d. Primo Colon
10. Apollo Crews d. Ken Doane
11. Dean Ambrose d. Noam Dar
12. Kingston d. Zach Ryder

-Kalisto returns after getting buried in the Bullet Club flag in the SummerSlam build, going over Primo on RAW.

-Hey, look, it’s one time prodigy Kenny Doane – he doesn’t work here, this opens up the idea that Danielson is always interested in outside talent and outside talent is interested in working for Danielson, this tournament is open to any wrestler in the world, and Doane does a one shot here on Dark Ride, going under Crews.  That sets up the intriguing second round matchup between the former tag partners in developmental, Kalisto and Crews.

-Ambrose went over Nemeth at SummerSlam, and as mentioned, we saw a furthering of his split from Black. He works on Dark Ride here, beating young Dar from developmental.

-Kingston lost to Black at SummerSlam, he gets a win at Fight Night over Ryder.  He and Ambrose will hook up in Round 2.

13. Roman Reigns d. Rhyno
14. Jimmy Uso d. Jey Uso
15. Sheamus d. Truth Killings
16. Brian Kendrick d. Tyler Breeze

-The Usos lost the tag belts to Trash at SummerSlam, Reigns works as a single on RAW, going over the veteran Rhyno.

-Speaking of the Usos, they work Fight Night in their first ever 1:1 match, Jimmy goes over, postmatch they are attacked by the Revival, that’s going to lead to a Fight Night program between the two squads. Jimmy will meet Roman in Round 2.

-Sheamus continues to be haunted by his loss to the Cuck at Mania, and then subsequent loss to the returning Kendrick in the Cuck outfit prior to Summer Slam, he takes it out on Killings on Fight Night.

-Kendrick made his aforementioned surprise return, we get a segment with he and Danielson – they cover their long history together, Danielson said he hadn’t been able to find Kendrick for a couple of years, Kendrick says Maryse tracked him down, and as a favor, Kendrick wants Danielson to let the Cuck work the tournament.  Danielson hates it – but agrees.  Kendrick meets Sheamus in Round 2.

17. Braun Strowman d. Drew Gulak
18. The Cuck d. Jinder Mahal
19. Johnny Gargano d. Cass
20. Karl Anderson d. Jason  Jordan

-Strowman emerges from developmental to squash Gulak on RAW.

-Miz does the full Cuck gimmick for the first time since Mania, but when he gets to the point in the spiel where he’s about to offer a night with his wife to Mahal in exchange for the win, he changes the script and says he’s going to kick Jinder’s ass – they have a real match, the Cuck works as a babyface and goes over.  He’ll meet Strowman in Round 2.

-His partner advanced and so did Gargano, he beats Cass on Dark Ride.

-A couple of weeks after SummerSlam American Alpha won a tag match on RAW, they’ve gotten heavily pushed since coming up from developmental as the next big thing, future WWF tag champs.  After that RAW match, American Alpha goes back through the curtain and they are waylaid backstage by Anderson and Gallows.  That’s a heavy beatdown angle, ending up in a shower with both Jordan and Gable getting color.  It’s a callback to a Rockers/Brainbusters angle where Arn and Tully beat the hell out of Shawn and Marty in a shower, the blood running into the drain Psycho style.  That turned out to be a long “vets take the pretty boy kids to the learning tree” program and it’s going to happen again here.  Anderson and Gallows cut promos saying the future of the WWF tag division is the Bullet Club and they’re going to kill American Alpha in the crib.  Both of the partners are at ringside in this heated round one matchup – Anderson goes over and Alpha is left laying postmatch.  Anderson will take on Gargano in Round 2.

21. Kota Ibushi d.Shane Haste
22. Zach Sabre d. Tony Nese
23. Chad Gable d. Dustin Rhodes
24. Luke Gallows d. Jack Swagger

-Kota Ibushi and Zach Sabre get a couple of weeks of clip package buildup, two of the great wrestlers in the world are coming to WWF at the request of Danielson to participate in the Survivor Series tournament.  They both work the same RAW, Ibushi going over Shane Haste, Sabre going over Tony Nese.  Ibushi and Sabre will meet in a much anticipated round 2 matchup.

-A banged up Chad Gable goes over Dustin Rhodes, and we say goodbye to Jack Swagger, who has been managing Alpha and a huge part of the act.  Swagger comes out of retirement, asks Danielson for a match against Gallows as vengeance for the actions of the Bullet Club – but he goes under and then winds up victim to the full BC beatdown, Styles and Nakamura (in one of his only appearances in the build after the first night) appear to devastate Swagger and end his WWF run.  Gallows and Gable will meet in round 2.  The end of Swagger’s WWF is a thing, he’s a more significant figure here than real world Swagger – it’s particularly significant to Regal (this match was on Fight Night) given his long history with Swagger and Regal becomes anti Bullet Club in an overt manner going forward.

25. TJ Perkins d. Fandango
26. Tyler Bate d. Pete Dunne
27. Nick Nemeth d. Mark Henry
28. Bobby Roode d. Heath Slater

-TJP gets a storyline, years on the road have left him a battered version of the fresh faced kid who started on the independents on 19, he’s been discarded by the sport, it’s left him tremendously bitter, and Danielson brings him in for a last shot.  He heels on Fandango to get the win.  In Round 2 he’ll face Bate, as Danielson looks to tap the UK market.

-Henry, like PAUL, is enhancement now, and Nemeth gets the easy win.  Roode rolls over Slater and those two will meet in Round 2.

29. Akira Tozawa d. Jack Gallagher
30. Mascara Dorada d. Tajiri
31. Rich Swann d. Joe Hennig
32. Bray Wyatt d. Taylor Rotunda

-Debuts from international stars Tozawa and Dorada, who will immediately start feuding on Dark Ride, they’ll meet in Round 2 here.  It’s a one shot for former IC Champ Tajiri.

-Swann makes Round 2, he’ll take on Bray, who squashes Rotunda.

Round 2

1. AJ Styles d. Sombra
2. Kota Ibushi d. Zach Sabre

-Both matches on the same RAW, just workrate, they have the best matches they can have, later in the evening AJ and Ibushi are both brought back to the ring, they do a nose to nose, they will meet in the Sweet 16 with the winner advancing to the Survivor Series.

3. Luke Harper d. Tomaso Ciampa
4.Bray Wyatt d. Rich Swann

-Both matches on the same Fight Night, stablemates turned rivals Wyatt and Harper return to the ring before the night ends, they’ll hook up one last time in the Sweet 16, the winner advancing to Survivor Series.

5. Chris Jericho d. Roderick Strong
6. Nick Nemeth d.  Roode

-Both matches on the same Dark Ride, Nemeth and Jericho do the nose to nose, the winner of that match will go to Survivor Series.  Roode and Strong had been cutting promos on each other in advance of this night, saying that the other one would be getting eliminated – at the end of the night Roode came to the ring and challenged Strong to fight him, they got into a brawl that was stopped by Aries (Aries had to retire due to eye injuries suffered in a Bullet Club beatdown, he’s now the Dark Ride analyst).  Aries leaves the announce and gets in the ring – Aries yells at both guys, says they need to stop.  Aries points at Strong, says this is his tag partner, that they’re family – Aries points at Roode, says back in TNA, even though they didn’t ever get along, there was a time when they had to come together to stop a common enemy.  And they did.  And all around here are common enemies, one after another, including the group that took my eye.

Aries says it’s enough.  You think you can do this alone, you can’t.  I’m proof.  You think you can’t trust each other, you can.  Because you both know you can trust me.

Strong extends his hand.  Roode shakes it.

7. Tyler Black d. Scott Dawson
8.TJ Perkins d. Tyler Bate

-Back to RAW, Black goes over Dawson solidly and Perkins continues his run with a win over the Englishman Bate.  You can see the hunger (literally, the dude is hungry) in Perkins’ eyes as he and Black go nose to nose.

9. Kalisto d. Apollo Crews
10. Akira Tozawa d. Mascara Dorada

Back to Dark Ride, Kalisto beats his former tag partner and Tozawa gets the better of Dorada. A nifty matchup coming to get a Survivor Series slot between Tozawa and Kalisto.

11. Dean Ambrose d. Kingston
12. Karl Anderson d. Johnny Gargano

On Fight Night Ambrose torments Kingston a little bit, refusing a pinfall at one point to inflict some more damage, “is this good enough Tyler?  Are we friends again?”.  He’s going to take on Machine Gun Anderson of the Bullet Club, who beats Gargano.

13. Roman Reigns d. Jimmy Uso
14. Chad Gable d. Luke Gallows

Chaos at Dark Ride, Reigns beats Jimmy, but then both are attacked by the Revival, Jey comes to aid, but Reigns is pulled away by Gallows and Anderson, the announce speculating that in case Luke advances later in the evening they want to soften Reigns up – but then Alpha appears to aid Reigns in going after the Bullet Club, they hadn’t been seen since Swagger’s destruction – they’re full of fire as they hit the ramp to attack Anderson/Gallows, security is there quickly to break it up.  Both Jordan and Anderson barred from ringside as Gable gets some revenge by eliminating Gallows.  Reigns returns to the ring for the nose to nose.

15. Sheamus d. Brian Kendrick
16. The Cuck d. Braun Strowman

-On RAW, Sheamus has eagerly anticipated his rematch against Kendrick, more than that, it leaves him a match away from finally getting his hands on the Miz, which has driven him since Mania.

 Sheamus gets the win; The Cuck doesn’t even get two words out to read to Strowman, who grabs him by the throat and throws him into the buckles.  It’s the end of the Cuck gimmick, Strowman tears the latex suit from his body, just pummeling Miz, enough that Sheamus comes down to the ring and coaxes Strowman outside, Sheamus and Strowman brawl at ringside and Braun gets counted out.

 There won’t be a nose to nose, Miz has to be helped from the ring – but the sweet 16 is set and Sheamus will get the Miz.

One more round on TV.

1. AJ Styles d. Kota Ibushi
-a workrate match, Styles goes over – before Ibushi leaves Nakamura hits the ring, with Dark Ride belt – he holds it up in front of Ibushi’s face, the message is clear, Nakamura wants to defend the Dark Ride Championship against Ibushi.  We get that match, Nakamura goes over and that wraps Ibushi in WWF.

2. Kalisto d. Akira Tozawa
-more workrate, Kalisto will be heading to Survivor Series to face Styles in the Elite 8 matchup, Kalisto was buried under the Bullet Club flag in the Summer Slam build, causing him to miss that show, but he’s plucky and has battled his way back to get a match with the WWF Champ at Survivor Series.

3. Tyler Black d. TJ Perkins
-desperate Perkins gives every ounce he has, but goes under Black, the announce speculates if we’ll ever see Perkins again.

4. Dean Ambrose d. Karl Anderson
-We get the dream matchup in the Elite 8 at Survivor Series, the Shield explodes, Black vs. Ambrose.  In promos in advance of the match, both men  give some variation of “I don’t want this match, I didn’t want this fight, but it’s here, and I’m the better man”

5. Chris Jericho d. Nick Nemeth
-Old man Jericho is a decided underdog here against the athletic Nemeth, but he’s able to use the veteran wiles to pull it out and advance to Survivor Series. There’s an episode of Jericho’s career retrospective show put together with his great moments in Canada, Survivor Series is in Toronto and now we get a homecoming element to Jericho’s last ride.  It is uncut babyface stuff, grizzled Jericho coming home.

6. Roman Reigns d. Chad Gable
-If Jericho wants to win the Survivor Series he’ll have to drag that old body to 3 wins in one night, seemingly an insurmountable feat – and it will have to start with Reigns, who goes over Gable.

7. Sheamus d. The Miz
-Strowman tore off the Cuck costume, seemingly ending that gimmick, Miz appears for this one without Maryse, just wearing trunks, and not using any of his chickenshit mannerisms, he survives a bunch of nearfalls, the story here being that Sheamus just can’t put him away, but Miz just refuses to die – until finally he does, earning the respect of the fans and of Sheamus – who offers a postmatch handshake, which Miz accepts.  Miz walks up the ramp, to the cheers of the crowd, where he encounters Strowman, who hurls him off the ramp to the floor, breaking him in half.

8.Luke Harper d. Bray Wyatt
-They met at RAW the night after the Rumble, Harper went over in a wild brawl, seemingly ending their feud, and then both men were buried by the Bullet Club – Harper goes over again here in another brawl that extends all over the arena, it ends with a pinfall through a table, Harper beating Bray again and extinguishing their feud.  Harper and Sheamus will bang heads at Survivor Series.

Okay, so here’s what we have for the PPV

AJ Styles v. Kalisto
Tyler Black v. Dean Ambrose
Chris Jericho v. Roman Reigns
Sheamus v. Luke Harper
Styles/Kalisto winner v. Black/Ambrose winner
Jericho/Reigns winner v. Sheamus/Harper winner

7 matches down.  Next month, the 3 remaining matches – the WWF Tag Titles, the Women’s Title, and who is Brock wrestling?  Plus anything else we need to cover from this build – including the long anticipated results of the 2016 Presidential Election.

Summer Slam 2016

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The build.

Summer Slam 29 comes to you from Brooklyn.  It is the 118th PPV in WWF history. 

(Dark: Nakamura d. Joe, Revival d. Gargano/Ciampa)

Your announcers are Mauro (4th) Regal (14th) and Nigel (1st)

-It’s the first PPV for this full team, the announcer story last year was Regal’s overly exuberant rooting for Underground, Nigel was hired to check that.  That needs to pay off here, there will be a moment where it looks like Regal will leave the announce desk as he did with Mania to go to ringside during an Underground match, but Nigel stands up and that causes him to back down and remain in his seat. That’s as hard as that note gets punched; going forward, Regal obviously still prefers Underground, but is largely a heel analyst; Nigel prefers GDI but is largely a babyface analyst.
1.       American Alpha (w/Swagger) d. Fandango Curtis/Zach Ryder
-This is designed to showcase Alpha; they’re positioned as next in the Steiners-Haas/Benjamin-D1 line of amateurs turned WWF tag champions. There’s a lot of hype and that’s not tampered at all here.  Regal puts them over, Nigel puts them over – they are the next big tag thing.

2.       Women’s Championship: Falls Count Anywhere: Charlotte Flair d. Sasha Banks
-Sasha took from Charlotte at Mania,  they had been members of 4-Ground with Becky and Paige, Charlotte blew that up, turning on the group at Survivor Series.  She wins clean here, getting a submission out in the crowd (figure four over a guardrail).  It’s probably the best women’s match (certainly the best brawl) in promotion history.  Charlotte stands on one of the seats, holding the title belt over her head.  Becky aids Sasha to the back. 

3.       Extreme Rules: Bullet Club (Anderson/Gallows) d. Dudleys
-This, perhaps, ends the careers of the Dudley Boys as a tag act; it’s a garbage match, light tubes, barbed wire, thumbtacks – the finish comes when both Dudleys go through thumbtack covered tables.  It’s destructive and determinative.  The Duds get buried in the Bullet Club flag. Anderson/Gallows are shown to be bad asses, not just the guys snickering behind Styles/Devitt; they’ve ended the careers of the Dudley Boys

4.       Chris Jericho d. Apollo Crews
-Jericho’s age is the story here, specifically the difference in ages and experience between the two men; Jericho is getting the Terry Funk in ECW treatment, he’s been wrestling a quarter century,  he’s got a knee brace, he’s got the dad bod – he’s up against someone in Crews who has every advantage except for experience – and the experience is what gets him in the end.  Jericho might be on his last ride, but it continues. 

5.       Dean Ambrose d. Nick Nemeth
6.       Tyler Black d. Kingston (w/Woods)
-The Shield matches are next.  To recap – they held the tag titles longer than anyone has held any belt in the Mania era, lost them when Langston turned over a year ago.  Ambrose didn’t pursue vengeance, he went after the IC instead and wound up in the Mania main event.  Black lost over a year of his career to injury at the hands of Langston, this is his return, Black is Back and all of that – he’s gotten the full “Triple H is returning from those quad tears” video package push and this will be the first time he’s stepped in a WWF ring in over a year.  Black had a chance at the IC match, but turned it down because he wants vengeance.  That’s caused a rift between Ambrose and Black, they haven’t spoken in months – the idea is you can see if from both perspectives.  Ambrose could have devoted himself to attacking the New Day, but he would have sacrificed personal gain.  Black would have expected otherwise, understandably so, given the brotherhood emphasis of the Shield. 
-Ambrose gets his win first, then stays at ringside, grabs a headset to join the announce team.  Maybe grabs a headset to join the Spanish announce team.  That’s a better spot, easily repeatable, teach Ambrose enough Spanish that he can say some catchphrases.  He’s here to watch the Black match.
-Black wanted Langston, but Langston’s injured, so he settled on Kingston, that’s his level of desire for revenge, his entrance is the first time he’s come out from the back since the formation of the Shield, and he’s got new gear – it’s a full giant babyface moment for Black, he gets in a dive to take out Woods and goes over Kingston strong.  Postmatch, Ambrose hits the ring, he’s clapping – it’s not so much that it’s obvious he’s just being a jackass, it should be calibrated so you could take it both ways, Ambrose is being supportive…Ambrose is pulling focus.  Regardless, Black isn’t happy to see him – once he realizes Ambrose is in the ring with him postmatch, Black stops his celebration and shakes his head in dismay.  They haven’t spoken in months and this is how Ambrose wants to reach out?  Ambrose extends his fist, in the manner of the Shield, but Black walks out of the ring. 

-Time for an interlude, WWF Commissioner Bryan Danielson is introduced by Howard, comes to the ring, says tune in tomorrow night on RAW, he has an announcement of the biggest format shakeup in Survivor Series history – and that shakeup will actually begin before the end of RAW tomorrow.  The second announcement is that, arriving, as we speak, to the arena, right off the campaign trail – the next President and Vice President of the United States – Senator Linda McMahon and Vincent Kennedy McMahon!  The big screen shows Linda and Vince arrive in one of the luxury suites, HHH-M, Steph, Skip are all there as well – Linda and Vince wave at what assumes is a supportive Brooklyn crowd.  “Sing-le Pay-er” clap, clap, clapclapclap. 

7. IC: Rusev (w/GHB and Lana) d. El Generico
-Rusev becomes the 68th Intercontinental Champion.  Rusev’s introduction is accompanied by a band playing the Russian National Anthem.  Images of Trump and Putin are on the video wall, accompanied by the word FREEDOM over and over and over again.  Rusev has a new novelty robe with airbrushed displays of a shirtless (totally ripped) Trump and Putin stomping out Linda and Vince. 

Rusev goes over, it’s typical Rusev match, a little distraction by Lana for GHB to hit a clothesline – Generico fights from underneath in typical Generico fashion, but the power of Rusev proves too much to overcome and he goes down.  Rusev, Lana, GHB celebrate in the ring, staring at the luxury box with the McMahon family.  GHB takes the mic – “just like in November, a Russian and an American will stand together and win the prize” – Rusev holds his belt aloft as the McMahon family stares daggers at them.

8.Tags: Trash (Claudio/Neville) d. Usos (Jimmy/Jey w/Roman)
-Claudio and Neville become the 99th WWF tag team champs.  It’s Claudio’s first appearance since Survivor Series, he’s now Euro douchebag, he speaks several languages, he wears a scarf, he’s delighted to tell you how stupid you are.  It’s Neville’s first ever appearance as Neville (Pac lost a mask match at the Rumble, destroying his old identity) he is now real world heel Neville, just constant fury.  Together, they’re Trash, the slur used for each of them by Steen when they were stablemates.  They go over clean here. 

9. No DQ: Prince Devitt (w/Anderson and Gallows) d. Brock Lesnar (w/Heyman)
  -So, generally, I try to avoid too much Bullet Club interference during matches, I like a beatdown pre-match, I like some interference outside the ring during a match, that’s standard Jividen booking, and when there’s actual in ring interference (like in the IC match earlier) it’s fairly early in the match.  This, however, needs Bullet Club interference to tell the story.  Anderson and Gallows get involved, they both wind up bumping for Lesnar, and then Nakamura appears, he hits his knee strike on Lesnar, and eventually that all proves too much and Devitt, in his WWF PPV debut, gets the victory. 

The Bullet Club celebrates, Anderson and Gallows get the flag – but first, Devitt, as promised, stands atop Brock as he did at the Rumble.  Brock hulks up, stands, snatches Devitt and F5s him.  The rest of the Club scatters and Brock busts Devitt open similar to his real world busting up of Randy Orton, just leaving him broken in the middle of the ring – Lesnar wipes Devitt’s blood with the Bullet Club flag and drapes it over Devitt’s body.

10. WWF Title: AJ Styles d. Kevin Steen
-Best match they can have, just workrate, the Bullet Club isn’t physically able to return to aid AJ, so he’s on his own, but we need a good one on one workrate based, just go out and have the very best match you can possibly have, match.  This is that and AJ goes over.  AJ celebrates, leaves with the belt, Steen remains in the ring – Generico makes his way down, the two friends, longtime partners, they came into Summer Slam with both belts and they leave with none.

And now – here comes Trash.  Their longtime GDI stablemates, Neville and Claudio, come to the ring in their new personas, perhaps both men psychologically broken from Steen’s torment but now they’re the ones who have belts. 

Neville and Claudio come to the ring – Generico and Steen rise, Claudio doing most of the talking, Claudio smugly pointing at the tag belts, “You were right, Kevin – we are Trash, and we’re covered in gold.”  Generico gets in between Steen and Claudio, tries to keep them from fighting – when his old friend Neville bashes him over the head with his title belt.  That kicks off the brawl that leads to Trash leaving Steen/Generico laid out in the ring as the show ends. 

That’s Summer Slam.   Back next month with part 1 of the build to Survivor Series.  Here’s your tease – if you’ve been around awhile, you may know what happened in the summer after Wrestlemania 19.  Bryan Danielson also remembers.  See you in a month.

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