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Shinsuke Nakamura beats John Cena to challenge Jinder Mahal at Summerslam
A lot of focus is on the spot above where Cena accidentally got dumped on his head and neck, but I want to talk about Cena putting Nakamura over, and not just losing to him, but losing to him in a way I haven't seen Cena lose to someone in years. For example. Nakamura got to kick out of Cena's finisher and survive a second (albeit because Cena went for a third instead of a pin). Cena did not kick out of one of Nakamura's finishers before succumbing to a second, which is almost always how that goes, especially with Cena. Beating John Cena is still important in WWE, and beating him like that is even more so. Huge for Nakamura.
Brock will take his ball and go home if he loses at Summerslam.
With anyone else, this would mean he's not losing. With Lesnar, contract or no contract, he can fuck off and fight UFC guys for a bit and nobody will notice. I'm on board with this happening.
Jason Jordan starts a feud with The Miz
Kurt Angle's Fake Black Son will likely be wrestling for the IC belt at Summerslam, which means we're done at least for a while with Ambrose-Miz.
WWE is reporting that Bayley injured her shoulder on Raw. It feels like a work to me, and I hope it is, because this latest push has been good for Bayley and her character, and I'd hate to see her legit hurt and miss out on Summerslam.
Owens vs. Styles with Shane as ref announced for Summerslam.
Yay, more Shane. They need to find something new to do with Owens soon, because the back and forth with Styles over the US belt is on the verge of getting old.
Rusev vs. Randy Orton announced for Summerslam
Goddammit. One blissfully Orton-free week on Smackdown and now I gotta watch him beat Rusev to get his post-Jinder mojo back at Summerslam? Fuuuuuck Randy Orton.
Tozawa beats Daivari to challenge Neville at Summerslam
This is one of those rare occasions where I actually wish they'd been aiming for a triple threat. Maybe they still will, but this would have been the time to insert ambiguity, and they didn't - Tozawa won clean. I would have liked to see Daivari in the title picture, though.
Kyle O'Reilly debuts on NXAT
And like his former ROH tag partner Bobby Fish, lost to Aleister bBlack in a very competitive match. Not sure what they're gonna do with O'Reilly, or Fish, or a lot of the guys on tehir roster right now, though.
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