Fastlane is the show that is best remembered for several baffling booking decisions. Not only did Kevin Owens get squashed in the night’s main event to Goldberg, losing his Universal title in the process, but Charlotte Flair’s unbeaten PPV streak and Braun Strowman’s unbeaten streak were both broken rather unceremoniously on the card.
The rest of the card was nothing special either, outside of a solid match between Roman and Braun and a hugely underrated bout between Jack Gallagher and Neville. Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn put on a solid match at the start of the show but this whole card was nothing but filler for WrestleMania.
SummerSlam was a show saved by two great matches. The night’s main event was a joy to watch, and the match between The Usos and The New Day was another exceptional outing from the group. Other than that, this was a very forgettable show.
The matches seemed largely chucked together and the end result felt instantly forgettable. Big Cass defeated The Big Show in a terrible outing, Rusev got squashed by Randy Orton for no good reason, and Baron Corbin, having just lost his Money in the Bank briefcase, fell victim to John Cena during his mid-year return, and don’t even get me started on the WWE title match.
SummerSlam is supposed to be one of the best events of the year, sadly, though, this year’s was far from that.
9: No Mercy
No Mercy, if you remember, was the show that was billed as having two WrestleMania calibre matches at the top of its card. Roman Reigns and John Cena were set to do battle in a clash of the company’s biggest stars, while Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman were to meet for the first time after months of build. It’s a shame, then, that these two matches failed to deliver. It’s made even more disappointing when you remember how good the rest of the card was. While it didn’t deliver any out and out classics, the undercard was solid – featuring a great bout between The Bar and Ambrose and Rollins, and also a solid, if not spectacular bout for the women’s title.
8: Hell in a Cell
SmackDown had a fairly weak year post superstar shake-up, with Hell in a Cell being their only really good pay-per-view. The event’s main body wasn’t anything special, and it did feature a terrible bout between Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura, but it was bookended by two excellent Hell in a Cell matches, one between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon, and the other being for the tag team titles between The Usos and The New Day.
The event proved that there was still life in the old gimmick just yet, and it was the only real shining light in a very weak second half of 2017 on PPV for the blue brand.
7: Extreme Rules
As B shows go, Extreme Rules has to be up there with the best. The show did feature the already infamous Kendo Stick bout between Bayley and Alexa Bliss but the rest of the card was pretty solid. While you could argue that the show didn’t utilise its gimmicks enough, it did feature a cracking cage match between The Bar and The Hardys, a solid bout between Aries and Neville and a pretty damn good main event for the number 1 contendership.
Samoa Joe’s victory at the event also marked a considerable upturn for the star and led to his fantastic summer feud with Brock Lesnar.
6: Great Balls of Fire
While it may have had the silliest name since In your House: Beware of Dog, Great Balls of Fire was a surprisingly great event, one which featured several great matches. The main event between Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar was one of the champ’s best matches of 2017, the ambulance match between Braun and Roman was good fun (and also had the funniest ending to any match of the year) the 2 out of 3 falls match between The Bar and The Hardys was a great showcase of tag-team wrestling.
Sure, the night also featured the Enzo and Cass squash match but on the whole, Great Balls of Fire was one of the year’s stronger B shows. It’s a shame that the event won’t be returning next year.
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