Shall we add another new WWE DVD to our collection?
Today you can own the one and only WWE Home Video release of September in the United States: SummerSlam 2018 — WrestlingDVDNetwork.com has your first look at the 2-disc set!
Get hold of your copy for only $13.79 by clicking here to Amazon.com.
Represented on the cover artwork are more than 30 WWE Superstars involved in some of the most memorable matches of this year’s summer spectacular, including: Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss, Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz, Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles, Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler, Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Carmella, and even more on top!
Today’s SummerSlam 2018 DVD presents the entire 4-hour PPV event and six bonus features.
Thanks goes out to WDN reader Matthew Tremble for sending in the pics.
You’re invited to The Biggest Party of the Summer…
For over two years, Roman Reigns made it his mission to vanquish Brock Lesnar and take his Universal Championship. Now in his last chance, The Big Dog battles The Beast Incarnate in the main event of SummerSlam.
For the first time ever, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey challenges Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship. WWE Champion AJ Styles defends the richest prize in sports entertainment against Samoa Joe. And the eight-year-long rivalry between Daniel Bryan and The Miz comes to a head. Plus, more!
The action heats up at SummerSlam.
All three matches from the Kickoff Show are included in the bonus features, plus three segments that aired on RAW and SmackDown Live episodes either side of the SummerSlam PPV – extras list.
No pancakes found inside, but there is a trading card featuring The New Day.
Get your hands on the (2-DISC) WWE SUMMERSLAM 2018 DVD…
– United States: RIGHT NOW! Get your copy of SummerSlam on DVD here on Amazon.com.
– UK/Europe: October 8th. Get your SummerSlam 2018 DVD (or Blu-ray) on Amazon.co.uk.
– Australia: October 17th. Pre-order your SummerSlam 2018 DVD over at Madman.com.au.
Before we relive “The Biggest Party of the Summer”, let’s get reviewing WWE’s last Pay-Per-View DVD offering Extreme Rules 2018, which is available now in the United States, Canada, the UK and just hit Australia today.
The build to Extreme Rules fell a bit flat, partly because there was a nagging feeling that this was just a placeholder show, a bridge between Money in the Bank and SummerSlam. This was due to the continued absence of Brock Lesnar as the Universal Champion that didn’t defend his championship, Rusev getting a much-requested yet out-of-the-blue WWE Championship opportunity, Ronda Rousey sitting in the crowd while waiting for her own RAW Women’s Championship shot down the line, and the general TV-level standard of several bouts.
On the night, the reaction was mixed at best, with the entertainment value of some bouts brought down by the head-scratching booking of others (and yet another example of a crowd hijacking the presentation). Let’s take another look and see what Extreme Rules was really all about. (By the way, the big story before the show was that Hulk Hogan had been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame; it was mentioned on the Kickoff Show by Charly Caruso, but it wasn’t mentioned again, and Hogan hasn’t really been referred to at all since then!)
RAW Tag Team Championship Match
The Deleters Of Worlds (C) vs. The B-Team
The card opens with something of a comedy bout, as The B-Team pull off the upset in dethroning Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt. It’s a cool moment for Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel, whose careers seemed unsalvageable a year ago, but rather than elevating the status of the new titleholders, it only seemed to reduce the importance of the belts (sorry, championships).
Finn Bálor vs. Baron Corbin
As a RAW match, this is fine. As a PPV bout, it’s pure filler. It’s not bad, just meh. Bálor wins, which it was assumed would bring an end to this feud. That would prove to be an incorrect assumption. At least Finn is here, though, whereas some of WWE’s top performers weren’t even booked on the show (including The Miz, Bayley, Sasha Banks and Samoa Joe).
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match (James Ellsworth Is Locked In A Shark Cage)
Carmella (C) vs. Asuka
Oh, dear. At one point, Asuka was an absolute bad-ass and an unstoppable force. Here, she dominates Carmella, ludicrously focuses for a long time on James Ellsworth hanging from a shark cage, and is then shoved into the hanging cage by Carmella (the champ’s only offence here) and loses. I know that Carmella’s gimmick concerns her inferiority to her competitors, but Asuka looked SO bad here. The killer aura that she had for around two years on NXT has officially been thrown away!
United States Championship Match
Jeff Hardy (C) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
This is over in the blink of an eye, with a pre-match low blow followed by a Kinshasa for the pin inside six seconds. Post-match, Randy Orton makes a surprise return, only to turn heel on Jeff with a boot to the balls. It’s clearly more of an angle than a match, so it serves that purpose, but it’s skippable when rewatching this show on DVD.
Steel Cage Match
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
This will be remembered for only one thing, and that is Owens’ hellacious fall off the top of the cage through a ringside announcer’s table, courtesy of The Monster Among Men. It’s an amazing moment, and the most jaw-dropping WWE high spot of the year. Too bad that Owens walked out on RAW eight days later, seemingly unharmed physically from this homage to Mankind’s brush with death at King of the Ring 1998.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
The Bludgeon Brothers (C) vs. Team Hell No
I assume that the foot injury sustained by Kane hampered the booking for this match, because what we get feels totally irrelevant. Coming just a few months into Daniel Bryan’s comeback, and being immediately followed by the Bryan-Miz feud officially restarting, this feels like one of those matches that you will forget ever happened. It’s not terrible, but it’s not must-see by any stretch of the imagination.
Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley
At the time, this felt like a landmark win for Lashley, but you wouldn’t know it watching the match two months on. Lashley has barely done anything since this show, whilst Reigns has gone on to dethrone Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Match quality is fine, better than expected actually, but anyone thinking that this would send Lashley to the top of the card on RAW would be disappointed. As things stand, the assumed Roman-Lashley rematch for the red-strapped title (with Bobby earning a shot by virtue of pinning Roman here) seems very unlikely.
RAW Women’s Championship Extreme Rules Match
Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Nia Jax
There wasn’t much demand for another Alexa-Nia match, which may explain why WWE instead made Ronda Rousey (who began the match sat in the crowd, only to inevitably interfere and attack Alexa’s accomplice Mickie James) the focus of this bout. Despite the Extreme Rules stipulation and the excitement of Rousey getting involved, it’s probably the weakest of the three Alexa-Nia bouts on PPV this year.
WWE Championship Match
AJ Styles (C) vs. Rusev
I really enjoyed this one. It’s unlikely that anybody thought Rusev would win, but both competitors manage to keep fans fully invested throughout, and we’re treated to an electrifying home-stretch. It’s a reminder of the old In Your House days, where we get a one-off title match that is simply expected to succeed in the ring, and that’s what we get here with Rusev’s best WWE showing to date.
Intercontinental Championship 30-Minute Iron Man Match
Dolph Ziggler (C) vs. Seth Rollins
Judged solely on the in-ring action, this is a watchable bout, though a shade inferior to their other recent televised matches. I don’t think the Iron Man stipulation was the albatross that some suggested, but it did mean that much of the match was fought at a slow pace, before things accelerated towards the finish. But with the crowd being more interested in doing Royal Rumble-style countdowns than paying attention to the bout, it feels like a bit of a train-wreck (not the first time this has happened on a WWE PPV this year), and overall it’s a bad way to end the card.
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Sin Cara
If you didn’t see any of Almas’ work in NXT, this Kickoff Show bout (his first appearance on a PPV, even if it’s in the pre-show slot) is a good introduction. Cara is a good choice as an opponent for Andrade, as the two have real chemistry, and the upshot is a thoroughly enjoyable match in which the newcomer triumphs.
Six-Man Tag Team Tables Match
The New Day vs. Sanity
This is a fun brawl, but I was expecting a bit more from this, whether it was due to the fact that only one combatant had to go through a table, or because its placement on the Kickoff Show meant a reduction in time. Sanity have their hands raised in victory, which as things stand makes this one of their few wins since joining the SmackDown roster earlier this year.
The other extras include Braun Strowman knocking over a portable loo with Kevin Owens inside (yep), a Reigns-Lashley pull-apart brawl from RAW, and a shock revelation that Kane loves N*SYNC alongside Daniel Bryan on Miz TV from SmackDown.
If this was a specially-extended episode of RAW (a nightmare to some, I know), then Extreme Rules was fairly adequate. As a PPV event, though, one can’t help but feel that you could have missed this and not been any worse off as a fan. Kevin Owens’ huge fall off the cage is the moment of the night, while there are a couple of strong matches (Reigns-Lashley and Styles-Rusev being the best bouts).
But the rushed nature of some matches and the inconsequential feel of others, combined with the main event being a disappointment for numerous reasons, makes this one of the year’s weaker supershows. It isn’t as bad as Backlash as an overall presentation, but there aren’t any must-see matches here either, meaning that you’re probably best saving your money for the newly-released SummerSlam DVD instead.
Get hold of a copy of the WWE EXTREME RULES 2018 DVD…
– United States: RIGHT NOW! Get your copy of Extreme Rules 2018 here on Amazon.com.
– UK/Europe: RIGHT NOW! Get your copy of Extreme Rules 2018 now via Amazon.co.uk.
– Australia: RIGHT NOW! Grab Extreme Rules 2018 as of today over at Madman.com.au.