Last night was SummerSlam, the Biggest Party of the Summer and the second biggest PPV of the year. With grudge matches, title matches and even a Ring of Fire match, should everyone feel like they got their money’s worth? That question is a lot to process, but that’s why they pay me the Mega Bucks.
For those who missed the Money in the Bank PPV review, the criteria for these is simply: “Did I get my money’s worth?” in terms of the individual matches and the PPV as a whole, using the tried and true “what was this trying to do, and how well did it succeed” rubric.
Each match is rated plus or minus on a sliding scale between 1 and -1, with matches worth multiple rewatches worth 1, a just-quite-PPV quality match being 0, and things that make me reevaluate being a fan earning up to a -1 score. The higher the number, the better Bang For Your Buck on the PPV. We’ll (eventually) keep a running tally for each PPV, and a handy list of PPVs we review to give you (and us) a better idea of what we thought was worth the time to check out in terms of matches and PPVs. As for the scale, it’s not particularly complicated but here are the basic levels (on a per-match average):
Like last month’s, we’re going to be using what I said during the What’s the Worst That Could Happen preview to see how close I was to “predicting” what unfolded, and how it stacked up to my best hopes and worst fears. Enjoy!
US Championship Match – SummerSlam Kickoff
Dean Ambrose (C) retains title, Rob Van Dam wins via DQ
“Worst Case Scenario: Rob Van Dam isn’t sent back in time to ECW, continues wrestling regularly.”
To be honest, this match wasn’t all that terrible. It wasn’t “good”, but it definitely did its job. Most notably, it let Ambrose win, while letting The Shield and the Big Show/Mark Henry/RVD feud to continue without taking up valuable time for the Natalya vs. Brie Bella match. Of course, since this is not technically a PPV match, it won’t be included in the formula, but it’s definitely something I wouldn’t be against seeing again. For Free.