While up a little later than usual (my apologies for the extended delay!), this week's WrestleRant Radio still features as much jam-packed content as always, especially on the heels of an unforgettable WWE SummerSlam weekend! Graham "GSM" Matthews breaks down his experience in Brooklyn and offers an on-site report for each show he was in attendance for, starting with NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn! Who was the "star" of the night? How did the crowd react to Bobby Roode's glorious entrance? Which match stole the show? He talks about it all!
From there, GSM reviews SummerSlam from Sunday night and gives his two cents on Sami Zayn's disappointing placement on the pre-show, Charlotte shockingly winning the WWE Women's Championship, Bayley's main roster debut, The Miz's Talking Smack worked shoot, a possible Match of the Year candidate in John Cena vs. AJ Styles, the returns of Big E and Nikki Bella, an underwhelming WWE World Championship match, Finn Balor's WWE Universal Championship win and subsequent injury, the controversial conclusion to Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton, The Dudley Boyz biding farewell, and much more!
It's a TWO HOUR SPECTACULAR on WrestleRant Radio this week as host of the "Cruz Control Podcast" Randy Cruz returns to preview WWE SummerSlam alongside Graham "GSM" Matthews! But before they break down the card, they discuss Alberto Del Rio's 30 day suspension from the company for violating the wellness policy and what it might mean for his WWE future, as well as who won the war between Raw and SmackDown Live this past week.
In addition to giving their full picks and predictions for every match on the advertised card for SummerSlam, GSM and Randy discuss the crop of women on the SmackDown side, why something must be at stake in the Best of 7 Series between Cesaro and Sheamus, if Charlotte could be taking time off post-SummerSlam, why Jeri-KO must be a long-form tag team, if the build to The Miz vs. Apollo Crews has been disappointing, The New Day celebrating one year as WWE Tag Team Champions, why Rusev is in a must-win situation on Sunday, the chances of AJ Styles beating John Cena clean, Randy Orton potentially upsetting Brock Lesnar, what's in store for the big WWE World Championship and WWE Universal Championship matches, and much more!
A mere ten days out from from a stacked SummerSlam, Graham "GSM" Matthews is joined on the latest WrestleRant Radio by the returning Jamie Lee Mac to preview the biggest party of the summer, including the theme songs and stage set-up for the event! Will WWE go all out for the August extravaganza, or will they stick with the stagnant status quo? They also offer their two cents on Shelton Benjamin's heartbreaking injury, why WWE should re-sign John Morrison, and Ryback's official release from the company.
When reviewing Raw and SmackDown Live, GSM and Jamie discuss the Roman Reigns vs. Rusev feud, what's next for Cesaro, if Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio could be gone from WWE by the end of the year, thoughts on Stone Cold Steve Austin's podcast with Dean Ambrose from Monday night and if he should be the one to go heel in his feud with Dolph Ziggler, how Eva Marie is being used at the moment, the instant classic between Kota Ibushi and Cedric Alexander from the Cruiserweight Classic, and much more!
It was another newsworthy week in the world of wrestling, and Graham "GSM" Matthews isn't analyzing it all alone! WrestleRant Radio alum Clark checks in to give his take on Monday's Raw as well as the opening segment and the fresh feel it had, the effectiveness of squash matches, the first-ever face-to-face encounter between Finn Balor and Seth Rollins, whether Roman Reigns going after the United States Championship should be seen as a demotion, The New Day's opponents at SummerSlam, Jinder Mahal's random return, and Randy Orton invading the flagship show and ambushing Brock Lesnar.
From there, the duo discuss Tuesday's SmackDown and talk Dolph Ziggler's passionate promo, Apollo Crews becoming the new No. 1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship, the state of the women's and tag team divisions (are new titles coming soon?), and AJ Styles challenging John Cena to a rematch at SummerSlam. Plus, they offer their thoughts on Samoa Joe's ruthless reign as NXT Champion, Hideo Itami's in-ring return, Bobby Roode's "glorious" debut, Johnny Gargano vs. Tomasso Ciampa in the main event of this week's Cruiserweight Classic episode, and much more!