This week on Wrestling Omakase we take a completely randomized look back at the biggest party of the summer, SummerSlam!
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John is joined by returning guests Jeri Evagood (@The_JerriestJer) & Neil David (@chubby_cthulhu) for our SummerSlam Retro Roulette episode! As always for a Retro Roulette episode, we chose six random years and then chose a random match (all done through an RNG) from each one. You can see below for what we ended up with, or skip this and go right to the episode if you’d rather be surprised. All matches can of course be found on either Peacock or WWE Network, depending on where you live/are pretending to live.
1991: The British Bulldog, The Dragon & The Texas Tornado vs. Power And Glory (Hercules & Paul Roma) & The Warlord
1999: D-Lo Brown vs. Jeff Jarrett
2000: Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho
2005: The Undertaker vs. Randy Orton
2008: CM Punk vs. John Bradshaw Layfield
2013: CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar
Topics that come up along the way include: who does and doesn’t have nostalgia for early 90s WWF, The Dragon is maybe every Vince-ism combined, who cares about two titles when you have two large fake breasts to talk about, a very stereotypical Vince Russo finish, doing a 2 out of 3 falls match for literally no reason, THIS FEUD MUST CONTINUE (except it oddly didn’t really!), a Taker vs. Orton match that nobody seems to remember (maybe for good reason), Bob Orton’s fake wig makes Undertaker very mad, we swear we didn’t fix the results to give us two CM Punk matches while his name is in the news lately (honest!), Punk’s flaccid 2008 title run, Punk and Brock tear the house down, and finally: forgetting how much Paul Heyman was involved.
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