When Bray Wyatt returned to the ring at SummerSlam, the biggest note-worthy aspect of his quick win over Finn Balor was how graphic and detailed Wyatt’s lantern was.

For those who haven’t seen it, it was designed to look like his face with the mouth open so the light could shine through while the eyes were sown shut.

The lantern was made at the Douglas Education Center in Monessen, and Wyatt was actually in town a few months ago to help with details.

More on this next week.

SummerSlam was solid

For its third straight PPV, WWE came through with a solid performance.

While a lot of the talk was about Seth Rollins defeating Brock Lesnar to win the Universal title or Charlotte defeating Trish Stratus in a really good match, another aspect stood out to me.

Among the stars not on the card were Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan and Drew McIntyre, among others.

When WWE can leave some of its top performers off the card, it shows the kind of depth they are developing.

If there is any nitpicking to do about the show, it was after Becky Lynch defeated Natalya.

Mere seconds after Natalya tapped out to Lynch’s armbar, Natalya was fixing her hair while lying on the mat.

Natalya showed up the next night on Raw in a sling, but her arm was alright to fix her hair seconds after the match?

Reigns elevates Murphy

When Reigns defeated Buddy Murphy on Smackdown, he actually made the 205 star look like he had a chance to win the match.

Very rarely in the world of professional wrestling does a mega star raise the value of someone else by using suspense and disbelief as to who will win the match.

Tommy from West Newton mentioned a similar scenario where 1-2-3 Kid (X-Pac) actually defeated Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) while Fred from Uniontown gave the example of how Ric Flair, as NWA world champion, defeated a low-card wrestler named Mike Jackson yet had the crowd and television audience thinking Jackson actually had a chance of beating Flair and winning the title.

If WWE goes in the right direction with Murphy, he could be elevated and built up into a wrestler fans are emotionally invested in.

King of the Ring returns

During Raw on Monday, WWE announced that the King of the Ring tournament will return for the first time since 2015 when Bad News Barrett won it.

The brackets were released on Friday, and if I was a betting man, which I am not, I would go with McIntyre defeating Ali in the finals.

But since that is my pick, watch them both lose in the first round!

Banks returns as well

Sasha Banks made her long-awaited return to WWE, after walking out at WrestleMania, by attacking Natalya on Raw.

Lynch tried to make the save, but Banks laid her out as well.

In fact, Banks nailed Lynch with some wicked chair shots including one that was very close to the back of Lynch’s head.

Banks has a reputation of being careless at times, and this will not help her image.

It was Banks who ended Paige’s career by injuring her, and had her chair shot on Lynch, with the angle she used, been much higher, let’s just say it could have been very ugly.

On This Day…

In 1996, WWE hosted the 9th annual SummerSlam.

In the main event, Shawn Michaels defeated Vader to retain the WWE title while Mankind defeated The Undertaker in a Boiler Room Brawl match that saw Paul Bearer turn on Taker.

The majority of the Boiler Room Brawl was filmed the day before and aired on the screen in the arena.

This week’s question:

Now that WWE is bringing back King of the Ring, do you see a Queen of the Ring tournament in the future? Stephanie, Waynesburg.

I think WWE will indeed have a Queen of the Ring tournament and I see it happening sooner than later.

With the way WWE has debuted matches for women like the Royal Rumble, Hell in a Cell and Money in the Bank ladder matches, and with how women main evented WrestleMania and had an all-women PPV in 2018, Queen of the Ring is a mere formality.

Email questions/comments to Bill at powerhousehughes@gmail.com or tweet them to me @BillHughes_III.

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