At times, WWE SummerSlam 2016 lapped what WrestleMania did this year.
John Cena vs. AJ Styles enthralled, living up to its dream-match status. Finn Balor and Seth Rollins impressed in the race to become the first man to hold the WWE Universal Championship. And fans may not have liked who won, but Sasha Banks and Charlotte flourished in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday.
For the second straight year, though, WWE Creative overthought the pay-per-view's ending. The show's final moments simply didn't satisfy.
A bloodied Randy Orton could not continue. A ravenous Brock Lesnar still struck with his hammer-like fists, capping off a short main event that had yet to reach its climax.
Just before the show went off the air, fans saw a staredown between Shane McMahon and Lesnar of all people. Not exactly a sight that makes one think of the New Era.
It's not yet clear whether that was WWE's initial intention for SummerSlam's sendoff. Orton may have been cut too deeply, forcing the company to veer off the script. So, either SummerSlam 2016 limped to the finish line by way of accident or poor storytelling.
Either way, the night produced a number of career-defining bouts and some strong undercard action. Hopefully, the stink of the main event doesn't cover up SummerSlam's successes.