Welcome to the Summerslam PPV, which had a total of 13 matches including the ones on the Kickoff Show. With a very successful NXTTakeover the previous night, let’s see how the main roster responds and hopefully continue to ride the wave of great wrestling. Since this is one of the big 4 PPVs, I was expecting a stellar PPV so let’s see how things turned out.
The PPV kicked off with Enzo & Big Cass cutting a damn good promo to start everything off when they came down to a huge pop. Enzo quoted several Biggie Smalls line, while sprinkling in some Frank Sinatra and the crowd ate every bit of it up. As far as the match, it went really smooth as the crowd was really into the match and was cheering for all 4 men throughout the match; well they were chanting “Stupid Idiot” for Jericho. After a lot of action which saw Big Cass being taken out by Kevin Owens on the outside with a running cannonball. Back in the ring, Jericho & Owens picked up the win with a pop-up Codebreaker on Enzo, which he didn’t get all of it. Winners: Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens
Match Rating: 3.5/5- Great opener to get the crowd hot, but I’m confused as to why Jeri-KO picked up the win over the hottest team in the WWE right now.
This is the rematch for the WWE Women’s Championship with Banks claiming the title on Monday Night Raw the night after the Battleground PPV. If you’re looking for a physical match-up, then this is the one for you. They literally beat the hell out of each other as they pulled out all the stops after a slow start, which saw a couple of botches. This match had everything you wanted in a championship match from nearfalls, great reversals and storytelling. In the end, Sasha locked in the Banks Statement, but Charlotte reversed it to gain the pinfall victory to become the 2-time Women’s Champ: Winner and New WWE Women’s Champ: Charlotte
Match Rating: 4/5- This was an amazing match, but my only fear is that with Sasha being so small and how she put her body on the line, she won’t last long. Some of the moves she takes are scary and Charlotte does too, but she’s bigger than Banks. Either way, great outing from these ladies!!
This match was for the Intercontinental Championship with Crews earning the opportunity after winning a battle royal on Smackdown a few weeks back. I’ll be honest; this feud has never taken off for whatever reason. The Miz has been a great champion and Crews got a bright future ahead of him, but it’s too early for him to capture the title right now. The match wasn’t bad and in the end after Maryse distracted Crews, Miz ran hit into the steel ring post and planted him with the Skull Crushing Finale for the win. Winner and Still IC Champ: Miz
Match Rating: 3/5
This is the rubber match between these two as Styles won the first match between the two and Cena taking the second one. This match had everything in it and the crowd was into throughout the entire time. We saw nearfalls, counters and pretty much everything you can think of in this match and either could’ve won the match. In the end, I thought Cena picked up the win after hitting the Attitude Adjustment from the second rope, but Styles kicked out. Cena went for another Attitude Adjustment, but Styles countered it into the Styles Clash followed by the Phenomenal Forearm to pick up the hard fought win. Winner: A.J. Styles
Match Rating: 4.5/5- WOW!! Match of the Year Candidate for sure.
This match was for the tag team championships as they have previously fought each other and The Club have put down a couple of brutal beating on New Day in the process. The match was pretty good, but having Jon Stewart being a part of the match took away from some of its luster. As the Club was setting up for the Magic Killer, Stewart ran into the ring and wanted to do the Too Sweet with Gallows & Anderson, but as they were about to attack him, Big E returned and made the save causing a DQ. Winners: The Club, New Day are still tag champs
Match Rating: 3/5
This match was for the WWE Championship as Ziggler earned the right by winning a match on Smackdown Live featuring A.J. Styles, John Cena and Bray Wyatt. This feud has been really good as it seems like it started to get personal with Ziggler being the guy Ambrose felt undeserving of the opportunity. The match was pretty good with some pretty good spots throughout the match from both of them. Things picked up when Ziggler gets Ambrose in the Sleeper Hold. Ambrose gets out of the hold by sending himself and Ziggler to the outside. Ziggler connects with the Super Kick. Ziggler rolls Ambrose back into the ring. Ziggler goes for the pin, but Ambrose kicks out at the count of two. Ziggler goes for the Super Kick, but Ambrose slaps him in the face. Ambrose goes for the Dirty Deeds, but Ziggler counters with the Zig Zag for a two count. Ziggler with a series of forearms to the back of the head of Ambrose. Ziggler gets Ambrose in a sleeper hold. Ziggler slaps Ambrose. Ambrose responds with the Lunatic Lariat. Ziggler sends Ambrose crotch first on the top turnbuckle. Ambrose head-butt’s Ziggler off the top rope. Ziggler goes for the X-Factor off the top rope, but Ambrose gets back on his feet. Ambrose plants Ziggler with Dirty Deeds to pick up the victory. Winner and Still WWE Champion: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: 3.5/5
This match was supposed to feature Eva Marie on the team with Alexa Bliss & Natalya, but she was suspended for 30 days because she violated the Wellness Policy. It was a nice surprise to see the return of Nikki Bella and she’s coming back from neck surgery. The match wasn’t that special and Nikki picked up the win for her team with a cutter. Winners: Nikki Bella, Natalya & Alexa Bliss
Match Rating: 2/5
This match was to see who would become the first ever Universal Champion. The match itself was something I’ve been looking for ever since Balor signed with the WWE and this match definitely delivered. Let me say that I thought it was pretty disrespectful for the crowd to basically shit on the new design of the belt, I mean it’s a belt and I believe no matter how the belt looked, people would’ve been unhappy. The match was awesome and it’s hard to believe that Balor dislocated his shoulder early on in the match and popped it back in place. He finished the match and won with the Coup De Grace to become the first-ever Universal Champion. Winner and First-Ever Universal Champion: Finn Balor
Match Rating: 4/5
These two have been feuding for the past month and I must say that I’ve enjoyed the hell out of it. The match never took place because Rusev attacked Reigns before the bell rang and they beat the hell out of each other. Reigns goes to the ground and pound attack. Rusev tries to hit Reigns with the steel chair, Reigns blocks it. Reigns head-butt’s Rusev. Reigns hits Rusev in the gut with the steel chair. Reigns clubs Rusev in the back with the chair. Reigns continues the beat down of Rusev with more right hands. The referee’s escorts Reigns to the back. Reigns comes back from the backstage area. Reigns drops Rusev with a vicious Spear. Winner: No Contest
Match Rating: The match never took place and I’m digging this feud so far.
This match was made about a month and a half before the PPV as Orton was gearing up to return from various injuries that kept him out about 9 months. The match was hard hitting and surprisingly, Orton got in some offense and even hit an RKO on Lesnar on the announce table. In the end, Orton goes for the PUNT, but Lesnar counters with the F5 for a two count. Lesnar goes to the ground and pound attack to Orton. Lesnar with a series of clubbing forearms to Orton. Orton is busted open. Medical doctor tries to attend to Orton, but Lesnar goes back to the ground and pound attack. Referee calls for the bell. After the match Lesnar continues to attack Orton. Shane McMahon comes into the ring. Lesnar drops Shane with the F5. Winner by TKO: Brock Lesnar
Match Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 7/10- This was a really good PPV that featured some amazing wrestling. There were very few things to complain about as this PPV is one that I’ll be watching again a few times. Below are my top 5 matches of the night!!
Top 5 Matches from Summerslam:
- A.J. Styles vs. John Cena
- Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks
- Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins
- Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler
- Kevin Owens & Chris Jericho vs. Enzo & Big Cass
What did you think about the PPV? What was your favorite match of the night? Head to the comments section below and give me some feedback on Summerslam.