After another successful NXTTakeover event, the main roster brought us Summerslam this Sunday. With so many rumors of what to expect it was great to finally get started with this event. We had Brock Lesnar defending his Universal title against Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman. Jinder Mahal put his WWE title on the line against Shinsuke Nakamura. With Shane McMahon as the special guest referee, A.J. Styles defended the United States title against Kevin Owens. The reuniting Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins battled Cesaro & Sheamus for the Raw tag team titles. Baron Corbin battled the man who cost him the match when he cashed in his contract, John Cena. Bray Wyatt battled Finn Balor as we saw the return of the Demon King. Rusev went to extract revenge on Randy Orton as they took on each other. Let’s see how things turned out for this year’s Summerslam.
We started the main card off with John Cena taking on the “Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin. This match came and feud came about when Corbin attacked Nakamura after his match with Cena. Cena came back and fought Corbin off and eventually hitting an AA through the announce table from the steel steps. As far as this match, Corbin controlled most of the match as he poured on the offense on Cena. After becoming frustration, Corbin took off his shirt and start beating the hell out of Cena in the corner. Later when Corbin done his ducking under the ropes and re-enter the ring, Cena met him with a huge lariat. Afterwards, Cena hit the AA on Corbin to pick up the win. Winner: John Cena
Match Rating: 2.5/5- Corbin must be in full bury mode as of now. If you were trying to build him up I was thinking that a win over Cena could’ve been beneficial.
Naomi put her SmackDown Women’s championship against new #1 contender in Natalya. This match came about when Natalya won the Fatal 5-Way Elimination match a few weeks back. This match saw a good amount of physical action. Naomi is as athletic as anyone on the roster and that includes male or female. Natalya was resilient throughout the match and escaped some nearfalls in the process. In the end, Natalya locked in the Sharpshooter to win and pick up the SmackDown Women’s title. Winner and New SmackDown Women’s Champ: Natalya
Match Rating: 2.5/5- Honestly, I’m fine with Natalya winning the title as she has more than deserved it.
I’ll be honest, I was not looking forward to this match and honestly it should’ve been on the Kickoff Show. Enzo eventually escaped the Shark Cage from above the ring, but was met with a Big Boot from Cass. Big Cass then hit a pair of Big Boots on Big Show. He followed that up with the Empire Elbow to pick up the win. Winner: Big Cass
Match Rating: 2/5
We have Rusev taking on Randy Orton in this one. This feud came about when Rusev was looking for competition and Orton answered the challenge. Rusev attacked Orton before the bell rang and continued to beat him down on the outside. Orton eventually gets tossed in the ring where the referee checked on him. The referee called for the bell and Rusev went for a splash, missed and was hit with a sick RKO. Winner: Randy Orton
Match Rating: 2/5- What the hell was that? It seems like the WWE isn’t impressed with Corbin or Rusev as this could’ve been a great moment to put them over.
Sasha Banks battled Alexa Bliss as she tried to capture her 4th Women’s Championship. Originally, Bayley was supposed to battle Bliss, but she hurt her shoulder in a match with Nia Jax. Sasha Banks defeated Nia Jax to earn the right to face Alexa Bliss. Throughout the match, Sasha tried to lock in the Banks Statement numerous times, but Bliss escaped. Bliss had her moments where she almost retained her championship. In the end, Sasha finally locked in the Banks Statement, but Bliss escaped once again. Finally, Banks locked in her submission again and Bliss tapped. Winner and New Raw Women’s Champ: Sasha Banks
Match Rating: 3.25/5- This was surprising, but I also think they will eventually turn Bayley heel.
Bray Wyatt took on Finn Balor as he brings back his Demon King gimmick. The previous Monday we saw Wyatt beat Balor and poured a bucket of blood onto Finn. This match was pretty good and physical with both beating the hell out of one another. Balor hit the Coup De Grace on Wyatt to pick up the much-needed win. Winner: Finn Balor
Match Rating: 3/5
This match was for the Raw tag team titles. The champions, Cesaro & Sheamus defended their gold against Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins. For the past few weeks, Cesaro & Sheamus have been getting the best of them as Ambrose questioned if he could trust Rollins. Last week, they finally got it together and they fought off Cesaro & Sheamus. As far as the match, they fought all over the place and they beat the hell out of each other. If you have the WWE Network, make sure you check out this match because it was that good. In the end, Rollins nailed Sheamus & Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds for the win. Winners and New Raw Tag Champs: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: 4/5- Awesome Freakin Match
A.J. Styles put up his United States title against Kevin Owens with Shane as the special guest referee. As we all know, Styles & Owens have been at each other’s throats ever since Owens came to SmackDown Live. Kevin Owens & Shane McMahon have had their differences for a few months now. In this match, Shane pretty much called it down the middle during the match, but he & Owens still went at it. After hitting the pop-up powerbomb, Owens thought he won the title, but Shane caught Styles foot on the rope. Of course, Owens was pissed at Shane and it eventually cost him the title. Owens pushed Shane and Shane returned the favor and Styles rolled him up, but Owens kicked out. Styles hit the Pele Kick, Phenomenal Forearm and Styles Clash to pick up the win. Winner and Still United States Champ: A.J. Styles
Match Rating: 4/5- Another great match! Can’t wait for the Shane/Owens feud in the future as the seeds continue to be planted.
Jinder Mahal put up his WWE championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. Shinsuke Nakamura won the right to face Mahal for the championship by beating John Cena a few weeks back. Surprisingly, Jinder Mahal is still holding the WWE championship after an extended feud with Randy Orton. I’m glad that Mahal is still champion, but his matches haven’t been championship material. The match just seemed off as like I stated before, Mahal just doesn’t feel like championship material. I don’t know if he hasn’t really beat anyone cleanly or what exactly it is, but his matches don’t have that big match feel. The Singh Brothers got involved allowing Mahal to hit his finisher to pick up the win. Winner and Still WWE Champ: Jinder Mahal
Match Rating: 2.75/5- I’m hoping that Nakamura become the new WWE champ in the next couple of months
Finally, we had the main event for the Universal championship. Brock Lesnar defended the championship against Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe & Roman Reigns. Coming into this match, I was thinking there would be lots of carnage by all four of these men. Let’s be real, it lived up those expectations and even more at times. Brock Lesnar looked human, Braun Strowman looked like a monster, Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe did their thing also. Braun Strowman powerslammed Brock Lesnar through two announce tables and tossed the other table on top of Lesnar causing him to be taken out on a stretcher. Reigns also took Lesnar out with a huge spear through the barricade while Joe had the Coquina Clutch. In the end, Lesnar hit the F5 on Roman Reigns to retain the championship. Winner and Still WWE Universal Champ: Brock Lesnar
Match Rating: 4.25/5- What a match and main event from all 4 men
Overall Rating: 6/10- For the most part, this was an exciting PPV. We had a few unexpected championship changes and I’m looking forward to how things shape up moving forward. Below are my top matches of the evening.
- Brock Lesnar© vs. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe
- A.J. Styles© vs. Kevin Owens
- Cesaro & Sheamus© vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
- Alexa Bliss© vs. Sasha Banks
What did you think about Summerslam? What were your favorite moments throughout the night? What was your favorite match of the night? Leave a comment below.