WWE Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe:
Arguably the match of the night, AJ Styles went head-to-head in his first (WWE) encounter against Samoa Joe. Although the two have wrestled countless times in TNA and other promotions, the crowd were treated to a great contest, which had a decent lead up including Styles’ family. The best spot of the night (I’LL BE YOUR NEW DADDY) was the start of the end for Samoa Joe, and AJ Styles retained and walked away WWE Champion.
Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns
Regardless if you hate or love him, Brock Lesnar draws interest from any sports fan. The big Summerslam match didn’t disappoint, and with Braun Strowman making a statement before the bell rang, it added an extra dimension to the match. After a few spears, superman punches, F5’s and a trip to Suplex City, Roman came out on top. Brock cleverly ruled Braun Strowman out of contention but it will definitely not be the last we see of him.
Raw Women’s Championship — Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
The time finally came for Ronda to claim her first title. In what was a disrespectful show to the champion, Ronda very easily went over and is crowned the new Raw Women’s Champion. I’m sure you can tell from my tone I’m not happy, as I thought there could have been far more from this feud, especially with Alexa being an expert heel. I suspect Ronda will hold the title for a while, at least heading into Evolution.
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Carmella (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte
With mixed reactions to Charlotte being added to the triple threat match, we were hoping for a quality women’s match. Early suspicions were Becky Lynch would carry her momentum into Summerslam, and considering she’s over, would walk away champion. Also with Carmella being a New York native (Statan Island-billed)she was still a favourite despite the odds against her. It was Charlotte who walked away champion to the dismay of the crowd, and we saw a Becky Lynch heel turn, much to the delight of the crowd.
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz:
I predict this will be an unpopular opinion but I was let down by the Daniel Bryan vs The Miz. With an eight year history (which WWE made sure you knew about) the hype for the match was huge. Other than a copied move set there was nothing particularly great about the match, which ended in a heel move from The Miz to beat Daniel Bryan. With The Miz moving into the TV / movie world, I’m not sure how prominent he will be for the rest of the year.
Intercontinental Championship — Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins
My most anticipated match of the card due to the talent of both wrestlers. Huge fan of Ziggler and Rollins so either way I was just looking forward to their encounter. The iron man didn’t work as well as it could, but the match had some great spots and got the “this is awesome” chant. The return of Dean Ambrose was well received and we can potentially see a feud with either Ziggler or Drew in the future. Ziggler did the favours and Seth Rollins reclaimed his International Championship.
United States Championship — Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy
Following Jeff’s drop of the United States Championship to Nakamura, I wasn’t sure whether we’d have a repeat squash or whether fans would enjoy what should have been a great match. The match was decent (especially Jeff taunting Nakamura at the start). Nakamura retains in a decent match with the next opponent seemingly being Randy Orton.
Money in the Bank Briefcase — Braun Strowman (h) vs. Kevin Owens
The outcome of this match wasn’t a surprise, but the way it happened was. The odds on favourite Braun Strowman won with ease and retained his Money in the Bank contract. The match was a squash match with KO not getting into any type of rhythm. No surprises that The Monster in the Bank retained and I’m pretty sure the feud with Kevin is done.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship — Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. New Day
The New Day always put on a great match and there’s no exception for their Summerslam match against the Bludgeon Brothers. With some good spots and move sets, fans were torn between predicting whether the Bludgeon Brothers would retain. Ultimately, The New Day did the favours and the Bludgeon Brothers retained their Smackdown Tag Team Champions via DQ. A great match as expected.
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
I’ll be honest I marked out and spilt my Corona and the Doritos were knocked off the table. I don’t think Baron Corbin deserved to get The Demon King treatment, but it’s always awesome to see him. As expected, Finn went over to the delight of the crowd. Plaudits for Baron Corbin for not only doing the favours but selling the whole match brilliantly.
Raw Tag Team Championship — The B-Team (c) vs. The Revival (Kickoff Show)
In the last match of the kick off show, the Raw Tag Team Champions (The B-Team) defended their titles against The Revival. The common feeling was The B-Team were to continue their streak and retain the Championships (which they did). We then saw a great segment with The Miz – watch out for “Total Fellas” (with a B) coming soon!
Cruiserweight Championship — Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak (Kickoff Show)
After Drew Gulak beat Mustafa Ali to become the opponent for Cedric at Summerslam, the match was always going to be highly anticipated. As big fans of the 205 division, it’s great to see a couple of wrestlers on the roster represent the brand at a huge stage (shame it was on the kick-off). As expected, some decent spots and some near falls, ended with a reverse pin win for Cedric Alexander who retains his Cruiserweight Championship.
Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega vs. Rusev & Lana (Kickoff Show)
The first match on the card was Andrade Almas and Zelina Vega vs Rusev and Lana. The WWE universe were looking to celebrate Rusev Day with a win for Lana and Rusev. With some impressive spots between Lana and Zelina, the match ran almost as expected. In true heel fashion, Zelina managed to win with 3 count, with some help from the ropes. It will be interesting to see this storyline feud develop further, if infact that’s the plan by WWE.
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