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WWE SummerSlam 2017 recap & reaction

Kickoff Show:

The Miztourage defeated The Hardy Boyz & Jason Jordan

The Miz connected with the Skull Crushing Finale on Jason Jordan for the victory.

Neville defeated Akira Tozawa to become the new Cruiserweight Champion

Akira Tozawa went for the Senton Bomb but Neville got his knees up. Neville then hit the Red Arrow onto Tozawa’s back for the victory.

Elias performed a song for the Barclays Center and insulted them several times throughout the performance.

The Usos defeated New Day to become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions

The Usos isolated Big E in the ring and connected with a series of Superkicks followed by two Splashes off the top rope for the pinfall victory.

Main Card:

John Cena vs Baron Corbin

Cena started out the match laughing and putting on JBL’s hat outside the ring. Corbin then took control of the match early and was taunting Cena the entire time he was beating him down. Corbin leveled Cena with a Clothesline for a two count. Corbin got pissed off that Cena was able to kick out and started shouting in the ring.

Cena launched at Corbin but Baron caught him and slammed him to the mat. Corbin then went for the pinfall but Cena once again kicked out. Corbin once again became frustrated and started shouting at the referee and the crowd in the Barclays Center. Cena connected with a Dropkick onto Corbin but Baron shrugged it off and punched Cena in the face. The crowd in the Barclays Center started chanting “where is your briefcase?” and Corbin became distracted.

Cena took advantage and hit Corbin with a couple of shoulder tackles. Cena went for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Corbin got out of the way. Corbin then hit a ridiculous Chokeslam Backbreaker for a two count. Cena planted Corbin with a Tornado DDT off the second rope and then hit the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena went for the AA but Corbin shoved him into the ropes and then planted him with Deep Six for a two count.

Corbin exposed his elbow and proceeded to bash Cena in the face with it. Corbin then removed his shirt and then beatdown Cena in the corner. Cena leveled Corbin with a Clothesline and then hit the Attitude Adjustment for the victory.

Winner: John Cena

Reaction: Well, I don’t know what else to say besides Corbin is buried right now. He was embarrassed on Tuesday’s SmackDown and then lost via one Attitude Adjustment. I have no idea where Corbin goes from here. The match itself was alright, but the ending makes zero sense to me. I was expecting Corbin to attack Cena after the match, but instead he just tucked his tail between his legs and walked backstage. I don’t get it at all.

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Naomi (c) vs Natalya

Natalya slapped Naomi in the face to start off the match. Natalya then attacked Naomi in the corner and then slammed her to the mat. Naomi battled back and delivered a slap of her own to Natalya and Natalya rolled out of the ring. Naomi got on the ring apron and booted Natalya in the face. Naomi then connected with a Blockbuster off the ring apron.

The action returned to the ring and Natalya took control. Natalya stomped on Naomi in the corner and the referee was forced to break it up. Natalya then posed in the ring and then planted Naomi with a Suplex for a two count. Carmella and Ellsworth were shown watching the match backstage. Carmella was holding the MITB briefcase.

Naomi went for a roll up but Natalya kicked out at two and then leveled Naomi with a Clothesline. Naomi connected with a couple of kicks but Natalya responded by slamming her to the mat with a two count. Natalya then shouted “shut up” at the crowd who wasn’t making any noise at all. Natalya locked in the Abdominal Stretch in the middle of the ring.

Naomi battled out of the hold but Natalya once again connected with a Clothesline for a two count. Naomi hit a Russian Leg Sweep off the second rope and both Superstars crashed to the mat. Both Superstars got back to their feet and traded punches. Naomi got the upper-hand and connected with a spin kick. Naomi then slammed Natalya’s head into the mat for a two count.

Naomi hit a series of kicks but Natalya grabbed her leg and Naomi did a split in the ring. Natalya then hit a Dropkick to Naomi’s face for a two count. Naomi hung up Natalya between the ropes and then booted her in the back. Naomi then went to the ring apron and connected with a Leg Drop for a two count.

Natalya bounced Naomi’s head off the second turnbuckle but Naomi rolled Natalya up for a two count. Naomi went to apply a submission hold but Natalya blocked it and locked in the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Naomi tried to get to the bottom rope but Natalya dragged her back to the center of the ring. Naomi was able to roll through and Natalya fell into the turnbuckle head-first.

Naomi went for the split-legged Moonsault but Natalya got her knees up. Natalya once again locked in the Sharpshooter for the submission victory.

Winner & New SmackDown Women’s Champion: Natalya

Reaction: This match started out slow but picked up towards the end. The crowd wasn’t really into this match and it is hard to blame them given the lackluster build this match had. Naomi’s SmackDown Championship run is over and it was a total disappointment. Time will tell how Natalya’s run with the title goes and when Carmella will cash in her MITB contract.

Big Cass vs Big Show (Enzo Amore suspended in shark cage above the ring)

Enzo cut a promo before the match. Big Show came down to the ring with a cast on the hand that Cass slammed the cage door on during Monday’s RAW. Big Show started out the match in control as Enzo danced in the cage above the ring. Big Show controlled the first several minutes of the match and Enzo shouted insults down at Cass the entire time.

Big Show planted Cass with a Side Slam but Show landed on his injured hand and screamed in pain. Big Show then slammed Cass to the mat and then gingerly made his way up to the second rope. Big Show tried to jump onto Cass but Cass rolled out of the way and Big Show once again landed on his hand.

Big Cass went for a big boot but Big Show connected with KO Punch but Cass kicked out at two. Big Show didn’t get much on the punch due to his hand injury. Cass booted Big Show on his injured hand and then punched Show’s hand several times. Big Show went to grab the middle rope but Cass once again booted Big Show’s hand.

The crowd chanted “boring” as Big Cass attacked Big Show’s hand for the next several minutes. Cass took a break to raise his fist in the air and taunt the disgruntled crowd. Big Show finally battled back and leveled Cass with a shoulder tackle. Big Show connected with a Splash in the corner and then planted Cass with a Chokeslam with his left hand for a two count.

Cass rolled out of the ring as Big Show slowly got back up. Cass hopped up on the ring apron and slammed Big Show’s injured hand off the ring post. Enzo took off his shirt in the cage and tossed it out of the cage. Enzo tried to slide between the bars in the cage. Enzo then took off hit shorts and was down to his boxers. Enzo then oiled himself up and put on some gloves.

Enzo was then able to slither between the bars and was on the outside of the cage. Enzo then dropped down to the ring and Cass immediately booted him in the face. Cass then hit Big Show with a boot to the face but Big Show kicked out at two. Cass then connected with another boot to the face and hit the Empire Elbow for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Big Cass

Reaction: Enzo’s escape from the cage was entertaining, the rest of this match absolutely sucked. The entire first hour of SummerSlam has been mediocre at best. It is hard to understand why this match was on the main card of SummerSlam, but the Cruiserweight and SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was placed on the Kickoff Show.

RAW GM Kurt Angle was shown on the phone backstage. He told the person that he was talking to that he would call him back. SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan showed up and said the SmackDown WWE Championship is going to steal the show. Angle disagreed and stated that the Fatal 4-Way is going to be epic. Daniel Bryan said that he knows that SmackDown will put on the better show. Angle once again disagreed and said that RAW will put on the better matches tonight and started chanting “yes!”. Daniel Bryan chanted “no!” as the segment ended.

Randy Orton vs Rusev

Rusev attacked Orton before the match started and slammed Orton into the ring post. Rusev then picked Orton up and launched him into the barricade. The action returned to the ring and the referee rang the bell. Rusev charged at Orton but Randy moved out of the way and Rusev ran into the turnbuckle. Orton then planted Rusev with an RKO for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Randy Orton

Reaction: I couldn’t have cared any less about this match so I am glad it was short. I figured that Rusev would lose this match, I didn’t figure that he would lose in under 15 seconds.

Bayley wished Sasha Banks luck backstage in her match against Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship. Bayley got booed out of the building when she was shown on the screen.

RAW Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs Sasha Banks

Banks beatdown Bliss in the corner and the referee broke it up. Alexa then powered out of the corner and connected with a big right hand. Banks connected with a Dropkick and Bliss rolled to the ring apron. Bliss connected with another right hand and followed it up with a Crossbody off the top rope for a two count. Bliss then hit a Clothesline for another two count.

Bliss stomped on Banks in the corner. Sasha caught Alexa’s leg and then booted her in the face. Bliss hung up Sasha on the second rope and then bounced her head off the canvas. Bliss hit a flurry of right hands for a two count. Alexa applied a Chin Lock in the middle of the ring. Sasha fought out of the hold but Alexa slammed her to the mat for a two count. Bliss knocked Sasha to the mat and made her way up the turnbuckle. Sasha met her up there and hit her with a right hand.

Alexa started choking Sasha on the turnbuckle. Bliss then threw Sasha to the mat and connected with Double Knees off the top rope. Bliss then flipped and hit another Double Knees but Sasha kicked out at two. Bliss leveled Banks with a Clothesline for another two count. Alexa glanced at the referee with a frustrated look on her face.

Bliss bounced Sasha’s head off the turnbuckle and then shouted at the referee when he told her to break it up. Bliss then launched her shoulder into Sasha’s midsection a couple of times. Bliss grabbed Sasha by the hair and then applied a Chin Lock. Banks broke free and launched Bliss off the turnbuckle and across the ring. Banks followed it up with a knee to the face and both Superstars fell to the mat.

Banks hit a Dropkick and then slammed Bliss to the mat for a two count. Bliss slammed Sasha’s face into her knee and went for a pinfall but Banks once again kicked out. Bliss shouted at Sasha to give up and Banks landed a kick to Alexa’s shoulder. Banks catapulted Bliss into the corner and Alexa’s head bounced off the second turnbuckle. Sasha then connected with Double knees for a two count.

Alexa went for a DDT but Sasha countered it into the Bank Statement in the corner of the ring. Alexa quickly made it to the bottom rope and the hold was broken. Alexa rolled out of the ring and then yanked the ring skirt while Sasha was on the apron and Banks crashed to the floor outside the ring. Bliss brought Sasha back into the ring, only to immediately throw her to the outside again. Bliss then posed in the ring as the referee started to count Banks out.

Banks made it back into the ring just in time but Alexa went right back on the attack and attacked Sasha’s arm. Bliss casually stepped on Banks on her way to the turnbuckle. Alexa climbed to the top rope and connected with Twisted Bliss but Sasha kicked out at two. Alexa then threw a tantrum in the middle of the ring and started slapping the mat. Banks locked in the Bank Statement in the middle of the ring. Bliss grabbed Sasha’s arm and slammed it across her own shoulder. Sasha once again was able to apply the Bank Statement and Alexa Bliss tapped out in the middle of the ring.

Winner & New RAW Women’s Champion: Sasha Banks

Reaction: The crowd wasn’t into this match but Banks and Bliss put on a solid bout. I thought that Sasha Banks should have been in this match all along and I’m not surprised at all that Sasha is walking out of WWE SummerSlam as the RAW Women’s Champion.

Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt

Balor came down to the ring as The Demon. Bray rolled out of the ring right when the match started. Wyatt regrouped and made his way back to the ring. Bray connected with a right hand but Balor was unfazed. Wyatt threw Balor into the corner but Finn sprung out of the corner and leveled Wyatt. Bray once again rolled outside the ring. Finn followed him out there and leveled Wyatt with a Clothesline.

The action returned to the ring as the Barcalys Center chanted “Finn!”. Wyatt posed in the corner but Balor didn’t care and wrestled Bray to the mat. Balor then hit Wyatt with a Dropkick and Bray once again rolled out of the ring. Finn sprinted across the ring and flipped onto Bray outside the ring. Balor threw Wyatt back into the ring and then climbed up the turnbuckle. Wyatt once again rolled out of the ring and Balor hopped to the ring apron.

Wyatt then attacked Balor on the apron and connected with a Suplex to the floor outside the ring. Back in the ring, Wyatt hit Balor with a couple of stiff right hands in the corner. Finn connected with some punches of his own but Wyatt kneed him in the ribs. Wyatt perched Finn up on the top rope and then slammed him to the mat. Wyatt went for a cover but Balor’s foot was under the rope.

Bray applied a Chin Lock in the middle of the ring. Balor broke the hold with a Jawbreaker but Wyatt remained on the offensive and whipped Balor into the turnbuckle. Bray went for the Sister Abigail but Balor countered it and knocked Bray to the mat. Finn connected with a Double Stomp and both Superstars fell to the canvas.

Wyatt charged at Balor in the corner but Finn got his feet up and then hit Bray with an overhead kick. Balor hit a series of forearms and then threw Wyatt out of the ring. Finn connected with a Dropkick through the ropes and followed it up by punting Wyatt’s head from the ring apron. Bray slowly got back to his feet but Finn connected with another Double Stomp to the back of Wyatt’s neck.

The action returned to the ring and Balor made his way up the turnbuckle. Balor tried to leap onto Wyatt but Bray got out of the way. Wyatt once again went for the Sister Abigail but Balor countered it into a Slingblade. Wyatt planted Balor with a Uranage for a two count. Bray connected with a running Senton for another two count and Wyatt laughed and shouted “I got him!”.

The Barclays Center chanted “lets go Balor!” as Bray climbed to the top rope. Balor knocked him off the turnbuckle and slammed him to the mat for a two count. Bray once again rolled out of the ring but Balor followed him and connected with a Dropkick that sent Bray into the barricade. Back in the ring, Balor charged at Bray but Wyatt was ready and leveled him with a Clothesline for a two count.

Wyatt spider-walked across the ring but Balor got right back to his feet and Bray had a shocked look on his face. Balor then hit a Slingblade and followed it up with a Dropkick. Balor then climbed to the top rope and hit the Coupe de Grace for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Finn Balor

Reaction: I thought this match was entertaining. The issue I had with it is that we just saw this match on RAW and Wyatt picked up the clean victory. It was pretty predictable that Balor would pick up the victory here. I hope that this feud is over now and that WWE has something planned for both of these talented Superstars after SummerSlam.

RAW Tag Team Championship: Sheamus & Cesaro vs Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose

Ambrose and Cesaro started off the match. Sheamus quickly tagged in and locked up with Ambrose. Sheamus wrestled Ambrose to the mat and then applied a Chin Lock. Ambrose fought out of the hold and the two Superstars locked up again. Rollins tagged himself in and Ambrose Suplexed Sheamus to the mat.

Sheamus got back to his feet and brought Rollins to the corner. Cesaro was tagged in and connected with an uppercut. Ambrose was tagged in and he leveled Cesaro with a Clothesline for a one count. Ambrose kneed Cesaro in the chest and then knocked Sheamus out of the ring. Sheamus and Cesaro regrouped outside the ring as Rollins and Ambrose waited for them inside the ring.

The action returned to the ring and Cesaro knocked Ambrose off the ring apron. Sheamus then Brogue Kicked Ambrose outside the ring. Rollins went for a Suicide Dive onto Sheamus and Cesaro outside the ring but they caught him and slammed him to the floor outside the ring.

Back in the ring, Cesaro planted Rollins with a Suplex and tagged in Sheamus. Cesaro held Rollins down as Sheamus connected with a knee. Cesaro was tagged in and he continued the beatdown of Rollins. Seth hit a Blockbuster on Cesaro and looked for a tag but Ambrose was still knocked out on the floor outside the ring.

Sheamus was tagged in and he kneed Rollins in the back and then slammed him to the mat for a two count. Cesaro sprinted into the crowd and destroyed a beach ball that being knocked around the arena. The crowd chanted “yes!” as Cesaro ripped up the beach ball. Back in the ring, Cesaro connected with a Suplex and then tagged Sheamus back in.

Rollins hit Sheamus with a kick to the side of his head as Ambrose finally made his way to the ring apron. Seth tried to make his way to the corner but Cesaro entered the match and prevented him from doing so. Cesaro charged at Rollins but Seth got out of the way and Cesaro tumbled out of the ring. Cesaro clutched his knee when he hit the floor.

Cesaro tagged Sheamus in the match and Ambrose lost it. Ambrose climbed up to the top turnbuckle and leaped onto Sheamus, Cesaro and Rollins outside the ring. Ambrose brought Rollins into the ring but Sheamus prevented the tag yet again. Cesaro was tagged in and Rollins was able to avoid him and finally tag in Ambrose.

Dean planted Cesaro with a Neckbreaker and then climbed up to the top rope. Rollins and Ambrose Clotheslined both Cesaro and Sheamus out of the ring. Rollins and Ambrose then connected with dueling Suicide Dives onto Sheamus and Cesaro. Back in the ring, Rollins was tagged in and he it a Slingblade on Cesaro for a two count.

Ambrose was tagged in and he leaped off the turnbuckle but was greeted with an uppercut from Cesaro. Ambrose responded with the Lunatic Lariat and both Superstars fell to the mat. Sheamus was tagged in and climbed to the top rope but Dean met him up there. Rollins got onto the ring apron and booted Sheamus in the head and Ambrose hit a Superplex. Rollins then hit a Frog Splash and went for the cover but Cesaro leaped into the ring and broke up the pinfall.

Ambrose tagged himself in and beatdown Sheamus in the corner. Rollins and Ambrose then lifted up Sheamus onto the turnbuckle and were about to Powerbomb him but Cesaro got into the ring and distracted them. Cesaro launched Rollins out of the ring and Sheamus connected with a Backbreaker to Ambrose for a two count.

Cesaro was tagged in and went for a Crossbody but Ambrose rolled through for a roll up but Cesaro kicked out at two. Cesaro hit the Cesaro Swing and then locked in the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Rollins tried to get in the ring but Sheamus planted him with a rolling Senton. Ambrose tried to get out of the Sharpshooter but Cesaro transitioned into a Crossface in the middle of the ring.

Ambrose reversed it into a roll up but Cesaro kicked out at two. Sheamus was tagged in and leveled Ambrose with a Clothesline off the top rope as Cesaro held Dean up on his shoulders. Cesaro was tagged back in and Ambrose was planted with a double Razer’s Edge. Cesaro went for the pinfall but Rollins leaped into the ring at the last second and broke up the pinfall.

Rollins was once again knocked out of the ring and Sheamus was tagged in. Sheamus and Cesaro were going to team up for a move but Rollins hit a Hurricanrana and Cesaro launched into Sheamus. Rollins then hit a Superkick onto Cesaro and Sheamus and then Ambrose planted Sheamus with the Dirty Deeds for the victory.

Winners & New RAW Tag Team Champions: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose

Reaction: This match was very entertaining and was the match of the night so far. I love the Ambrose and Rollins storyline. Everything is fine right now, but you just know that their relationship is going to fall apart at some point and it will cost them the titles.

United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Kevin Owens (Shane McMahon is the referee

AJ controlled the match early and connected with a Dropkick. Styles then spent the next couple of minutes in control until Owens connected with a jab to AJ’s throat. Owens followed it up with a Clothesline that sent AJ flipping across the ring. Owens connected with a series of right hands and shouted “who is phenomenal now?”.

Owens threw Styles to the corner and connected with a Cannonball for a two count. Owens shouted at Shane McMahon for a slow count and yelled at his positioning in the ring. Owens connected with a Senton for another two count and then applied a Chin Lock. Owens slammed Styles to the mat for a two count and once again started shouting at Shane McMahon.

Owens went for the Pop-Up Powerbomb but AJ countered it into a Fireman’s Carry Neckbreaker for a two count. AJ went for the springboard 450 Splash but Kevin Owens dragged Shane McMahon on top of him and Styles landed on Shane. Owens then hit the Pop-Up Powerbomb but Styles kicked out at two.

Kevin Owens once again started shouting at Shane McMahon as AJ made his way back to his feet. Owens charged at Styles but AJ got out of the way and Owens hit the ring post. Styles locked in the Calf Crusher but Owens raked AJ’s eyes to break the hold. Styles got frustrated and shoved Shane McMahon. Shane shoved back and Owens rolled AJ up for a two count.

Styles Suplexed Owens into the turnbuckle and then perched Owens up on the top rope. Owens battled back and hit a massive Superplex for a two count. Owens and Styles got back to their feet and started trading punches and chops. Styles went for a Pele Kick but Owens got out of the way and connected with a Superkick. Styles planted Owens with a Styles Clash but Owens was somehow able to power out at two.

Owens avoided a forearm from Styles and planted AJ with a Pop-Up Powerbomb. Owens thought he won the match but AJ’s foot was on the rope. Owens got in Shane’s face and the two started shoving each other. AJ rolled up Owens for a two count. Styles hit the Phenomenal Forearm and then hit the Styles Clash for the victory.

Winner & Still United States Champion: AJ Styles

Reaction: I thought this match was decent. I’m guessing this is going to lead to some kind of altercation between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens on SmackDown. This is another feud that I thought would have been better as both Owens and Styles are talented. It has been nearly as interesting as I thought it would have been and hopefully this marks the end of the feud.

WWE Championship: Jinder Mahal (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Mahal controlled the match early but Nakamura turned the tables and challenged Mahal to run at him. Mahal obliged and Nakamura got out of the way and Mahal fell out of the ring as the crowd chanted “3MB!”. WWE cut to the Indian announce team and the Japanese announce team throughout the beginning of the match.

Nakamura connected with a knee drop as the Barclays Center hummed Nakamura’s theme. Shinsuke shoved his boot in Mahal’s face in the corner. Jinder rolled out of the ring and Nakamura followed him out there. Nakamura punched him in the face against the barricade and then through Mahal into the ring.

Nakamura was distracted on the ring apron by the Singh Brothers and Mahal took advantage. Jinder stomped on Mahal and then posed in the ring to taunt the crowd. Jinder applied a Chin Lock in the middle of the ring. Nakamura broke free but Mahal leveled him with an elbow to the face. Jinder elbowed Nakamura in the back of the head and then applied the Chin Lock again.

Shinsuke broke free and connected with a spin kick to Jinder’s face. Nakamura connected with a kick to Jinder’s chest and then whipped him into the turnbuckle. Nakamura draped Mahal across the top rope and then kneed him in the midsection for a two count. Shinsuke locked in a Triangle submission hold but Mahal quickly got his foot on the ropes to break the hold.

Jinder blocked Nakamura’s attempt at a Suplex but Nakamura booted him and then planted him face first into the mat. Nakamura went for a running knee but Mahal reversed it into a roll-up for a two count. Jinder connected with a running knee of his own for a two count. Jinder went for the Khallas but Nakamura connected with a kick. Jinder charged at Nakamura in the corner but Shinsuke avoided it and hit the ring post.

The Singh Brothers got into the ring and Nakamura took them out. Mahal used the distraction and planted Nakamura with the Khallas for the victory.

Winner & Still WWE Champion: Jinder Mahal

Reaction: I was hoping that Nakamura would get the victory here but I guess WWE doesn’t feel like it is his time. That is fine, but I honestly thought this match was very boring. Mahal just doesn’t impress me in any way but his reign with the WWE Championship continues.

Fatal 4-Way for Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe vs Braun Strowman

Lesnar and Joe battled in the corner to start off the match. Strowman launched Reigns out of the ring as Lesnar connected with a Belly to Belly Suplex on Samoa Joe. Reigns shoved Strowman into the ring post outside the ring and then stared at Brock Lesnar. Reigns hopped up onto the ring apron and entered the ring with Lesnar.

Lesnar connected with a German Suplex to Reigns and then delivered one to Samoa Joe. Reigns and Joe rolled out of the ring as Braun Strowman entered the ring and started shouting at Lesnar. The crowd chanted “yes!” as Strowman and Lesnar had a stare down.

Reigns and Joe got into the ring but Lesnar and Strowman quickly knocked them to the outside. Lesnar grinned as he approached Strowman but Braun launched him into the corner and then Clotheslined him out of the ring. Reigns tried to Clothesline Strowman out of the ring but Braun shoved him away. Strowman charged at Reigns but missed and hit the ring post and fell out of the ring.

Joe applied the Coquina Clutch to Lesnar outside the ring. Reigns tried to Spear him but Joe got out of the way and Reigns Speared Lesnar through the barricade. Joe then slammed Reigns onto the table and Strowman launched Joe over the announce table. Braun then picked up Brock and hit a massive Running Powerslam through the announce table as the crowd chanted “this is awesome!”.

Strowman rolled Joe into the ring and Reigns connected with a Drive By to Strowman. Joe then launched himself through the ropes and hit Reigns with a forearm outside the ring. Strowman then launched a computer chair at Reigns and Samoa Joe. Strowman cleared off another announce table and grabbed Brock Lesnar. Braun lifted Lesnar up again and planted him with another Running Powerslam through a second announce table.

Strowman then lifted up another announce table and dumped it onto Lesnar on the floor.

WWE officials called for a stretcher for Brock Lesnar. The crowd chanted “na-na-na-hey-hey-hey-goodbye” as Lesnar was stretchered away. Strowman hit Joe and Reigns with the steel steps and then casually threw the steps into the ring. Strowman brought Reigns to the ring and Roman connected with a couple of punches in the corner.

Reigns bashed Strowman with the steps three times and Braun fell out of the ring. Samoa Joe rolled up Reigns from behind for a two count. Joe then hit an inverted Atomic Drop and a running Senton for a two count. Roman planted Joe with a Samoan Drop for a two count. Reigns went for the Superman Punch but Joe booted him in the chest and then applied the Coquina Clutch. Strowman then got back into the ring and hit a double Chokeslam on Joe and Reigns.

Brock Lesnar then made his return and marched towards the ring. Lesnar took down Strowman and connected with several right hands. Brock then knocked Braun out of the ring. Lesnar hit a German Suplex onto Reigns and then another one onto Samoa Joe. Braun Strowman got back into the ring and Lesnar went for the Kimura Lock but Reigns hit him with a Superman Punch. Reigns then hit Joe and Strowman with a Superman Punch and leveled Lesnar with a Spear for a two count.

Roman geared up for another Spear but Samoa Joe applied the Coquina Clutch to Reigns from behind. Strowman then hit a Dropkick to break the hold and planted Samoa Joe with the Running Powerslam. Strowman went for the pinfall but Lesnar dragged the ref out of the ring before the three count.

Reigns delivered a Superman Punch to Lesnar outside the ring. Back in the ring, Reigns hit Strowman with a Superman Punch for a two count. Reigns went for a Spear but Strowman booted him in the face and planted him with a Running Powerslam. Strowman went for the cover but Lesnar broke it up.

Lesnar went for the F-5 but Strowman blocked it and lifted Lesnar in the air. Reigns connected with a Spear on Strowman and Braun rolled out of the ring. Lesnar then lifted up Reigns but Samoa Joe got in the ring and threw Reigns out of the ring. Joe then locked in the Coquina Clutch on Brock Lesnar in the middle of the ring. Lesnar broke free and planted Joe with an F-5 but Roman Reigns sprinted to the ring and broke up the cover.

Reigns hit Lesnar with a Superman Punch and then hit a second one. Reigns hit a third Superman Punch and then geared up in the corner. Reigns went for the Spear but Brock caught him and hit the F-5 for the pinfall victory.

Winner & Still Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar

Reaction: This match was pure chaos and I loved every second of it. Braun Strowman looked like a monster during this match and we absolutely need to see a match between Lesnar and Strowman in the near future. This match exceeded my expectations and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Overall, WWE SummerSlam was a decent show. The first hour of the show was painfully dull. The RAW Tag Team Championship match and the Universal Championship matches were my favorite of the night.


  • CC

    Have to say that overall this was a highly disappointing PPV. Bored with Sasha in the womens main event all the time. Bored with Orton and Cena being given matches just to get them on the card, then burying their opponents. Bored with a Universal champion who rarely has matches (hell, he even sat out a good portion of this one). Bored with pointless feuds like Show/Cass. Bored with hot potato titles.

    They need some originality and they just dragged this one out too long anyway. Too many matches just ends up leaving the audience blown out half way through.

    There were some good matches, no doubt, but its the usual suspects. When is everyone else gonna step up?

    I did hear a rumour that Corbin and Rusev are forming a tag team called The Buried Monsters.

    Have to say the star of this PPV for me (and I cannot believe I am saying this) was Strowman.
    He looks more of a beast than the beast incarnate. When that guy started out, he was dreadful, now he is one of the best big guys on the roster.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Braun Strowman is probably 6 months to a year away from being Champion maybe sooner. Boy what difference from Strowman a year ago.

  • M

    Corbin’s done. As a big a fan as I am of him, he never should’ve been pushed to the top this quickly and with his lack of maturity it set up this current disaster. SD will tell all about his future but I don’t feel as of right now it is very bright. On the other hand, awesome main event, just wish they put the strap on Strowman or Joe.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I have to agree with you about Jinder Mihal him as WWE Champion not doing a thing for me. I can not even watch Smackdown right now that how his championship run is going for me.

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