Welcome to The LAW’s coverage of WWE SummerSlam from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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-Best and Worst match of the night
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Renee Young, Jerry Lawler, Lita and David Otunga are on the panel for the kickoff show.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Baron Corbin backstage, he cut a promo on John Cena but the audio constantly cut out and it was hard to make out what he was saying.
There was a very well-produced video for the A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Owens match.
THE MIZ & BO DALLAS & CURTIS AXEL VS THE HARDYS & JASON JORDAN
The crowd has barely made its way into the arena as there was a massive clog of people outside and it appears doors opened really late.
Jeff teased a Swanton to Dallas but was pulled away to the floor and they took a commercial break.
The atmosphere is the biggest obstacle this match is facing as there are so few people in the arena that the reaction is very mild. They eventually got into a “Brother Nero” chant and “Delete” as Matt was in the match.
They built to a hot tag to Jordan, he was firing up on Axel and missed the blind tag to Miz, who caught him with the Skull Crushing Finale and pinned Jordan.
WINNERS: The Miz (pinned Jason Jordan) & Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel at 10:34
Charly did a sit down interview with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in the social media lounge.
AKIRA TOZAWA VS NEVILLE FOR THE CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE
Vic Joseph & Corey Graves called this match.
The crowd has picked up a lot with more making their way in so was better served than the opening six-man tag.
Neville was in control early, until being sent to the floor and Tozawa landed a suicide dive. Tozawa followed with a belly-to-back suplex inside the ring and Neville got away from a senton attempt.
Tozawa applied an Octopus submission, Neville got out and was hit by a shining wizard for a two-count.
Tozawa dropped him with a right hand, climbed to the top and Neville stopped him on the turnbuckle. Neville went for a superplex but it was blocked and Neville was knocked down, Tozawa went for the senton and Neville got his knees up.
Neville went up top, he landed the Red Arrow to the back and pinned Tozawa.
WINNER: Neville at 11:46 to win the Cruiserweight title
Surprising finish after ending the lengthy title reign, this wasn’t as good as their match on Raw this past week and the feud will likely continue with Tozawa now in line for a rematch.
Kayla interviewed Roman Reigns backstage. He said he was born ready and will whoop everyone’s ass tonight and leave as champion.
Elias in in the ring, he began his song for Brooklyn and this got tons of heat, he said the people are as dirty as the streets, he had to pause for the boos and then started a second song. He ended by asking when all the hipsters in Brooklyn lost their balls. This was great and he just ended without someone attacking him or leading to a match and that’s for the best.
Carmella and James Ellsworth came to the panel, they went back-and-forth with Peter Rosenberg and Rosenberg asked if had an Indie show to get to and worked in a MLW reference.
Jinder Mahal cut a quick promo in the back alongside The Singh Brothers.
BIG E. & XAVIER WOODS VS THE USOS FOR THE SMACKDOWN TAG TITLES
New Day came out dressed as the Red Lantern and Kingston went over New Day’s history in Brooklyn.
They had the heat on Woods for a while and he attempted the tag but Big E. was yanked off the apron to the floor. The Usos double-teamed Woods in their corner and grounded him. Big E. eventually received the hot tag, Jey ran into a uranage from E out of the corner. E then powerbombed Woods on top of Jey.
Woods lifted E up on his shoulders and dropped him on top of Jey for a near fall the audience reacted loudly for. Jimmy came in and featured Big E. hitting a uranage to Jimmy onto the knees of Woods for a two-count.
Woods landed a running dropkick to the floor onto Jimmy, Jey then ran on the floor and took down Woods, E teased a dive but was hit with a superkick from the floor. The Usos hit splashes from the top with Woods kicking out of the cover.
Woods applied a Koji clutch on Jey, Woods hit a shining wizard and then a tornado DDT to Jimmy to the floor. New Day hit Midnight Hour on Jey but Jimmy saved, the crowd is really into the match.
Jey pressed Jimmy into the air and he crashed down on Woods on the floor, Kingston was tossed into the steps, E then speared Jey through the ropes to the floor, The Usos double-teamed E with multiple superkicks and a pair of splashes to win the match.
WINNERS: The Usos at 19:15 to regain the Smackdown tag titles
This was another great match from these two teams and they got a lot of time.
Then they ran a KFC ad to find the new Col. Sanders with various performers in the commercial and led to a live appearance from Shawn Michaels, who was dressed as Col. Sanders. He just came out and acted ridiculous.
Paul Heyman cut a promo backstage and was interrupted and stopped by Braun Strowman.
This concluded the kickoff portion of SummerSlam.
JOHN CENA VS BARON CORBIN
John Cena was the first one out on the main portion of the show, this is actually a great position for Baron Corbin to have the best reaction and not put on late in the show and risk the match not clicking.
The crowd chanted “Where’s your briefcase?” as the match began.
Corbin started the match in control, Corbin was heavily playing to the crowd but they weren’t reacting much with Corbin on offence. Cena hit a slam and went for the five-knuckle shuffle but Corbin rolled out of the way. Corbin hit a choke slam back breaker and got a two-count on Cena.
Cena landed a tornado DDT off the turnbuckle and the crowd booed Cena. He hit the five-knuckle shuffle and went for the AA but Corbin blocked and came back to hit Deep Six for a two-count.
Corbin took his shirt off and drew gasps and laughter as he struggled to get the shirt off.
Cena stopped Corbin and hit the AA for the clean win.
WINNER: John Cena at 10:12
The match was nothing special and felt like the culmination of a very bad week in the career of Baron Corbin.
Considering the standard of a John Cena match on a major show, this match was a disappointment.
NAOMI VS NATALYA FOR THE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S TITLE
Natalya was sent to the floor and Naomi hit a blockbuster off the steps. Natalya came back and catapulted Naomi from the edge of the apron into the corner post.
Carmella and James Ellsworth are shown watching backstage.
Natalya repeatedly told the referee to do his job and he would yell back “I am doing my job” each time, I found this amusing.
Natalya was in control and then caught by Naomi with a side Russian leg sweep off the second turnbuckle. Naomi used a head scissors to drill Natalya into the mat. Naomi hit a slingshot into a leg drop for a two-count.
Naomi went for her submission but Natalya countered and applied the sharpshooter, Naomi flipped Natalya and drove her head into the bottom turnbuckle to escape. Natalya got up and re-applied the sharpshooter in the middle and Naomi tapped.
WINNER: Natalya at 10:51 to win the Smackdown women’s title
The match was fine and one of Naomi’s better matches she has had, the negative was the audience was not into the match all that much. Natalya being champion is something fresh and creates a lot of new matches and will be strong matches as well with the likes of Charlotte, Becky Lynch etc.
Naomi had tears in her eyes as she sat in the ring after the loss.
The most frightening as aired for No Mercy with Alexa Bliss and a bunch of Alexa Bliss evil clowns featured, you have to see this to understand as I don’t have the words handy.
BIG CASS VS BIG SHOW
Enzo came out, put over Brooklyn, quoted Lil’ Kim with “money, power, respect” and Enzo only receives that when he has the microphone. He called himself the “Al Capone of this microphone”, he would put his worst day on the microphone up against Cass’ best day in the ring and kept going until he was interrupted by Big Cass.
Enzo was locked into the shark cage.
Big Show came out with a cast on his right hand from the attack angle on Raw.
Show hit a side slam and landed on his injured hand (well, that was silly). The he tried a Vader bomb and missed and landed on the hand.
Cass landed a big boot and attacked the injured hand with kicks. The crowd is chanting “boring”.
Show caught him with a choke slam for a two-count using the left hand.
Enzo tries to escape the shark cage, he took his shorts off, used oil and slipped through the bar and then got killed by a big boot from Cass. This match is not good.
Cass landed a big boot to Show and Empire Elbow for the win.
WINNER: Big Cass at 10:27
Kurt Angle met with Daniel Bryan, they argued over which brand will have the better showing tonight (tough argument for Angle after that last match). They got into an argument yelling “yes” and “no” and this was not good.
RANDY ORTON VS RUSEV
Rusev jumped Randy Orton as he was making his entrance and took him to the floor before the bell rung. Orton was slumped down in the corner, the referee rang the bell and he immediately hit the RKO and pinned Rusev.
WINNER: Randy Orton at 0:10
On a show this long, I had no problem with a quick match like that and Rusev is hardly a top-level pushed heel.
Sasha Banks was backstage, Bayley walked up (heavily booed by the audience) and gave Banks a hug.
ALEXA BLISS VS SASHA BANKS FOR THE RAW WOMEN’S TITLE
Bliss was cheered more than Banks during the ring introductions.
Bliss nailed her with a right forearm and was in control for the early portion.
Booker T. brought up Ronda Rousey and noted how the competition got tougher and tougher and compared it to the Raw women’s division.
Banks sent Bliss off the turnbuckle by her arms and hit a shining wizard to Bliss. Bliss attempted a Code Red out of the corner, Banks blocked and drove Bliss into the turnbuckle.
Banks applied the Bank Statement but Bliss is too close to the rope and gets to the floor. Bliss pulled out the ring skirt and Banks slipped and crashed on the floor and held her left shoulder. Bliss attacked the arm and shoulder back inside the ring.
Bliss hit Twisted Bliss and Banks kicked out. Banks caught her in the Bank Statement and Bliss pulls at the bad shoulder to escape. Bliss got near the ropes and Banks re-applied the Bank Statement and Bliss tapped.
WINNER: Sasha Banks at 13:17 to win the Raw women’s title
The finish was very sudden with Corey Graves in the middle of stating that Banks is having trouble applying the Bank Statement because of the state of her shoulder. This was a good match between the two, nothing on the main show has blown the audience away but this was about at the level, if not slightly above what you would have expected going in.
BRAY WYATT VS FINN BALOR
Everyone went crazy for Balor’s Demon entrance.
Balor attacks Wyatt from the start and the audience is chanting for Balor. Wyatt was sent to the floor and Balor hit a tope con giro. Wyatt caught Balor with a suplex off the apron to the floor and took over. Balor blocked a Sister Abigail and hit a double foot stomp.
Balor hit a double foot stomp off the apron to the back of Wyatt’s neck on the floor. Back in the ring, Balor hit a sling blade but then ran into a boot from Wyatt.
Wyatt did the Spider walk and Balor popped up from the mat and hit another sling blade and running dropkick into the corner and followed with the Coupe de grace.
WINNER: Finn Balor at 10:40
This was better than I anticipated it would be and better than their Raw match. The audience was with it the whole way, especially for Balor and it was the right call to go with the Demon entrance because it made a big difference.
CESARO & SHEAMUS VS DEAN AMBROSE & SETH ROLLINS FOR THE RAW TAG TITLES
Rollins received a thunderous reaction coming out.
It started off like a really good tag match. Sheamus nailed Ambrose with a Brogue kick on the floor and they double-teamed Rollins by slamming him onto the floor. They got the advantage on Rollins inside the ring.
There was a beach ball in the crowd and Cesaro ran out and destroyed the beach ball.
They kept Rollins away from Ambrose and doing all the great tag team heel tactics. Ambrose ran across the ring and came off the top with an axe handle to everyone on the floor and helped Rollins back into the ring. Rollins rolled past Cesaro and tagged in Ambrose.
Ambrose lifted Cesaro as Rollins took him off with a sling blade. Ambrose came off the top into a Cesaro uppercut. Ambrose came back and landed a lariat. Ambrose hit a superplex to Sheamus followed by a top rope splash from Rollins but Cesaro made the save.
Cesaro applied a sharpshooter to Ambrose, Sheamus hit a rolling fireman’s carry to Rollins on the floor as Cesaro then transitioned to a crossface onto Ambrose. The hold was released and they hit a Doomsday Device to Ambrose for a two-count.
They double-teamed and beat down Ambrose, a super White Noise was stopped with Rollins returning with a springboard Frankensteiner that sent Cesaro crashing into Sheamus, Rollins attacked Cesaro & Sheamus with superkicks, the Rainmaker knee to Sheamus and Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds for the win. The ending sequence was incredible.
I would say this was ahead of the Smackdown tag title match for best match of the show so far.
WINNERS: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose to win the Raw tag titles at 18:38
A.J. STYLES VS KEVIN OWENS FOR THE UNITED STATES TITLE WITH SHANE McMAHON AS THE SPECIAL REFEREE
Shane had to separate the two to allow the bell to ring to start the match.
Owens was in control, he landed a cannonball in the corner and got a two-count and yelled at Shane for having “bad placement”.
Owens caught Styles at every turn, Styles attempted a quebrada and Owens side stepped and hit a superkick. Styles then hit Owens with an Ushigoroshi. Styles climbed to the top and Owens sent Shane into the ropes and led to Styles crashing on top. Styles recovered and hit a sunset bomb to Owens.
Styles went for a springboard 450 splash but Owens pulled Shane on top and Styles landed on top of Shane. Styles checked on Shane and Owens capitalized with a pop-up powerbomb for a two-count. Owens was berating Shane for being down and arguing the count.
Styles locked on the calf crusher and Owens raked the eyes to get out. Owens kicked Styles into Shane and he landed on the floor. Styles re-applied the calf crusher but Shane was on the floor, Owens taps and Shane doesn’t see it.
Styles hit a snap vertical to send Owens into the turnbuckle, Owens blocked a huracanrana off the top and hit a Northern Lights bomb off the turnbuckle.
Styles missed a Pele kick, Owens hit a superkick, Styles rolled from a cradle and into the Styles Clash but Owens kicked out. Styles went for the phenomenal forearm and Owens ducked, caught him with the pop up powerbomb and Shane counted three but rescinded it as he saw Styles’ foot on the rope and Owens freaked out.
The gimmick is Shane is actually a terrible referee.
Shane and Owens got into a shoving match and led to a Styles roll up for a near fall. Styles hit a Pele kick, Styles hit the phenomenal forearm and then hit the Styles Clash and won the match.
WINNER: A.J. Styles at 17:23 to retain the United States title
They had a very good match but it was heavily built around Shane McMahon with tons of referee bumps and other interference so at times the match felt secondary to the future program coming out of this. I feel the audience didn’t react to all the near falls as much because they were awaiting something with Shane before the believed the match could end.
JINDER MAHAL VS SHINSUKE NAKAMURA FOR THE WWE TITLE
Nakamura was played to the ring by Lee England, Jr., who has performed his theme in the past live. The arena was chanting his song as he entered the ring.
The Singh Brothers introduced Jinder Mahal.
The crowd was all for Nakamura.
Mahal was knocked to the floor and the audience was chanting “3MB”.
Mahal wore down Nakamura, the audience is really behind Nakamura but they will get restless. Nakamura fought back and hit the running knee to the ribs in the corner. Nakamura went for a triangle and Mahal crawled to the rope.
Nakamura sent up for the Kinshasa but Mahal side stepped and he went into the corner. Mahal landed a high knee. Mahal set up for the Khallas and Nakamura stopped him.
Mahal ran into the post in the corner and Nakamura landed a Kinshasa to the back of the head, he set up for it again and Samir and Sunil got into the ring and Nakamura fought them off. Mahal capitalized from Nakamura being distracted and hit the Khallas for the win.
WINNER: Jinder Mahal at 11:23 to retain the WWE title
If you were expecting a miracle, you didn’t get it with a distraction leading to the finish following a match that was average at best and well below the last few matches that preceded it.
BROCK LESNAR VS ROMAN REIGNS VS BRAUN STROWMAN VS SAMOA JOE FOR THE UNIVERSAL TITLE
All four got huge reactions coming out, all felt like major stars and this as a big match.
Lesnar hit German suplexes to Reigns and Joe early. The audience went crazy as Strowman entered the ring, but Reigns and Joe prevented them from going at it. They got rid of Reigns and Joe, Strowman splashed Lesnar and clotheslined him to the floor and the audience went crazy.
Joe has a Coquina clutch applied to Lesnar on the floor and then Reigns speared Lesnar through the barricade. Joe took Reigns and hit a uranage onto the announcer’s desk. Strowman took Lesnar and put him through an announcer’s table with a running powerslam. Corey Graves called for FEMA. Joe then landed a tope suicida to Reigns on the floor.
Strowman tossed the office chair again and then another running powerslam is delivered to Lesnar as he is put through another table.
Strowman took the U.S. announce table and tipped it all the way over on top of Lesnar. Officials ran down to help as Paul Heyman was losing his mind. A stretcher was brought down and they started to wheel Lesnar to the back.
Reigns attacked Strowman with the steps repeatedly and knocked him to the floor as Joe returned. Joe went for the Coquina clutch and was stopped by Strowman, who choke slammed both.
Lesnar marched back to the ring and tackled Strowman and attacked with strikes. He followed with Germans to Reigns and Joe. Lesnar went for the kimura to Strowman but it was broken by a superman punch from Reigns. He then hit superman punches to Lesnar and Joe.
Reigns speared Lesnar and Lesnar kicked out.
Joe applied the Coquina clutch to Reigns and Strowman broke with a dropkick and hit a powerslam to Joe but Lesnar pulled the referee to the floor to stop the count.
Strowman pressed Reigns in the air and he came down and landed a superman punch for a two-count. Reigns ran into a Strowman boot, then was hit with a powerslam and Lesnar saved.
Reigns speared Strowman as he went for a powerslam to Lesnar.
Joe is alone with Lesnar and applies the Coquina clutch, Lesnar escapes and hits the F-5 and Reigns saves.
Reigns hits two superman punches to Lesnar, he sets up for the spear but is caught with a F-5 and Lesnar pins Reigns.
WINNER: Brock Lesnar at 20:53 to retain the Universal title
This main event was excellent and easily the best match on the show. Tremendous effort from all four and they kept an incredible pace for the whole duration.