SummerSlam Kickoff Show match result
Apollo Crews defeated MVP in 6:40 to retain the U.S. Championship
Match Review: 2/5. I am glad they kept it short. MVP’s current role is to push young stars, and he should stick to it.
A video package opened the show and then pyro shot off inside the venue. The ThunderDome virtual fans were shown cheering. Michael Cole welcomed viewers to the show and then entrances for the opening match took place.
Bayley (w/Sasha Banks) vs. Asuka for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
Cole and Corey Graves were on commentary. Cole noted that Bayley had held the championship for 317 days. Graves questioned if Bayley had lost her focus and pointed to her loss to Naomi on Smackdown. Ring announcer Greg Hamilton delivered in-ring introductions for the title match.
Asuka applied an early armbar, but Bayley reached the ropes. A couple minutes into the match, Asuka leapt from the ring steps and performed a DDT on Bayley on the way down. Bayley sold her shoulder from the earlier spot while Cole played up her history of shoulder issues.
Bayley came back and hit her Bayley to Belly finisher for a near fall at 5:35. Graves said Asuka kicking out of Bayley’s signature move may destroy Bayley’s confidence. Asuka came back with a kick to Bayley’s head and then both women fell to the mat.
Later, Bayley went to work on Asuka’s knee and applied a leg lock. Asuka broke free and caught Bayley with a Codebreaker that led to a two count. Asuka came back and went for a missile dropkick, but Bayley caught her in a kneebar on the way down. Asuka rolled to the ropes to break the hold. Bayley followed up with a sunset bomb into the corner.
Bayley went up top and tried to drop an elbow on Asuka, who caught her in an armbar on the way down. Banks yelled at Asuka, who released the hold and kicked Banks. Moments later, Bayley took advantage of Asuka being distracted by Banks and rolled her up for a near fall. Asuka went for a Hip Attack on Bayley, but Banks climbed onto the apron, pushed Bayley out of the way, and took the move herself. Bayley caught Asuka in an inside cradle and scored the pin.
Bayley defeated Asuka in 11:35 to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship.
Match Review: 3.5/5. Asuka never fails to impress me. Is she the female Daniel Bryan in the ring? It’s upto you to decide. I would keep Asuka as Asuka because she’s unique, and one of the very best in the ring. Regarding the match, Asuka controlled the first part, then Bayley worked on the knee, then Banks got involved and that played into the finish.
After the match, Banks hit the ring and attacked Bayley. Banks and Bayley left Asuka lying.
After some ads, Dominik Mysterio got a kiss from his mom, who left the locker room. Dominik told Rey Mysterio that he appreciated him being in his corner, but this was his fight. Rey said he couldn’t promise him what he knew he was going to ask. Dominik persisted and asked for Rey’s word that he wouldn’t get involved. “As hard as this is, I give you my word,” Rey said. Dominik thanked him and said that if they were going down, they were going down together.
The Raw broadcast team of Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Samoa Joe checked in from their desk. Phillips set up a video package that recapped the Retribution attacks.
Kevin Owens made his entrance wearing a Street Profits t-shirt and a tie. Owens pointed at the virtual fans and said they were all his friends.
“The Street Profits” Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins vs. Andrade and Angel Garza (w/Zelina Vega) for the Raw Tag Titles.
The Raw broadcast team and Owens were on commentary. Red Party cups fell onto the stage during the Profits’ entrance. A pre-taped Profits promo aired. They still want the smoke.
Ford went for an early flip dive onto both opponents, but they caught him and slammed him onto the floor. Ford was isolated by the challengers. Garza actually held up Ford in place while Andrade performed a double stomp (this looked so much better than the person taking the move holding themselves in place).
Ford eventually made a hot tag to Dawkins, who worked over Andrade briefly. Andrade caught Dawkins with a nice elbow to th head, but then ran into a spear. A short time later, Ford checked back in and performed a cross body block that Garza rolled through fo ra two count.
Vega climbed onto the apron and barked at the referee. Garza superkicked Ford, who stumbled into Vega and knocked her off the apron. As Andrade checked on Vega, Garza was double teamed. Ford finished him off with a frogsplash.
The Street Profits beat Andrade and Angel Garza in 7:50 to retain the Raw Tag Titles.
After the match, Owens announced that he was inviting Aleister Black to join him on the KO Show for Monday’s Raw.
Match Review: 2/5. Felt like a simple house show match. That Frog Splash from Ford was amazing, everything else was average.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Sasha Banks and Bayley in the new backstage ring set. Bayley gloated about winning her match. Banks said that if Bayley could beat Asuka, then she knows she can beat her too. Bayley said she knew it too. Bayley had a broom with her to signify their potential sweep of Asuka.
After some advertising, a video package spotlighted the Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville feud.
Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville in a No DQ, loser leaves WWE match
Just a reminder that the hair vs. hair stipulation was bumped in favor of the new stipulations. Rose went for a leaping knee, but Deville caught her and rolled her into a quick pin for a two count. They fought to ringside where Rose suplexed Deville onto the ramp, then ran her head into the ring post.
Rose pulled a table out from underneath the ring and struggled to set it up. Ouch. Deville hit Rose with a chair to the gut twice and then tossed it aside. Back inside the ring, Deville hit Rose with a couple of running knee strikes and covered her for a two count. Rose caught Deville throwing a kick, tackled her, and hit her with some punches.
A short time later, Rose slammed Deville’s head into a broadcast table Rose placed Deville onto the table that she set up earlier. Rose went to the apron, but Deville rolled off the table. Rose slid a chair on the table toward Deville, who ducked it. Deville hit Rose with a leaping kick.
Back inside the ring, Rose hit Deville with a running knee. Rose followed up with two more knees, then performed a double underhook into a slam. Rose yelled at Deville, then hit her with another running knee and pinned her.
Mandy Rose defeated Sonya Deville in 10:05 in a No DQ, loser leaves WWE match.
Match Review: 3/5. Good showing by both women. Mandy Rose looked impressive with those knee strikes. Sonya was brilliant i her last match. I would love to see her back in the ring. I guess she’s taking a break after what happened at her home.
After the match, Deville expressed frustration at ringside while the broadcast team sold the stipulation. Otis came out with the Money in the Bank briefcase and hugged Rose, who joined him in doing a Caterpillar. Otis put Rose on his shoulder.
Dominik Mysterio (w/Rey Mysterio) vs. Seth Rollins (w/Murphy) in a Street Fight
Dominik wore wrestling gear and had his own entrance music. Dominik got some early offense in. Rollins stood up and applauded him, then kicked him and went on the offensive. Rollins slammed Dominik, then had Murphy pass him a kendo stick. Dominik kipped up and dropkicked Rollins, then picked up the stick. Rollins rolled to ringside.
Dominik followed and chased him with the stick and back into the ring where Rollins cut him off. Rollins taunted Rey while getting the better of Dominik, who fired up briefly, only to have Rollins cut him off with a sling blade clothesline. Angie was shown watching the match backstage with a concerned look on her face.
Rollins got a chair, sat down on it, and taunted Rey while Dominik was down on the mat. “Come on, papa,” Rollins said. “You don’t want to help?” Rollins went for a Stomp, but Dominik avoided it and performed a drop toehold that sent Rollins crashing into the chair. Dominik threw some punches at Rollins in the corner.
Rollins hoisted up Dominik for a Buckle Bomb, but Dominik countered into a huracanrana. Dom hit a great tornado DDT for a really good near fall. Dom picked up the kendo stick and hit Rollins with it repeatedly. Dom went up top, but Rollins cut him off with a forearm. Rollins ended up superplexing Dominik, then rolled right into a falcon arrow and got a two count. Angie was shown watching again.
Rollins, who had welts all over his back, hit Dominik with a kendo stick several times while taunting Rey. Rollins called for a table from Murphy. Rollins set up the table in the corner near Rey, then placed Dom on the ropes. Rollins delivered a kendo stick shot to the back. Rollins joined Dom on the ropes and taunted Rey, but Dom grabbed the kendo stick and hit Rollins low with it. Dom performed a Russian leg sweep style move using the kendo stick that sent both men crashing through the table.
Dominik went up top and performed a frogsplash for a good near fall. Dominik went to ringside and grabbed a chair and slid it into the ring and to the far corner. Dominik scrambled to get the chair. Rollins superkicked and then powerbombed Dom. Rollins picked up a kendo stick and taunted Rey before hitting Dom with it multiple times. Angie was shown looking away and covering her eyes.
Rey climbed onto the apron. Rollins told him to stay down, then hit Dom repeatedly and pulled down the top half of his gear to show off the welts. Murphy pulled out a pair of handcuffs and passed them to Rollins, who taunted Rey by telling him that he could stop it.
Rey ran to the top of the stage where his wife Angie was standing. Rey pleaded with his wife. “Come on, Angie,” Rollins said from the ring. Dom rolled up Rollins for a near fall. Murphy hit the ring and attacked Dom. Murphy brought Dom to ringside and tried to drive his eye into the ring steps. Rey ran down and knocked Murphy off his son. Rollins attacked Rey from behind. Dom tried to help, but Rollins tossed him into the barricade.
Rollins and Murphy clubbed away at Rey and then handcuffed him to the middle rope. Rollins and Murphy grabbed kendo sticks and looked at Rey, then Rollins opted to walk toward Angie. Rollins held his arms open while moving toward her, but Dom attacked Rollins from behind. Murphy tried to help, but Rollins backdropped him on the floor.
Dom rolled Rollins into the ring and hit him with a 619. Dom went up top and went for a frogsplash, but Rollins put his knees up. Rollins sat on the back of Dominik and grabbed his face while taunting Rey. Rollins performed a Stomp and then pinned Dom.
Seth Rollins beat Dominik Mysterio in 22:35 in a Street Fight.
After the match, Dom removed Rey’s handcuffs, then they hugged in the middle of the ring.
Match Review: 4.25/5. This is probably the best brawl of 2020. Better than Edge Vs Orton. It was timed perfectly, and Seth Rollins proved yet again why he is the best in the world at what he does. A big salute to Dominik for having a four-star level match in his first WWE match. I like how Dominik came close to winning a few times. That Frog Splash nearfall was spectacular. The drama picked up later with Rey’s wife Angie getting out there, Rey getting cuffed to the ropes and that’s what led to the finish. It was amazing.
Ads aired, including one for the WWE 24 documentary on WrestleMania “The Show Must Go On” that will follow SummerSlam on the network.
The broadcast team recapped the Smackdown Women’s Championship match.
Sasha Banks (w/Bayley) vs. Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship
Asuka sold a knee injury from the earlier match, which Banks exploited early. Asuka came back with kicks, then winced to sell her knee. They went to ringside where Asuka applied a kneebar that she had to release. Back inside the ring, Asuka performed a Hip Attack in the corner, then applied an armbar.
A short time later, Banks performed a wicked powerbomb that pulled Asuka from the apron to the floor. Damn. Bayley taunted Asuka, who barely beat the referee’s count. Banks quickly covered her and got a couple of two counts. Banks delivered a running boot to Asuka’s head and then covered her for another two count.
Asuka caught Banks in an electric chair, slammed her down face first, and then applied an ankle lock. Banks rolled out of it. Asuka’s momentum took her to the ropes. Banks hit Asuka with multiple shots and set up for a superplex, but Asuka fought out of it and performed a DDT from the ropes.
A short time later, Asuka threw a missile dropkick that led to a two count. Asuka tried to pull Banks out of the corner. Banks held on to the ropes, then let go and pulled in Asuka for a cool double knee driver. Banks went for a frogsplash, but Asuka avoided it. Bayley shouted encouragement to Banks. Asuka and Bayley charged one another, and Asuka caught Banks in an Asuka Lock. Banks scrambled to her feet, but Asuka didn’t let go until Banks rolled onto her for a two count.
Banks countered into a Bank Statement, then Asuka countered into an Asuka Lock. Banks escaped the hold. Asuka dropped Banks with a kick. Asuka went for a hip attack that Banks and even Bayley, who had climbed onto the apron, avoided. Asuka knocked Bayley to the floor with an elbow. Asuka avoided a Banks move and caught her in the Asuka Lock and got the submission win.
Asuka defeated Sasha Banks in 11:25 to win the Raw Women’s Championship.
After the match, Banks sat in the ring while Bayley tried to explain herself.
The broadcast team reminded viewers that Banks and Bayley have to defend the WWE Women’s Tag Titles on next Sunday’s Payback pay-per-view. They hyped the WWE Championship match as coming up next, then a video package showcased the feud.
Match Review: 3.75/5. One of the best 11 minutes match you would ever see. It was a well worked match by two of the best women in WWE. I would have loved a few more submission attempts, and nearfalls. Right time for Bayley-Banks breakup leading up to series of matches. I like to see what’s next in store for Asuka. Give us Asuka Vs Shayna Baszler. No Nia please?
Randy Orton made his entrance. Shawn Michaels checked in with a pre-taped clip from what appeared to be home and said he hoped that Drew McIntyre would take out Orton with a Claymore Kick. McIntyre made his entrance.
Drew McIntyre vs Randy Orton for the WWE Championship
Ring announcer Mike Rome delivered the in-ring introductions for the title match. The bell rang and Orton rolled to ringside when McIntyre lunged at him. Orton returned to the ring, then stalled again by ducking between the ropes. Orton ended up going for an early RKO, but McIntyre avoided it. McIntyre showed frustration as he rolled to ringside. Orton smirked at him from the ring.
McIntyre stuffed another RKO attempt, but Orton ran him through the ropes in the corner. McIntyre went shoulder first into the ring post casing, then tumbled to the floor and held the shoulder. Orton followed and slammed McIntyre’s head into the post. Orton cleared a broadcast table and slammed McIntyre onto it. Orton leaned over McIntyre and said, “Your title is coming home with me.” Orton suplexed McIntyre from the broadcast table to the floor.
Back inside the ring, Orton stomped McIntyre, then used his boot to rake one of McIntyre’s eyes. Orton looked at the virtual fans and struck his pose. McIntyre bounced back and whipped Orton into the corner. McIntyre charged at Orton, who put his leg up. McIntyre stopped and wrenched Orton’s knee over his shoulder.
A short time later, McIntyre applied a figure four while the broadcast team spoke of how humiliating it would be for Orton to lose to Ric Flair’s move after he attacked him. Orton grabbed the referee and pulled him into the mat, then gouged the eyes of McIntyre to break the hold. Both men got up. McIntyre dropped him with a chop.
McIntyre’s left eye area and nose were scraped up. Both men traded shots. McIntyre performed an overhead belly to belly suplex, then followed up with another out of the corner. McIntyre went up top and put Orton down with a flying clothesline. McIntyre kipped up. McIntyre placed Orton on the top rope, then punched him and set up for a superplex, but Orton cut him off so that McIntyre fell onto the ropes.
Orton headbutted McIntyre, who fell into a tree of woe style position. Orton set up for a move, but McIntyre sat up and flung Orton into the ring. McIntyre covered Orton for two. Orton avoided a Future Shock DDT, but McIntyre spun around and him the move on the second try. Orton came up bleeding from the forehead.
McIntyre hoisted up Orton, who elbowed his way free. McIntyre dropped Orton with a punch, then went up top and dove at him, but Orton moved. McIntyre turned into a powerslam from Orton, who covered him for a near fall at 16:45.
Orton caught McIntyre in position for a draping DDT, but McIntyre avoided it and blasted Orton with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt. McIntyre clotheslined Orton and both men tumbled to ringside. Orton returned to the ring, then caught McIntyre with a kick when he was on his way back in. Orton hit the draping DDT.
Orton looked down at McIntyre, then struck the Viper’s Pose. Orton backed up for a punt kick. Orton ran at McIntyre, who hoisted him up and slammed him down with a powerbomb. McIntyre went to the corner and barked at Orton to get up while calling him a son of a bitch. McIntyre went for the Claymore Kick, but Orton avoided it. Orton went for an RKO, but McIntyre countered into a backslide for the three count. Tom Phillips yelled that Orton never saw it coming.
Drew McIntyre defeated Randy Orton in 20:35 to retain the WWE Championship.
Match Review: 4.25/5. WOW! Poetry in motion. I felt this was a brilliant wrestling match full of nearfalls, reversals, smart moves by both guys and a finish that was clever because it told the audience that either guy could win a match with different moves. 20 mins went by without a finisher. Orton avoided the Claymore Kick while McIntyre avoided the RKO and in the end, it was a backslide that got the win for the Chosen One.
A Keith Lee video package aired and noted that he will be on Raw tomorrow night.
An ad aired for WWE Payback. Cole and Graves sat at their beaten up broadcast table and hyped the WWE Women’s Tag Title match for Payback (they don’t have opponents yet). They also set up a video package for the main event and said the feud has been described as a battle of two movie monsters.
Braun Strowman vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt for the WWE Universal Championship in a Falls Count Anywhere match
Strowman charged at Fiend to start the match and headbutted him in the corner. Fiend responded by laughing at Strowman. The Fiend put Strowman down with a uranage, then grabbed his head and twisted it twice. Strowman rolled to ringside while Fiend removed his jacket.
The Fiend followed to the floor and pulled a toolbox out from underneath the ring. The Fiend slammed the toolbox into the gut of Strowman. Fiend laughed maniacally, then ripped the top off the broadcast table. Strowman bounced back and hit a couple of headbutts, then got a running start and drove The Fiend through the timekeeper’s area with a shoulder block.
The Fiend got back up quickly and threw punches at Strowman, who answered with a chokeslam onto the broadcast table, which didn’t break. The Fiend popped up again. Strowman knocked him down with the top half of the ring steps. Strowman rolled Fiend inside the ring and followed him.
Strowman put Fiend down with a running powerslam and covered him for a two count. Strowman showed surprise over not getting the win. They went back to ringside. Strowman ran Fiend into the ringside barricade, then took him to the stage and ran him into the video screen. Strowman slammed Fiend’s head into the screen, then took him backstage into the Gorilla position area (no one was in the room).
The Fiend fought back and performed Sister Abigail, which resulted in a two count. Fiend laughed. Fiend clawed at the eyes of Strowman, then they took the fight back into the arena area. Fiend ran Strowman into the video screen, then dropped down and crawled toward him. Strowman had a scrape mark on his bald head.
They made their way to the bottom of the ramp where Fiend went for the Mandible Claw. Strowman avoided it and shoved Fiend into the side of the ring. Strowman covered Fiend for a two count at ringside. Strowman rolled Fiend inside the ring and then joined him. Strowman performed a running powerslam for a near fall. Strowman showed frustration, then threw repeated punches at Fiend and let out a primal scream.
Strowman rolled to ringside and approached the toolbox from earlier. Strowman pulled out a boxcutter and returned to the ring. Strowman used the boxcutter to cut the ring open and then pulled the padding away to expose the boards. The Fiend got back to his feet and gave Strowman a uranage onto the boards. Fiend followed up with Sister Abigail on the boards. Fiend picked up Strowman and gave him another Sister Abigail near the exposed boards and then covered him for the win.
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt defeated Braun Strowman in 12:00 in a Falls Count Anywhere match to win the WWE Universal Championship.
After the match, The Fiend was handed the title belt. Suddenly, Roman Reigns showed up and speared Fiend. Reigns looked down at Strowman, who was at ringside. Reigns went to the floor and speared Strowman. Reigns wore a “Wreck Everyone & Leave” t-shirt. Reigns said something about Strowman not being a monster unless he’s there.
Match Review: 3.5/5. It was a good match that exceeded by expectation. No drama, bad lights or VFX. It was a brawl to the finish. I am happy to see Bray Wyatt winning the match. As for what happened next, the Big Dog is here. Roman Reigns might be a heel now. I am not certain, but there was an intense look on Reigns that would suggest he’s more of a heel now.
Reigns grabbed a chair and hit Strowman with it repeatedly. Cole said the chair was bent in half (it was bent a little). Reigns returned to the ring where The Fiend was still selling (yes, really). Reigns waited for Fiend to get back to his feet and then speared him again. Reigns adjusted his t-shirt and picked up the title belt. Reigns barked at Fiend that he’s just a freak in a match. Reigns held the title belt over his head while Cole said something about the “you’ll never see it coming” slogan to close the show.
WWE Summerslam 2020 Rating: 8.5/10
Three Stars of the show
- Dominik Mysterio/Seth Rollins
- Drew McIntyre/Randy Orton
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