Last night’s annual pay-per-view Summerslam saw Brock Lesnar defend his title against Roman Reigns, Alex Bliss defending the Raw Women’s Title against Ronda Rousey, and Seth Rollins competing for the Intercontinental Title agains Dolph Ziggler. Here is my recap for all you WWE fanatics.
Match of the night:
Dolph Ziggler defending his title against Seth Rollins opened the show. These men main evented Battleground just a month ago in a 30min Iron Man match. So to see them begin the show last night was a bit odd to me especially with Dean Ambrose back in the mix. This match started out slow with a ton of technically wrestling, but 10min in, they had the crowd on their feet. Near fall after near fall and with the outside distractions of Drew McIntyre and Dean Ambrose added to the drama. The high point of the match was the reverse suplex off the top rope that Seth Rollins reversed and hit Ziggler with a power slam. At the end, Seth Rollins kicked Dolph’s head off and ended him with a curb stomp.
Result: Seth Rollins wins the IC Title
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe has flirted back and forth with high end programs ever since debuting on the WWE roster. He went up against the longest reigning WWE champion on Smackdown Live, AJ Styles. I personally enjoyed this feud because of how personal each superstar got. Joe introduced Styles’ family into the mix by implying he would end Aj’s career after the match. As the match went back and forth last night, as a bloody AJ laid on the ground, Joe grabbed the microphone and said ” don’t worry I will be your new daddy” to Aj’s wife and daughter. This ignited AJ to the point where he got disqualified for beating Joe with a steel chair.
Result: Samoa Joe wins via disqualification; AJ retains the WWE Championship
Ronda Rousey: The Next Roman Reigns
Ronda Rousey challenged the champion Alexa Bliss in a short battle. Alexa is a top 3 diva and was squashed last night in a match that I wouldn’t consider “wrestling”. She was forced to tap out to a vicious arm bar that actually looked like Alexa’s arm popped out of her socket (the only highlight of the match). All Rousey can do is bully her opponent in the corner, throw jabs as she screams, then tosses her opponent around. I understand she is new to the company, but I do not see her changing her style whatsoever. She is a UFC fighter and that is it. I wouldn’t expect a good ol’ DDT or superplex any time soon. Ronda Rousey is the next Roman Reigns are she can perform 3-5 “power moves” then finish the match.
Result: Ronda Rousey wins the Raw Women’s Title
The Worst finish in Summerslam ‘history’:
Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar. Roman was the favorite walking in at -250 (bet $250 to win $100). This was the worst finish of the night. Before the match started, Mr. Monster in the Bank Braun Stroman came to the ring and said he would cash in on whomever won the belt. As the bell rang, Roman hit multiple superman punches and spears and knocked down the Beast Incarnate. Brock kicked out of a count and dodged another spear in which Reigns dove outside of the ring and into Stroman. Brock existed the ring, gave an F5 to Braun, beat him with a steel chair, and tossed Reigns back in the ring. Reigns bounced off the rope as Brock was going to strike with the same chair and hit him with a final spear. 1,2,3…
Result: Roman Reigns becomes the new Universal Champion
Result: B+ (A if Brock won)
Best finish: Miz prevails
The Miz battled his old protege Daniel Bryan in a technically wrestling match featured with tons of submission holds and kicks to the chest. I was up in the air with this match on whom would come out on top, but as a Miz fan, I was cheering for the guy who just had his first child with ex-diva Maryse. Miz went to the aid of his wife as she sat front row, she handed him brass-knuckles, and Miz finished Bryan off with a punch to the face.
Result: Miz wins via pin