WWE Summerslam Review:
Last night WWE held its biggest party of the summer as SummerSlam took place from the scotiabank arena in Toronto Canada. It was a night full of some good action, a few surprises and an incredible re-deubt. We had the return of two hometown legends one who more than likely fought in her last match, and another we hadn't seen in a long time. Lets take a look how the night played out...
Cruiserweight Championship match: Drew Gulak defeated Oney Lorcan to retain his title.
Buddy Murphy defeated Apollo Crews by DQ after Rowan attacked Murphy.
Elias came out to have one of his usual appearances and he was interrupted by Toronto's own WWE Hall of Famer Edge. He got a huge ovation as you could've expected and the place went even crazier after he hit Elias with a spear. I am pretty sure it was the first time we have seen Edge get physical since he was forced to retire so it was pretty awesome.
Women's Tag Team Championship Match: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross defeated The IIconics to retain their titles.
Raw Womens Championship Submission Match: Becky Lynch defeated Natayla:
It was a little surprising to see this match kickoff the main show but it was still a decently entertaining match. Natayla isn't the most exciting in ring performer but she looked better than usual and there were times where it really looked like she could've pulled out the upset. In the end "The Man" Becky Lynch was too much for her to handle and she pulled out the win.
Goldberg Defeated Dolph Ziggler:
This match was thrown together and really only had about 4 days of build up to it. This was more about Goldberg redeeming himself after what was just an awful match against the Undertaker back at Super Showdown. The match lasted about a minute and thirty seconds with Goldberg picking up the win and then after the match he hit Ziggler with a few spears and another Jackhammer.
United States Championship Match: AJ Styles Defeated Ricochet:
AJ Styles is so good in the ring I can't remember a time he has had a bad match. Add in the high flying Ricochet and the match didn't disappoint. I can't say the same for Ricochet outfit however, I don't know what the hell he was wearing but it just looked stupid. None the less, this match was entertaining from start to finish with AJ Styles picking up the victory.
Smackdown Womens Championship Match: Bayley Defeated Ember Moon:
I for one could've cared less about this match so I did not pay much attention to it as it was going on. To nobody's surprise Bayley retained her title here. This would've been a great time for a Sasha Banks return but unfortunately that didn't happen.
Kevin Owens Defeated Shane McMahon:
Kevin Owens is one of the best in the ring and on the mic and he's really over with the fans right now and his feud with Shane McMahon has been somewhat entertaining. Owens career was on the line here so if he lost he had to quit. The match was okay nothing overly exciting happened and Owens won as expected. Hopefully this is the end of this feud and KO can get involved in something bigger and hopefully get a shot at the WWE Championship sometime soon.
Charlotte Flair Defeated Trish Stratus:
In what was most likely Stratus last match of her career I have to say I wasn't expecting much out of her but she looked like she hasn't lost a step. Also, she is still a major smokeshow. Charlotte being as good as she is definitely helped Trish look as good as she did and in the end Charlotte was the one who picked up the victory.
WWE Championship Match: Kofi Kingston vs Randy Orton ended in a double count out:
Not too much to say about this one other than it could've happened on an episode of Smackdown and it would have fit better. The crowd was so out on this match that it was tough to watch. On top of the match lacking any excitement, they decided to end it with a double count out to keep the feud going. The best part of the match was the end when Kofi attacked Orton with a kendo stick.
"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt Defeated Finn Balor
This was the most exciting part of the night hands down. The re-debut of Bray Wyatt with this Fiend persona was so freaking awesome to watch. The build up with all of the Firefly Fun House promos to the first appearances of "The Fiend" the WWE nailed this one. The entrance was so creepy and just very well done. The match was pretty much a squash match as the rumors are that Balor is taking some time off. Wyatt was made to look like a monster and he was just that as "The Fiend" scored the win with the mandible claw submission. Hopefully, the WWE doesn't screw this up because Bray Wyatt and his Fiend could be a huge star if done correctly.
WWE Universal Championship Match: Seth Rollins Defeated Brock Lesnar
The main event was a match that we have seen a few times over the years and it was actually better than I thought it was going to be. When it looked like Lesnar was going to dominate his was to victory Rollins countered almost every time. It was a fast paced match almost the entire time. I was in attendance for their WrestleMania match and that was pretty exciting but I think this match was better. Rollins ended up hitting multiple curb stomps and pinned Lesnar to become the new Universal Champion.
Overall, I would say this years SummerSlam was average at best. I was glad it didn't go that late and there were some great matches. However, it did have potential to be way better than what it was and it was also lacking the major star power that SummerSlam usually has. WWE will really need to step their game up in the next few months because All Elite Wrestling is coming and if they don't get their act together their ratings will continue to drop.
Clash of Champions is the next PPV and that takes place on September 15th.