WWE SummerSlam 2018 Review

By: Brad Shepard

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Biggest Part of the Summer is here!  Join us as we provide live results of WWE Summerslam.

Kickoff Show


Rusev & Lana vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega 

Before the match, Rusev warned Aiden English to stay backstage and not interfere.

Resuv and Lana received a nice reaction from the crowd, which was still largely filing in.  

This was a pretty basic back and forth match that you might see on Smackdown Live.  Zelina Vega pinned Lana with a schoolboy after putting her feet on the ropes.  

The execution of the fiinsh was a bit sloppy, as Vega struggled to get her feet on the ropes.

Winner: Andrade 'Cien' Almas and Zelina Vega via pinfall


WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak

Neither Superstar received any real reaction from the crowd.  Cedric Alexander's entrance attire looks like he wrapped himself in a Fruit Roll-Up.  Drew Gulak is the most boring he has been in a long time, after WWE ditched his entertaining PowerPoint gimmick to present him more seriously.

WWE went to a commercial mid-match to promote the SummerSlam main card.

This was an average match, which you could see on 205 Live.  After a series of pin reversals which they partially botched, Alexander rolled Gulak up for the pin.

Winner and still Cruiserweight Champion: Cedric Alexander via pinfall


Raw Tag Team Champions The B-Team vs. The Revival

The Revival had a nice spot where they hit the Shatter Machine on Curtis Axel, who wasn't the legal man in the ring.

WWE went to a commercial mid-match to promote the SummerSlam main card.

Cole explained on commentary that The Revival received this match because they weren't pinned on Raw in the triple threat tag team match.  It's nice to see them provide an explanation as to why someone received a title shot, although it was a rather poor one.

This was a short, entertaining match, which saw The Revival dominate.  Scott Dawson had Curtis Axel pinned, but the referee was distracted. 

The B-Team won on a fluke when Dash Wilder snapped Bo Dallas' neck on the top rope and he fell backwards over the pile of bodies, onto Dawson for the pin.

Winners and still Raw Tag Team Champions: B-Team via pinfall


Main Card

Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) vs. Seth Rollins (with Dean Ambrose)

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins received a pretty big reaction.  Seth Rollins ring attire is pretty bad - he has different colored boots and knee pads.  Dolph has the Intercontinental Championship imprinted on his tights, a la 'Ravishing' Rick Rude.

This was a back and forth match.  Rollins was cut open and bleeding from his face.  McIntyre jumped onto the apron to interfere, but Ambrose pulled him down and hit Dirty Deeds on the outside.  Rollins hit a superkick, followed by the Curb Stomp for the pin.

This was a really great match, in a series of really good matches between Ziggler and Rollins.  A great way to start the main card. 

Winner and new Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins


SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The New Day

 This was easily the most competitive Bludgeon Brothers match to date.  Erick Rowan hit the New Day with his mallet, after they were in trouble of losing the match.

After the match, Harper took the mallet and attacked Big E with it.

Winner: New Day via disqualification (Note: The Bludgeon Brothers retained the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships)


Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens 

This was one of the most one-sided matches in SummerSlam history.  Strowman dominated Owens, hit his powerslam finisher and pinned him.

Winner: Braun Strowman 

SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch (Triple Threat Match)

Carmella wore ring gear that was a tribute to Jim 'the Anvil' Neidhart.  She received no reaction during her entrance but did receive heel heat when she was introduced in the ring.

Carmella did an impressive tope through the middle and top ropes onto Becky Lynch.  Then, Charlotte hit a moonsault onto the outside, hitting Carmella, but missing Lynch completely as Graves noted on commentary that she 'took out everyone'.

As Becky had Carmella in the Dis-arm-her, Charlotte hit Natural Selection on Lynch from behind, and then pinned her.

After the match, Lynch and Charlotte embraced as the crowd booed.  Then the crowd exploded as Lynch attacked Charlotte, leaving her laying.  The crowd chanted 'You deserve it,' as Lynch walked off and booed loudly as they showed Charlotte recovering from the attack.

Winner and new Smackdown Live Women's Champion: Charlotte

WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

Before the match, Samoe Joe pointed out that AJ's wife and daughter were in the crowd and told them daddy was coming home, without the championship.

The crowd chanted 'TNA' to start the match, which was ironic as the match actually played out like some of their really good matches outside of WWE.  

AJ laid busted open and Joe got on the microphone and told AJ's wife that he would be her new daddy now.  AJ snapped, attacking Joe and hitting him with a steel chair, as the crowd chanted 'Who's your daddy'.

This was a great match that really pulled you into the family aspect of the story.

Winner: Samoa Joe via disqualification (Note: AJ Styles retained the WWE Championship)


Elias Performs His Greatest Song

As Elias began to play his so-called greatest song, his guitar immediately broke in half.  The crowd chanted 'You (expletive) up'.  He appeared to be upset, walking off and smashing the guitar.  The segment quickly and awkwardly ended.


Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

Before the match, Miz kisses Maryse, who is at ringside with what is presumed to be their baby.

Miz and Bryan had a very physical, back and forth match.  They were given a lot of time, which makes sense considering the lengthy history.  Each brought the intensity, and they told a great story in the ring.

Maryse handed Miz a foreign object (which appeared to be brass knuckles) at ringside and Miz hit Bryan with it and pinned him.

Winner: The Miz via pinfall


'The Demon' Finn Balor vs. 'Constable' Baron Corbin

 Finn Balor came out as his demon character, and dominated Baron Corbin, who commentary mentioned wasn't expecting this.  This was an 86 second squash match, unsuitable for the second biggest show of the year, and unsuitable based on the previous matches we've seen from them.

Balor landed a Coup de Grace for the pin.

Winner: 'The Demon' Finn Balor via pinfall


United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy

 This was a back and forth match, which received more time than one would expect based on the timing of the show.  Jeff Hardy went for a swanton dive on the apron and Nakamura moved out of the way.  This was a brutal looking spot.  Then, Nakamura hit a Kinshasa and pinned Hardy.

After the match, Randy Orton came out to ringside, looked at Hardy and walked off.

Winner and still United States Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall


Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey

The Bella Twins were shown at ringside as Alexa Bliss entered the ring.

The match went on longer than necessary but Rousey dominated.

Rousey applied the armbar and Bliss tapped out.

After the match, Rousey and Natalya embraced.  The Bella Twins entered the ring to congratulate her and were heavily booed.

On commentary, Coach plugged that this would be on every morning show around the world.

Winner and new Raw Women's Champion: Ronda Rousey via submission

Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns

Braun Strowman comes out to announce he will challenge the winner immediately after the match by cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase.

The match started off strong with repeated superman punches and spears by Reigns.  Lesnar then unleashed a barrel of suplexes.  The fans chanted 'You both suck.'  Corey Graves noted on commentary that this isn't about the WWE Universe, it's about the Universal Championship.

Reigns accidentally dived onto Strowman on the outside and then Lesnar gave Strowman an F-5.  Lesnar continued to beat Strowman on the outside with his own briefcase and a steel chair.

As Lesnar returned to the ring, Reigns speared him and pinned him to win the Universal Championship.  The show went off the air as Reigns celebrated.

Winner and new Universal Champion: Roman Reigns via pinfall