Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Logan Paul Star at WWE SummerSlam

The first WWE pay-per-view not run by Vince McMahon was no doubt a victory for the creative Triple H and the new head of the company.

While the show should give fans reason to hope that things keep changing for the better, it fell short of being an all-time classic. Bayley, Edge and Dakota Kai returned to SummerSlam at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Saturday, and Io Shirai (who would be Io Skye) was promoted to the main roster. Becky Lynch turns to babyface and Ronda Rousey takes the first step towards becoming a heel. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns delivered a larger-than-life main event filled with carnage and destruction to justifiably end their long-term rivalry. While a lot of story was laid out for future big moments, we didn’t get a title change or a moment of pure WWE joy other than to see the return and perhaps the return of Bianca Belair.

Here are five glimpses of a fun night at SummerSlam.

final chapter fitting

The main event between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar will always be remembered for the forklift, in which front loader The Beast was brought into the ring and used in the contest. He stood on it when it was presented, looking down at Rains out of it and finally jumped on it. He later loaded Reigns into it and threw him into the ring and then later used it to take the ring – knocking Tribal Chief to the floor. It made for a scene straight out of the Attitude Era and Triple H and WWE are going to think outside the box again for these big shows.

Roman Reigns celebrates after winning SummerSlam.
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With both men lying on the floor, Theory came out to attempt to cash in on their Money in the Bank contract, but never really got to do so after taking an F5 from Lesnar and eventually briefcase shots from Reigns. So that threat still hangs over the regime.

Still outside the ring, Lesnar took a superkick off The Usos and rose and Reigns got two more spears. Michael Cole, who had a really strong night, delivered the right line. He yelled at the referee: “Counting fast for the love of God!” Reigns eventually struck another spear at Lesnar, while he and Uso buried Lenar under the rubble to keep him down as the Tribal Chief was placed on top. This is the end of a last-man-standing match that we’ve seen before. Reigns wins, hits the 700-day mark as champion and will face Drew McIntyre in a clash at the Castle in Cardiff. Lesnar still leaves feeling like a monster. Solid stuff all around.

the end is the beginning

The great in-ring chemistry between Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair continues and it shows. My only complaint about this match was that it sometimes felt a bit more like a dance than a fight and that Lynch’s attacks on Belair’s arm never really paid off. Plus, it was another good chapter to end their year-long feud.

In one of the cooler scenes, Lynch tackles a KOD in the ring, Belair rolled but caught on to Challenger and then delivered KOD to the outside. Later, Belair kicked off a man-handle slam, which was pulled off the top rope by his ponytail. It all led to a sensational end in which Belair tackled an avalanche man-handle slam into a Spanish fly and then went right in the KOD for 1-2-3 to retain the Raw Women’s Championship. The two sealed it with a handshake and hug, which foreshadowed what was to come.

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Bayley, Io Shirai and Dakota Kai all return to SummerSlam
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Following Belair’s celebration, Bailey had his first musical hit, returning from injury after more than a year. She was joined by Dakota Kai (which was released in April) and then Io Shirai to make her long-awaited main roster debut. They appear as a new faction led by Bailey – although having faced Belair several times before his injury – with the new coat of paint now likely to be his next challenger. Caper Lynch came in Belair’s favor in an anticipated babyface turn for the segment. Is the man back and who will make their third bet? Asuka means a lot because fans really want to see her and Shirai separate. What we do know is that Triple H has just made a necessary start to restore the women’s division.

live to see another day

Liv Morgan is still your SmackDown Women’s Champion, but what her character does next could make up for some of the minor pitfalls she suffered as babyface at the end of her match with Ronda Rousey. Morgan was able to avoid the first three arm bars imposed by “Badest Woman in the Planet”, showing some true babyface grit and heart. But when Rousey was able to rein it in—after the trainers checked Morgan out—she put her shoulder on the mat to get extra torque on the armbar. The referee, whose head was down, counted to three, but did not see Morgan tap at two.

A fiery Rousey took the first step in his heel turn by attacking both Morgan and the referee. Babyfaces like Morgan should never accept a win like this or else it just dulls their shine – something Rousey’s friend Shayna Baszler said in a later tweet. All this likely doesn’t bode well for Morgan to reign in the long run as at this point he should give Rousey a rematch in Cardiff and the former UFC star has to turn his heels and add back some sympathy for Morgan. To win by nefarious means. ,

a paul order

Logan Paul showed in his win over The Miz that he was definitely a natural in this pro wrestling stuff that was filled with some cool story elements. The match was a good pace, with a slow start so Paul could really get comfortable before taking it. The Miz deserves a lot of credit for his performance so well.

The YouTube sensation delivered a blockbuster, Figure Four, It Kicks and a Standing Moonsault. He capped The Miz with a Frog Splash through the announcement table in a move that appeared to at least win over the Nashville crowd. He won the Skull Crushing finale to Miz in a callback to how Miz attacked him at WrestleMania 38. One of the funniest things is that it was set up by Paul to avoid getting hit by the laminated Polaroid of that Skull Crushing finale from Mania. , Maryse solidified the threat nicely, but how much damage do we really believe it was going to do?

Looks like we’re going for Paul and AJ Styles versus The Miz and Ciampa. Once Ciampa was thrown out by the referee, he refused to leave. Styles’ music played and he came from under the ring to attack him and fight the crowd. The Miz and Ciampa attacked Styles a few weeks earlier, and Raw and Paul hit the Phenomenal Forearm during the match, so WWE leaned into the possibility that Styles may have coached Paul for the match.

other matches

Rey and Dominic Mysterio on Damien Priest and Finn Balor (No DQ)

We got Edge’s long-tease comeback and man did it feel very short. From the entrance from which he had risen, the small fire stairs were less visible. He – after Styles’ first – became the second “surprise” person to come out during a match. The DQ condition allowed them to attack Priest and Balor – who kicked them out of the group – to give Mysterio the win. Judgment Day has been treated as nothing more than a second-rate faction since Balor’s joining and we’re gonna be excited for Edge to find his way back against him? It was a miss for me.

The Usos Over The Street Profits retain the undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship

It was one of the more surprising results of the night and featured Jeff Jarrett as the special guest referee about his wrestling relationship with Nashville rather than a misspelling against Street Profits in Money in the Bank. There are only two things that make it okay, does Triple H have a legitimate tag team waiting to challenge The Usos or is it the catalyst for a Montez Ford singles run. Ford thought he had won the match after Jarrett hit a top-rope splash after dodging a kick from the Usos, but was too “injured” to make a quick cover. The Usos won with 1D leaving the storyline futures of both teams very uncertain.

Bobby Lashley on Theory to Retain the United States Championship

Theory attempted to gain an advantage by attacking Lashley with a Money in the Bank briefcase before the match, but this did not work and did not last long. Lashley made really quick work of Theory by winning with Hurt Lock. Theory is 0-8 on TV since winning MITB, while it’s great to see WWE dominating her completely.

Pat McAfee on Happy Corbin

WWE has made the mid-card feud so important and McAfee entering the choir singing “Bomb ace Corbin” was a nice touch. It went as expected and McAfee has now won WrestleMania and SummerSlam. Moisture on the ropes made some of McAfee’s spots more difficult and he did very well to take them out, including a Swanton Bomb/Match with McAfee paying Corbin back with a low-blow kick. And they were having a weird Panama Sunrise. to achieve victory.

notes

Seth Rollins didn’t have a match against a mystery opponent. Instead, Riddle — who was not medically clarified in the story — came out and challenged Rollins, who proceeded to stomp him. This may be in order to put some more heat on this match when it is likely to take place at Clash at the Castle.

Kid Rock, sitting ringside, flipped Double Bird into the camera needed to be censored.

Biggest Winner: Logan Paul

Biggest Loser: The Street Profits

best Match: Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar (Last Man Standing)

Predictions: 5-3

grade: B+

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