WWE SummerSlam 2018 Results and Thoughts
Another WWE event has come and gone, and while some of the booking was complete insanity, I had a great night with my friends and we also had fun debates about what was happening, outcomes, and future angles. In that regard of WWE still getting people together to have a good time, accomplished their mission although the show was nowhere as satisfying as NXT. Here are my thoughts on the matches!
Rusev & Lana vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega – Kickoff Show
It’s like all the competitors where phoning it in, especially with the lack of people watching live in the arena. As I thought, Vega got the pin on Lana, but I actually feel the men got lost in everything and that’s not good considering many were more invested in Rusev than anything.
Winners: Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega
Cedric Alexander (Champ) vs. Drew Gulak –
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match – Kickoff Show
Here’s another match that unfortunately didn’t hook the crew and I. It just felt like a house-show match but I think the level of interest was the result of the build-up and lack of watching 205 Live rather than the actual performance from the men. In the end, it was a sudden pin on Gulack allowing Alexander to leave as champ and probably in back into a drab story line pool.
Winner: Cedric Alexander
The B-Team (Champs) vs. The Revival –
Raw Tag Team Championship – Kickoff Show
I’m not wasting time writing about matches where so little thought is put into it. It seemed like The Revival were wearing their disgust about the stupid ending they had to be subjected to when they were walking to the ring. I get the B-Team is more of a comedy/novelty act and are being pushed as such, but how they are winning matches is hurting their opponents creatively worse than it is benefiting the champs.
Winners: The B Team
Dolph Ziggler (Champ) vs. Seth Rollins –
Intercontinental Championship Match
I actually missed the first half of this match as I was watching my daughter for a bit and she really didn’t want to watch anymore wrestling after the pre-show. The action was good from the half I saw (doing daddy day with her prohibited me from going back to rewatch this from the beginning). My interest, and what my buds were also calling out for, was if Dean Ambrose was gonna turn on Rollins. As you know by now, he didn’t. Maybe he will tonight and the story will be around Ambrose needing to prove something. We’ll see. Likely we’ll be seeing a tag team match instead. Good job by all involved.
Winner: Seth Rollins
The Bludgeon Brothers (Champs) vs. The New Day –
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
A quicker than expected match was totally unsatisfying and the DQ finish put a bad taste in my mouth. It’s like WWE creative simply doesn’t care about tag team wrestling but just about T-shirt/pancake sales. Wait a minute…that may explain it all!
Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens –
Winner gets the Money in the Bank Briefcase.
Holy crap in a hat! Is Kevin Owens getting fired/suspended for something later on today? While I’m up for a good squash match here and there, this was not the time to do it. Owens looked incredibly weak and bad here. How the hell the company can build Owens up after this two minute (or so) “match” is completely beyond me. Ridiculous, especially after the risks Owens took last month.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Carmella (Champ) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch –
Triple Threat Match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
The booking, the booking, the BOOKING! Holy hell. Is Vince and Dunn so insane and out of touch that they booked Becky Lynch as a heel because they can’t think straight or are they doing it to simply piss off people and show them that no matter what, they’re bat-shit crazy ideas is what people are going to get? This is blatant mis-casting and unless Lynch and the writers can pull something unbelievable out of their asses on Tuesday, the fans won’t ever buy into this.
Thankfully Carmella got through her match because of the the two other talented ladies, but the only thing that sticks out still is how the crowd was behind the “heel” Lynch. There’s an uphill battle on it’s way for WWE Creative. They tried and failed.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
AJ Styles (Champ) vs. Samoa Joe – WWE Championship Match
This was the match of the night here even with a DQ finish. The match told a really good story and Joe and his interjections on the mic before and during the match really helped Style’s hot hotheadedness become legit in the eyes of the fans.
I think Joe can come out of this with knowing he got under Style’s skin and Styles took the easy way out – which mean another match with a stipulation behind it may be coming. It’s going to be a fun fall with these two going at it.
It was funny to see a promo for Total Divas before this match and hear Mark Carrano berate someone in it for doing something because WWE is a PG company but then a) showcased an album cover from whoever their flavour of the week “musical artist” was for this show who had suckers (lollipops) as women’s asses on the cover of on it and b) a match where they brought in family into the fold when they didn’t need it and proceeded to have AJ Styles get beat up in front of his daughter and talk say he’s going to kick Joe’s ass in front of her. Hypocritical?
Winner: AJ Styles
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
This was a great match, too and probably would have been the best of the night if two of the best in the company didn’t go on beforehand.
The Miz winning with help from Maryse and the brass knuckles she handed him was good booking. I think her being in the front row, especially with a carriage, totally told the fans how this would all end and the investment/reception went out the window immediately.
I think the passion and frustration Daniel Bryan showed backstage when talking to Bree will really carry this all foward. I can only see the insults continuing, the cockiness of The Miz increasing, and the boiling point of Daniel Bryan hitting new heights. Once again, it looks like Smackdown is going to be the show to watch.
Winner: The Miz
Finn Bálor vs. Constable Baron Corbin
This was my prediction: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. What we got besides the intro of Balor: ZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
Winner: Finn Balor
Shinsuke Nakamura (Champ) vs. Jeff Hardy –
United States Championship
This was a good match between the two men and I was quite surprised there was no interference by Randy Orton. I’ve been reading how Jeff Hardy has not been using Swanton Bombs but the move where he flipped of the top rope onto the edge of the ring and the continued punishment from Nakamura probably did not help the man’s body. It all look brutal and totally made the end of the match believable.
What was really weird was Orton coming out with what looked to be a desire to attack Hardy, only to turn around and then have the camera fade with Hardy getting up and clapping was really, really odd. An enjoyable romp with room for stories to breathe on Tuesday night. I dig it.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Alexa Bliss (Champ) vs. Ronda Rousey –
Raw Women’s Championship Match
Another insanely short match where not one inch of offense got in from one of the competitors (Bliss, in this case). I had already seen enough stuff like this on the show so far that how this all played out really soured me and knowing the “main event” was coming up next with more probably BS didn’t make me any more happy.
I’m not against Rouey having the belt at all. I just think it’s too soon and Bliss not being represented appropriately here wasn’t good. If you think I’m negative about how this match was and how things were going on the show, you didn’t need to be here last night with was coming out of some other’s mouths.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Brock Lesnar (“Champ”) vs. Roman Reigns –
Universal Championship Match
I lost my shit. Repeat: I LOST IT when Strowman’s music hit. I was pumped to see him announce he would let Lesnar and Reigns beat the shit out of each other and then use him opportunity. Unfortunatley, the actual match was awful and totally smelled of Lesnar having to do the least to get through it.
When Strowman got incapacitated, I was pissed because I knew WWE Creative was going to use that as the reason why Strowman wouldn’t be use the briefcase or be successful with a cash-in, and I was right. We’ve seen Strowman get hit with worse and get up so nothing was believable, same with the match length. All this was embarrassingly bad and I’m not looking forward to turning my TV on tonight to watch or see Reigns as the “big dog.”
Winner: Roman Reigns
All in all and bitching aside where I wasn’t happy about what I wanted or how I would book the show, I did have a good time with my buds and I tell you, this stuff makes for good conversation and bonding. It just always feels so odd to complain about something you like, especially after you can watching something like NXT Takeover and come away so damn satisfied and yet the people making the biggest money can’t even get the premier show to come across as good.