WWE SummerSlam 2018: The Rundown
Whilst SummerSlam has been long gone now, a lot of people will still be catching up with all of the results. So, now that we’re five days removed from the event, I figured it’d be safe enough to start chatting about it. Many of you who’ve read GeekOut South-West over the years will know that I am an avid fan of pro wrestling, with WWE being a major force behind that. To catch you up with what happened, here’s my rundown of how SummerSlam 2018 went down.
There were three Pre-Show matches, including some incredible talent. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas, a megastar who worked in the Mexican circuit before making a name for himself in NXT, alongside his manager Zelina Vega had to fight the Bulgarian Brute Rusev and his wife, Lana. A lot of people have told me that being on the pre-show is insulting and in many ways, it kind of is… But it’s also kind of not – After all the pre-shows get viewed by a lot of people world over!
SummerSlam was 13 matches long, three of which ended up on the pre-show. Along with the above match, we had the Cruiserweight Championship, which absolutely deserved to be on the main show itself. Cedric Alexander is a joy to watch, as is Drew Gulak. The RAW Tag Team Championships were also up for grabs. Both pre-show matches had successful retains by the respective champions.
The Revival looked great in their match against RAW Tag Team champions, the B-Team, the latter of whom got another upset win by a fluke method. Entertaining – but this will come to an end soon, especially if the re-emergence of The Shield is anything to go by (oops, that’s a RAW spoiler!) Let’s move onto the main card now.
The main card of SummerSlam was absolutely stacked this year, with every single championship on the line. This meant that overall, including the pre-show matches, there were 9 title matches and 4 non-title matches. Of the 4 non-title matches, none were as anticipated as the long-awaited Daniel Bryan vs The Miz match, which ended up being an absolute showcase of how good both men were. The Miz took the win, through cheating, befitting of the heel competitor. At Hell in a Cell which is coming up next month, we’ll see a continuation of this feud.
The other non-title matches saw Finn Balor vs Baron Corbin, with a rare appearance of the former’s “Demon” incarnation, which really is Finn in a lot of bodypaint. Don’t take that as disrespect, because it looks amazing and there’s a different energy when he goes as Demon Finn. He, naturally, got the win over Baron Corbin, but he did so in such a decisive manner, it was shocking to see! Less than two minutes, this took.
The last non-title match was between Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens, the former I have cited as an inspiration on how to write a monster character. This match would have meant that Braun Strowman would have had to have given up his Money in the Bank briefcase, if he lost in any way. This means he would have lost it if he was counted out, disqualified or otherwise. No one expected a few minute match to deal with Kevin Owens, but hey – It made Strowman look monstrous.
The first match on the main card was between the MVP of Monday Night RAW, Seth Rollins and the Intercontinental Champion, Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler had been battering Rollins as of late, with the aid of his Scottish friend, the massive and imposing Drew McIntyre. On the RAW before SummerSlam, Seth let Ziggler sign the contract for the match before Seth announced his own support at ringside – Dean Ambrose.
Dean came back much bigger than ever before, which has spurred me on to do daily push-ups and sit-ups (and whilst I ache, I’ve done it every day without fail so far). It’s fair to say that he’s undergone a massive transformation, as Dean’s first match was on the RAW after SummerSlam and his moveset has changed somewhat, with a serious increase to his power game. Anyway, Dean being there was important, as the title changed hands at SummerSlam.
Next up we had the SmackDown Tag Team Championships between The Bludgeon Brothers and The New Day. Unfortunately, during this match, the Bludgeon Brother, Rowan, got injured – But he no-sold that injury! He seriously didn’t seem like he was injured, but apparently he hurt his bicep, which would go on to hurt the Bludgeon Brothers run as champions on SmackDown on Tuesday night. The Bludgeon Brothers fought to a DQ finish, making The New Day the first team to defeat The Bludgeon Brothers in a tag team match. Nice way to keep the titles on The Bludgeon Brothers a tad longer! Speedy recovery Rowan, you were a freight train during this match – an absolute joy to watch! Same to you Harper. #ThankYouBludgeonBrothers
The next title match was the SmackDown Women’s Championship between Carmella, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair – An amazingly competitive match, which I will say was Carmella’s in-ring best. She walked in as the champion and left without her title. Instead, the championship has now, after a crazy good match, fallen on Charlotte Flair. A lot of people were agitated by this result… However, no one was more agitated than Becky Lynch, who turned heel then and there in front of us all – And the crowds went wild. Welcome to the Becky the Lass-Kicker! I uh, didn’t make up the “Lass-Kicker” myself… That’s what she’s called. Amazing heel turn, made everyone invested, even if she’s being cheered like a babyface for it.
Next up we had the WWE Heavyweight Championship match between two industry legends, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. The champion, Styles, was frustrated by his opponent throughout the match. Joe knows how to be an absolutely grating, evil guy. He knows how to make his opponents look sympathetic – So when Styles flipped and got himself disqualified after beating Joe down – We all cheered. It was an excellent, exciting match and it won’t be their last encounter!
The US Championship match came next, where Shinsuke Nakamura teased doing his signature low blow against his opponent, Jeff Hardy. Hard to think a low blow could be considered a signature, but there we go. Fun match – Nothing you’d write home about, but it was a fun enough match. Randy Orton ran out at the end and was all “look at me, I’m Randy Orton”, which was entertaining enough… But he didn’t do anything. Nice one, Randal – I got it, but I don’t think everyone did
Right, you still here? Good. Only two more championship matches to go.
Former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey had her match against the Goddess, Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship. This was entertaining all around and served to make Ronda look incredibly dangerous in a WWE ring. However, it did make Bliss look a little bit daft. Nevertheless, I was entertained, even if it was a little bit too much of a whooping for my liking. I’d have liked Bliss to have gotten some offence in at least – But hey, at least we’ve got a great champion in Rousey. She’s proven she can hang in the ring, far exceeding expectations. Although, the less we talk about that eye makeup, the better…
Finally then, the biggest of dogs went against the beastliest of beasts, as it was Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, part 72,014. The champion, Lesnar, was dominated in this match. He got some offence in as to be expected, but when Braun Strowman was out on the ringside and got “in the way”, Reigns inadvertently speared the monster and Brock decided to give him an F5, because, y’know, why focus on your opponent? Anyway, with Braun out of the way, Roman did a spear, 1,2,3 – The twenty two billion year reign of Lesnar is over.
All in all – I really loved SummerSlam. Everything about it was a feel good moment. Yes, even the heel turn was a feel good moment – Everything was logical, the story progression was excellent – and in some cases, the decisions were rectified the next night on RAW and then on SmackDown. Great job WWE – I love feeling good and I think you guys deserve a high five for that show.
If you watched SummerSlam 2018, what did you make of it? Did you enjoy the show, or was Saturday night’s TakeOver better? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.