|Date: August 23, 2015
|Venue: Barclays Center |City: Brooklyn, New York
|Attendance: 15,702 |Buys: 121,000
Lilian Garcia kicks off the show by introducing the host for the evening Jon Stewart. Jon hypes up the evening and goes through some of the names involved tonight, getting varying reactions. He actually sounds like he watches the product and does a good job of promoting the card. Stewart then introduces Mick Foley as his back-up for Brock Lesnar. Foley comes out and says that he mis-heard him on the phone and thought he had said “Rock” not “Brock”.
The show officially begins with a gritty video package about New York City. There’s a bit pf promotion for John Cena and Seth Rollins and then The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Background: This feud continues from Battleground. Since then the two men have cost each other matches and when Sheamus looked poised to cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase Randy Orton would hit him with an RKO.
Previous PPV matches: This is the 5th PPV match between these two men, Randy Orton has won 3 of the previous 4, Sheamus won the other.
Summerslam Record: Randy Orton is 6-4 at Summerslam, Sheamus is 1-2.
Match: The match starts with Randy Orton trying to hit an RKO but sheamus backs out of the ring and gets on the microphone and tells the crowd that they look stupid. Sheamus has the advantage for most of the early going, hitting his trademark backbreakers and kneedrops. It’s a slow pace which Sheamus makes slower by applying chinlocks. Orton makes his first comeback, hitting his trademark backbreakers but it’s too early in the match for the hangmans DDT. There’s a pretty brutal t-bone suplex form Orton, dumping Sheamus out of the ring! At one point Sheamus drops Orton on the top turnbuckle which busts Randy’s head open. Orton hit a hangmans DDT off the top rope which was nice. Another nice spot was Orton counting a shoulder block with an RKO but Sheamus rolled out of the ring to avoid being pinned. Sheamus actually hit two consecutive brogue kicks to pick up the win.
Result: Sheamus wins following two brogue kicks in 12:28.
Review: Decent enough match to kick off but nothing special. Two decent hands who aren’t going to put on a bad match. It didn’t feel like it got into the next gear though. There were a few good spots. Sheamus wins though and looks strong for his eventual Money In The Bank cash-in.
There’s a VT showing some competition winners having a good time.
The Prime Time Players (Darren Young & Titus O’Neil) (c) vs. Los Matadores (Diego & Fernando) vs. The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara) vs. The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) – Fatal four way match for the WWE Tag Team Championships
Background: At Battleground, The Prime Time Players defeated The New Day to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. On the July 20 episode of Raw, Los Matadores defeated the Prime Time Players, after a distraction by the New Day. On the July 27 episode of Raw, The Lucha Dragons defeated Los Matadores. On the July 30 episode of SmackDown, The Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores defeated The New Day and The Ascension. On the August 3 episode of Raw, The New Day and The Ascension defeated The Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores in a rematch. On the August 6 episode of SmackDown, The Prime Time Players teamed up with Mark Henry to defeat The New Day. On the August 10 episode of Raw, The New Day defeated Los Matadores. The Prime Time Players were then scheduled to defend the championship against The New Day, Los Matadores and The Lucha Dragons in a Fatal Four-Way tag team match at SummerSlam.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time fatal four way match between these four teams.
Summerslam Record: Big E is 0-1, Kofi Kingston is 2-1-1, Darren Young is 0-2, Titus O’Neil is 0-1. Sin Cara, Kalisto, Diego and Fernando make their Summerslam debuts tonight.
Match: The New Day start the match and tried the old New Age Outlaws tactic of pinning each other to try and win the match. Kalisto is a great guy to watch, he’s so slick in his offence. He gets the better of Big E in this one. There’s lots of guys tagging themselves in during this match which makes sense as it’s not elimination, it’s one fall to the victory. Los Matadores don’t get involved too much in the early going, they’re late to the party. Titus is kept out of the match for a long time, you get the impression that he’ll be getting the hot tag at some point. I love how New Day work as a team, they’ve got some great double team moves. Titus does get the hot tag and picks up the pace, running through all 6 opponents. Sin Cara isn’t the smoothest. Xavier Woods gets involved but Darren Young disposes of him. Eventually it all breaks down and all 8 men go at it. Titus O’Neil hits Clash Of The Titus on Fernando but Kofi was the legal man, he disposes of Titus and pins Fernando to win the match.
Result: The New Day win, Kofi pinning Fernando in 11:20.
Review: This match was a lot of fun. The New Day are a great team and on top of that you’ve got a guy like Kalisto who is super talented. A really good four way tag team match.
Jon Stewart is backstage with his son, Neville and Stephen Amell. Jon is telling them how good friend he is with The Undertaker and right on cue The Undertaker walks past.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev
Background: This rivalry has been going on for a couple of months, since Rusev dumped Lana and Lana found romance with Dolph Ziggler. Rusev then claimed he was over Lana and has replaced her with Summer Rae who dresses and looks exactly the same as Lana. both men have been on the shelf which has put this match back but it finally comes to a head tonight.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Summerslam Record: Dolph Ziggler is 2-1-2, Rusev is 1-0.
Match: Dolph is accompanied by Lana and Rusev by Summer Rae. Ziggler gets the early offence in but Rusev avoids a splash and take the advantage, slowing the pace. Rusev locks on a bear hug at one point which seems to last for ever. Ziggler quickens the pace when he takes the advantage and gets the crowd going after a lull. You know it’s going to kick off between Lana and Summer Rae at some point. It’s pretty back and forth for the most part. Rusev locks on the accolade and Lana tries to motivate her new man to get to the ropes but summer Rae walks over. Lana takes out Summer Rae with a slap and Rusev breaks the hold which seems daft. Summer Rae then wipes out Lana. Dolph then hits Rusev with a superkick on the outside and both men fail to beat the count back into the ring! After the match Dolph ziggler and Lana fought off Rusev and Summer Rae.
Result: Draw, double count-out in 11:50.
Review: This wasn’t a bad match for the most part. It was back and forth and both men got their trademark offence in. It turned into the cat-fight I was expecting.
There’s a brilliant VT next hyping up the feud between Stardust, King Barrett, Neville and Stephen Amell.
Neville & Stephen Amell vs. Stardust and King Barrett
Background: Stardust has been targeting Neville for a few weeks, claiming to be the villain to his hero. King Barrett has helped out Stardust and has been dubbed “The Cosmic King”. Stephen Amell aka Arrow has been vocal against Stardust and got into a confrontation with him on an episode of Raw. Triple H granted a tag team match for Summerslam.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match involving these four men.
Summerslam Record: Stardust/Cody Rhodes is 1-1 at Summerslam, as is King Barrett. Neville and Stephen Amell make their Summerslam debut.
Match: Neville and King Barrett start the match but it isn’t long until Stardust and Stephen Amell get involved. Amell actually looks pretty good, he kicks Stardust down and the crowd love it. Amell does well, countering moves and hitting a hiptoss. He also sells well for King Barrett. Barrett and Stardust double team Amell who is in for a good chunk of the match. Amell makes the hot tag to Neville and really quickens the pace. Stephen Amell heads to the top at the finish and dives to the outside on both opponents. He then rolls Barrett into the ring where Neville hits the red arrow for the win.
Result: Neville and Stephen Amell win after Neville hits Barrett with the red arrow in 7:35.
Review: A good match. Stephen Amell did really well to be fair to him, he took a lot of offence and was in for longer than I thought he would be. It was a short match and a big win for Neville. I actually think having Stephen Amell in the match gave it more intrigue. A decent match that exceeded expectation.
There’s a VT showing some of the events during Summerslam week.
Ryback (c) vs. The Big Show vs. The Miz – Triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship
Background: This match was supposed to happen at Battleground but due to an injury to Ryback, it got postponed.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time triple threat match between these three men.
Summerslam Record: Ryback is 0-1 at Summerslam, Big Show 4-1 is and The Miz is 1-2.
Match: The Miz sneaks out of the ring in the early going, leaving Ryback and The Big Show to go at it. Ryback chases Miz back into the ring but Big Show takes out both opponents. This is the theme for much of the match with Big Show dominating both opponents and Miz trying to get some cheap shots in. Ryback hits an impressive splash off the top on Miz at one point. Ryback avoids a KO punch and hits Big Show with a spinebuster and a splash and then shellshock. Miz hits Ryback with the skull-crushing finale for a near fall. I thought he had him there. Big Show hits Ryback with the KO punch but Miz breaks up the pinfall. The crowd have got pretty into this match. Big Show hits the KO punch on Miz, Ryback clotheslines Big Show out of the ring and pins Miz for the three!
Result: Ryback wins, pinning The Miz in 5:33.
Review: Michael Cole described this as a “classic triple threat match” but it’s not quite up there with the best. It felt rushed but had its moments but was nothing special. Ryback retains and continues his Intercontinental Championship reign.
Jon Stewart is backstage, knocking on Brock Lesnar’s locker room door. Paul Heyman answers but Stewart wants Lesnar. Stewart talks about how disappointed he was when Brock Lesnar beat The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Heyman makes a comment about not being able to get David Letterman and leaves.
Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper
Background: This all began when Bray Wyatt cost Roman Reigns the Money In The Bank ladder match. The two then met at Battleground when Luke Harper re-united with Bray Wyatt, costing Roman Reigns the match. Since then, Dean Ambrose has had his old friend’s back and has led to the tag team match tonight.
Previous PPV matches: It’s a first time two on two tag team match between these two teams.
Summerslam Record: Roman Reigns is 1-0 at Summerslam events, Dean Ambrose is 0-1, Bray Wyatt is 2-0 and Luke Harper makes his Summerslam debut.
Match: It’s a fast-paced start to the match with all four men going at it and the fight going to the outside. Roman Reigns gets the better of Wyatt and Harper and Dean Ambrose runs across the announce desks and takes out Bray Wyatt. Ambrose and Reigns keep the advantage for a while, making quick tags until a distraction form Bray Wyatt allows Luke Harper to take over. All hell then breaks loose again. This is far from a normal tag team match. Wyatt hits a nice DDT on Ambrose off the ring apron at one point. Luke Harper is a really under-rated talent, he’s looked great in this match. Ambrose takes a lot of the offence but Roman Reigns eventually gets the hot tag. Reigns gets boo’d big time as he fires up. There was actually a “Roman’s sleeping” chant as he sold the offence from earlier in the match. Reigns and Ambrose hit a Doomsday Device on Wyatt which was a pretty cool. The finish saw Dean Ambrose hit dirty deeds on Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns hits the spear for the victory.
Result: Roman Reigns pins Bray Wyatt after a spear in 10:55.
Review: I really enjoyed this match. They weren’t given masses of time so it had a really quick pace to it. Everyone got their offence in and everyone came out of it looking good. Reigns and Ambrose pick up the win though and this will probably be the end of this feud.
There’s a video package next for Seth Rollins and John Cena.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. John Cena (c) – Winner takes all match for both the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and United States Championship
Background: John Cena has been the man to call out Seth Rollins. He wanted a shot for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship but instead the tides turned and Cena was made to defend his United States Championship against Rollins on Raw. Cena won the match but Rollins busted Cena’s nose in the process. The two men then agreed to face each other at Summerslam, title for title.
Previous PPV matches: This is a second PPV match between these two men, John Cena won the first at TLC 2014.
Summerslam Record: Seth Rollins is 1-0 at Summerslam, John Cena is 4-7.
Match: Seth Rollins is in new gear tonight, dressed head to toe in white. Cena starts the match well, keeping Rollins grounded. Interesting that there’s a still a few matches to go on after this one. Rollins hits a nice blockbuster to take the advantage. Cena looks for his trademark offence early but Rollins counters. The crowd definitely seem into this one. Rollins is so good. He hits a nice standing shooting star press. Plenty of near falls in the mid-point of the match, mostly as a result of Rollins innovative offence. Cena hits an attitude adjustment fairly early but Rollins kicks out. One of those never beats an opponent on pay per view these days. Cena looks for a middle rope attitude adjustment but Rollins counters and hits a buckle bomb. Cena uses a figure four at one point which is fitting because he’s looking tie Ric Flair’s record. John sets up for an attitude adjustment but swings Rollins into the referee knocking him over. Jon Stewart then runs out with a chair, hits Cena with it and Rollins pedigree’s Cena onto the chair for the win!
Result: Seth Rollins wins with help from Jon Stewart in 19:44.
Review: Well it was a really good match and the crowd were hot for it. Seth looked like a star and proved that he belonged in the main event. The finish was ridiculous though. Jon Stewart getting involved and costing Cena the match is pretty dumb. Aside from that, it was a great match.
There’s an ad next for the WWE Network.
Over to the Summerslam kick-off panel of Renee Young, Corey Graves, Booker T and Byron Saxton. They don’t seem happy with Jon Stewart.
There’s a VT next showing the divas revolution in WWE.
Team PCB (Paige, Charlotte & Becky Lynch) vs. Team Bella (Nikki Bella, Brie Bella & Alicia Fox) vs. Team B.A.D. (Naomi, Sasha Banks & Tamina) – Three team elimination match
Background: On the June 18 episode of SmackDown, Alicia Fox allied with The Bella Twins (Brie Bella and Divas Champion Nikki Bella) by helping Brie win her match against Paige, forming “Team Bella”. On the July 13 episode of Raw, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks made their WWE debuts; Charlotte and Lynch allied with Paige, later naming their team “PCB”, while Banks allied with Naomi and Tamina, naming their group “Team B.A.D.”. At Battleground, Charlotte defeated Brie and Banks in a Triple Threat match. On August 10, it was announced that Team Bella, PCB and Team B.A.D were scheduled to compete against each other in a Three-Team Elimination match at SummerSlam.
Previous PPV matches: First time three team elimination match between these three teams!
Battleground Record: Paige is 1-0 at Summerslam, Brie Bella is 0-1, Alicia Fox is 0-1 and the other 6 girls make their Summerslam debut tonight.
Match: Becky Lynch and Brie start off the match but it isn’t long until Tamina tags herself in and Team B.A.D. knock everyone off the apron. Sasha Banks lost her NXT Women’s Championship the previous night at NXT Takeover. Team B.A.D. work well together, lots of double and triple teaming against Becky Lynch. The crowd chant “we want Sasha”. Naomi, Sasha and Tamina are dominant in the early going. Naomi and Sasha dive out at Charlotte and Becky at one point but I think Sasha completely missed. The Bella Twins dive out, Paige pushes Alicia off the top rope in a fall that looked quite nasty and Paige then dives out at everyone. Brie hits a big facebuster on Tamina and pins her for the three to eliminate Team B.A.D. from the match. Nikki hits the rack attack on Becky but Paige and Charlotte save the match for their team. Paige then takes most of the offence as Team Bella dominate. Charlotte isn’t in the match for the most part so I expect her to get the hot tag. And I am right. She locks the figure 8 on Alicia Fox but Nikki Bella breaks that up. The two girls then knock each other down with big boots. Becky Lynch and Brie Bella get the tags and we’re back to where we started! I’ve just noticed the Divas championship in the corner so I wouldn’t be surprised if that gets used at some point. It doesn’t. Becky Lynch hits Brie with an exploder suplex and that’s enough for the win!
Result: Team PCB win the match after Becky Lynch pins Brie Bella in 15:20.
Review: Yeah a decent match. Most of the girls got their stuff in. The crowd weren’t happy that Sasha Banks’ team was eliminated early. Becky getting the win for their team was surprising, I thought it would be Charlotte. A good showcase for the Divas though. It’ll be interesting to see who Nikki Bella’s next opponent is for the title.
There’s an ad next for WWE 2k16.
Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens
Background: On the June 18 episode of SmackDown, Kevin Owens defeated Cesaro. On the June 29 episode of Raw, Cesaro defeated United States Champion John Cena by disqualification after being attacked by Owens, therefore not winning the championship. On the July 20 episode of Raw, Cesaro teamed up with Cena and Randy Orton to defeat Owens, Rusev and Sheamus. On the July 23 episode of SmackDown, Owens attacked Cesaro after his match against Seth Rollins. On the July 27 episode of Raw, Cesaro attacked Owens after his match against Orton. On the July 30 episode of SmackDown, after Owens attacked Cesaro during his rematch against Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Cesaro defeated Owens and Rollins in a tag team match. On the August 13 episode of SmackDown it was then announced that Cesaro was set to face Owens at SummerSlam.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first PPV match between these two men.
Summerslam Record: This match marks Summerslam debuts for both men.
Match: The match starts quickly with Kevin Owens throwing Cesaro out of the ring and then diving out at him. Cesaro then returns the favour with a dive of his own. Owens lost in an NXT title match last night to champion Finn Balor. Cesaro looks for his swing in the early going but Owens fights him off and rolls to the outside. The pace does slow down as Owens takes the advantage. A “we want Ryder” chant breaks out at one point, that’s not one I’ve heard for a while. Cesaro hits a nice gut-wrench suplex off the top which I guess make it a gut-wrench superplex. Owens counters the neutraliser a couple of times and then hits a tornado DDT. KO misses with a moonsault, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him hit that. Cesaro hits his swing and then locks on the sharpshooter which is a nod to his injured tag team partner Tyson Kidd. KO wins the match after crotching Cesaro on the top rope, hitting a fishermans superplex and the pop-up powerbomb.
Result: Kevin Owens wins after a pop-up powerbomb in 14:18.
Review: It was a decent enough match but nothing special. I think the crowd are starting to flag after a busy night for them. We’re over 3 hours into the show now. This match might have seemed better if it was earlier on in the night. It was good but after a clean win for Owens I don’t think we’ll see this match again.
There’s an ad next for Night Of Champions, which is four weeks from now.
Next is a video package for The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Background: This match goes back to Wrestlemania 30 where Brock Lesnar ended the streak of The Undertaker. They haven’t met since but Undertaker showed up at Battleground and cost Brock Lesnar the WWE Championship.
Previous PPV matches: These two men have wrestled on PPV four times before. Brock has won 3 and they drew the other.
Summerslam Record: Brock Lesnar is 4-1 at Summerslam, The Undertaker is 9-5-1. It’s Undertaker’s first Summerslam match in 7 years and his first non-Wrestlemania match since Bragging Rights 2010.
Match: This match starts before the bell as Brick Lesnar attacks Undertaker as he gets into the ring! Undertaker manages to fight Lesnar off and throw him out of the ring but it all kicks off in a big way! The match starts off in a stiff way with right hands and takedowns. Brock looks to hit an F5 in the early going but Undertaker fights out of it. Lesnar hits his first F5 of the match, putting Undertaker through the announce desk with it. Lesnar gets some colour at some point. Undertaker hits a tombstone but Brock gets his shoulder up! Lesnar then sits up laughing! Undertaker sits up and mock Brock by laughing too before the two men slug it out! Undertaker hits a last ride and still no luck on the pinfall. Lesnar hits his second F5 of the match but Undertaker kicks out. Undertaker locks on hells’ gate but Lesnar counters and locks on the kimura. Undertaker shifts his weight, putting Lesnar on his back, the referee counts one and the bell rings! The referee doesn’t understand why the bell was rung. Behind the referee’s back Undertaker hits a low blow on Lesnar and then locks hell’s gate back on! Lesnar sticks his middle finger up at Undertaker but then passes out! We’re shown a replay that showed Undertaker tapping out to the kimura but it won’t count.
Result: Undertaker wins after Brock Lesnar passes out to Hell’s Gate in 17:50.
Review: This was a really good main event between these two men. It was everything the Wrestlemania 30 match should have been. It was a bit of a shady ending. Michael Cole tried to explain it by saying that the timekeeper saw The Undertaker tap out to the kimura. It was a good match though and Undertaker gets redemption for what happened at Wrestlemania 30.
And that was Summerslam 2015. It felt like a pretty good show with loads packed into it. Some of the matches suffered as a result but there was nothing terrible on the show. No terrible matches anyway but a couple of the finishes to matches were bad. Especially the two main events. Jon Stewart costing John Cena the WWE Championship was ridiculous and I wasn’t a fan of the screwy finish to the Brock Lesnar/Undertaker match either. Aside from that I enjoyed the pace of the show, I liked it as a four hour show, it reminded me of the old Summerslam and Wrestlemania shows where they would fit loads of matches in to get as many people on the card as possible. The night will be remembered for the celebrity influence of Jon Stewart and Stephen Amell and the rematch between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker.
Overall Rating: 59.5/100 (ranked 138th out of 318)
Match Of The Night: Seth Rollins vs. John Cena
Worst Match Of The Night: Ryback vs. The Big Show vs. The Miz
Surprise Of The Night: Jon Stewart costs John Cena the WWE Championship
Worst Booking Of The Night: Jon Stewart costs John Cena the WWE Championship
Superstar Of The Night: The Undertaker
Summerslam 2015 Will Be Remembered For: Jon Stewart
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Alicia Fox and Tamina Snuka are the respective Jannettys for Team Bella and Team B.A.D.