|Date: July 30, 2022
|Venue: Nissan Stadium |City: Nashville, Tennessee
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A video package kicks us off highlighting many of tonight’s matches. I love the graphics for this event and the theme. Interestingly at the end of the package it says “welcome to Summerslam” and it’s Tom Phillips saying it, somebody that was released a while ago.
Jimmy Smith welcomes us to Summerslam. He’s joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton and we are straight into the action!
Bianca Belair (c) vs. Becky Lynch – Raw Women’s Championship match
Background: This is a rivalry that stems back to last year’s Summerslam when Becky Lynch returned to the WWE and beat Bianca in 8 seconds. Since then Belair has beaten Lynch for the title, defeating her at Wrestlemania. Becky Lynch gets one more shot for the Raw Women’s Championship tonight in what could be Becky’s last chance.
Previous PPV matches: This is the fourth PPV match between these two girls. Bianca has won two of the previous 3 and Becky the other.
Summerslam PPV Record: Bianca is 0-1 at Summerslam having lost to Becky last year, Becky Lynch is 3-2 at the event.
Match: It’s a cagey start to the match with Becky looking to wrestle and wear Bianca down whilst Belair uses her power. Becky takes the early advantage but Bianca is explosive and hits a glam slam and a standing moonsault for a two count. Outside the ring Lynch takes control, hitting a legdrop over the barricade which earns her a two count in the ring. Becky looks for another legdrop in the ring but Belair counters with a powerbomb. The fight goes back to the outside where Bianca drops Becky on the apron and then pulls her into the ringpost and suplexes her on the mat. Back in the ring and Bianca hits a moonsault for a two count. Becky hits a stunner for a two count. Bianca looks for the KOD but Becky counters into an armbar which Bianca escapes. Belair then hits a KOD on the outside. Back in the ring and Lynch counters a KOD attempt. Bianca heads to the top but gets pulled off by her hair.
Becky hits a man-handle slam for a near fall. Becky looks for a man-handle slam off the top but Bianca counters, hitting a Spanish fly! Belair follows it up with a KOD and hooks the leg for the three! After the match Becky and Bianca shake hands and embrace.
Result: Bianca Belair retains the Raw Women’s Championship by pinfall.
Review: This was a great match. Two extremely talented women putting on the match of their lives. This could have main evented the show. This felt like a true passing the torch moment. Bianca has shown this year that she is every bit as good as any other woman on the roster. A great match to kick things off, the perfect way to open the show.
As Bianca celebrates in the ring, Bayley’s music hits and out she walks! She stops at the end of the entranceway and is soon joined by both Dakota Kai and Io Shirai (Io Sky?). The three of them march to the ring and get in the face of Bianca Belair. Bianca is soon joined by Becky Lynch which causes Bayley, Dakota and Io to back off. What a way to kick off the show!
There’s a video package next showing the history between The Miz and Logan Paul.
Logan Paul vs. The Miz
Background: At Wrestlemania 38 The Miz and Logan Paul defeated The Mysterio’s in a tag team match. Following the match The Miz hit Logan Paul with a skull-crushing finale. Last month Logan Paul officially signed to WWE and wasted no time in challenging The Miz to a match at Summerslam.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Summerslam PPV Record: The Miz is 3-3 at Summerslam, Logan Paul wrestles at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: The Miz has Maryse and Ciampa in his corner tonight. The Miz starts well and mocks Logan Paul in the early going. Logan Paul shows off his own athleticism and even hits a moonsault off the apron. It’s back and forth between the two until Miz hits a codebreaker and looks like he caught Logan there. Ciampa soon gets involved with a right hand. Logan hits a blockbuster and both men are down. Paul hits a powerslam, some “it kicks” and then locks on a figure four! Miz gets to the ropes to breaks it up but Logan continues the assault with a cross body and a standing moonsault for a two count. Ciampa gets up on the apron again but this time the referee throws him out. Ciampa refuses to go and out comes AJ Styles to eject him personally!
Back in the ring and Logan hits a phenomenal forearm on Miz for a near fall. Logan then lays Miz on the announce desk before heading to the top and hitting a frog splash on Miz through the announce desk! Maryse then distracts the referee and Logan pins The Miz. The Miz swings a chain on Logan Paul who ducks and Miz nearly wipes out his wife. Logan Paul then hits Miz with skull-crushing finale and pins him for the win!
Result: Logan Paul wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a really fun match. There was plenty of chaos and enough going on outside the ring to add to the interest. Logan Paul looked really good, fair play to him. He’s obviously trained hard and he understands the business really well. He gets the big win tonight and I’m guessing we’ll be seeing a lot more of him going forward. A big win for Logan Paul tonight.
Mansoor and Mace, who are now members of Maxximum “Male Models, promote some water backstae. They are joined by Max and Maxxine Dupri. It’s ridiculous.
There’s a promo video for Roman Reigns.
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Theory – United States Championship match
Background: At Money in the Bank, Bobby Lashley defeated Theory to win the United States Championship. On the following episode of Raw, Theory announced he was granted a rematch against Lashley for the title at SummerSlam.
Previous PPV matches: This is a second PPV match between these two men, Bobby Lashley won the previous one at Money In The Bank last month.
Summerslam PPV Record: Bobby Lashley is 1-0 at Summerslam, Theory wrestles at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: Theory attacks Bobby Lashley with his MITB briefcase as he makes his entrance. Theory then keeps the advantage in the early going, hitting a rolling blockbuster. Lashley soon uses his power and hits a big urunage. Theory grabs his briefcase and looks to head to the back but lashley stands in his way, launches him into the barricade. Back in the ring and Bobby continues the assault, hitting a running powerslam and then looking for a spear but Theory leapfrogs him. Theory looks for a rolling dropkick but Lashley catches him and then applies the hurt lock causing Theory to tap out.
Result: Bobby Lashley retains the United States Championship by submission.
Review: This wasn’t as good as their match at Money In The Bank but they were given a lot less time and this was more one-sided. Lashley won in straight forward manor and will probably get away from this rivalry with Theory now. I’d like to see a prolonged feud between Bobby Lashley and Kevin Owens. Theory can be built up for a potential main event push.
There’s a quick ad that I didn’t pay attention to.
The Mysterios (Rey & Dominik) vs. The Judgment Day (Finn Balor & Damien Priest) – No Disqualification tag team match
Background: Finn Balor and Damien Priest have targeted The Mysterio’s over recent weeks, goading Dominik into joining The Judgment Day. Last week was a Rey Mysterio 20 year tribute night and Rey would beat Finn Balor. Backstage Rhea Ripley would return and dragged Dominik Mysterio to a waiting Damien Priest and Finn Balor who would put him through a table.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first tag team match between these two teams.
Summerslam PPV Record: Rey Mysterio is 4-6, Dominik is 0-2, Finn Balor is 3-1 and Damien Priest is 1-0.
Match: Rey and Dominik go right for Balor and Priest before the bell can ring. I’m assuming all four men will be in the ring as it is no disqualification’s. The Mysterio’s clean house early and Dominik then hits a suicide dive on Priest before Rey hits an Asai moonsault on Finn. Looks like there’s going to be legal tags as Rey Mysterio and Finn Balor go at it. The Judgment Day soon take control as they make quick tags and keep Dominik away from his corner. I’m still getting used to seeing Finn Balor as a heel. He mocks Eddie Guerrero. Three babyface wins so far tonight, The Judgment Day looking to end that streak. Rey makes a hot tag and picks up the pace against Damien Priest. Balor brings a chair into the ring but Rey manages to grab it and smash Priest and Balor with it.
Rey looks for a 619 on Priest but Finn tags in and hits Rey with a massive clothesline. Balor hits a shotgun dropkick and heads to the top but Dominik saves his father. Rey hits a top rope hurricanrana on Finn for a two count. It breaks down from here with all four men. Four men and one woman as Rhea Ripley stops The Mysterio’s from hitting a 619. Priest then hits Rey with South Of Heaven and Finn asks for a chair. The lights then go out and the music of The Brood hits! Edge then appears through the fire and heads to the ring. Edge wipes out Priest and then hits both Balor and Priest with spears! Rey and Dominik hits a double 619 to Balor and Rey hits a splash, hooks the leg and gets the three!
Result: Rey and Dominik Mysterio win by pinfall.
Review: I didn’t expect this result! I thought The Judgment Day would get a much needed win. Edge’s return was awesome and made the difference in the end. I hope this leads to an Edge vs. Finn Balor match, it’s definitely one I’d like to see. I’d have booked Edge to return after the match following a win for Finn and Damien but this will have to do. An ok match tonight.
There’s a Kevin Owens promo VT.
Michael Cole is on commentary next with Corey Graves.
There’s a video package for Pat McAfee and Happy Corbin.
Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin
Background: On the June 17 episode of SmackDown, after losing to Madcap Moss, Happy Corbin confronted commentator Pat McAfee—a former teammate when both played in the National Football League who consistently criticised Corbin on-air for his underhanded tactics. The following week, McAfee challenged Corbin to a match at SummerSlam. After Money in the Bank went off the air, Corbin attacked McAfee and subsequently accepted the challenge.
Previous PPV matches: This. isa first time PPV match between these two men.
Summerslam PPV Record: Corbin is 0-2 at Summerslam, Pat McAfee wrestles at Summerslam for the first time tonight.
Match: Pat McAfee has a choir sing him to the ring. The crowd are definitely behind McAfee in this one. Pat takes control in the early going and jumps off the top rope, hitting a hurricanrana before sending Corbin to the outside. McAfee looks for a superplex but Corbin shoves him off the top only for Pat to flip and land on his feet. Corbin then wipes him out with a dropkick. It’s all Corbin from here as he lays into Pat and berates Michael Cole as he does. McAfee hits a superplex and it’s back and forth from here. He hits a swanton bambini to the outside and then counters end of days. McAfee hits a right hand and Corbin takes out the referee. Pat then hits a low blow and a sunset flip powerbomb for the win!
Result: Pat McAfee wins by pinfall.
Review: This wasn’t great but the commentators did a great job of hyping it up. Pat is really over and it’s great to see him in the ring. His matches tend to be more fun than amazing quality but still, I’m all for them. Corbin was the ideal opponents for him tonight.
There’s an ad for merch.
We’re shown some footage form Smackdown with Drew McIntyre defeated Sheamus to earn himself an Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at Clash At The Castle.
Drew McIntyre is out next for a promo. McIntyre makes a mockery of the main event tonight and cuts a babyface promo before claiming that he will be the next champion at Clash At The Castle.
Video package next for The Usos and The Street Profits.
The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) (c) vs. The Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) – Undisputed Tag Team Championship match with Jeff Jarrett serving as special guest referee
Background: At Money in the Bank, The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) defeated The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) to retain the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship. Following the match, replayed footage of the pinfall showed that Ford’s shoulder was off the mat, thus the pinfall should not have been counted. A championship rematch was then subsequently scheduled for SummerSlam. On the July 15 episode of SmackDown, WWE official Adam Pearce announced that WWE Hall of Famer and Nashville area native Jeff Jarrett would be the special guest referee for the match.
Previous PPV matches: This is a third PPV match between these two teams. The Usos won the previous two.
Summerslam PPV Record: The Usos are amazingly only 1-0 at Summerslam events, a record shared with The Street Profits.
Match: Jimmy Uso and Angelo Dawkins kick off the match and Jeff Jarrett is quick to get between the men in the corner. The Usos take control in the early going, making quick tags and keeping Angelo Dawkins from his corner. Montez Ford finally makes the hot tag and gets in the match for the first time. Ford picks up the pace, hitting Jey with suplexes and a standing moonsault. Jey hits an awesome pop-up neckbreaker on Montez for a two count. Dawkins hits a big plancha to the outside on both Usos and then hits a neckbreaker on Jey for a two count. The Profits hit a pounce/German suplex combo for a near fall. Jey hits a splash on Dawkins for a two count.
Both Usos head to the top and hit a double splash on Dawkins but Montez Ford breaks up the pinfall attempt. Jey nearly takes |Jeff Jarrett out with a superkick but Jarrett blocks. Dawkins then hits a sky high and Ford hits a frog splash but can’t keep Jey down for the three. Ford looks for a suicide dive but The Usos catch him with double superkicks. Dawkins then eats superkicks and a 1D. Jimmy hooks the leg and gets the three.
Result: The Usos retain the tag team championships by pinfall.
Review: This was a good match albeit not as good as their match at Money In The Bank. But still a good match between arguably the two best teams on the WWE roster. The Usos retain again though and they’re having an amazing run. Could we be coming to the end of the Street Profits run as a tag team? Who will ever beat The Usos? Good match tonight.
There’s an ad for WWE Shop.
Riddle appears from somewhere and despite not being medically cleared to wrestle tonight he calls out Seth Rollins. Rollins runs out form the back and during a melee with referees and agents manages to hit Riddle with a stomp.
There’s a video package for Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey next.
Liv Morgan (c) vs. Ronda Rousey – Smackdown Women’s Championship match
Background: At Money in the Bank, Liv Morgan won the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match to earn a women’s championship match contract of her choosing. After Ronda Rousey retained the SmackDown Women’s Championship later that same night, Morgan ran out and used the contract to cash in on Rousey and win the title. On the following SmackDown, it was announced that Morgan would defend the title in a rematch against Rousey at SummerSlam.
Previous PPV matches: This is a second PPV match between these two girls. Liv beat Ronda in very quick fashion at Money In The Bank last month.
Summerslam PPV Record: Ronda Rousey is 1-0, Liv Morgan wrestles at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: It is all Ronda Rousey in the early going for this one. She tries to lock on arm bars and ankle locks but Liv Morgan manages to keep escaping. Ronda applies another arm bar and Liv manages to roll Ronda onto her back for a three count. Liv Morgan did tap out during the count but the referee didn’t see it! Liv Morgan wins but Ronda won’t be happy! She isn’t. After the bell Ronda attacks Liv and then attacks the referee.
Result: Liv Morgan wins by pinfall.
Review: This wasn’t the best match. It was over very quickly. It was all Ronda putting submissions on, Liv managing to wriggle free and getting a flukey pinfall.
There’s another WWEShop.com ad.
The mayor of Knoxville is introduced to give the attendance. Kane is the mayor of Nashville. 48,449 in attendance tonight.
There’s an ad for Peacock.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar – Last Man Standing match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
Background: At WrestleMania 38 in April, SmackDown’s Universal Champion Roman Reigns defeated Raw’s WWE Champion Brock Lesnar in a Winner Takes All match to become recognized as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. After Reigns retained the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship on the June 17 episode of SmackDown, he claimed there was no one left to face him. Lesnar then made a surprise return after a two-month hiatus and offered Reigns a handshake. As Reigns went to shake his hand, Lesnar attacked Reigns and then attacked The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso), who had come to Reigns’ aid. It was subsequently announced that Reigns would defend the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Lesnar in a Last Man Standing match at SummerSlam, which WWE billed as their last match against each other.
Previous PPV matches: This is the sixth PPV match between these two men. Roman has won 3 of the previous 5 and Brock won the other 2.
Summerslam PPV Record: Roman Reigns is 4-1 at Summerslam, Brock Lesnar is 6-4.
Match: Brock Lesnar drives a tractor to the ring. It’s more of a digger to be honest, it’s got a front loaded. Lesnar stands on top of the front loader for the ring announcements. Brock does his own ring introduction and then dives off the tractor and takes down Reigns with a Lou Thesz press. Brock then takes the fight to the outside where he throws Reigns around. Roman counters an early F5 attempt and pushes Brock into sone of the lighting rig. Lesnar soon regains the advantage and hits more suplexes. A distraction from Paul Heyman allows Reigns to scoop up Lesnar and Samoan drop him through a table. Reigns then sets up another table and hits a urunage on Lesnar through it. Roman hits two superman punches and a spear. The two fight to the outside where Lesnar puts Reigns through part of a table.
Brock Lesnar gets back in the tractor, lowers the front and then nails Roman with the ring steps and a piece of table. Brock places Reigns into the front loader and lifts it up before dumping Reigns into the ring. Brock hits an F5 but still Reigns beats the count. Roman manages to lock on a guillotine but Brock counters with a guillotine of his own. Reigns appears to be out. Roman manages to beat the count again. Brock gets back in the tractor and then pushes the ring with it! Incredible, Lesnar then lifts up the ring with the digger, sending Reigns rolling out of it! One side of the ring is now elevated. The Usos then show up and attack Lesnar but Brock fights them off.
Paul Heyman gets in the face of Lesnar and tells him to take the title belts. Brock scoops up Heyman and F5’s him through the announce desk! Reigns then hits a spear on Lesnar. Lesnar and Reigns get back up to their feet but Theory’s music hits and out runs Mr Money In The Bank! Theory hits Reigns with the case but Lesnar then F5’s Theory. The Usos superkick Brock and Reigns spears his challenger but again Lesnar gets back up. Roman picks up the MITB briefcase, nails Theory with it and then repeatedly hits Brock with it. Brock gets up so Reigns nails him with the WWE Championship. Michael Cole screams at the referee to count faster. Brock is up again. I’ve just spotted Michelle McCool at ringside. Reigns tells Brock he isn’t welcome here and hits him with the Universal Championship. Reigns and The Usos then bury Brock with tables, chairs, stairs and anything he can find. The referee counts to 10, Roman Reigns wins.
Result: Roman Reigns retains the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
Review: This was one hell of a match. It exceeded my expectations. Brock, despite losing, looked like an absolute beast. Roman Reigns, as always, looked great. It was. a great main event. They’ve advertised this as the last ever match between the two but whether that is the case we will have to see. I loved the ring being lifted up, I’ve never seen anything like that before.
And that was Summerslam 2022. My initial reaction to this show is that it was a little disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, there was some really good stuff on it but a lot of it was underwhelming. It couldn’t have started much better, I loved the match between Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair. This feels like the end of this rivalry, especially with the aftermatch of Bayley, Dakota Kai and Io Sky showing up. This should transition into a Bianca/Bayley rivalry which we have seen before but I look forward to this new chapter. Logan Paul then beat The Miz in a decent enough match. It over-delivered, Logan Paul had a really good showing and fair play, he won the match. At this point in his career it doesn’t really affect The Miz. How much will we see Logan Paul going forward? Bobby Lashley then beat Theory in a match that wasn’t as good as their previous match. These two can go in their separate directions now and really they need to build Theory up if he’s a future main eventer.
Dominik and Rey Mysterio beat The Judgment Day with a lot of help from Edge. I’m not sure if this was the right result, I think Judgment Day winning and Edge returning after the match would have been better. This should lead to a match between Edge and Finn Balor down the line, which I am looking forward to. Pat McAfee beat Happy Corbin in a pretty fun match. It wasn’t that good quality but the crowd were into it and the commentators did a great job. I don’t mind the result, Corbin doesn’t win a lot of big matches but he’s good at putting people over. The Usos then beat The Street Profits in a good match but again, not as good as their previous PPV match. These two teams have a lot of chemistry and put on good matches. The Usos continue their long title reign, it’s going to be big when a team finally beats them.
Liv Morgan beat Ronda Rousey in a short match. The way Liv won made it look a bit of a fluke and after the match we sort of got a heel turn from Rousey. I think a heel run would suit Ronda so I look forward to that. Maybe we’ll get another match between the two with Rousey as a heel. I did think Ronda was taking the title back tonight. Liv’s title reign continues though. In the main event Roman Reigns beat Brock Lesnar to retain the titles. This match was crazy. I have never seen anything like this. I loved the spot with the ring being lifted up. It was a really fun match from start to finish. Obviously Reigns and Lesnar have a lot of chemistry and considering it’s a match we’ve seen a lot of times before, it really delivered. A great way to end the show.
Overall Rating: 58.75/100 (ranked joint 219th out of 415)
Match Of The Night: Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch
Worst Match Of The Night: Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey
Surprise Of The Night: The return of Bayley, Dakota Kai and Io Sky
Worst Booking Of The Night: The Mysterio’s defeating Judgment Day
Superstar Of The Night: Roman Reigns
Summerslam 2022 Will Be Remembered For: The madness of the main event