After last week's main event title match, what will Randy Orton have to say about Sheamus interfering with his title shot? How will Rollins react to what he is bound to call a "yet another successful title defense", and will we hear from The Deadman or Brock Lesnar as SummerSlam quickly approaches?
PROMO: The show starts off as it normally does with a promo by Stephanie and HHH better known as The Authority. They begin by talking up the four hour SummerSlam and the Barclays Center by going through all the matches on the card, and of course throwing the WWE Network and it's beautiful price of $9.99 in the mix. They also announce that for the first time since the brawl, Lesnar and The Phenom are under the same roof for Raw. Stephanie and Hunter also announce a couple of matches that we will see later in the night, Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Bella, and Luke Harper vs. Roman Reigns. The Authority then announces what the WWE put up on social media before the show started, Jon Stewart will be the host of SummerSlam.
MATCH: Randy Orton and Cesaro vs. Sheamus and Kevin Owens
The match starts off with Cesaro and Owens, SummerSlam opponents, in the ring. Both men quickly tag out to their respective partners Orton and Sheamus who are also SummerSlam opponents. They trade shoulder tackles, and Sheamus escapes the ring, and tags in Kevin Owens. Orton and Owens go back and forth for a short time before Cesaro is tagged in and wastes no time showing off his superhuman strength. Cesaro launches himself from the ropes, sends Owens out of the ring.
We come back to action with Sheamus beating on Orton only to tag out quickly to Owens. Just like the rest of the match, Sheamus and Owens work very well as a team with double team moves. Owens keeps Orton grounded and then throws Orton out of the ring only to have The Viper reverse and throw him on the barricade. Orton crawls in the ring and both competitors tag out. Cesaro then welcomed Sheamus to Uppercut City, and finished the tour with a cross body off the top ropes for a 2 count. After an attempted swing, Sheamus reverses and heads to the top rope, but Cesaro hits him with another uppercut for another 2 count. After a back and forth Cesaro gets a sneaky tag in for Orton who hits and RKO on Sheamus for the win!
RESULTS: Randy Orton pins Sheamus off an RKO.
THOUGHTS: This was a great tag team match to start the show. Arguably the hottest four guys on the roster all in the same ring and they delivered.
A video plays showing The Undertaker interfering with Lesnar vs. Rollins at Battleground, and then footage of the legendary brawl the two had last month on Raw.
PROMO: The Undertaker finally speaks out calling himself "The Reaper". Telling Lesnar that his name has been called, and he won't ever rest in peace.
They then show Rollins breaking Cena's nose again, reminding us that we haven't seen Cena since then but he is here tonight to sign the SummerSlam contract.
PROMO: They take us backstage to Rollins and The Authority talking about Cena and SummerSlam. Rollins then asks The Authority to build a statue of him at WWE Headquarters when he defeats Cena and becomes the first dual United States Champion and WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The Authority agrees.
MATCH: Roman Reigns vs. Luke Harper(Wyatt in his corner)
This match was announced earlier in the night by The Authority. Dean Ambrose enters and joins the commentary crew to support his buddy Roman Reigns. The match begins with a lock up and Harper getting the strength advantage on Reigns. Harper continues to hold the upper hand for the beginning part of the match by smacking Reigns around and multiple choke holds. Reigns then reverses and throws Harper into the corner and begins to comeback. Reigns misses a clothesline but rebounds to knock Harper out of the ring and use his patented dropkick on the apron.
We come back to Luke Harper in control in the middle of the ring using his size advantage. Then used a big michinoku driver and continued his dominance. Finally, Reigns fights to his feet only to be crushed by a big boot from Harper. Harper attempts a pin but only get a 2 count. Harper then goes to his signature gator roll and choke hold combo. Reigns finally starts to shift momentum with a few clotheslines, and a big throw. Reigns showing his persistency sends Harper over the top rope and shortly follows him by jumping over and landing on Bray Wyatts follower. Both men return to the ring and trade punches. Reigns uses a sunset flip and pin combo and only gets a 2 count. Reigns hits another huge clothesline, but still only gets a 2 count. After a Samoan drop there is another 2 count. Roman preps for a superman punch, Harper leaves the ring, and Reigns gets dropped by a big fist after giving chase. Harper bounces off the ropes but gets hit with a superman punch, counters the next move, and gets another 2 count. Harper hits a huge super kick, and then a big powerbomb but Roman again kicks out at 2. Reigns hits a superman punch and spear to win the match!
RESULTS: Roman Reigns pins Luke Harper after a spear.
THOUGHTS: This match ended in classic Reigns fashion. Gets beat on the whole match and then wins after a superman punch and spear. Nonetheless it definitely showed that we should look for a very physical match between the two "family's" at SummerSlam.
MATCH: Becky Lynch vs. Tamina
This match starts off with a lock up only to see Becky getting thrown across the ring. Tamina showing her dominance because of her clear size advantage early on. After a few slams Becky starts to comeback with an attempted cross body only to be caught and slammed once again, nearly pinned but only a two count. Tamina holds Becky down with a chin lock in the middle of the ring as the crowd brings Becky back to life. Anything Becky throws at Tamina is reversed. Becky dodges a big clothesline in the corner and hits a big missile dropkick off the top rope for a close 2 count. Becky reverses a slam into her submission finisher and gets Tamina to submit!
RESULTS: Becky submits Tamina with Disarmer.
THOUGHTS: In Becky's first one on one match she had a good showing. At an obvious size disadvantage she proved she could work with someone bigger than her. The recent diva's matches have all been fun to watch and this was no different. Another good installment for the Diva's Revolution.
Coming back from the break, we see Rusev in the ring with Summer and Lana on the commentary team.
MATCH: Rusev with Summer Rae vs. Mark Henry
Henry wastes little time taking it to Rusev forcing him to leave the ring. Mark gives chase and throws Rusev into the barricade before throwing him back in the ring. Henry slams Rusev twice, and gets a couple 2 counts. They fall outside the ring and Rusev takes over after throwing Henry into the ring post twice. Rusev of course goes to the announce table to bark at Lana in Bulgarian. After re-entering the ring he puts the Accolade on Henry. The Worlds Strongest Man almost fights out, but eventually submits.
RESULTS: Henry submits to Rusev's Accolade.
THOUGHTS: This was another pointless match between these two. Very predictable. This must have been just to listen to Lana talk for awhile because nothing eventful happened.
After the match Lana jumps in the ring calling out Summer Rae. Summer gets in the ring only to be quickly shut up by a huge slap. Lana then calls Rusev.. Yes, Rusev.. To the ring. The Bulgarian Brute steps in to the ring and here comes a returning Dolph Ziggler! The Showoff gets ready to take out Rusev, but he grabs Summer as a shield. Lana again disposes of Summer and Dolph disposes of Rusev leaving Ziggler and Lana as the last couple standing!
PROMO: Returning from break we go to the back for an interview with Dolph and Lana. Dolph then challenges the "Bulgarian Bonehead" to a match at SummerSlam. The Showoff also describes how great it feels to be back.
A video package plays of Superstars talking about The Undertaker and his presence, and also his legendary WrestleMania streak. Then Paul Heyman shows up in the video and all eyes shift to Brock Lesnar and Suplex City and beating that legendary streak. They then show The Deadman closing the door on Brock Lesnars title match at Battleground. Setting up for the main event at SummerSlam.
When we come back from break, Ryback is in the ring and Big Show is with the commentary team. The Miz then verbally attacks the Big Show over his new movie "Vendetta", and says that he will beat him and Ryback in the triple threat match at SummerSlam.
MATCH: Ryback vs. The Miz
The match starts quickly in Rybacks favor with him taking The Miz to corner using shoulder after shoulder. Soon The Miz turns the table by attacking Rybacks formerly injured knee. The Big Guy then starts to show his superhuman strength with a couple of impressive power slams, and then a huge meat hook clothesline. Ryback then turns a suplex into a Shellshock for the win. He then calls out the Big Show from the announce table. The Big Show wants none of it and heads to the back.
RESULTS: Ryback pins The Miz after a Shellshock
THOUGHTS: This was a quick match just to promote the triple threat title match at SummerSlam. I personally really enjoy The Miz making an idiot out of himself on a weekly basis because he's pretty dang good at it.
We come back from commercials with The Authority waiting in the ring for Cena and Rollins.
PROMO: Up next is the contract signing for the Champion vs. Champion match at SummerSlam. This was Cena's first appearance since the champ, Rollins, broke his nose a few weeks ago. Rollins comes down to the ring wearing his "Never Shuts Up" shirt, which I love, and gives hugs and handshakes across the board to The Authority and congratulates them for putting together SummerSlam. He also congratulates himself for the statue he will get for beating Cena on Sunday, and then turns his attention to the crowd. The Future of the WWE congratulates the WWE Universe for getting to witness history at SummerSlam when he wins and holds both the US Title and Heavyweight Title for the first time ever. Rollins then goes on to explain how times are changing in the WWE, and that he is the new top guy on the WWE mountain. He states that Cena has held the WWE Universe hostage for a decade now and even draws some "YES" chants from the crowd. John Cena finally comes out sporting his new look he unveiled on Tough Enough, and of course he was greeted by a very loud "John Cena sucks" chant. Cena comes out throwing verbal haymakers from the get go. Saying Rollins is nothing but a pathetic imitation of himself, and that he was handpicked by The Authority. He tells Rollins and HHH both that what he does Sunday will haunt them both for the rest of their lives by reminding them that he is a 15x champ, but by winning he becomes a 16x champion and only the second one ever. He attacks HHH by saying that he also loses when Rollins does because his mentor, Ric Flair, is the only other 16x champ. He then says that on Sunday, Rollins will be his new "bit*h". Signs the contract and leaves. The most focused Cena has been in a long time.
They play yet another video package of Lesnar and Taker. Showing the events leading up to this Sunday, and then an ad for SummerSlam itself.
MATCH: New Day and Los Matadores vs. Prime Time Players and Lucha Dragons
This starts with Sin Cara and one of the Los Matadores since you can never tell them apart. There's quick tags to see Titus and the other Los Matadore as Titus dominates. Xavier Woods distracts Titus as he's taken down, and then Torito takes out Xavier Woods. Kalisto comes out of no where with a quick move and pins the Los Matadores.
RESULTS: Kalisto pins one of the Los Matadores.
THOUGHTS: This match was crazy fast with a lot going on. The New Day stole the show again with how entertaining they are, and prove again they should be the champs. It was a good way to get all teams in Sunday's fatal four way match at SummerSlam on Raw.
They then announce that Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev has been approved for SummerSlam.
After coming back from break they show a video package on how The Green Arrow, Stephen Amell, got booked to be at SummerSlam in that big time tag team match. But really how good did Amell look when he finally got in the ring last week? Looks like he was born and bred for this, but Sunday he will have a chance to prove that!
PROMO: The King Of The Ring, King Barrett, and Stardust brought us a public service announcement. Barrett states that Amell will have to bow to him, and Stardust says he will be nothing but a fallen star with no arrows left in his quiver. Very well done promo.
MATCH: Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Bella
This match starts off with some trash talk and shoving before they finally lock up. Eventually The Boss gets the upper hand with a head lock, but is taken down with a shoulder block. Nikki uses a knee to the face and an impressive off the ropes suplex to take Banks down again. The Champion continues to hold the upper hand with a chin lock, and a big throw as Banks kicks out at 2. They then take us backstage to show Team PCB watching on one of the televisions unimpressed with what they see. Nikki holds the upper hand for most of the match with the NXT Women's Champion. Sasha then takes control with a huge knee to the midsection of the champ and then mocks her in the middle of the ring.
Coming back from break Sasha is still in control of the Diva's Champion. Nikki starts to fight back and the gets part of a kick of the ropes to connect with Sasha barely blocking it. Nikki the takes a page out of her boyfriends book and starts using the shoulder blocks to regain control. Nikki hits a big Alabama Slam but Sasha kicks out at 2. Sasha uses a great reversal and regains control as the "WE WANT TAKER" chants start. Nikki hits a big electric chair off a reversal as both divas struggle to their feet. Nikki uses a big forearm to set up for the Rack Attack but instead ends up in the Bank Statement off a distraction from Naomi and taps out.
RESULTS: Sasha Banks submits Nikki Bella with Bank Statement
THOUGHTS: It was a decent match. Nothing spectacular, but it shows Nikki is at least acting like she knows what she's doing. Glad to see Sasha get the win.
PROMO: After the match they take us backstage to Team PCB where they basically say they'll win at SummerSlam.
Another video package of WrestleMania 30 plays with Lesnar conquering the Streak.
PROMO "Brock Lesnar's Homecoming": We are first greeted by the greatest manager in WWE history, the advocate for the conqueror, Paul Heyman. As Lesnar enters, the hometown beast is greeted with streamers from the ceiling and one heck of an ovation. Minnesota was certainly proud to be Suplex City. I'm pretty sure they would have chanted "Suplex City" until SummerSlam if Paul Heyman let them. Instead, Heyman sang a beautiful song to the tune of "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah" but instead it was "Glory, Glory, Brock Lesnar". They were quickly interrupted by gongs, and the lights began to flicker as The Deadman started with his mind games. Heyman then poked the bear with a stick saying, "That's all you got? Jedi mind tricks?". Heyman had Minneapolis eating out of his hand. The same crowd that was chanting for Taker was now booing him. Heyman also reminded everyone that The Undertaker has never beat Brock Lesnar, and even went as far to say that The Phenom was even afraid of Lesnar. He even built up Taker by saying he'd beat anyone else, just not his beast.. THE Beast Brock Lesnar. Heyman went on to say Lesnar is offering no respect, no retribution, no resurrection to Takers career. Then again the lights went out, but this time Taker was ready and hit Lesnar with another low blow and a choke slam. Why the repetitive low blows from Taker? He then used his signature thumb across the throat, and sent Lesnar to Tombstone City to close out the show. Could we see the same thing Sunday at the rematch too big for WrestleMania?
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