2018 SummerSlam (08/19/2018) Recap: Roman Reigns FINALLY Conquers The Beast Incarnate
The 2018 SummerSlam results are in - and there were more than a few shocking results. The era of Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey starts now.
Live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Roman Reigns pinned Brock Lesnar to become the Monday Night RAW’s new Universal Champion at the 2018 SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV). In other SummerSlam news, Ronda Rousey made quick work of Alexa Bliss, becoming new RAW Women’s Champion by having her tap out. Other new champions were crowned as well, with Seth Rollins winning the Intercontinental Championship, while Charlotte Flair became the new SmackDown LIVE women’s champion and then got attacked by BFF Becky Lynch. AJ Styles retained his championship after attacking Samoa Joe in front of his wife Wendy and their daughter who were at ringside, thus getting disqualified in the match. Cedric Alexander, The Bludgeon Brothers, B Team, and Shinsuke Nakamura all retained their titles.
Full results of the 2018 SummerSlam PPV, below:
Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega defeated Rusev and Lana – Mixed Tag Team Match – Preshow Kickoff
Amongst chants of “Rusev Day”, Rusev and Almas kicked the bout off. Nice lock up between the two, with Zelina offering a bit of a distraction here and there; however, overall, the match was evenly toned. Rusev was worn out a bit at one poing, and went to reach out for a tag to Lana, as he did so, Vega threw her off the apron just when he got to their corner. Rusev continued in the match until he finally was able to get the tag and as soon as she was tagged in, Lana dominated over Vega. Sadly, Almas offered a distraction of his own by jumping on the ring apron, and as Lana went to slap him, Zelina pulled her up for a pin (with her feet on the ropes for leverage) and a SummerSlam Preshow Kickoff win.
Cedric Alexander defeated Drew Gulak to retain his Cruiserweight Championship – Preshow Kickoff Match
Cedric Alexander dominated a good portion of the match, until the tides changed when Gulak nailed Cedric with a kick to the head. It was all Drew after that, with a little bit of a fight back from Alexander. Still, in the end, after a scramble between both men, going back and forth for a pin, Cedric retained his Cruiserweight Championship after a cradle pin where he gained the three-count.
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B Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) defeated The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) to retain their RAW Tag Team Championships – Preshow Kickoff Match
Bo and Dawson locked up to start off the match, and it wasn’t long before Wilder tagged in. It wasn’t long before Axel was shoved out of the mix when he was thrown off the apron, and Dallas experienced a storyline-related left knee injury; things started to look very bad for the B Team. And the Revival dominated against the RAW Tag Team Champions for a good part of the match. Despite the fact that Axel did try to make it back on the apron, Dawson knocked him off again; however, he did finally come back and was eventually tagged in, clearing house. However, Revival still were relentless. Dawson had Axel pinned, until Dallas tripped over them (accidentally), reversing the pin to Axel over Dawson. A three-count later, and the B Team won the match, retaining their tag titles.
Seth Rollins (with Dean Ambrose) defeated Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) to re-capture the Intercontinental Championship
With Ambrose in Rollins’ corner and McIntrye in Ziggler’s corner, these two locked up after the bell rang. It didn’t take long for Drew to be an issue when it came to distraction, but it also didn’t take long for Dean to confront him on it; with a few more moments such as this one, sprinkled throughout the match. It wasn’t long before Ziggler launched an offense on Seth Rollins, dominating the match. Seth did come back for a bit; however, after a DDT off the apron from Dolph, he seemed out for the count. With Dean Ambrose willing his BFF to get up, Rollins did re-enter the ring and the match. As Rollins gained momentum, McIntrye got worried. He attacked Ambrose, which created a distraction for Rollins, and Ziggler caught him off guard with a Zig-Zag; however, was not successful in pinning Seth. With Drew trying to climb the top of the apron to distract the match again, Ambrose caught him, hit him with Dirty Deeds outside the ring. Meanwhile, inside the ring, Seth Rollins hit Ziggler with a Curb Stomp. A three-count later, and Seth Rollins was crowned the new IC Champion.
New Day (Xavier Woods and Big E, with Kofi Kingston) defeated the Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) via Disqualification.
***The Bludgeon Brother’s remained SmackDown LIVE Tag Team Champions
Bludgeon Brothers dominated The New Day from the lock up. Not only did they decimate Woods in the ring, but went outside the ring to catch Big E off guard and hurt him. While Woods struggled for most of the match, Big E recovered and was finally tagged in, clearing house. This New Day’s momentum was cut short, and it didn’t take long for the Bludgeon Brothers to gain the upper hand again. But Big E and Woods did not give up, kicking out of multiple pins and fighting on, despite their underdog odds. In the end, Rowan pulled out a hammer, causing the team to get disqualified.
Braun Strowman defeated Kevin Owens – Money In The Bank On The Line
***Braun Strowman STILL Money in the Bank contract holder
Strowman immediately launched an offensive attack, with shoulder tackle after shoulder tackle on Owen outside the ring. It didn’t take long for this match to finish; within moments after the bell rung, Strowman had KO pinned for the win.
Charlotte defeated Carmella and Becky Lynch to become the new Women’s Championship – Triple Threat Match
After some trash-talking by Carmella, the match got underway, with the champ attacking Becky Lynch first, then going toe-to-toe with Charlotte. It didn’t take long for the BFFs Lynch and Flair to rip at the seam, with a confrontation between the two regarding an in-ring misunderstanding. It would then be Lynch versus Charlotte for some incredible spots in the match, before Carmella brought herself back into the mix. In fact, Carmella spent a good time in the ring battling Charlotte and Lynch, as well as making fun of the ladies and their signature catchphrases and gimmick moves. The match was incredible, with some compelling storytelling, and entertaining spots. In the end, Charlotte Flair broke the Dis-Arm-Her submission that Becky Lynch had on Carmella, and then laid out Lynch to pin her, win the match, and become the new SD LIVE Women’s Champion. Post-match, the two BFFs hugged, among chants of ‘Becky’ from the crowd (and some booing) … and then Lynch turned on Flair (amongst cheering) and began to lay a beatdown on Charlotte Flair both inside and outside the ring. She walked out of the arena with the crowd applauding her heel turn, with chants of ‘you deserve this’.
Samoa Joe defeated AJ Styles via Disqualification
***AJ Styles is still WWE World Heavyweight Championship
With wife Wendy and daughter in the crowd, Styles and Joe locked up, but not before Joe called attention to them on the mic. The two superstars then got into the match, with Joe’s size and power advantage becoming quite prevalent early on. Still, Style’s did keep up, and the match flowed very nicely as it was evenly toned between both men and their moves. Action hit the outside at one point, with Joe slamming Styles into the announce table by flying from the ring. As the match wore on, both men tried to secure pins, with both being unsuccessful. At one point, Styles was able to get Joe on his back to slam him, which was incredible to see; he also was able to lay the Styles’ Clash on him; however, he wasn’t able to gain a three-count on Joe. Alternatively, Joe placed Styles in the Coquina Clutch, only to have AJ’s foot tip hit the rope. After that, Joe got on the mic, jumped atop the announcers’ table and addressed Wendy, telling her that AJ wouldn’t be coming home, and he’d become her new daddy. That awakened a listless AJ and he launched a crazy beatdown on Joe, which included a steel chair that got him disqualified. Styles lost the match, but retained his championship as such.
The Miz defeated Daniel Bryan
The Miz launched an offensive attack on Daniel Bryan right after the match started; however, it didn’t take long for the bearded-one to come back and FINALLY punch The Miz in the face like many have wanted to see for a long while. Still, the Miz was relentless, pulling off maneuvers that were signature Bryan; with DB retaliating, to show him how it is really done. The two went back and forth throughout the match, without one man really dominating any part of the bout; both had multiple attempts at a pin without being able to secure the match. Near the end of the bout, DB hurt his shin, when he tried to kick Miz, and he hit the ring post instead. Forever the opportunist, Miz placed DB in a Figure-Four Leg Lock right away, and thankfully Bryan was able to reverse the submission; in which The Miz was able to hit the rope to break the hold. Bryan laid the Yes! Lock on the Miz, but he was able to get out of the submission. As Miz fell into the barricade shortly after, Maryse, who was in the front row, gave him something. The Miz hit DB shortly after, with whatever Maryse gave him, and was able to knock Bryan out for the three-count.
The Demon King defeated Baron Corbin
The Demon King came out, instead of Finn Balor, much to the delight of the Brooklyn crowd. The entrance was incredible, surprising, and wonderful. While Corbin debated with the referee that this wasn’t the match he was expecting, the Demon King launched an offensive attack on the Constable in the ring that eventually spilled outside the ring. Amongst “this is awesome” chants from the crowd, the Demon King made quick work of Corbin, pinning him in the middle of the ring in a very short match.
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Jeff Hardy to retain his United States Championship
The two fought an evenly-toned bout, with not one man really dominating. Interestingly enough, Nakamura did try for the low blow, but Hardy blocked him. However, as the match would progress, Hardy would try his Swanton Bomb off the top rope and outside the ring, and Shinsuke would move out of the way. Hardy was hurt, and shortly after, Nakamura laid his Kinshasa, to grab the three-count and win to retain his U.S. title. Randy Orton came out after the bout, Nakamura would leave the ring, which left Hardy (laid out) and vulnerable to Orton. Randy would walk towards the ring, shake his head, and go back up the ramp to the backstage area.
Ronda Rousey defeated Alexa Bliss to become the new RAW Women’s Champion
Alexa Bliss would come out to the ring, and give the Bella Twins (who were in the front row), a dirty look. Nattie would also come out, to a huge pop from the crowd, to sit in the corner of Ronda Rousey. As soon as the match began, Ronda was roaring to go; however, Bliss played games to keep her at bay. Ronda sat in the middle of ring with her eyes closed to get Bliss to come into the ring and fight in the match; and then when she did re-enter, Rousey simply dominated her with aggression and intimidation. It didn’t take long for Rousey to place Bliss in that arm bar submission of hers; Bliss tapped out, and a new RAW Women’s Champion was crowned. Nattie came into the ring to congratulate her right after the match, and so did the Bella Twins. She then ran to her husband sitting in the front row, and celebrated with him as well.
Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar to become the new Universal Champion
Before the match could even start, Braun Strowman’s music hit, he marched down to the ring, and declared that he would sit back and watch the match, cashing it in on who ever won the bout. With that, Roman Reigns caught the Beast by surprise and launched an attack on Brock Lesnar. Lesnar was able to place Reigns in a Guillotine submission, twice; where Roman broke it, twice. This lessened Reigns’ momentum, and Lesnar began softening up Roman. During the match, Roman accidentally hit Braun Strowman outside the ring while flying through the ropes, and then Lesnar landed him with an F-5 outside the ring. He also would start beating Strowman with a steel chair, then throwing the Money in the Bank briefcase far into ramp near the backstage area. While Lesnar was doing all this, Roman Reigns caught a second wind, and caught Lesnar off guard. He laid a spear on Lesnar, and pinned The Beast, winning the match and becoming the new Universal Champion. With the Money in the Bank briefcase far from the ring, and Strowman down, no contract was cashed in.
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