AMIN’S WWE SUMMERSLAM REVIEW
SUNDAY AUGUST 11, 2019
AIR CANADA CENTER IN TORONTO, ONTARIO
[Note] I attended WWE SummerSlam live so my review and ratings have both perspectives of watching the show on the WWE Network and attending the show.
SUBMISSION MATCH FOR THE RAW WOMEN’S TITLE: BECKY LYNCH vs. NATALYA
Becky Lynch and Natalya both came out to a big mixed reaction. Becky and Natalya exchanged chops and strikes. Becky delivered a springboard jump kick. Becky applied a armbar and then transitioned into a Triangle but Natalya reached the ropes. Becky applied a modified Calf Crusher and then transitioned into a guillotine but Natalya broke free by ramming her into the barricade. Natalya delivered an inverted Dragon Screw. There was a cool spot as Natalya applied a Sharpshooter in-between the ropes but Becky broke free. Natalya delivered a Superplex. Becky blocked a basement dropkick and applied a Sharpshooter which got big boos inside the building. Natalya broke free by rolling through and sending Becky into the turnbuckle as the fans chanted “This is Awesome.” Natalya applied the Dis-Arm-Her which got a big reaction but Becky rolled through. Natalya applied a Sharpshooter which got another big reaction but Becky rolled underneath the ring. Becky countered a Sharpshooter into a Dis-Arm-Her as Natalya tapped.
WINNER: BECKY LYNCH RETAINED THE RAW WOMEN’S TITLE (⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2)
Amin’s Analysis: There were some rough spots but this was a very good match as the atmosphere inside the building was awesome. There were some great counters, transitions as both Becky and Natalya looked very solid.
DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. GOLDBERG
Goldberg came out a huge reaction. Ziggler delivered a Superkick but Goldberg kicked out at one. Ziggler delivered a second Superkick but Goldberg kicked out. Ziggler charged but Goldberg countered by delivering a Spear. Goldberg delivered a Jackhammer to Ziggler for the win.
WINNER: GOLDBERG (⭐️⭐️1/2)
–Ziggler mentioned Goldberg doesn’t have the balls to face him like a man. Goldberg returned and gave him another spear. Ziggler mentioned Goldberg hits like a baby as Goldberg retuned and delivered a third Spear.
Amin’s Analysis: This was perfect and exactly what it should’ve been. Goldberg felt like a mega star and Ziggler did an awesome job bumping for Goldberg.
WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: AJ STYLES (w/KARL ANDERSON & LUKE GALLOWS) vs. RICOCHET
There was an awesome spot early as Ricochet leaped off Anderson and Gallows shoulders and delivered a flying hurricanrana to Styles on the floor. The match slowed down as Styles worked over Ricochet’s leg. Ricochet delivered a rewind kick and followed with a head scissors. Ricochet delivered a springboard lariat off one leg for a near fall. Ricochet delivered a standing Shooting Star Press but Styles kicked out. There was a chant of “AJ Styles“ and “Ricochet.” Styles delivered an Ushigorishi but Ricochet kicked out. Styles applied a Calf Crusher but Ricochet countered by applying an Anaconda Vice as there was a light chant of “CM Punk“ but Styles broke free. Ricochet delivered a Northern Light Suplex and followed with a Blade Buster but Styles kicked out. Ricochet delivered a moonsault to Gallows on the floor. Ricochet went to climb the turnbuckle but Styles stopped him. Anderson leaped on the ring apron but Ricochet kicked him off. The finish was awesome as Ricochet went for a Corkscrew Hurricanrana but Styles caught him and delivered a Styles Clash for the win.
WINNER: AJ STYLES RETAINED THE WWE UNITED STATES TITLE (⭐️⭐️⭐️1/4)
–Anderson and Gallows gave Ricochet the Magic Killer as the OC posed and held up the “Two Sweet” sign.
Amin’s Analysis: This lacked crowd reaction and they told an interesting story of Ricochet wrestling on an injured leg throughout out the match instead of showcasing his high flying ability. This wasn’t stellar but was still a solid match as Styles was great at working a classic wrestling heel. Ricochet was great as he did most of his spots while selling his leg injury.
SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: BAYLEY vs. EMBER MOON
People inside the building weren’t interested in the match as they chanted “Let’s go Raptors“ and “Leafs sucks.” Moon delivered a springboard crossbody for a near fall. Bayley delivered a Regal Knee for a near fall. Bayley placed Moon in the Tree-of-Woe and delivered a leaping elbow for a near fall. Bayley applied a reverse Boston Crab but Moon countered into a handstand head scissors. Moon delivered a Superkick. Moon delivered a top rope Frankenstiner and followed with a Powerbomb into a double knees but Bayley kicked out. Bayley went for a flying hurricanrana but Moon countered into a miss-timed sit-out Powerbomb for a near fall. The finish came out of nowhere as Moon went to climb the turnbuckle but Bayley countered by delivering a Super Bayley-to-Belly for the win.
WINNER: BAYLEY RETAINED THE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S TITLE (⭐️⭐️)
Amin’s Analysis: The match received no reaction live as they had no rooting interest in either Bayley or Moon. Bayley and Moon worked hard but there were lots of rough and sloppy spots as this match was a disappointment.
KEVIN OWENS vs. SHANE McMAHON
Shane received thunderous boos during his in-ring introduction. Owens got a big reaction. Shane brought out Elias as a special enforcer. Owens delivered a running cannonball, went for a flip dive but Elias stopped him. Shane tossed Owens off the ring apron into the barricade. Shane delivered a Russian leg sweep for a near fall as the fans chanted “You can’t wrestle.“ Shane avoided a Popup Powerbomb and delivered a DDT for a near fall. Owens delivered a Popup Powerbomb, had the match won but Elias caused a distraction. Elias tossed a chair into the ring. Owens teased using a chair but stopped. Shane bumped Elias off the ring apron. Owens delivered a Swanton Bomb and followed with a Frog Splash. Owens had the match won but Elias pulled the referee to the floor. Owens delivered a running cannonball from the ring apron onto Elias and the referee on the floor. Owens whacked Elias with a chair. Owens handed the referee the chair and gave Shane a low blow. Owens delivered a Stone Cold Stunner for the win.
WINNER: KEVIN OWENS (⭐️⭐️)
Amin’s Analysis: The atmosphere inside the building was great but this wasn’t a good match as it dragged and went too long. This was a one man show as Owens was awesome here.
CHARLOTTE FLAIR vs. TRISH STRATUS
Trish got a huge reaction when she came out. The fans sang the Canadian National Anthem. Charlotte went for a Figure-4-Leg Lock but Trish countered by delivering a head scissors. Charlotte went for a backbreaker but Trish countered with an arm drag sending her to the floor. Charlotte dropped Trish on the ring steps and then rammed her into the barricade. Charlotte delivered a running boot sending Trish to the floor. Charlotte delivered a pair of sliding knees. Trish avoided a moonsault and delivered slingshot flatliner. The crowd got back into the match here as Trish delivered chops to Charlotte. There was a great spot as Charlotte and Trish exchanged strikes on the top rope. Trish blocked a Flying Powebomb and delivered a Frankenstiner but Charlotte kicked out for a close near fall. Charlotte delivered a running boot but Trish kicked out. There was a big reaction as Trish applied a Figure-4-Leg Lock and then transitioned into the Figure-8-Leg Lock but Charlotte grabbed the ropes as the fans booed. The crowd chanted “This is Awesome.” Trish moved as Charlotte charged into the turnbuckle. Trish delivered the Stratusfaction but Charlotte kicked out for a close near fall. Charlotte and Trish exchanged big chops. Trish delivered a Chick Kick but Charlotte kicked out. Charlotte delivered a big boot. Charlotte applied the Figure-4-Leg Lock and then transitioned into Figure-8-Leg Lock as Trish tapped.
WINNER: CHARLOTTE FLAIR (⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2)
–Charlotte left the ring as Trish posed at all four corners of the turnbuckle which got a big reaction. This looks to be her Swan Song as she went out in a big way after delivering a great match.
Amin’s Analysis: The match moved at a moderate pace as there were some rough spots. This was a very fun match as Charlotte was a great at playing the heel and leading Trish through the match. Trish was really good considering her last singles match was at WWE Unforgiven in 2006. She delivered all her signature spots and if this was her retirement match she went out on a great note.
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: KOFI KINGSTON vs. RANDY ORTON
This was something to watch live as during three different occasions the fans chanted “Kofi’s Stupid“ and “Randy Sucks.” Kofi delivered a reverse double sledge. Orton shoved Kofi off the turnbuckle into the barricade. Orton backdropped Kofi onto the announcers table. Kofi leaped off the ring steps and delivered a flying double sledge. Kofi went for a running crossbody but Orton moved and backdropped him on the announcers table. Kofi blocked a Superplex and delivering a flying Tornado DDT for a near fall. Kofi delivered a Boom Drop. Kofi went for the Trouble in the Paradise but Orton countered by delivering a backbreaker for a near fall. Kofi blocked a draping DDT and backdropped Orton to the floor. Kofi delivered a Nestea Plunge. Kofi delivered a flying crossbody but Orton kicked out. Orton blocked an overhead kick and delivered a draping DDT. Kofi countered an RKO into a backslide for a near fall. The biggest reactions came when Kofi leaped off the turnbuckle but Orton caught him with an RKO. There were huge chants of “Kofi Sucks” as he rolled to the floor. They brawled on the floor as the referee called for the bell.
WINNER: RANDY ORTON VIA DISQUALIFICATION (⭐️⭐️1/4)
–There were thunderous chants of “Bulls—“ inside the building for the finish as Kofi whacked Orton with a Kendo Stick. Kofi was loudly booed as he delivered the Trouble in Paradise to Orton.
Amin’s Analysis: The wrestling inside the ring was good as both Kofi and Orton looked solid. However, apart from Orton delivering an awesome RKO this was a pretty dull match as the pacing was really slow. The other big reaction was a negative one for the lame finish and Kofi getting booed for attacking Orton in the post-match. I don’t mind if the feud continues but find a more creative way to get to a rematch.
FINN BALOR vs. ‘THE FIEND’ BRAY WYATT
This was AWESOME to watch Bray Wyatt’s new gimmick liveas the fans went wild. There were huge chants of “Holy S—-” inside the building. The Fiend delivered strikes to Balor in the corner as the fans chanted “Yowie Wowie.” The Fiend delivered a neck twist and followed with a Uranage Slam. Balor avoided Sister Abigail and delivered a Slingblade and followed with a Woo Dropkick. Balor delivered a double stomp and followed with a second Woo Dropkick. Balor went for Coup De Grace but The Fiend caught him and applied the Mandible Claw for the win.
WINNER: ‘THE FIEND‘ BRAY WYATT (⭐️⭐️1/2)
Amin’s Analysis: This was awesome to watch live as Wyatt new character is awesome and was the second biggest highlight of the show. Balor was great selling for The Fiend. Looks like Balor will take time off and hopefully comes back as a heel and joins the OC.
WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: BROCK LESNAR vs. SETH ROLLINS
Lesnar came out to a big mixed reaction. Rollins was loudly booed during the ring introductions. This was incredible to watch live as it was an all action packed match. The first great spot came as Lesnar went for German Suplex but Rollins landed on his feet and delivered The Stomp for a a close near fall. Rollins delivered a running knee from the ring apron to Lesnar on the floor. Lesnar went for a German suplex but Rollins landed on his feet and delivered a pair of Superkicks. Rollins went for The Stomp but Lesnar caught him and delivered a F5 as the fans chanted “This is Awesome.” There was a great spot as Lesnar deadlifted Rollins by his ribs tapes and swung him around. Lesnar delivered a triple German suplex. Lesnar delivered a German suplex on the floor and then roared. Lesnar went for an F5 on the floor Rollins rammed him into the ring post. Rollins delivered a springboard knee. Lesnar avoided a flying knee and delivered a release German suplex. There was a loud mixed chanted of “Burn it Down” and “Suplex City.” Lesnar removed his gloved and delivered a release suplex sending Rollins across the ring. Lesnar applied a Bear Hug but Rollins grabbed the ropes. Rollins moved as Lesnar charged into the ring post. Rollins delivered a running dropkick sending Lesnar to the floor and followed with a pair of topes. Rollins went for a third tope but Lesnar caught him and rammed him into the ring post. Rollins delivered a Superkick. The next great spot came as Rollins delivered an AWESOME Frog Splash sending Lesnar crashing through the announcers table. This was Amazing to watch live as there were huge chants “Burn it Down“ as Rollins delivered a second Frog Splash to Lesnar. Rollins delivered The Stomp but Lesnar kicked out for close near fall. Rollins charged but Lesnar caught him. Lesnar went for an F5 but Rollins countered by delivering a Superkick. Rollins delivered The Stomp to Lesnar and won the WWE Universal Title.
WINNER: SETH ROLLINS WON THE WWE UNIVERSAL TITLE (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2)
–Rollins was in tears as the referee handed him the WWE Universal Title. Rollins posed on turnbuckle which got a big reaction. Rollins stood on the announcers table and raised up the WWE Universal Title. There was a huge pyro celebration as the show came to a close.
Amin’s Analysis: Let me say this was an awesome all action packed match as Lesnar delivers tons of credit as he worked really and bumped liked crazy. This was awesome to watch live as the fans booed Rollins at the beginning. Rollins is an incredible wrestler and amazing to watch live as he worked extremely hard as he won the fans over and delivered one his best WWE performances of his career.
[Overall Thoughts] WWE SummerSlam was a really fun show to attend live as I got to see some great matches and the main event was terrific. Thumbs up WWE for a great SummerSlam Weekend as I enjoyed it a lot and would like WWE to have more PPVs and events in Toronto.