WWE SummerSlam & NXT Takeover Results

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Two of the biggest events of the WWE calendar took over Brooklyn, NY this weekend, let’s run through the results, and get you ready for 7 more hours of WWE action this week.

WWE SummerSlam

-Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Orton via TKO

Well, on the bright side, it doesn’t get much more definitive than a knockout victory.  On the down side, this match ending was shockingly abrupt for a PPV main event.

Lesnar won the match after Orton kicked out of an F5 near fall, causing Lesnar to snap and mount Orton for some ground and pound.  After catching Orton with an elbow strike, blood began to pour from the Viper’s head onto the canvas as he lay motionless.  After being checked on by doctors and some more ground and pound, the match was stopped.   Following the match Shane McMahon confronted Lesnar, eating an F5 into the pool of Orton’s blood.

It was certainly a unique and “real” finish but not sure something that should be the culmination of a weekend of events and a 6 hour show.  I would have preferred something more feel good to wrap things up, be it Rollins/Bálor’s to push the importance of the Universal Title, AJ Styles’ win over John Cena to send the “smarky” crowd home happy, or Dean Ambrose’s win to keep up the idea that SmackDown’s championship is important.

-United States Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Rusev 

Rusev attacked Reigns before the bell and a brawl erupted causing the match to never get started.  After the initial flurry of action, ringside doctors declared Rusev, unable to compete and the news sent Reigns into a renewed rage, nailing Rusev with a spear on the ramp.

Since the match was already burned on Monday’s Raw this may have been a prudent course of action following the backlash to the Universal Championship design.   Also it told a good story.  After the treatment of Lana by Reigns, why wouldn’t Rusev ambush “The Big Dog” before the bell AND wimp out once he lost the advantage.

-Universal Championship: Finn Bálor defeated Seth Rollins with the Coup de Grace

Bálor’s rocketship to the top became complete after kicking out of a Pedigree and then nailing several running dropkicks which sent Rollins into the corner setting up the Coup de Grace.

This was a great match overshadowed by the crowd’s fixation on the not-so-great design of the Universal Championship.  I get the hate over the championship, but letting it bleed into the body of the match, ignoring much of the action early on and devolving into chanting for “CM Punk” while two of WWE’s best young talents are laying their bodies on the line is hard to defend.   Seth Rollins was none too happy about this turn of events on Twitter that evening either.

-Nikki Bella, Natalya and Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch, Carmella and Naomi

This was the return match for Nikki Bella from neck surgery early this year, replacing the suspended Eva Marie.  Bella got the pin over Carmella with a TKO, her new finisher.  Prior to Bella’s unveiling, they played it like Eva Marie was still part of the match, complete with the entire Eva Marie entrance shtick, before ending with her personal ring announcer declaring she was suffering from exhaustion and vacationing in the British Isles.

-World Championship: Dean Ambrose (C) defeated Dolph Ziggler with Dirty Deeds 

Ambrose retains after blocking a face buster into a Dirty Deeds for the pinfall.  This was fine but a little underwhelming.  The most interesting element to this match for me was Ambrose becoming cockier during the course of the match.  Ambrose will headline the next WWE event, SmackDown’s Backlash and either AJ Styles or Bray Wyatt seem to be the likely challengers.

-Tag Team Championship: The Club defeated The New Day (C) via DQ when Big E returned to interfere

Jon Stewart seconded The New Day in place of Big E, but ultimately his interference and The Club’s attempt to crotch him on the ringpost led to Big E’s surprise return and disqualification.  Look, I love The New Day as much as The New Day loves the kids, but if you don’t use New Day down a man as an opportunity for the Club to win the belts, what are we even doing with them?

AJ Styles defeated John Cena with the Phenomenal Forearm

In the match of the night, AJ Styles picked up his second singles PPV win over John Cena with the 2nd Styles Clash and 2nd Phenomenal Forearm of the match.  Afterwards, Cena teased another hiatus leaving his armbands in the ring and saluting the crowd.  I’m not sure where that puts AJ Styles other than a championship feud with Dean Ambrose, except for the fact that Bray Wyatt has been the third wheel in the Ambrose-Ziggler feud and should be next man up.

-Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (C) defeated Apollo Crews with the Skull Crushing Finale

I was honestly surprised they didn’t switch the belt to Crews here.  I like Crews in theory, but he needs…something, and a championship might help everyone connect to him a little better.  Let this sink in, the Intercontinental Championship is now a cool down match.  Can we get that belt back on Kevin Owens’ somehow?

-Women’s Championship: Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks (C) countering the Banks Statement into a pin

Charlotte rolled Sasha onto her back while locked in the Banks Statement to steal the Women’s Championship back from The Boss.  This was good but there was some very dangerous looking spots, especially the top rope huracanrana reversal by Banks where she nearly landed on her head, and Charlotte dropping Sasha from the top onto the ropes.  Rumors coming out of the match is the switch was done to give Banks some time to recover from injuries, NOT a wellness violation as others are speculating.

-Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens defeated Enzo Amore and Big Cass after a pop-up Codebreaker

SummerSlam Kickoff Matches: 

-Best of 7 Series Match 1: Sheamus defeated Cesaro with a Brogue Kick 

-Sami Zayn and Neville defeated The Dudley Boyz after a Helluva Kick & a Red Arrow on Bubba Ray Dudley 

-The Usos, American Alpha and The Hype Bros defeated Breezango, The Ascension and The Vaudevillains


Nakamura

NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II

NXT Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Samoa Joe with two Kinshasas

The King of Strong Style is now the King of NXT.  A very good main event, which saw Nakamura capture his first WWE championship by blocking a Muscle Buster and hitting two Kinshasas, the first which may have dislocated Joe’s jaw for the win.  Nakamura was played to the ring by a professional violinist Lee England, Jr. in a spectacular entrance, second only to Bobby Roode’s.

NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka (C) defeated Bayley with a head kick 

Brooklyn loves Bayley.  While not the spectacle that Bayley-Sasha was last year, this was a solid match with some vicious looking strikes from Asuka throughout the match and a more serious Bayley than usual.  Bayley’s post match ovation felt very much like Sami Zayn’s farewell at Takeover:Dallas, so stay tuned to Monday Nights, if Sasha is truly going on the shelf.

NXT Tag Team Championship: The Revival (C) defeated D.I.Y- Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa 

This match was in the running with Joe-Nakamura for my match of the evening.  A stellar showcase of tag team wrestling with some seriously great near falls.  The end came when Gargano tapped out to a reverse figure four leglock to give Revival the win.  Great showing by Gargano & Ciampa as they reportedly prepare to go full time in NXT.

Bobby Roode defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas with a pump handle slam, renamed “The Glorious Bomb”

Glorious. Bobby Roode put himself in the running for best entrance in wrestling, as he was lowered from the ceiling on a lift to the strains of “Glorious Domination.”  Roode was treated like a big deal in this segment and he’s going to do big things in NXT.  Great work by both guys and this is the first time I’ve been impressed with Almas in NXT.

Ember Moon defeated Billie Kay with a top rope Diving Corkscrew Stunner

Austin Aries defeated No Way Jose with the Last Chancery

With both men battling on the top rope, Aries was able to sunset flip powerbomb Jose off the top rope to gain the advantage and lock in his submission for the victory.  Solid opening contest.  After the match, Aries continued his assault on Jose but Hideo Itami made the save nailing Aries with the first Go To Sleep on WWE TV since CM Punk’s departure.

 

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