Wednesday, March 29, 2023

WWE SummerSlam 2018: Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE SummerSlam 2018, out of the Barclays Center in New York City, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about WWE SummerSlam 2018 by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega vs. Rusev and Lana


Backstage, Rusev warned Aiden English to stay behind, as he has cost them more than one victory at this point.

Rusev and Andrade started off the action, but when neither of them was able to finish the other, the ladies took to the ring. Things were heating up between Zelina and Lana when Andrade caused a distraction by jumping onto the apron. Lana smacked him away, but the interference was just enough for Zelina to get the roll-up and the pinfall (with both feet on the rope).

This feud has been entertaining enough, but we’re ready to see Almas and Vega move on to bigger things.

Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega


Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak

Cruiserweight Championship Match


Gulak wasted no time wearing down the champ, determined to bring his vision for a better 205 Live into fruition. After taking some significant damage from Gulak, Alexander got in a few big moves, including a dive to the outside, but Gulak’s crusade continued. In the end, the two were locked in a series of roll-ups and Alexander was able to hold Gulak down just long enough for the referee to finish the three count.

Winner: Cedric Alexander


The B-Team (c) vs. The Revival

Raw Tag Team Championship Match


The Revival was out for blood in this championship match, both Dash and Dawson focusing exclusively on the left leg of Bo Dallas after making Curtis Axel a non-issue with a Shatter Machine. To the internet’s dismay, however, The B-Team came back for a last minute victory via roll-up, retaining the tag titles.

Winner: The B-Team


Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins

Intercontinental Championship Match


With Drew McIntyre and Dean Ambrose in their respective corners, Rollins and Ziggler went after the IC title. McIntyre tried his usual intimidation tactics, but this time Ambrose was there to put an end to the numbers advantage.

The match got off to a slow start, Ziggler attempting to put his opponent to sleep with a lengthy chokehold. The pace increased when Ziggler went for a crossbody but was caught and reversed by Rollins. Both men dug deep at this point, the action building until Rollins hit Ziggler with an inverted superplex from the top rope, but it only got him a near fall. Rollins set up the Curbstomp, but McIntyre caused a distraction by throwing Ambrose into the steel steps, allowing Ziggler to avoid the attack.

McIntyre tried to stop Rollins by causing another distraction but was hit by a Dirty Deeds from Ambrose at ringside. Rollins took advantage of the moment by hitting a superkick followed by a Curbstomp, pinning Ziggler, and becoming the new Intercontinental Champion.

Winner: Seth Rollins


The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The New Day

SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match


Harper and Rowan got straight to bludgeoning Woods and Big E, picking them apart and leaving little room for opposition. That is until Big E gathered enough strength to do some damage of his own. The Bludgeons looked more shaken than we have ever seen them, but it didn’t take them long to pull themselves together.

In the high point of the match, Xavier Woods hit Harper with a Limit Breaker to the outside. It looked as though The New Day might actually win clean and The Bludgeon Brothers knew it, because Rowan smashed his giant hammer into the back of Woods, causing a disqualification, then beating The New Day down some more. Xavier Woods and Big E may have technically won this one, but the Brothers are going to keep on Bludgeoning, tag championships in hand.

Winner: The New Day (via disqualification)


Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens

Winner Receives Strowman’s Money in the Bank Contract


Braun Strowman was playing no games with his briefcase on the line. The moment the match began, he rag-dolled Kevin Owens around the ringside area before throwing him into the ring and pinning him for the victory. This was a squash if we’ve ever seen one.

Winner: Braun Strowman


Carmella (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match


Charlotte and Becky started out on the same side, but things quickly devolved when Becky accused Charlotte of smacking her in the back of the head (when, in fact, it was Carmella). After turning the best friends against each other, Carmella stayed out of the ring, allowing them to fight it out, then attacking them separately at ringside.

Carmella employed an excellent strategy throughout this match: use Charlotte and Becky against each other (usually by dodging their attacks, causing them to hit each other) and reap the benefits. Eventually, Charlotte caught Carmella in a Figure Four, but Becky broke it up before The Princess could tap out.

From then on, the three of them took turns getting near-falls on each other, the third woman breaking it up each time. Carmella was about to tap from a Dis-Arm-Her when Charlotte broke it up, threw Carmella out of the ring, and pinned Becky Lynch, capturing the title.

Post-match, Charlotte and Becky decided to hug it out…until Becky had enough and punched Charlotte in the face. Lynch pummeled the new Women’s Champ some more, then sauntered back up the ramp, leaving her ex-friend in tear s on the ground.

Winner: Charlotte Flair


AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe

WWE Championship Match


Before the match, Samoa Joe called out Styles’ wife and daughter in the crowd, taunting Styles in the process. Styles and Joe felt each other out momentarily, then got to work striking each other until Joe upped the ante by diving to the outside onto Styles. As promised, Joe did his best to put Styles to sleep, but Styles fought him off.

Styles nearly won the match with a reverse DDT, but The Destroyer would not be defeated so easily. Joe then got a near-fall of his own with a knee to the face of Styles and reached a new level of frustration when it failed. In a remarkable show of strength, Styles got Joe up for the Styles Clash, but it still wasn’t enough to defeat him.

Styles thought he had the calf crusher locked in, but Samoa Joe reversed it into the Coquina Clutch after bashing the champ’s face into the mat multiple times. Styles somehow got his foot to the bottom rope, breaking the hold, but Joe was not finished yet. He knocked Styles off the top rope with an enziguri, then threw him into the steps at ringside.

Joe grabbed a mic and announced to Styles’ wife and daughter that he would be their new daddy, which finally broke AJ Styles. He beat down several crew members before bashing Joe with a chair, causing a disqualification and leaving with his family.

This is not the way Joe wanted things to go and he angrily charged up the ramp, presumably in search of Styles.

Winner: Samoa Joe (via disqualification)


What’s Next for Elias?


Elias came out for his regularly scheduled album promo/concert, but somewhere between insulting the Brooklyn crowd and playing his song, he snapped the neck of his guitar clean off the body. This sent him into a rage and he proceeded to smash his precious guitar even more before it was all said and done.


Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz


To the delight of WWE fans everywhere, the Bryan/Miz feud finally came to a head. Both men made the disdain they felt toward one another very clear. To kick things off, there was no high-speed, high-flying action, but the story these two told made those parts just as captivating as the rest.

The intensity increased after a top rope dive from Bryan to the floor and onto The Miz. Bryan chopped Miz’s chest to hell and Miz responded with a flurry of Yes Kicks. Miz got a near-fall with a Skull Crushing Finale, but Bryan stayed in the fight. To add insult to injury, Miz led the crowd in a Yes chant before charging Bryan, but it backfired and led to Bryan laying him out in the ring.

Bryan was laying in Yes Kicks in the corner, but Miz rolled out of the way mid-way through, causing Bryan to kick the ring post. Miz took advantage of the opportunity and trapped Bryan in a Figure Four, further injuring his leg. Bryan reversed the pressure and Miz almost tapped out but made it to the ropes, breaking the hold. Bryan tried again, this time with a Yes Lock, but again Miz escaped.

Miz went to Maryse in the crowd for “motivation”, and she slid what appeared to be brass knuckles into his hand. Miz decked Bryan in the head, slipped the knuckles back to his wife, then jumped in the ring and got the pin and the victory.

Winner: The Miz


Finn Bálor vs. Baron Corbin


Finn Bálor surprised everyone (none more so than his opponent Baron Corbin) with his alter ego, The Demon King. Baron was completely thrown off guard, looking absolutely terrified, which was amazing.

Corbin didn’t stand a chance against The Demon, losing in a squash that had the crowd on its feet from start to finish.

Winner: Finn Bálor


Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

United States Championship Match


Jeff Hardy seemed to have his groove back for this match, taunting Nakamura with his own schtick before things got too physical.

The momentum shifted back and forth, neither man allowing the other to wear them down too much before retaliating. Nakamura went for a Kinshasa, but Hardy dodged it and tried to hit a Twist of Fate, which Nakamura attempted to reverse with a low blow, but missed. Hardy then hit a Twist of Fate twice, along with a Swanton Bomb, but when he went for a second, Nakamura rolled out of the way and Hardy landed back first on the apron.

With Hardy incapacitated, Nakamura was able to land a Kinshasa, winning him the match.

Jeff Hardy was laid out in the ring when Randy Orton’s music hit. He walked down to the ring, appeared to consider jumping Hardy, but ultimately decided against it and walked back up the ramp.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura


Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

Raw Women’s Championship Match


Accompanied by Natalya (sporting her late father’s jacket), Ronda Rousey came to the ring looking ready to eat Alexa alive.

Ronda lunged at Bliss repeatedly the moment the match began, but Alexa escaped each time by putting her upper body through the ropes, causing the ref to hold Rousey back. Rousey lured her back to the ring by sitting down and closing her eyes, but Bliss was still no match for the former UFC champion and was beaten to a pulp before tapping out to Ronda’s armbar.

Following her victory, Ronda was joined in celebration by Natalya and The Bella Twins, who were front row for the show.

Winner: Ronda Rousey


Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns

Universal Championship Match


Right after Lesnar and Reigns made their entrances, The Monster’s music hit and Braun Strowman made his way to the ring, briefcase in hand. He grabbed a mic and announced that he wasn’t going to be like all the other cowards before him and cash in on an unsuspecting champion. Instead, he declared that he would be cashing in after the match, facing whoever emerged victorious.

Reigns lit into Lesnar the second the bell rang, pounding him until The Beast caught him in a guillotine, drastically decreasing The Big Dog’s momentum. After a few suplexes at the hands of Lesnar, Reigns went for a spear, but missed and hit Strowman instead. Lesnar liked the idea and F-5’d The Monster, then threw his briefcase so hard it broke the stage and beat him down some more with a steel chair.

Lesnar jumped back in the ring, ready to continue the use of the chair against Reigns, but was speared by Reigns out of nowhere. Roman Reigns became the new Universal Champion and Braun Strowman was unable to cash in after all, as he was completely incapacitated at ringside.

Winner: Roman Reigns


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