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WWE Summerslam 2019: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE Summerslam 2019, out of the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 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 Summerslam by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Drew Gulak (c) vs. Oney Lorcan

Preshow: Cruiserweight Championship Match

The Summerslam 2019 Preshow started with the battle for the Cruiserweight Championship. Drew Gulak set the tone of the match immediately – charging at Oney Lorcan and kicking him in the face. Both men went for a quick victory and slowed things down to regroup when neither were successful.

In true Gulak fashion, he did his best to keep Oney Lorcan grounded, hoping to retain his championship simply by manhandling his opponent. Oney Lorcan got a glimmer of offense outside of the ring, but back in, was instantly caught in the Gu-Lock.

Lorcan got his foot on the ropes, breaking the hold, but still struggled to overpower Gulak. Gulak and Lorcan eventually clotheslined each other, laying both men out, and the moment they were back to their feet, the broke into a strike exchange until Gulak trapped Lorcan in another Gu-Lock, which Lorcan countered into a pin, but Gulak broke free at the last second.

Lorcan was beginning to pick up steam when Drew Gulak punched him in the throat, then hit his Cyclone Crash to retain his championship.

Winner: Drew Gulak

Apollo Crews vs. Buddy Murphy

Preshow Match

Similar to the previous match, Buddy Murphy launched himself at Apollo Crews the moment the bell rang, throwing a vicious knee strike and then attempting the quick win, but Apollo Crews kicked out of the pin.

Buddy Murphy unleashed a furious burst of strikes on Apollo, which Apollo responded to with a Samoan Drop, gaining a near fall. Murphy scored another near fall with a running powerbomb, and when Apollo tried to respond, he was caught with a second knee strike.

Apollo tossed Buddy out of the ring, kicking him in the face before attempting a dive, but Buddy dodged, jumped back in the ring, and hit a dive of his own. Victory was at Buddy Murphy’s fingertips when he was attacked from behind by Rowan, who ruthlessly rag dolled Murphy around ringside, warning him to never say his name again if he wanted to avoid further abuse.

Winner: Buddy Murphy (via disqualification)

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) vs. The IIconics

Preshow: Women’s Tag Team Championship Match

Determined to regain the Women’s Tag Team Championships that they very recently lost to Alexa and Nikki, The IIconics took the upper hand early in the match, willing to be as aggressive as necessary to win the match.

Alexa Bliss started things off for her team, but wasn’t in the match long before tagging out, and once Nikki Cross was in, Billie and Peyton kept her as far away from her corner as possible, working together to beat her down.

When Nikki finally reached her corner, Alexa Bliss came in ready to put an end to The IIconics attempt at their beloved titles. Billie Kay hit Alexa with a nasty Widow’s Peak, but when Alexa connected with her Twisted Bliss on Peyton Royce, it was all over.

Winner: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Natalya

Raw Women’s Championship Match

The main card of Summerslam 2019 kicked off with the Raw Women’s Championship match, Natalya garnering a massive reaction from her hometown crowd.

Illustrating her disgust toward Becky Lynch, Natalya smacked her in the face right out of the gate, escalating the ferocity from the start. Becky Lynch responded with an early Dis-Arm-Her, but Natalya escaped. When Lynch went for a second moments later, Natalya broke out by rolling, causing both women to roll to ringside.

Outside of the ring, Natalya abandoned any attempts at submissions in favor of striking Becky in the face and legs, doing her best to wear down Becky’s knee so the Sharpshooter would be even more effective.

Back in the ring, Natalya continued to work Becky’s knee before hanging her up in the ropes near the ring post, locking her in a Sharpshooter. When Becky finally escaped, she thought she would gain control with a top rope maneuver, but Natalya followed her up, suplexing her to the mat.

When Becky and Natalya had gotten back to their feet, Becky trapped Natalya in the Sharpshooter, her own submission, until Natalya threw her off and into the turnbuckles.

But Natalya wasn’t about to take this disrespect lying down and caught Becky in a Dis-Arm-Her before locking in the Sharpshooter. Becky dragged herself away from the submission and nearly slid out of the ring, but Natalya pulled her back to the center. Natalya tried to get the Sharpshooter again, but Becky countered into a Dis-Arm-Her, tapping Natalya out and retaining her Raw Women’s Championship.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Dolph Ziggler vs. Goldberg

In a very bold, highly ill-advised move, Dolph Ziggler came to the ring first – and ran his mouth all the way up until Goldberg’s music hit.

Ziggler and Goldberg stared each other down for a few seconds until Dolph superkicked him twice, and when he went for a third, took a brutal spear. And when Goldberg followed the spear with a Jackhammer, Dolph Ziggler was down for the count.

As Goldberg made his way back up the ramp, Dolph Ziggler demanded that he “fight him like a man,” so Goldberg shrugged his shoulders and came back to spear him again.

But Dolph apparently still hadn’t had enough, claiming that “anyone could get lucky twice,” and was still talking smack when Goldberg was picking him up for the Jackhammer. As Goldberg held Dolph up, he shook his head pityingly, appearing to think better of beating him down anymore. But then he decided, Dolph did ask for it, after all, and threw one final spear to shut Dolph up for good.

Winner: Goldberg

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AJ Styles (c) vs. Ricochet

United States Championship Match

With the rest of The OC at ringside, AJ Styles made it immediately clear that his goal was to humiliate Ricochet to the highest degree possible. And Gallows and Anderson were right there to make sure Ricochet didn’t get too far ahead.

Ricochet overcame this by using Gallows and Anderson as a launching pad for a hurricanrana on Styles on the outside and looked like he might turn things around. He threw a kick that connected with Styles’ face and followed it up with forearms to the jaw, and then a one-legged lariat from the top rope, as Styles had injured one of his knees early in the match.

Ricochet gingerly made his way to the top rope again, probably for his 630 splash, but took too long getting there, giving Styles enough time to return to his feet and prevent the attack.

Ricochet got a near fall with an enziguri, but when Styles broke free of the pin, he caught Ricochet in a calf crusher, putting stress on his already injured leg. The One and Only managed to get two suplexes, despite his bad leg, but again, Styles kicked out.

Ricochet began his ascent to the top rope once more but was forced to fight off Gallows and Anderson along the way, allowing Styles to catch his breath and get up and pull Ricochet down to the mat.

Once he had Styles back down, Ricochet climbed again and was again slowed down by The OC. He was able to leave the top rope, propelling himself into the air for an attack, but was caught mid-air by Styles, who hit a Styles Clash and won the match.

Ricochet tried to get up as Styles and The OC celebrated, so Gallows and Anderson beat him down some more before leaving the ring.

Winner: AJ Styles

Bayley (c) vs. Ember Moon

SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match

After a brief stalemate between champion and challenger, Ember Moon took control of the match with a series of strikes, stopping Bayley in her tracks every time she attempted a comeback.

Bayley eventually dodged a DDT attempt from Ember, and slowly gained momentum from there, finishing off a string of offense with a Tree of Woe and an elbow drop, but Ember Moon kicked out of the pin.

Climbing to the top rope, Bayley appeared to be looking for another elbow drop, but Ember Moon caught her at the top, throwing her down with a hurricanrana, then hitting a Code Breaker as soon as she hit the mat.

Bayley grabbed onto Ember’s leg, trying to prevent Ember reaching the top rope, and therefore avoid the Eclipse. Ember kicked her away, but Bayley reached her before she could jump, throwing her in a super Bayley to Belly from the top rope, winning the match.

Winner: Bayley

Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon

If Kevin Owens Loses, He Will Quit WWE

To ensure that “things were called right down the middle,” Shane McMahon prolonged the start of the match to welcome his special guest enforcer, Elias, to join them in the ring.

And his plan went into motion the moment the bell rang, as Kevin Owens quickly became distracted by Elias, then was clotheslined by The Drifter as he chased Shane McMahon around the ring, nearly losing by countout twice.

Back in the ring, Kevin Owens made up for it by pummeling Shane in the corner before cannonballing him. Shane McMahon rolled out of the ring to avoid further punishment, and when Kevin Owens chased him, was again distracted by Elias, allowing Shane to low blow him.

Shane and Kevin got into a bit of a boxing match in the ring, of which Shane came out on top. Kevin came back strong, clubbing Shane in the side of the head, but Shane overpowered him again, pinning Owens but only winning a two-count.

Shane took the disrespect a step further, attempting to lock Kevin in a Sharpshooter, which Kevin transitioned into a pop-up powerbomb. Owens would have won the match right then and there, as Shane was down for well over a three count, but Elias was distracting the referee on the apron.

Going a different route, Shane McMahon attempted to goad Kevin Owens into hitting him with a chair, which would disqualify Kevin, making Shane the winner, but Kevin overcame the urge and it paid off.

Shane went to clothesline Kevin from behind, which Kevin ducked, causing Shane to connect with Elias. Kevin took Shane down a second time with a frog splash, but as the referee was counting, Elias pulled him out of the ring.

Kevin threw himself onto Elias at ringside, which unfortunately took the referee out as well. And when Elias returned to his feet and interfered once again, Kevin beat him down with a steel chair.

Just as Kevin was revving up to do the same to Shane, the referee recovered, and Kevin stopped himself to avoid disqualification. But the ref looked the other way just long enough for Kevin to hit a low blow, following it up with a Stunner once they had the referee’s attention and winning the match.

Winner: Kevin Owens

Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Trish Stratus

Charlotte Flair did her best to grab the upper hand early, but Trish Stratus countered or dodged nearly everything Charlotte had to throw at her. And when Trish flung herself from the apron onto Charlotte and rained down strikes on The Queen, it looked like she might have overwhelmed her.

But Trish had frustrated Charlotte at this point, so The Queen threw her face-first into the steel steps before rag dolling her at ringside and tossing her back into the ring for more.

Charlotte lobbed Trish across the ring with a suplex, then jerked her neck back as she hung in the ropes trying to gather herself. Trish attempted a pin on Charlotte, and was ground into the mat for her nerve.

And when Trish wouldn’t stay down, Charlotte hit her with a big boot on the apron, sending her flying to the floor. Trish nearly lost by count-out, and only received more of a beating when she made it back with seconds to spare.

Charlotte threw a moonsault, no doubt hoping to finish off Trish, but Trish rolled out of the way, pounding Charlotte with chops once both women were on their feet.

Climbing to the top rope, Trish and Charlotte exchanged strikes until Trish hurricanrana’d Charlotte to the mat. Charlotte kicked out of the pin but was visibly shaken by the attack.

Trish Stratus trapped Charlotte in a Figure Four, bridging up into a Figure Eight, and though she came extremely close to tapping out The Queen, Charlotte was able to reach the ropes.

With a Stratusfaction, Trish thought for sure she would keep Charlotte down, but The Queen’s mission had always been to prove that she was the best and it was this resolve that kept her in the match.

Trish hit chop after chop and when Charlotte tried to return with a big boot, she dodged, but the second one connected. And when Charlotte locked in the Figure Eight, she tapped out the legendary Trish Stratus, proving once and for all that she is truly The Queen of WWE.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton

WWE Championship Match

Foregoing all formalities, Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton started things off with a shoving match until Randy launched Kofi into the turnbuckles and instead of taking it, Kofi used the momentum to propel himself forward for a clothesline.

Kofi lept to the top rope for a crossbody, but while his back was turned, Randy shoved him to the floor. At ringside, Orton sent Kofi back-first into the announce table, stomping on him repeatedly back in the ring.

Orton then threw an uppercut, sending Kofi outside of the ring again, but when he tried to slingshot Kofi into the steel steps, Kofi jumped over them, throwing himself at Orton on the way back.

To get back at Kofi, Orton hurled him into the announce table a second time, setting him on the top rope and pummeling him with punches before going for a superplex. Kofi beat Randy back, jumping into a tornado DDT before The Viper could recover.

Orton disoriented, Kofi Kingston hit as many moves as he could, throwing kicks, forearms, even a Boom Drop. Kofi powered up for the Trouble in Paradise but, sensing the finisher coming, Randy Orton finally brought Kofi’s momentum to a screeching halt. Or so he thought.

Randy took a second or two too long taunting Kofi, which allowed the champ to send Orton crashing to the floor, diving on top of him once he was there. Kofi climbed the ropes and connected with a crossbody, but it only won him a two-count.

Randy Orton came back with his signature DDT and prepared for the RKO, but Kofi caught him in a pin. Orton escaped, and when Kofi flew from the top rope for a dive, he caught Kofi in an RKO.

Kofi rolled out of the ring, avoiding the pin that was no doubt on the way. Randy Orton followed him out, planning to destroy him in front of his family seated at ringside, but took too long staring down Kofi’s wife and children and Kofi recovered.

The two had been outside of the ring far too long at this point and lost due to a double count-out, but Kingston didn’t care, the threat to his family had sent him over the edge. Kofi beat Orton down with a kendo stick before hitting him with a Trouble in Paradise, standing tall with his family while Orton was laid out.

Winner: N/A (Double Count-Out)

The Fiend vs. Finn Bálor

The Fiend, debuting his new entrance, came to the ring holding the head of the former Bray Wyatt character. He not only captivated everyone watching but his opponent as well. And before Finn Bálor had a chance to realize what was happening, The Fiend was at his throat, viciously beating Finn to an absolute pulp.

He made it clear that he was conflicted, holding the Hurt/Heal gloves to his hands intermittently, and when he opted for a more merciful finish with the Sister Abigail, Finn was able to break free, coming back with a flurry of offense that shook even The Fiend.

But The Fiend is no man and wasn’t down for long, coming back with the much more monstrous finisher, the Mandible Claw, and taking the victory.

Winner: The Fiend

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins

WWE Championship Match

The second the bell rang, Brock Lesnar was tossing Rollins around the ring, throwing shoulders before throwing Rollins. Rollins came back with a Curb Stomp, and it looked as though he might take the win right then, but Lesnar kicked out.

Brock threw a suplex, but Rollins flipped out of it, running toward Lesnar for another attack and was caught in an F5. Taking full advantage of the tools available to him, Brock Lesnar grabbed Seth Rollins by the tape around his waist and flung him across the ring.

From here, Lesnar took complete control until Rollins slammed him head-first into the ring post. Twice. Back in the ring, Rollins threw a knee, following it up with a dive from the top rope, but Lesnar dodged, catching Rollins for a suplex.

Lesnar kicked Rollins up and down the ring, but when he prepared for more shoulder strikes in the corner, Seth got out of the way at the last second, sending Lesnar into the ring post at full speed.

Rollins got Lesnar at ringside and went for a dive, but was caught by Lesnar in mid-air, who flattened him with the help of the ring post. But The Beastslayer refused to stay down, responding with a superkick, laying Brock out on an announce table, then flying from the top rope directly onto Lesnar.

Back in the ring, Rollins successfully frog splashed Lesnar, hitting him so hard that he bounced back up, running to the corner and coming back with a second Curb Stomp, but Brock powered out of the pin.

Rollins superkicked Lesnar before readying himself for a third Curb Stomp and was caught with an F5, but in a last-ditch attempt at victory went for a fourth Curb Stomp, and this time kept The Beast down for the three-count, regaining the Universal Championship.

Winner: Seth Rollins

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