WWE SummerSlam 2018 PPV Review W/5 Minute Wrestling Reviews

Summerslam 2018 was a show filled with some solid wrestling, but lost steam towards the end of the card. The card was filled with key title changes, and had a solid opener. AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe was great, as was The Miz against Daniel Bryan. The last few matches took the card down a few notches for me though, and the crowd seemed to be fatigued as well. Feuds shall be continued down the road, and new paths were forged for key guys like Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, Ronda Rousey, and Seth Rollins. Let’s see where WWE takes it the rest of this year.

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• Dolph Ziggler vs Seth Rollins for IC title: A couple quick rollups to start and they work some back and forth. They trade chops and strikes, and Ziggler grounds the action with a sleeper. Rollins suplexes Ziggler over the top rope. Rollins connects with a slingblade and blockbuster for 2. Rollins continues the offense with a springboard clothesline and ripcord knee for 2. Ziggler connects with a DDT on the apron. Ziggler gets his knees up on a frogsplash for 2. Rollins hits a nice inverted superplex for 2. Ziggler hits a Zig Zag after avoiding the curbstomp for 2. They trade rollups and Seth hits a buckle bomb and superkick. The curbstomp gives us a new champ. ***1/2

• Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day for Smackdown tag titles: Woods gets double teamed early and worked over quite a bit. The BB take out Big E on the outside. Woods hits a Rana onto some steel steps and finally gets the hot tag and Big E runs wild. Woods hits a tope but runs into a sidewalk slam from Harper. Big E hits the mid rope spear to the outside. Woods eats a double team powerbomb for 2. Big Ending on Rowan to the outside follows. Harper takes an assisted backbreaker from the apron to the floor. Woods hits a top rope elbow on Harper to the outside. Rowan uses his mallet to attack the New Day as they go for Midnight Hour, and it gets the DQ. ***

• Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens for Money in the Bank briefcase: They roll outside early and Strowman hits his running shoulder blocks. Owens gets choke slammed on the ramp. Running power slam ends it. ½*

• Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair for Smackdown women’s title: Carmella tries to work Becky and Charlotte against each other. Flair chops and hits a back suplex on Carmella. Becky hits a dual dropkick. Bexploder on Mella follows, but Carmella hits a handspring Rana. Charlotte hits a spear for 2. Carmella hits a lope on Becky and Flair hits a great twisting moonsault to the outside. Carmella breaks up a couple submissions and pin attempts from Becky. Superkick from Mella gets 2, but Becky locks the Disarm Her. Charlotte comes out of nowhere and hits Natural Selection on Becky to become the new champ. Becky attacks post-match. ***

• A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe for WWE title: Styles works a side headlock but runs into a huge shoulder block. They trade strikes and kicks, with AJ hitting a great dropkick. Joe hits a tope and then works the neck with a headlock. AJ hits a big clothesline and inverted DDT for 2. Joe connects with a jumping top rope knee for 2. Styles hits Ushigoroshi but runs into an unbelievably quick powerslam for 2. Styles Clash gets 2. Joe lands big slaps but AJ hits a Pele. Urnage from Joe in the corner follows but AJ locks the Calf Crusher. Joe bounces AJ’s head on the mat and locks in the Coquina clutch. Joe hits an enzuguri and AJ is busted open. Joe taunts Styles on the mic and Styles snaps and runs him through the barricade. Styles uses a chair and Joe gets a DQ win. ****

• Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz: Miz delivers Bryan’s Yes kicks in the corner, but DB fires back with kicks of his own. Miz locks a surfboard before DB reverses into one. Miz works a cravat and neckbreaker for 2. Bryan fires up with dropkicks and a Rana in the corner for 2. DB hits an axe handle to the outside and a belly to back suplex from the top. Bryan absorbs some kicks and hits a Tanahashi like dragon screw. Bryan gets slingshot into a Skull Crushing Finale for 2. Bryan misses a kick on the apron and hits the post, which Miz turns into a figure 4. They trade some nearfalls with Bryan delivering big elbow strikes and the Yes Lock. Bryan hits a running knee from the apron to the floor and Maryse slips Miz some brass knuckles. Miz hits Bryan with them on a dive attempt and gets the 3. ***3/4

• Finn Balor vs Baron Corbin: Balor is in demon attire and starts off on fire with a tope and slingblade. Double stomp on the back is followed by the Coupe de Grace for the pin. NR

• Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy for U.S. title: **1/2 • Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey for Raw women’s title: Alexa plays possum to start. Ronda sits down in the middle of the ring and lets Alexa work a choke, and then hits her twisting Samoan drop. Ronda lays in strikes and does some Judo throws. An armbar gets locked in and ends it. **

• Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for Universal title: Strowman comes out saying he will cash in on whoever wins. Reigns hits a ton of SM punches and a spear to start. Lesnar locks a guillotine. Lesnar hits 3 Germans and dodges a spear as Reigns flies into Braun outside. Lesnar F5’s Strowman on the outside and assaults him with a chair. Back inside Reigns hits a spear and gets the 3. **

Overall: 5.75/10

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