NASHVILLE – WWE kicks off a new era with their #2 annual event, SummerSlam, at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium (8:00 p.m., Peacock) Saturday.
Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar will fight for the undisputed WWE Universal Championship in the Main Event, a rematch of their match at WrestleMania 38, in what is being billed as their final match ever. This time it’s a Last Man Standing match. and the brutal nature of such competition has Austin Theory raring to go with his money-in-the-bank deal.
The rising star has teased a SummerSlam cash-in, but before he gets the chance to become the youngest-ever undisputed champion, he will look to regain the US Championship in a rematch with Bobby Lashley, who beats him at Money in has the bank.
Many other titles will also be up for grabs. Bianca Belair defends the Raw Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch in a rematch of last year’s SummerSlam while Ronda Rousey attempts to regain the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Liv Morgan. The Usos will defend their undisputed tag team championship against The Street Profits.
A highly anticipated matchup between Seth “Freakin'” Rollins and Riddle was scrapped due to an “injury” from Riddle on Raw, but there are two celebrity singles matches. The Miz takes on Logan Paul in one such matchup, while former NFL player and SmackDown analyst Pat McAfee takes on Happy Corbin in the other attraction.
A no-disqualification tag team match featuring The Judgment Day vs. The Mysterios also offers plenty of intrigue, as Edge, the former leader of The Judgment Day, was ousted from the group nearly two months ago and hasn’t appeared on TV since was. Will those ominous vignettes airing each week on Raw and SmackDown lead to Edge’s return?
Follow along as Mike Coppinger rounds up all the action from Nashville.
Game in progress: TBA
Logan defeated Paul. the mis
In his WWE singles debut, social media star Logan Paul defeated The Miz after delivering the Skull Crushing finale. Of course, that’s Miz’s own finisher, a move Logan Paul learned while teaming with the A-lister at WrestleMania to defeat The Mysterios.
The Miz turned against Paul after that matchup in April, leading to a rivalry that culminated in that meeting at SummerSlam.
Paul’s match was full of big spots. He clotheslined The Miz outside the ring to start the action and then nailed a springboard moonsault. Paul later beat Miz with an impressive blockbuster followed by a running power slam. He then threw The Miz into another of his own moves, the figure four, and followed it off the top rope with a flying crossbody.
— WWE (@WWE) July 31, 2022
Ciampa, who had been helping the Miz for the past few weeks, interfered and then refused to leave the ring when the referee threw him out. AJ Styles’ music hit the ground running and came to Paul’s rescue. After Styles chased Ciampa out of frame, Logan hit The Miz with Styles finisher The Phenomenal Forearm. Then, in the biggest spot of the night so far, Paul sent The Miz through the commentary table with a frog splash.
Back in the ring, The Miz tried to hit Logan Paul with a chain around his wrist, but Logan dodged the shot and hit him with The Skull Crushing Finale for the 1-2-3.
What’s next: Logan Paul continued to impress with his in-ring work, and now that he’s signed to WWE, he could appear at either the Crown Jewel or Survivor Series in November. The Miz, meanwhile, can seemingly take a loss and not let it tarnish his credibility. He should return to the midcard picture or possibly even a program with AJ Styles. It’s also likely that Ciampa and Styles will take things a bit further.
Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair def. Becky Lynch
In a repeat of their encounter at last year’s SummerSlam, Bianca Belair turned the tables on Becky Lynch to retain her Raw Women’s Championship.
Lynch attempted a second manhandle slam, this time from the second turnbuckle, but Bianca was able to reverse the move into a Spanish fly. Belair capitalized and then immediately dropped Becky with a second KOD for the pinfall win.
After the pin, in a move uncharacteristic of her heel character, Lynch hugged Belair and hugged her, ending their longtime rivalry.
Suddenly Bayley’s music played. Bayley, who has been sidelined since last July with a cruciate ligament tear, stood on the ramp with a grin on her face. But she did not return alone.
— WWE (@WWE) July 31, 2022
Dakota Kai, who was released from WWE in April, made a surprise appearance alongside the former champion and was also joined by former NXT Champion Io Shirai – dubbed Io Sky on TV. Before they could seemingly attack Belair, Becky came to her aid and completed her face twist.
What’s next: Clearly, it will be Bayley and Belair battling it out for the Raw Women’s Championship after their long-awaited return. Apparently, Becky will be involved in a program with Io Shirai or Dakota Kai, or maybe even a tag team match with Bianca versus the trio at some point.
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) def. theory
In a rematch of Money in the Bank’s US Championship match, Bobby Lashley again defeated Theory to retain the title.
Theory attempted a third consecutive Rolling Thunder maneuver, but the almighty military pinned him, then threw him in the hurt lock for the submission win.
Before the bell rang, Theory attacked Lashley with his Money in the Bank briefcase and then combined with Rolling Thunder in a blockbuster. Lashley slammed Theory to the mat before Theory attempted to exit the match and headed up the ramp only to be stopped by Lashley.
Once in the ring, Theory hits Lashley with a rolling thunder with a dropkick. Moments later, they traded punches in the center of the ring before Lashley canceled Theory for the ongoing powerslam. Lashley proved too much for Theory, who still has the Money in the Bank briefcase topping the rest of the night.
What’s next: The match wasn’t too long and the rivalry is clearly over now. Lashley should find a new challenger on Monday Night Raw, while Theory could walk away with an even bigger prize. After all, he’s still holding the Money in the Bank briefcase and has repeatedly teased a cash-in after the Main Event, which saw Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar compete in a Last Man Standing match for the Undisputed Universal Championship.
No Disqualification Match: The Mysterios def. Finn Balor and Damian Priest (Judgment Day)
Edge returned and defeated The Judgment Day, resulting in The Mysterios winning the match. Full summary follows.
still to come:
Last Man Standing Match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs. The Street Profits
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Liv Morgan (c) versus Ronda Rousey
https://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/34312263/wwe-summerslam-live-results-analysis-brock-lesnar-vs-roman-reigns-logan-paul-vs-miz Logan Paul beats The Miz