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SummerSlam represents a mile marker at the halfway point of WWE’s annual calendar of events. Most of what’s happened since WrestleMania typically culminates at this showcase event, and influences much of what carries the WWE through the end of the year and the start of the road to WrestleMania in January.
After four years in Brooklyn, SummerSlam moves to Toronto. Sunday’s show at Scotiabank Arena is headlined by Brock Lesnar for the sixth straight year; this time around, he’ll run back his WrestleMania match against Seth Rollins with the Universal championship on the line. Legends like Goldberg and Trish Stratus are back in action, Shane McMahon is set to wrestle Kevin Owens for Owens’ job in WWE and a handful of solid title matches round out the card.
Tim Fiorvanti, Marc Raimondi and Matt Wilansky are here to run down the action in real time, with Sean Coyle breaking down each match on a scale from 0-5.
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Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
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Becky Lynch locked in the Dis-arm-her to force Natalya to tap out. Full recap to come.
Nikki Cross, left, and Alexa Bliss successfully defended their women’s tag team titles, defeating The IIconics. @WWE
Yes, the women’s tag-team titles were relegated to the Kickoff Show, but champions Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, and former champs The IIconics put on a solid showing. Although it’s an odd matchup featuring a foursome of women who are hardly beloved by the fans, the action was on point.
Not surprisingly, Bliss ended the bout relatively quickly with Twisted Bliss, and you’d think this is just the beginning of a long run for two women, who, while likely won’t be in-ring friends forever, work well together. Equally important, Bliss remains in the spotlight while out of any serious singles feuds … for now.
Erick Rowan put an abrupt end to the match involving Buddy Murphy and Apollo Crews when he hit the ring and attacked Murphy. WWE
While this match was destined for the Kickoff show, the all-out athleticism and somewhat unexpected interference at the end made for an entertaining few minutes of action. Murphy nearly won his match against Crews early with a running power bomb, but Crews quickly changed the trajectory of the match by tossing his opponent over the top rope. Eventually it was Murphy’s time again, converting a 360-top rope flip on Crews.
But that’s when the match came to an abrupt end. Rowan stormed the ring, an,d in retribution for Murphy blaming the heel for nearly running over Roman Reigns a week earlier, began to pummel Murphy. Certainly this storyline is hardly over, and given the names involved, Murphy will see a lot of spotlight moving forward.
Drew Gulak used a physical style to defeat Oney Lorcan and retain the Cruiserweight title. WWE
WWE cruiserweight championship Drew Gulak (c) def. Oney Lorcan
Cruiserweight champion Drew Gulak and Oney Lorcan didn’t deliver your typical Cruiserweight championship match. There were no flips, no aerial attacks or acrobatics. Instead, the combatants treated us to a fine display of mat wrestling and some hard-hitting strikes. In the end, Gulak caught Lorcan with the Cyclone Crash and retained his title.
Still to come:
WWE championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton
Universal championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins
SmackDown women’s championship: Bayley (c) vs. Ember Moon
United States championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. Ricochet
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
Finn Balor vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair
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