|Date: August 21, 2021
|Venue: Allegiant Stadium |City: Paradise, Nevada
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The show opens with a video package based around poker. The four big matches take all of the focus, those being Bobby Lashley vs. Goldberg, Roman Reigns vs. John Cena, Bianca Belair vs. Sasha Banks and Seth Rollins vs. Edge.
Jimmy Smith welcomes us to the show.
AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs. RKBro (Randy Orton & Riddle) – Raw Tag Team Championship match
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match between these two teams.
Summerslam PPV Record: AJ Styles is 3-1, Randy Orton is 7-7-1, Omos & Riddle wrestle at Summerslam for the first time tonight.
Match: Randy Orton and AJ Styles kick off the match and it’s Orton with the early advantage. Riddle and Omos soon tag in and it’s all Omos from there. He throws Riddle around the ring until he tags in AJ Styles. AJ Styles continues the advantage for his team until he makes the hot tag to Randy Orton. All hell breaks loose from here with all four men going at it. AJ and Randy both counters each others finishers until Randy hits the RKO out of nowhere which enough for the win.
Result: Randy Orton & Riddle win the Raw Tag Team Championships by pinfall.
Review: This was a decent enough way to kick off the show. It wasn’t the greatest tag team match in Summerslam history but it did do a good job of getting the crowd fired up. I like Randy and Riddle as champions, they have a lot of chemistry and it needed to be a team like this to defeat AJ Styles and Omos.
There’s a video package showing the recent history between Doudrop, Eva Marie and Alexa Bliss.
Alexa Bliss vs. Eva Marie
Background: Doudrop made the mistake of grabbing Alexa Bliss’s doll Lilly. Since then Alexa and Lilly have haunted Doudrop. Eva Marie even slapped Doudrop twice in the face to teach her a lesson but tonight it is Eva against Alexa.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two girls.
Summerslam PPV Record: Alexa Bliss is 1-2, Eva Marie wrestles at Summerslam for the first time tonight.
Match: Alexa Bliss makes it look easy in the early going, sending Eva out of the ring. Eva makes the mistake of slapping Lilly the doll and then slapping Alexa with the doll. Eva Marie looks to Doudrop for help but Doudrop tells her she’s leaving her alone. Eva avoids twisted bliss and pins Alexa for a near fall. Bliss then hits a DDT and gets the three.
Result: Alexa Bliss wins by pinfall.
Review: This was poor. I didn’t expect it to be a five star classic but even still I think it under-delivered. Eva Marie isn’t really good enough to hang on a big show like this. Alexa Bliss gets a straight forward enough win that could’ve happened on Raw.
Guest backstage announcer Mario Lopez interviews Randy Orton and Riddle backstage. They’re happy with their title win tonight but Riddle has a big surprise for Randy on Raw tomorrow night.
Sheamus (c) vs. Damien Priest – United States Championship match
Background: Damien Priest defeated Sheamus in a champions contenders match which made Priest number one contender to the United States Championship. Damien won the match and also knocked off Sheamus’ protective mask in the process.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Summerslam PPV Record: Sheamus is 2-3 at Summerslam, Damien Priest wrestles at the event for the first time tonight.
Match: It’s a back and forth start to the match with neither man getting control for too long. Priest hits a sit-out suplex for the first pinfall attempt of the match. Priest hits a big springboard flipping planca over the top rope and just about makes connection with Sheamus. Sheamus takes control on the outside and slows down the pace. Priest gets back into the match with strikes. This ia a hard-hitting affair. Priest hits a spinning heel kick off the top rope for a near fall. Sheamus drops Priest on the top rope and hits an Alabama slam for a near fall. Sheamus motions for a brogue kick but Priest counters with a kick of his own and then south of heaven for a near fall. Sheamus gets another near fall after a pump knee strike. Sheamus applies a heel hook but Priest rips off his protective masks and lays in some lefts and rights to break the hold. Priest hits a spinning heel kick and the reckoning for the three!
Result: Damien Priest wins the United States Championship by pinfall.
Review: This was a good match. It was a slow starter but the false finishes made it exciting later on. It was hard-hitting and both men come out of it looking good. This was a big win for Priest who wins his first championship in WWE and he seems like the kind of superstar that WWE could really get behind.
There’s an ad for WWE 2K22.
The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) (c) vs. Rey & Dominik Mysterio – Smackdown Tag Team Championship match
Background: The Mysterio’s get a return bout for the titles they lost to the Usos. Rey and Dominik have not been on the same page recently with Dominik costing his father a match against Jimmy Uso.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first match on the main show of a PPV between these two teams.
Summerslam PPV Record: Dominik is 0-1, Rey Mysterio is 4-4 and amazingly The Usos wrestle at Summerslam for the first time tonight.
Match: Rey Mysterio and Jimmy Uso kick off the match and Rey starts fast. He hits a baseball slide splash to the outside on both Usos before Dominik follows it up with a springboard cross body. This is Rey Mysterio’s first Summerslam match since 2012 where he lost to The Miz. Dominik hits the three amigos on Jimmy. Jey tags in and takes control for his team. The Usos hit the old Demolition double team of an axe handle/back breaker combo. The Usos make quick tags, keeping Dominik away form his corner. Rey eventually gets the hot tag and picks up the pace against Jimmy Uso. The numbers become too much for Rey and Jey hits an Uso splash for a near fall. All four men then go at it. Rey avoids a second splash and hits a 619 before heading to the top and looking for a frog splash but Jimmy gets his knees up. The Usos hit a double superkick on Rey and Jey hits an Uso splash for the win.
Result: The Usos retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships by pinfall.
Review: This was a fun match. It had a really good pace throughout and it was easy to get behind Rey Mysterio. The Usos have cemented themselves as one of the greatest tag teams of all time. The right team won, I don’t think we need the titles back on the Mysterio’s. They worked together tonight but they have teased a split so it’ll be interesitng to see if we get a slow burn between the two that lasts all the way to Wrestlemania.
Tiffany Haddish is backstage with Damien Priest who is happy to overcome the bully tonight.
Rick Boogs plays us a musical interlude to the tune of Shinsuke Nakamura’s theme song. Pat McAfee dances on the announce desk.
There’s a video package next for Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks.
Bianca Belair is out for her Smackdown Women’s Championship defence against Sasha Banks but we’re told that Sasha is unable to wrestle tonight. Greg Hamilton then introduces Bianca’s new opponent, Carmella! Before the bell can ring though Becky Lynch’s music hits and out walks Lynch to a huge ovation! Becky throws Carmella out of the ring and throws her into the ring steps. Lynch then challenges Bianca to a title match and Belair accepts.
Bianca Belair (c) vs. Becky Lynch – Smackdown Women’s Championship match
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two girls.
Summerslam PPV Record: Becky Lynch is 2-2 at Summerslam, Bianca wrestles at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: The bell rings, Becky offers her hand and then hits Bianca with a big right hand and a man-handle slam for the three!
Result: Becky Lynch wins the Smackdown Women’s Championship by pinfall.
Review: This was quick. It was over in seconds. Ultimate Warrior/Honky Tonk Man vibes. It buries Bianca. You do have a dream match on a plate and this is the direction it goes in. I dunno, I’d have liked to have seen a proper match between the two and this definitely guarantees we’ll get one but I wasn’t a fan of this tonight. And it might actually turn Becky Lynch heel.
There’s an ad for Crown Jewel in October.
Greg Hamilton introduces Olympic gold medalists, Tamyra Mensah-Stock and Gable Steveson. They parade around the ring.
Drew McIntyre vs. Jinder Mahal
Background: On the July 5 episode of Raw, Drew McIntyre faced and defeated his old 3MB stablemate Jinder Mahal (accompanied by Shanky and Veer) after Mahal felt that McIntyre had cost him an opportunity to compete in the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match. Following the match, Mahal, Shanky, and Veer attacked McIntyre and stole McIntyre’s family sword that he uses for his entrance theatrics. The following week, Mahal, Shanky, and Veer dismantled the sword only for McIntyre to reveal that it was a replica. McIntyre then proceeded to dismantle Mahal’s motorcycle. At Money in the Bank, Mahal, Shanky, and Veer cost McIntyre the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match. On the following night’s episode of Raw, Mahal, Shanky, and Veer gloated about costing McIntyre the match only for McIntyre to attack all three with a steel chair. McIntyre would then defeat Shanky and Veer in matches over the next couple of weeks. On August 13, a match between McIntyre and Mahal was scheduled for SummerSlam. On the August 16 episode of Raw, McIntyre defeated Shanky and Veer in a handicap match, thus banning the two from ringside at SummerSlam.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time singles PPV match between these two men.
Summerslam PPV Record: Drew McIntyre is 1-0 at Summerslam, Jinder is also 1-0.
Match: Drew McIntyre comes out the blocks fastest and takes an early advantage. The fight goes to the outside where Drew hits a belly to belly suplex. Jinder takes control with a big kick to the face and keeps the advantage dictating a slow pace. Drew picks the pace back up with a belly to belly suplex and futureshock DDT. Drew hits the claymore and that’s all she wrote.
Result: Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a short match, much shorter than Drew is used to having. It was probably right though given the opponent. Drew wins which means there’s no push for Jinder on the horizon. McIntyre is the top babyface in the company right now and this will put him back on track to the main event picture.
There’s a video package for Nikki A.S.H, Rhea Ripley and Charlotte.
Nikki A.S.H. (c) vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte – Triple threat match for the Raw Women’s Championship
Background: At Money in the Bank, Nikki A.S.H. won the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, earning a contract for a women’s championship match of her choice at anytime of her choosing, while later that night, Charlotte Flair defeated Rhea Ripley to win the Raw Women’s Championship. The following night on Raw, Flair defended the title against Ripley in a rematch; however, Flair was disqualified after striking Ripley with the title belt, thus Ripley won the match but not the championship. Ripley and Flair then brawled and Ripley performed the Riptide on Flair at ringside. Nikki then ran out and cashed in her Money in the Bank contract on Flair to win the Raw Women’s Championship. The following week, Flair and Ripley staked their claims to challenge Nikki for the title at SummerSlam. WWE officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville resolved the matter by scheduling Nikki to defend the championship against Flair and Ripley in a triple threat match at the event.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time triple threat match between these three girls.
Summerslam PPV Record: Charlotte is 4-0 at Summerslam, Nikki and Rhea both wrestle at Summerslam for the first time tonight.
Match: As the bell rings Charlotte just shoves Nikki to the mat. Nikki then takes control in the early going until Charlotte throws her out of the ring. It’s all Charlotte from here as she lays into both opponents. It is a back and forth match with all three girls taking control at points but never for too long. Charlotte leads the match and has control more than the other girls. Rhea loves a northern lights suplex, she gets a near fall on Charlotte with it. Nikki counters a rip-tide and gets a near fall. There’s a nice triple stack move with Rhea hitting a German suplex who in turn hits a fallaway slam on Nikki. Nikki hits a cross body to the outside on both girls. Charlotte counters a double suplex from both opponents with a double DDT. Charlotte hits an impressive corkscrew moonsault to the outside on both Nikki and Rhea. Back in the ring and Ripley applies a submission to Nikki and then to Charlotte but Charlotte counters and locks on the figure 8 which Nikki breaks up. Nikko counters a rip-tide with a DDT. Charlotte sidesteps a cross body from Nikki and then locks on a figure eight and Nikki taps out!
Result: Charlotte wins the Raw Women’s Championship by submission.
Review: This was a fun triple threat. The title goes back to Charlotte, cutting Nikki’s title reign short. I think her reign was all about the moment rather than the reign. But much like when Charlotte won the title at Money In The Bank, I wasn’t too interested in her being champion this time. She needs a bit of a break from the title picture I feel. But she always performs on the big occasions and Charlotte on pay per view is not a bad thing.
There’s a video package for Edge and Seth Rollins
Edge vs. Seth Rollins
Background: After Edge was granted a Universal Championship match at Money in the Bank, Seth Rollins took issue with this decision, feeling that he deserved the opportunity. At the event, Rollins cost Edge the championship and following the match, the two brawled into the crowd. On the following episode of SmackDown, Edge called out Rollins and stated that their issues date back to December 2014 when Rollins had attempted to injure Edge’s surgically repaired neck and definitively put an end to his career. Rollins then came out and claimed he despised older wrestlers like Edge and John Cena for coming back and taking opportunities from the current wrestlers who earned them. A brawl then ensued. The following week, Rollins attacked Edge during his entrance and declared that if he cannot be Universal Champion, then neither can Edge. On the August 6 episode, Edge challenged Rollins to a match at SummerSlam which Rollins accepted.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Summerslam PPV Record: Seth Rollins is 6-1. Edge is 7-3.
Match: Edge comes out to his old Brood entrance, through the ring of fire. It is so cool. It’s a cagey start to the match with Edge frustrating Seth. Rollins takes control and targets the neck of Edge. Rollins hits slingblades, a diving knee strike off the top rope and even a frog splash but can’t keep Edge down. Edge counters a superplex with a spinning neckbreaker. Edge hits an Edge-o-cution for a near fall. Seth hits his superplex/falcon arrow combo for a near fall. Edge counters a stomp and hits his wife’s glam slam for a near fall. Edge counters a stomp on the apron and then hits a spear through the ropes and off the apron! Seth counters a spear in the ring into a pedigree for a two count. Edge avoids a corkscrew moonsault and hits a spear for a near fall. Edge counters a stomp and locks on the Edge-ucator but Rollins fights out. Edge applies a crossface, smashes Rollins head off the mat a few times and then applies a crossface sleeper to which Rollins taps out!
Result: Edge wins by submission.
Review: This was a really good match. There were plenty of false finishes and it was one of those matches that could have gone either way. It was good though and both men will be happy. Edge more-so because he got the win.
There’s an ad for next years Money In The Bank.
51,326 is announced as the attendance for tonight.
We’re shown footage from earlier with The Miz and John Morrison turning up in a truck full of water.
The Miz and John Morrison are out in the ring talking crap. The Miz introduces the drip stick 2000 but Morrison doesn’t have it. Miz doesn’t have it either. Xavier Woods, styled up like Scott Hall has it. Woods then squirts Miz and Morrison with the drip stick. I’m not sure what the point in this segment was.
Video package next for Bobby Lashley and Goldberg.
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Goldberg – WWE Championship match
Background: Following his dominant victory at Money in the Bank, Bobby Lashley (accompanied by MVP) held an open challenge for the WWE Championship on the following night’s episode of Raw. The challenge was accepted by a returning Keith Lee, who had been inactive due to health issues since February. After Lashley defeated Lee, Lashley and MVP were confronted by WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg, appearing for the first time since the Royal Rumble in January. Goldberg proclaimed that he would be Lashley’s next challenger for the title. The following week, however, Lashley rejected Goldberg’s challenge. On the August 2 episode, Goldberg appeared and confronted the champion face-to-face, stating that he would defeat Lashley for the title. The match was subsequently confirmed for SummerSlam.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match between these two men.
Summerslam PPV Record: Goldberg is 1-1, Bobby Lashley is actually wrestling at Summerslam for the first time tonight.
Match: It’s a test of strength in the early going with Goldberg winning that competition. Goldberg get’s boo’d by the crowd as he slams the WWE Champion. Lashley fires back much to the crowds enjoyment and looks for a jackhammer but Goldberg blocks it. Goldberg looks for a spear but MVP pulls Lashley out of the ring. Goldberg then hits a spear on Bobby outside the ring. MVP clocks Goldberg in the back of the knee with his cane and Lashley follows it up with a big chop block and a urunage. Lashley works the knee of Goldberg and Goldberg sells like he can barely stand. The referee throws out the match! After the match Lashley continues to lay into Goldberg which causes his son Gage to get in the ring and jump on Lashley’s back. Bobby throws him off and after the match MVP says that Lashley wasn’t to know who was on his back.
Result: Bobby Lashley wins by referee stoppage.
Review: This probably went longer than a regular Goldberg match but there still wasn’t a lot to it. Goldberg essentially being made to forfeit the match was a surprising way to finish. It really puts Bobby Lashley over and it felt like a passing of the torch. Because of how personal this rivalry has been I wouldn’t be too surprised to see it continue. Lashley wins tonight.
There’s an ad for Extreme Rules.
Video package next for Roman Reigns and John Cena.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. John Cena – Universal Championship match
Background: Following Roman Reigns’ successful defence of the Universal Championship at Money in the Bank, he declared that everyone could now acknowledge him. John Cena then made a surprise return to WWE, marking his first appearance with the company since WrestleMania 36 in April 2020, where he had a brief stare down with Reigns before performing his signature “You Can’t See Me” taunt at Reigns. Instead of waiting until SmackDown, Cena appeared on Raw the next night to explain himself, declaring that he wanted to put Reigns in his place. He then officially challenged Reigns for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam. On SmackDown, Cena appeared to confront Reigns, however, Reigns rejected the challenge and instead accepted a challenge from Finn Bálor, who himself had returned to SmackDown the previous week. During the contract signing the following week, Reigns signed the contract first, however, as Bálor attempted his signature, he was attacked by Baron Corbin, who instead tried to sign it. Cena then came out, attacked Corbin, and signed the contract himself, thus booking Reigns to defend the Universal Championship against Cena at SummerSlam. After getting into a heated promo on the SmackDown the night before SummerSlam, Reigns said he would leave WWE if he could not defeat Cena.
Previous PPV matches: This is a second PPV match between these two men, Roman previously beat Cena at No Mercy 2017.
Summerslam PPV Record: Roman Reigns is 3-1, John Cena is 5-9.
Match: Much of the opening match features Cena rolling Roman Reigns up for two counts, showing how close he is to winning the Universal Championship. Roman soon takes control and picks apart Cena at a slow pace. Roman dominates for a long time, talking trash as he does. Reigns even apologises to movie execs for the state he is going to leave Cena in. Cena begins a comeback, hitting the familiar trademarks moves we are used to seeing. Shoulder charges, side slam and then motions for the five knuckle shuffle but Roman counters with a guillotine and then a superman punch. John counters a spear and then hits the five knuckle shuffle and then an attitude adjustment for a near fall. Cena locks on an STF but Reigns gets to the ropes. On the outside Cena hits an attitude adjustment through the announce desk and then rolls Reigns into the ring for a near fall. Roman counters a legdrop into a powerbomb and then hits a superman punch for a near fall. Cena hits a massive attitude adjustment off the second rope but Reigns kicks out of the pinfall that follows. Cena mocks Reigns, looking for a spear but Reigns kicks him. The two men slug it out until Reigns hits two superman punches and a spear for the three.
Result: Roman Reigns retains the Universal Championship by pinfall.
Review: This was a really great main event. Reigns dominated for much of the match but it was nice to see Cena fire back with his trademark offence. Roman wins tonight and continues his year long title run. Who will be the man to end this title run?
As Roman Reigns celebrates in the ring Brock Lesnar’s music hits and out walks Lesnar! Brock is looking jacked and he had a top-knot! Brock marches to the ring as Paul Heyman cowers behind Reigns. The two men stare each other down before Reigns exits the ring and Brock stand tall to finish the show.
And that was Summerslam 2021. 10 matches on the main card as well as Big E beating Baron Corbin on the pre-show so it was a big event. It was a real mixed bag as far as quality goes. It started ok, Randy Orton and Riddle winning the Raw Tag Team Championships. I don’t mind this but if you read my blogs then you know I’m a big fan of real tag teams and I wouldn’t class these guys as a real tag team. They are a breath of fresh air in the division though. Then came the awful match between Alexa Bliss and Eva Marie. This was just bad. It’s a real shame for Alexa Bliss whose match quality has really diminished since taking on this new gimmick. I did really enjoy the match between Damien Priest and Sheamus though with Priest becoming the new United States Champion. He’s on a real good run right now.
The Usos beat Rey and Dominik Mysterio in a decent but forgettable title match. Becky Lynch then returned triumphantly and beat Bianca in seconds. This didn’t sit well with me but I’m guessing that they will now build to a proper match between them. Drew McIntyre beat Jinder Mahal in a predictable enough match and then Charlotte won the Smackdown Women’s Championship from Nikki ASH in a triple threat match. I like Charlotte as a champion to help out younger talent but this just feels like putting the belt on her for the sake of it. A good triple threat though. Edge beat Seth Rollins in a solid match that left you wanting more. I’m not sure whether this was the right result but if it’s the end of this rivalry then it probably was the right result.
Bobby Lashley beat Goldberg in a match that ended pretty strangely. Goldberg couldn’t carry on and the ref throw the match. I liked this match on paper and it was ok but nothing I’d need to see again. The ways the match ended does leave it open though. The main event had a big fight feel and saw Roman Reigns beat John Cena to retain the Universal Championship. It was a clean win and a statement one for Reigns who is on another level right now. This was a very good match and although the finish kind of came out of nowhere, I really enjoyed the match as a whole. It begs the question of who can beat Roman Reigns?
Overall Rating: 57.5/100 (ranked 243rd out of 404)
Match Of The Night: Roman Reigns vs. John Cena
Worst Match Of The Night: Alexa Bliss vs. Eva Marie
Surprise Of The Night: Becky Lynch & Brock Lesnar return
Worst Booking Of The Night: Becky Lynch beats Bianca Belair in 26 seconds
Superstar Of The Night: Roman Reigns
Summerslam 2021 Will Be Remembered For: Roman Reigns vs. John Cena, and Becky Lynch’s return and quick victory over Bianca Belair