2019-08-11 by W.M.
WWE SummerSlam 2019: Live updates, results and match ratings – CNET
WrestleMania is the grappling extravaganza everyone knows, but in many ways SummerSlam is just as big. Taking place Sunday in Toronto, Canada, it’s WWE’s second biggest show of the year, features some huge matches and is sure to run for at least 5 hours. So, yes, prepare yourself for a lot of wrestling. It takes place a night after NXT TakeOver: Toronto, which absolutely wowed the live crowd (and those watching on the WWE Network from home).
Brock Lesnar headlines the show as he defends his Universal Championship against Seth Rollins, who he won the title from at Extreme Rules in dubious fashion. Rollins has lost some steam as a crowd favorite in recent months, owing to some questionable creative on the part of WWE’s writing team, so it’ll be interesting to see if he’s position above Lesnar or if he gets lost in Suplex City.
The WWE Championship is also on the line at SummerSlam, as Kofi Kingston, enjoying a surprisingly lengthy and substantive championship reign, takes on Randy Orton. These two have history going back a decade, and while Kingston seems poised to continue his impressive title reign, you can never really count out Randy Orton.
SummerSlam is also blessed with returning legends, as Goldberg will wrestle Dolph Ziggler, and Canada’s own Trish Stratus comes back for a faceoff with Charlotte Flair. Elsewhere, AJ Styles and Ricochet have a chance to put on the blow away match we all know they’ve got in them (but have yet to be able to deliver), and Becky Lynch puts her Raw Women’s Championship on the line against Natalya in a submission match.
The main show kicks off at 4 p.m PT and 7 p.m. ET. Check back here then, as we’ll be updating the page with live results, match recaps and match ratings.
Kevin Owens beats Shane McMahon
If Shane wins, Owens has to retire. Owens, from Quebec, is mega hot with the crowd. Shane says the match will have a special guest enforcer, to make sure the match is all fair, Elias. (Elias is essentially now Shane’s henchman.)
The match begins with Elias distracting Owens on the outside, leading to Owens almost getting counted out. Not the smartest guy, apparently. Owens gets back in the ring and throws hands with Shane, then hits a cannonball in the corner. Shane rolls out of the ring, and Owens goes for a suicide dive but is blocked by Elias. The distraction then allows Shane to throw Owens from the ring apron to the outside barricade. Owens almost gets counted out.
Shane strikes Owens in the corner as the crowd chants “Shane, you suck!” Apparently he’s a really nice guy in real life, Toronto. Shane slams Owens with a Russian leg sweep. Toronto chants “you can’t wrestle” at Shane. Well, you ain’t wrong, Toronto.
Owens attempts a pop-up powerbumb, but Shane dodges and lands a DDT. Shane goes to put Owens into a sharpshooter, but Owens powers out and manages to hit a pop-up powerbomb. He pins Shane, but Elias distracts the ref — and then Owens gets distracted too. Shane rolls Owens up for a two count, then eats a clothesline from Owens.
Elias slides a chair to Owens, encouraging him to smash Shane and get DQ’d. Shane slaps Owens in the face. Owens goes for a swing, but thinks better of it at the last minute. He superkicks Shane, hits a senton from the top rope and then a frogsplash from another turnbuckle. He pins Shane, but Elias pulls the ref out before the three count. Owens cannonballs Elias on the outside, but takes out the ref in the process.
With the ref out, Owens picks up the chair. Before he can take out Shane, though, Elias drags Owens out of the ring. Owens kills Elias with chair shots. Back in the ring, Owens goes to swing on Shane with the chair but the ref slides in to stop him. As the ref takes the chair off Owens, Owens kicks Shane square in the crotch and then hits a stunner for a highly symbolic win.
Rating: 2.75 stars. A lot of tomfoolery here, and the actually wrestling was only OK. But the crowd loved Owens and was into the match, which made it fun. The inverse of Bayley’s match, in other words. The worst part was how easily Owens was distracted by Elias throughout. He looked like an idiot.
Bayley pins Ember Moon
It’s going to be tough for these women to follow the three previous matches, all of whom had big stars. Better now than in three hours, though.
Moon hasn’t made much of an impact on the main roster, but she’s super good. She starts off the match with strikes and acrobatic offense. She puts Bayley in a bow-and-arrow style submission. Some of the crowd claps for Bayley, but there’s significantly less heat here than in previous bouts.
Bayley hits a clothesline to turn the tide. She lands a suplex and starts working Moon over in the corner. The crowd is bored, and starts singing the “Hey Bayley” song. Bayley hangs Moon upside down over a turnbuckle and nails a springboard elbow drop. She then puts Moon in an inverted boston crab.
The two fight by the ropes. Moon does a top-rope hurricanrana and then a gutwrench codebreaker move for a two count. Crowd is absolutely dead. Moon counters a Bayley kick with a nice powerbomb. Moon goes to the top rope, but is met by Bayley who hits a top-rope Bayley to belly for the win.
Rating: 3 stars. The women worked hard, and wrestled a good match. They were killed by the indifferent crowd, though.
AJ Styles defeats Ricochet
AJ Styles and Ricochet are arguably the two best wrestlers in the whole company. They’ve had several matches thus far, including one at least month’s Extreme Rules event, but none have been as great as you’d expect. Hopefully this is the one.
The two start off quick. Within the first minute Ricochet literally bounces off Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to hurricanrana Styles. Back in the ring, Styles cuts off Ricochet and starts working over his leg.
Ricochet makes a comeback after an enziguri. He then hits a springboard lariat on one foot, selling his injured leg. Styles gets control back, though, with a kick to Ricochet’s leg. Styles beats him down, and every time Ricochet tries to mount a comeback his knee fails him. Styles locks him in a calf crusher, which Ricochet counters into an anaconda vice. Punk’d. Styles powers out, though.
Ricochet hits an impressive northern lights suplex into a falcon arrow. He then takes out Anderson and Gallows on the outside then ascends the turnbuckle. Ricochet goes for a phoenix splash which Styles counters with a beautiful Styles clash.
Rating: 3.75 stars. The start was great, as was the finishing spot. All the work has crisp, but the middle was a bit plodding. The finish itself was also abrupt, even if the Styles clash was sweet.
Goldberg kills Dolph Ziggler
It’s smashing time. Dolph Ziggler is out first. He grabs a mic and tells the crowd he’s the best thing on the show and in WWE. He’s the best thing to happen to pro wrestling, DZ says. I am ready to see this man get killed by Goldberg.
Crowd is super hot for Goldberg. Everyone knows Dolph Ziggler is great at being speared, and Goldberg is great at spearing.
The two square up. Ziggler backs off, then hits Goldberg with a surprise superkick. One count. Goldberg gets up and eats a second superkick. Ziggler goes for a third one and Goldberg hits a huge spear. Jackhammer nailed, 1, 2, 3.
Goldberg walks up the ramp but before he can walk backstage Ziggler calls him back to the ring. Goldberg obliterates him with another spear. Happy days. Goldberg walks through the back, but Ziggler gets the microphone again and says Goldberg is a laughing stock. Goldberg comes back out and hits a super spear.
Rating: No rating. Their match, while not a real match, was everything it should have been. Goldberg looked great. Ziggler calling him back once was fine. The second callback was overkill.
Becky Lynch retains Raw Women’s Championship
SummerSlam is going to be a long show, which means the performers who go out earlier in the show have a much fresher, more energetic crowd to work with. Becky Lynch and Natalya are the lucky two to start the show: It’s Becky Lynch, arguably the most popular wrestler on the roster, against home-country hero Natalya.
Natalya enters draped in a Canadian flag, just for that sweet cheap pop. Crowd is split, but into both women.
Lynch starts out strong, and goes for an armbar that one of the announcer’s errantly call a Disarmer. Then then transfers into a triangle choke. I believe Lynch dabbles in Jiu Jitsu, and it shows. Natalya heads for the ropes, but there are apparently no rules in this submission match, meaning catching the ropes doesn’t lead to a rope break. They tumble outside, though, and Natalya takes control.
Natalya works down Lynch in the ring, which leads to a big chant for Lynch. First big spot of the match sees Natalya lock a sharpshooter on the turnbuckle, through the ropes. Eventually Natalya breaks, and the two end up outside again. They brawl, with Lynch slamming Natalya shoulder-first into steel steps, the idea being this sets up her Disarmer. But Natalya fights back and hits a superplex.
Back in the ring Natalya goes for a low dropkick, but Lynch counters into a sharpshooter. The crowd roars. Natalya counters, rolling through and pushing Lynch to the turnbuckle. Crowd chants “this is awesome.” A bit early, but so far so good. Lynch goes for a high kick, but Natalya counters and puts Lynch in the Disarmer. Crowd roars again.
Lynch rolls out, but Natalya catches her in a sharpshooter. The crowd erupts for it. There were big Becky chants earlier, but it now seems like Toronto wants to see a new champ. Lynch manages to escape, and sweeps Natalya into a Disarmer. Natalya taps out.
Rating: 3.75 stars. This match was all action, and it was all great. But it was a touch short, as an extra few minutes could have made it truly great.
SummerSlam’s two-hour preshow had three matches, two of which were for titles. Here are the quick results.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross retain Women’s Tag Team Championships: They defeated former champs The IIconics.
Buddy Murphy vs. Apollo Crews ended in disqualification when Erick Rowan attacked Murphy: It follows a key WWE storyline right now, as on SmackDown Murphy revealed Rowan to be behind a string of mysterious attacks on Roman Reigns.
Drew Gulak beat Oney Lorcan to retain Cruiserweight Championship: Gulak pinned Lorcan.