24 August 2020 06:44
With six title matches, Dominik Mysterio's in ring debut and a grudge match with massive ramifications, there is a lot on tap for the event and on paper it could be one of the best fans have seen in a long time. WWE SummerSlam 2020 full match card From top to bottom, there is a lot to get excited about here, from two Asuka matches and Dominik Mysterio's debut to The Fiend battling Braun Strowman and an epic grudge fight between Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Randy Orton Universal Title: Braun Strowman (c) vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt Raw Women's Title: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Asuka SmackDown Women's Title: Bayley (c) vs.
Dominik Mysterio No DQ, Loser Leaves WWE Match: Mandy Rose vs. In terms of the in-ring action, look for several matches to steal the show, including the double header of Asuka versus both Bayley and Sasha Banks in back-to-back matches, which will be sure to feature some next level storytelling. In that light, The Fiend could reclaim the Universal Championship and resume his reign of terror at the expense of Braun Strowman, and don't be surprise to see Alexa Bliss make an appearance in some capacity. Elsewhere, Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre are sure to deliver a fantastic slug-fest, and the Legend Killer – who is having an incredible 2020 – is the biggest threat to the Scottish superstar's WWE Title run. The US Title and tag team bout will also impress, but the real talking points tonight will come from Dominik Mysterio's highly anticipated debut match against Seth Rollins, and the Sonya Deville/Mandy Rose bout with the loser leaving WWE.
The Fiend wins the Universal Championship, gets killed by Roman Reigns "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt defeated Braun Strowman in a car crash of a Falls Count Anywhere match to win the Universal Championship. Drew McIntyre is still WWE Championship. Asuka tapped out Sasha Banks to win the Raw Women's Championship in by far the best match of the night so far. Banks tried to work off the distraction, a mirror from the Bayley match's finish, but Asuka countered into the Asuka Lock for the submission. With that said, the finish was awesome: Rey Mysterio was handcuffed to the ropes (some of the smoke and mirrors I mentioned), and watched as Rollins curb stomped Dominik for the three count.
Mandy Rose got the win after hitting three running knee strikes on Sonya Deville, and then planting Deville with a pedigree-face buster. Street Profits retain Raw Tag Team Championships The story is that Bayley, towards the end, put the hurt to Asuka's knee. After the match, Banks and Bayley beat down on Asuka further. In other words, this match was a warmup for the Asuka versus Sasha Banks for the Raw Women's Championship. Crews defeated MVP in a short match to retain his US title. This year's show had some interesting elements, such as a Loser Leaves WWE match, Dominik Mysterio's debut, several titles on the line and more. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt defeated Braun Strowman in the main event of SummerSlam, ending a title defense that began at WrestleMania. Strowman had won the belt from Bill Goldberg, stepping into the spot that originally belonged to Reigns, who opted out of WWE shows due to newborn twins at home and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. Asuka lost in the opening match to SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley, who capitalized off outside interference from Sasha Banks. One of the most talented wrestlers in WWE, the win represented a great moment for Asuka, who is the new Raw Women's Champion, as well as elevated tensions between Banks and Bayley, who are still the Women's Tag Team Champions. Another outstanding was Mandy Rose defeating Sonya Deville in a no disqualification, loser-leaves-WWE match. He lost to Seth Rollins in a street fight, but his debut was nearly flawless, even better than Pat McAfee the night before in his first match at TakeOver. If there was one disappointment from the card, it was the decision to not have the WWE Championship match in the main event. Reigns's return made it clear why the Universal title match needed to close the show. McIntyre and Randy Orton worked a solid match together, with shades of Bret Hart in a creative finish. Neither McIntyre nor Orton could connect with their finishers, which is not often seen in WWE matches, and the match ended in unexpected fashion when McIntyre used a backslide for a surprise victory. The show also included the Street Profits defeating Angel Garza and Andrade to hold onto the Raw Tag Titles. Apollo Crews retained his United States Championship against MVP on the pre-show, and it was also announced that Keith Lee will start on Raw this Monday night. Falls Count Anywhere match for the Universal Championship: Braun Strowman (c) vs. Bray Wyatt returned at SummerSlam a year ago as "The Fiend," defeating Finn Balor and forever changing the direction of his career. A year later, The Fiend defeated Braun Strowman in the SummerSlam main event to win the Universal Championship. The match with Strowman was lackluster, and the real excitement occurred after the title changed hands when Roman Reigns made his return. And suddenly, if Reigns has his return match next Sunday, then Payback instantly becomes a far more compelling pay per view. Reigns has worked with Wyatt, but never encountered The Fiend, which will be a very compelling addition to the weekly programming for WWE. The story of SummerSlam was not the Universal Championship changing hands, but rather the return of Roman Reigns. WWE Championship match: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Unfortunately for Drew McIntyre, the WWE Championship match is not headlining SummerSlam. At first glance, not placing this match last is certainly an odd choice, especially considering this has been a more interesting program than Braun Strowman-Bray Wyatt (not to mention this is supposed to be WWE's most premiere title). But the fact that it was placed after Sasha Banks-Asuka, a match that ended in a title change, was a tell that McIntyre wasn't dropping the belt. Raw Women's Championship match: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Banks tapped, and Asuka became the new Raw Women's Champion. Commentary went heavy on the friction between Banks and Bayley, and an added layer to the story is that they are still Women's Tag Team Champions. There are few better opponents for Dominik Mysterio in his WWE debut than Seth Rollins. Dominik had control until Rollins picked up his knees on the second attempt of the Frog Splash, and then hit a Curb Stomp in front of the handcuffed Rey for the win. Everyone played their role so well, and this program helps Rollins re-establish himself as one of WWE's top villains, gives Rey Mysterio a new purpose (a tag team of Rey and Dominik would be fun), and introduces Dominik into the world of active competition in WWE. No Disqualification Loser Leaves WWE match: Sonya Deville vs. The match was physical, and it was the biggest moment for both Rose and Deville in singles action. Second match: WWE Tag Team Champions The Street Profits vs. Kevin Owens, who hopefully is in line for a title shot at next week's Payback pay per view (yes, WWE is airing pay per views on back-to-back Sundays), joined the commentary table for this match. The match was very good and ended with the Profits retaining the titles. There is no question that WWE wants to improve its SmackDown television rating on Fox, and a return from Reigns would play a big role in doing that. The opening match is Bayley defending the SmackDown Women's Championship against Asuka. This is a seminal night for Asuka, who has title matches against both Bayley and Sasha Banks, and she was given over 11 minutes in the opener with Bayley. Constant interference from Banks played a big role in the match, and Bayley rolled up Asuka after Banks was involved. The matches tonight will shape the next three months of WWE programming. Does Randy Orton regain the WWE title, or will WWE look to solidify Drew McIntyre's reign with a victory? Asuka has title matches against Bayley and Sasha Banks, and there are high expectations for both. Dominik Mysterio makes his debut against Seth Rollins, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville meet in an old-fashioned loser leaves match, and we have what should be the payoff between Braun Strowman and The Fiend for the Universal Championship.