WWE SummerSlam 2019 was a little bit of everything.
And not in a cool “something for everyone” way either. More like an all-over-the-place mess. But that’s what we’ve come to expect from Vince’s Band of Goofy Grapplers.
Having to follow a show as brilliant as NXT TakeOver: Toronto was a tall order. The main roster wasn’t quite up to the task, but if we’re being honest, when are they?
Like all main roster shows, it was way too long. At six hours, it was a little over three hours too long. The high points were amazing, and the lows were cuddling up to dinosaur bones.
Five titles were on the line, and a pair of hall-of-famers took to the ring. WWE SummerSlam 2019 wasn’t exactly a stinker, but it’s not going to go down in the books as one of the best of all time.
Here’s our recap of WWE’s biggest event of the summer.
Kickoff Show, Cruiserweight Championship — Drew Gulak (C) Vs. Oney Lorcan
Gulak opens with a quick dropkick, and both guys grapple for a little bit. Lorcan suffers an armbar before reversing for a quick pin attempt before Gulak comes back with a takedown. They get some space between themselves before locking up again. Lorcan takes the match to the mat with a front facelock before Gulak responds with an armbar into an abdominal stretch. The challenger rolls out, and we get a chopfest.
Things calm down a bit, and Gulak cinches in a stiff headlock, but Lorcan slowly powers out. Both guys trade counter-for-counter until we get a double clothesline. The ref starts his count, and both guys get to their feet and trade punches. Gulak puts Lorcan down and starts clubbing him. The champ locks in his submission hold, but Lorcan rolls out and takes control.
He springs off the ropes for a trio of back elbows on Gulak. Gulak holds onto the ring skirt to keep Lorcan at bay before sneaking in a throat punch. The champ hits the cyclone for the pin to retain. WWE’s cruiserweight division continues to set itself apart from the “high flying” stuff that most fans associate with cruiserweight wrestling. Instead, we got some decent mat stuff combined with stiff offense. It’s the WWE SummerSlam 2019 kickoff, so it wasn’t nearly as long as it should’ve been. Good for what it was, though. ***1/2
Kickoff Show, Apollo Crews Vs. Buddy Murphy
I’m excited about the prospect of Buddy Murphy debuting on the main roster. Unfortunately, I smell a Roman run-in. Please, do let me be wrong.
Murphy starts out quick with a high knee, but Crews kicks out at two. That’s a pretty good start. Murphy drives Crews into the turnbuckle and lays the boots into him, stomping ye olde mudhole. He continues with the knees to Crews’s back and gets a pair of two-counts. Murphy cinches in a headlock, but Crews gets to his feet and they collide off the ropes. A slugfest follows, and since Crews is about 150 times bigger, he gets the better end of that. An enziguri to the back of Murphy’s head rocks him. Crews goes for the Olympic Slam, but Murphy escapes and comes off the second rope. Apollo catches him with a Samoan drop followed by a standing moonsault for two.
Crews goes to the second rope, but Murphy powerbombs him off for two. Murphy hits some more knee strikes and goes for a fisherman suplex, but Crews reverses for a two-count. Crews tosses Murphy over the top rope and follows with a moonsault attempt off the apron, but Murphy dodges and throws him into the stairs. Murphy rushes back inside and hits a moonsault over the ropes onto the floor.
But Rowan comes out of nowhere and attacks Murphy for the DQ. Well, it wasn’t Roman, but it was in service of this stupid “who tried to kill Roman” storyline. Rowan throws Murphy around the ringside area for a few minutes before powerbombing him into the ring post. That match felt like it was going somewhere cool. But heaven forbid we not make time for the stupid Roman Reigns angle at WWE SummerSlam 2019. **
Yes, by all means, let’s take up valuable television time to listen to Elias trash talk the Raptors, Blue Jays, and Maple Leafs. I mean, this is when the women’s tag title match was supposed to be, and those belts are already pretty much worthless. As good a time as any, I suppose. Edge runs out (because Toronto) and spears Elias. Seriously, why do I watch this crap?
Kickoff Show, Women’s Tag Team Championship — Alexa Bliss And Nikki Cross (C) Vs. Iiconics
Full disclosure, I didn’t even know until 10 minutes ago that the Iiconics weren’t the champions anymore. Alexa and Billie Kay start the match, but Nikki and Peyton tag in. Nikki goes crazy town early and hits a cross body off the top for two. She goes for a German on Royce, but Royce hits a back elbow. Billie Kay tags back in and gets a pair of two-counts. Peyton tags in and the Iiconics double team Nikki before Peyton cinches in a headlock. Nikki fights her way up to her feet only to get slammed back onto the mat. Billie Kay tags back in and trash talks Alexa while locking in a headlock-armbar combo. This is certainly a thing that’s on television.
I love Corey Graves, but I’d give real money if he’d shut up about Alexa’s Buzz Lightyear-themed gear.
Nikki fights back up again only to eat a fisherman suplex for two. Billie Kay tags back in, and the Iiconics do some shrieking. Both women take each other out but make the hot tag to their partners. Alexa misses a pair of standing splashes, but Peyton pretends she hit them. Billie Kay hits a slam for the pin, but Nikki runs in to break it up. Peyton comes back in, and they go for the double team, but Nikki makes the save. A wicked spike from Billie Kay gets a two count, and she starts melting down. Alexa fights back and heads to the top turnbuckle and hits Twisted Bliss for the pin to retain at WWE SummerSlam 2019. Eh. **
Raw Women’s Championship (Submission Match) — Becky Lynch (C) Vs. Natalya
The Man opens WWE SummerSlam 2019. Didn’t see that coming. Natalya comes out and gets an okay reaction from her countrymen, coupled with a fair share of boos. I have a feeling WWE was hoping she’d be received like Bret Hart or something. This whole feud has had an Austin/Hart vibe to it.
Trash talking to start before Becky lays a slap in. Natalya responds in kind, and Becky tackles her into the corner and lays in the boots. The challenger pounces out of the corner and takes the Man down with a clothesline. Becky tosses her back into the corner and lays in a stiff kick to the midsection. Becky breaks out the backsploder early followed by a snap suplex into the Disarm-Her, but Natalya blocks it and reverses into a triangle position into a powerbomb, but Becky doesn’t let go of the hold. She switches it up into an ankle lock before going for the Disarm-Her again. They roll under the ropes, and Natalya slams Becky into the barricade a couple of times.
The fans start to get behind Natalya a little bit. Natalya lays in the boots on the outside for a second before throwing Becky back inside, where she attacks the champ’s bad leg. The challenger maintains the beatdown, but Becky fights back with a couple of elbows. She charges Natalya into the corner, but Natalya dodges and slams the champ’s knee into the ropes and her shoulder into the ringpost. On the top turnbuckle, Natalya uses the ropes and the post for leverage on the Sharpshooter! Very cool spot. She lets go, and Becky falls to the floor. Natalya gives chase, and Becky slams Natalya into the announce table before throwing her shoulder-first into the steel steps. So Becky’s leg is damaged for the Sharpshooter, Natalya’s arm for the Disarm-Her.
Natalya rolls into the ring, and Becky rushes to the top turnbuckle, but the challenger meets her and hits a superplex. Both women are down. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter but eats Becky’s foot. She stomps on Becky’s back but misses a dropkick and Becky locks in the Sharpshooter (and not particularly well, but whatever). Natalya crawls toward the corner and manages to throw Becky neck-first into the turnbuckle. They get back to their feet, and Natalya slams Becky’s bad leg into the mat before locking in the Disarm-Her. I get the “I do your finisher, you do mine,” but there could’ve been some space. Becky rolls through, but Natalya doesn’t let go of the hold.
The champ escapes and goes for the Sharpshooter again, but Natalya reverses into one of her own. Becky scrambles to escape, but Natalya drags her back to the center. The champ tries to crawl out of the ring, but that just enables Natalya to use the bottom rope as leverage before she has to let go. Natalya drags her back through and tries to put it on again, but Becky gets the Disarm-Her. The challenger taps, and the Man retains. That was a lot better than I thought it’d be. Both women held their own, but Natalya made Becky look like a million bucks. ****
Best opening match in months. Not as good as anything from NXT TakeOver: Toronto, but nothing’s really going to be.
Goldberg Vs. Dolph Ziggler
Can we just get this over with? I don’t need to see old men injure people at WWE SummerSlam 2019. The video package highlights Dolph trash-talking Shawn Michaels and serves no purpose other than to remind me of a much better match that we could be getting.
Dolph grabs a mic and runs down the crowd and all but telegraphs the squash we’re about to see. Here’s a true story. I just left my house, went to get some cash out of the ATM, and washed my car, and when I came back Goldberg’s entrance was still going on.
The bell rings, and they go nose-to-nose for a second before Dolph backs up and hits the superkick for a one-count. He hits another one and gets another one-count. Goldberg spears Dolph and hits the Jackhammer to end it. At least it was short, and we got it out of the way early. As long as the checks clear, right, Dolph? *
After the match, Dolph grabs a mic and calls Goldberg a dipshit and challenges him to a straight-up fight. Goldberg obliges and heads back into the ring and eats another spear. Can someone come take Bill back to the home for God’s sake? Because he’s apparently an imbecile, Dolph gets the mic and asks for more. So of course Goldberg comes back out for another spear. It’s bad enough that this show is already going to last about six or seven hours, but we’re going to spend television time making Dolph look like a complete idiot? Y’know what? I’m taking my star back. 0 stars.
United States Championship — A.J. Styles (C) Vs. Ricochet
Good. I need this to wash the taste of that last match out of my mouth. Hopefully this gets WWE SummerSlam 2019 back on track. We continue the running gag of Drake Maverick hunting for R-Truth, who was just disguised as one of the foreign-language announcers.
Styles comes out with the Club (I’m not calling them the OC. I’m just not). Ricochet is dressed as 90s-era Nightwing, and it actually looks movie-quality.
The challenger starts strong, dumping Styles over the top before jumping off of the Clubs’ shoulders to take out Styles. He throws Styles back into the ring but gets tied up in the ropes. Styles kicks away at Ricochet while the challenger is stuck in the tree of woe. Ricochet is slow to get to his feet, and Styles takes Ricochet’s legs out from under him. Styles drags Ricochet out of the corner and kicks the challenger’s leg out from under him again. The champ keeps up the attack on Ricochet’s leg. Maybe a little too much. I mean, I get it — if he can’t stand, he can’t do his high-flying stuff. There is such a thing as overdoing the psychology.
Styles has Ricochet set up for a fisherman’s suplex, but Ricochet hits the enziguri. Ricochet lays in the elbows before taking Styles down again. Styles dumps him over the top, but Ricochet lands on the apron and heads up top, hitting his own version of the Phenomenal Phorearm (on one leg, no less). That was cool. Ricochet pulls Styles up and goes for an atomic drop, but the knee gives out. Styles fights back, but Ricochet gets a neckbreaker followed by a standing shooting star for two. The challenger goes up top, but Styles races after him, and Ricochet gets a quick powerbomb for two. Styles evens the odds with a swift kick to the bad leg.
Ricochet hobbles to his feet, but Styles dumps him over the top and follows up with a baseball slide. Styles tosses Ricochet back in, and the champ is really favoring his back. He’s so good, I can’t tell if he’s selling or if he tweaked it. Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Ricochet escapes only to walk into a backbreaker. The champ gets a two count. Styles charges at Ricochet, but Ricochet catches him with a right hand only to take a kick to the chest. Ricochet gets a step-up enziguri for two but comes down hard on the bad leg. Styles locks in the Calf Crusher on the bad leg in the center of the ring. Ricochet manages to escape and reverse into an Anaconda Vice. The challenger hits a Northern Lights suplex for two.
Ricochet heads up top, but he has to fight off the Club first. Back up top, but Styles wakes up and crotches him on the top turnbuckle. Ricochet throws him off, but he has to kick Anderson off the apron. He climbs again and goes for the 630, but Styles catches him in the Styles Clash for the pin to retain. Again, the psychology in the early-going was a little heavy-handed. The finish was hot, but it didn’t recover enough momentum. ***
After the match, the Club hits the Magic Killer on Ricochet for the exclamation point.
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Bayley (C) Vs. Ember Moon
Bayley takes Ember down early, but Ember fights back into a headscissor lock. They trade mat tactics, and Ember takes over. Ember dodges a couple attacks from Bayley but walks into a headlock. The challenger fights her way up but gets whipped into the corner and takes a forearm. Both women trade instances of taking one another off-guard until Ember hits a cross body off the middle rope for two. Ember dropkicks Bayley for two before laying in some knees and forearms to the back. The challenger locks in an abdominal stretch. Given what these women can do, this is starting way too slow.
The champion gets back to her feet, and goes for the neckbreaker through the second rope, but Ember escapes. Ember goes for another cross body, but Bayley evades and hits a knee and a clothesline for two. Bayley drapes Ember over the rope and hits a standing suplex for two. Bayley lays in the kicks in the corner, but Ember kicks her away and tosses her over the top turnbuckle. She goes for a shoulder tackle through the ropes, but Bayley holds on to the top rope and drags Ember throat-first into the rope before torquing her arm between the turnbuckles.
She props Ember up on the top turnbuckle and leaves her in the tree of woe and hits an elbow for two. In the center of the ring, Bayley hooks an inverted Boston crab, but Ember escapes because reasons (not sure what happened there — I think they missed something). The champion keeps up the attack but eats a superkick from the challenger. Ember rolls toward the cover, but Bayley rolls out of the ring. After the women’s matches at TakeOver: Toronto, this just isn’t up to scratch.
Bayley heads to the top, but Ember crotches her and hits a hurricanrana followed up by a tilt-a-whirl codebreaker for two. The champ goes for the Bayley-to-Belly, but Ember escapes and hits a powerbomb for two. Ember goes up top for the Eclipse, but Bayley races up to meet her and hits the Bailey-to-Belly for the pin to hang onto the title. The pace for this one was all over the place and never really got going. **
Shane McMahon Vs. Kevin Owens — If Owens Loses, He Must Quit WWE
I dunno, given the state of the product, I’m losing on purpose if I’m Owens at WWE SummerSlam 2019. And regardless of how this goes, can we be done with this feud? These guys have been feuding off-and-on for two years now.
Before the bell, Shane gets on the mic and appoints Elias as the special guest enforcer for the match. Whatever.
Shane rolls out of the ring, and Owens follows, but Elias stands between them. Back inside, Shane runs away again, and Owens chases him again, but Elias trips him. Owens and Elias jaw for a couple minutes before Owens realizes he’s about to get counted out. How many babyfaces are going to be booked as morons tonight?
Shane goes on the attack, but Owens fights back and my Network feed cuts out for about three minutes. Well, this is $10 a month well spent. When we return, Shane hurls Owens into the barricade off a diversion from Elias. Owens climbs back into the ring and beats the count again. Shane stays in control with some high knees into a side Russian legsweep for a one-count. Owens fights back, but Shane gets a weak kick to the shin because he’s blown up and 147 years old. Shane gets whipped into the ropes, and Owens catches him and goes for the Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Shane climbs out of it and covers for a two-count.
McMahon Junior goes for the Sharpshooter (wink wink), but Owens hits the Pop-Up Powerbomb. He has Shane beat, but Elias comes up on the apron to distract the referee. In the meantime, Shane sneaks up from behind and goes for a small package. It only gets two. Owens fights back with a clothesline. Elias snakes a chair into the ring, and Owens teases using it. Shane tries to goad him with a slap, but Owens won’t do it. Owens hits a superkick on Shane and hits the senton from one corner. He goes to the other corner and hits the frog splash, but Elias drags the referee out.
Oh, what silliness.
Owens gets on the apron and hits the cannonball on both Elias and the referee. With both officials out, Owens grabs the chair but still won’t use it. Elias drags Owens out, so Owens hits him with the chair, because — again — all babyfaces are idiots, apparently. He grabs the chair again and takes it into the ring and teases using it until the referee wakes up. Owens hands the chair off to the referee and hits a low blow while the ref’s back is turned. STONE COLD STUNNER, BAH GAWD for the pin. He didn’t take any consequences for hitting Elias, so Elias was useless as ever. Too much overbooking, too silly. **
Charlotte Flair Vs. Trish Stratus
Trish is giving up at least a foot to Charlotte. They lock up, and Charlotte takes the early advantage. Trish bounces back with a spear and goes for a bulldog, but Charlotte evades only to take a rana. Charlotte goes for the figure four, but Trish rolls out. The Queen goes for a powerbomb, I think. I’m not sure because the Network freezes up again. When it returns, Charlotte is outside the ring, and Trish follows up with a splash onto Charlotte. She lays in the punches, and they fight around the ringside area before Trish tries to drag her up the steps. Charlotte slips out and sends Trish head-first into the steps.
She throws Trish into the barricade before throwing her back inside. Charlotte lays in the kicks and slams Trish’s head into the mat a couple of times before cinching in a headlock into a variation of the camel clutch. One more head-first shove into the mat. She pulls Trish to her feet and goes for a suplex, but Trish turns it into a cover for one only for Charlotte to take her back down with a right hand. Man, the slow pace of these last few matches has really brought WWE SummerSlam 2019 to a halt.
Trish battles out of the corner and puts the boots to Charlotte. She climbs to the second rope, but Charlotte dumps her over the top and kicks her down to the floor. That landing was nasty. She makes her way up to the apron, and Charlotte viciously drags her back inside and continues to stomp away. Charlotte steps over Trish on her way to the top turnbuckle. She goes for the moonsault, but Trish rolls out of the way and hits an awkward inverted DDT. Trish takes a kick to the leg, but Trish bounces back with some knife-edge chops. She charges Charlotte in the corner, but Charlotte gets a boot up only for Trish to go for a rana. Charlotte tries to hook a Boston Crab on the top rope, but they end up trading punches on the top turnbuckle.
The Queen sets up for a powerbomb off the top, but Trish turns it into a hurricanrana for two. Charlotte hits another big boot for two before assaulting Trish’s knee to set up the Figure Eight. She goes for it, but Trish rolls her up for two. Trish rolls through and locks on a figure four (she puts her shoulders on the mat in the process, but the ref pretends not to see it). She bridges into the Figure Eight, but Charlotte makes the ropes.
Charlotte goes for a spear, but Trish dodges it and hits Stratusfaction for two. I thought that was it. They get into a chop fest, and Trish gets a jackknife cover for two. Charlotte goes for another big boot, but Trish dodges and hits the Chick Kick for two. The Queen misses the big boot, but Trish sells it anyway. Charlotte locks in the figure four and bridges into the Figure Eight, and Trish has to tap. Trish looked pretty decent in this, but it went about five minutes too long. Not bad but not great. ***
WWE Championship — Kofi Kingston (C) Vs. Randy Orton
Tom Phillips just reminded me that it’s been 15 years since Orton won his first world title. Which is weird, because according to the history books he won it from some guy named Vacant. I’m making a really bad Chris Benoit reference, by the way. You see, I’m hilarious.
Kofi brings the fight early, but Orton ties him up in the corner. They lock up, and Orton puts Kofi right back in the corner and lays in a headbutt followed by a series of back elbows. Kofi fights back and lays in the punches to Orton in the corner, reeling the challenger. Orton whips him into the corner, but Kofi comes back with a back elbow off the second turnbuckle. A Greco Roman eye gouge evens things for Orton. Kofi bounces off the top turnbuckle, but Orton pushes him down to the floor.
On the outside, Orton slams Kofi on top of the announce table, and the champ just bounces off and crashes to the floor. Orton throws the champ back inside and goes for a pin but only gets two. The challenger keeps the pace down and continues to beat down on the champion, sending him to the outside again. Orton follows and throws Kofi into the steel steps, but Kofi leap frogs them, turns around, and comes at Orton with a leaping elbow. Kofi tosses Orton back inside, but Orton rolls under the ropes on the other side. The champion gives chase and goes for a dive off the apron but rolls into the barricade before eating a clothesline from Orton. Orton slams Kofi into another announce table.
Back inside Orton goes for a cover but only gets two. Corey says that a hush has fallen across the arena at WWE SummerSlam 2019, but they’re actually just bored. Orton drapes Kofi on the top turnbuckle and sets him up for the superplex. Kofi fights him off and hits a tornado DDT. It gets two. Both guys get to their feet, and Kofi chops Orton back down to the mat and follows up with a dropkick and a clothesline. He hits the jumping leg drop and signals for Trouble In Paradise, but Orton counters with a backbreaker for two. With Kofi at his feet, Orton takes a couple seconds to mock the “New Day Rocks” chant before setting up the draping DDT, but Kofi backdrops him to the outside.
The champ heads up top and hits a backward splash on Orton down on the floor. He pushes Orton back in the ring and goes up top again and hits a cross body splash for two. Kofi pulls Orton to his feet, but Orton hits the draping DDT and signals for the RKO. The champ reverses with a backslide and goes for TIP. Kofi goes up top, but Orton hits the RKO (out of nowhere), but champ rolls out of the ring to prevent the cover attempt.
On the outside, Orton taunts Kofi’s kids, which sets Kofi off. The referee calls for the countout, but Kofi’s lost it. The crowd rightly chants “bullshit,” and I don’t disagree. Kofi grabs a kendo stick and beats the hell out of Orton and hits TIP to cap it off. Lame finish, and the crowd doesn’t let them forget it. Kofi saves face, but it doesn’t stop the crowd from dumping all over the match. **1/2
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt Vs. Finn Balor
Kind of fitting that Bray would make his debut as the Fiend at WWE SummerSlam 2019. Bray had his main roster in-ring debuted five years ago at SummerSlam 2014.
The Fiend comes out with Bray’s old lantern, with a mock-up of Bray’s old face draped across it. Okay, so this is just the old Eater of Worlds gimmick with a goofy mask. Fiend beats down Balor off the jump, waylaying him with fists and forearms. Balor escapes a charging Fiend but gets locked up. A clubbing forearm to the neck puts Balor down on the mat. He sets Balor up in a Camel Clutch position and pantomimes breaking his neck before hitting a uranagi.
Fiend goes for Sister Abigail, but Balor fights back with a sling blade. He drop kicks Fiend out of the corner before going up top for the Coup De Grace, but Fiend catches him on the way down with the Mandible Claw. Balor passes out, and Fiend pins him for the win. Dude, this show is running way too long to be this lame. I hope they have somewhere they’re going with this Fiend business, because so far I’m not impressed. *
Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar (C) Vs. Seth Rollins
Here we go again. Lesnar goes straight for the ribs and lays into Rollins with shoulder tackles in the corner before carrying him back-first into the opposite corner. More shoulders to the ribs leaves Rollins in a heap. Rollins comes back with a dropkick, but Lesnar goes for a German. The challenger jumps out of it and hits the Curb Stomp, and Lesnar kicks out. Lesnar rolls outside, and Rollins hits a knee to the face off the apron. The champion rolls back inside, and Rollins goes for a superkick, and Lesnar goes for another German. Rollins escapes again and hits a pair of superkicks but walks into an F-5. But Lesnar is too stunned to the make the cover.
Lesnar swings Rollins around by the tape on his ribs and gets back to booting him in the ribs. The champion breaks out a pair of rolling German suplexes before hitting a third. Rollins rolls outside, and Lesnar follows and nails a German suplex on the floor. That’s four. Lesnar throws Rollins back inside and hits number five. Rollins rolls out again, but Lesnar goes for an F-5 on the outside, but Rollins throws him head-first into the post a couple of times. Back inside, Rollins hits a heaping knee over the top rope. He heads to the top turnbuckle and goes for another one, but Lesnar catches him with German suplex number six.
The WWE SummerSlam 2019 crowd comes to life with dueling chants of “Suplex City” and “Burn It Down.” Lesnar continues to burn Rollins down, removing his gloves and hitting the challenger with a throw. He picks Rollins up and throws him into the turnbuckle before dragging him out and locking in a reverse bear hug. Rollins makes it to the ropes, but Lesnar puts him down with a forearm to the back as soon as he gets a fingertip on them. This is psychology done right. Let it be known that Brock knows what he’s doing when he feels like it.
Lesnar drives Rollins into the corner again and charges, but Rollins dodges and Lesnar goes shoulder-first into the post. Rollins bounces off the ropes and kicks Lesnar off the apron and into the announce table. He bounces again and dives through the ropes and takes Lesnar out. The challenger hits another dive. He goes for a third, but Lesnar catches him and drives him into the ring post. Lesnar starts tearing apart the Spanish announce table, but Rollins bounces back with a kick and heads to the top turnbuckle. With Lesnar draped on the table, Rollins hits a splash through the table.
Back inside, Rollins gets a splash off the top and sets up for the Curb Stomp and hits it for two. Rollins sets up for another stomp, but Lesnar catches him and lifts him for the F-5, but Rollins escapes and hits the stomp for the pin to win back the title. That match was better than it had any right to be, but I have to ask. What the hell was the point of the last month, just to end up literally right back where we started? ***1/2
To say WWE SummerSlam 2019 was a mixed bag is really an understatement.
Usually, a phrase like “mixed bag” indicates equal proportions of classics and trash. For this show, it was a balance of decent enough and flaming garbage. For WWE’s shows to be running this long, there have to be better pay offs. In particular, the finish of the WWE Championship match was absolutely inexcusable. I don’t care if they have a long-term plan with continuing Kingston and Orton’s feud. You book that non-finish at Clash of Champions or Extreme Rules. One of the shows nobody cares about.
Even as good as the Raw women’s title match was, there’s nothing on this show you need to go out of your way to see.
All images courtesy of WWE.