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Csonka’s WWE Summerslam 2017 Review

August 20, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Kickoff Match: Miz and The Miztourage defeated Jason Jordan and the Hardy Boyz @ 10:33 via pin [**]
WWE WWE Cruiserweight Championship Kickoff Match: Neville defeated Champion Akira Tozawa @ 11:47 via pin [***]
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Kickoff Match: The Usos defeated Champions The New Day @ 19:30 via pin [****]
– John Cena defeated Baron Corbin @ 10:18 via pin []
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Natalya defeated Champion Naomi @ 10:57 via submission [**¾]
– Big Cass defeated The Big Show @ 10:39 via pin [¼*]
– Randy Orton defeated Rusev @ 0:03 via pin [DUD]
RAW Women’s Championship Match: Sasha Banks defeated Champion Alexa Bliss @ 13:22 via submission [**½]
– “The Demon King” Finn Balor defeated Bray Wyatt @ 10:40 via pin [**]
RAW Tag Team Championship Match: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeated Champions Cesaro and Sheamus @ 18:55 via pin [***¾]
WWE United States Championship Match: Champion AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens @ 16:01 via pin [**½]
WWE Championship Match: Champion Jinder Mahal defeated Shinsuke Nakamura @ 11:31 via pin [*]
Fatal 4 Way WWE Universal Championship Match: Champion Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, and Braun Strowman @ 20:59 via pin [****]

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Jason Jordan and the Hardy Boyz vs. Miz and The Miztourage: It sucks for these guys that there are more people waiting outside to get in the building than actually in the crowd. They are shooting from really low angles to hide that fact; maybe you don’t need a 6.5-hour show with 13 fucking matches then. Jordan and the Hardys control early, working over Dallas until Axel pulls him to the floor. Post commercial break, Jeff is in control and still working over Dallas. Jeff heads up top and gets crotches, allowing Team Miz to take the heat. The heat was solid, but didn’t last long as Jeff fought off Axel and tagged in Matt. Mat runs wild, taking out Dallas and Axel until Miz cuts him off and hits the short DDT. Matt avoids the head kick, and hits the side effect. Matt gets the hot tag to Jordan, he runs wild on Axel and Dallas, tossing them around with suplexes until Miz makes the save. It breaks down, Miz blind tags in, hits the skull-crushing finale and pins Jordan to pick up the win. Miz and The Miztourage defeated Jason Jordan and the Hardy Boyz @ 10:33 via pin [**] This was ok, they all worked hard and tried to make the best of a bad situation, but the match didn’t do much for me. The work was solid, but the finish (smart for the Miz) fell really flat. Also, while one match result doesn’t tell the whole story, Jordan taking the loss here doesn’t come off as a good sign for him.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Neville vs. Champion Akira Tozawa: No purple ropes, they must have given Neville that $2,000, because he’s wearing some spiffy new white & silver gear. I hope tonight’s like WrestleMania and everyone is wearing new stuff. They work back and forth, Neville hits a dropkick and Tozawa fights back, dropkicking Neville to the floor. Back in and Tozawa avoids the dropkick, lays in kick and hits a standing senton. Neville then avoids the attack, stuns him off the rope and they brawl to the floor. Post break, Neville is in control and grounds Tozawa, working the heat. Tozawa fights to his feet, fires up and sends Neville to the floor and hits the suicide dive. Neville then runs wild back in the ring, hitting the Saito suplex and heading up top but Neville snags him up, but Tozawa locks in the octopus hold, and then into a sunset flip for 2. Tozawa hits a huge running kick, covering for 2. Tozawa back up top, leaps over Neville and then connects with rapid-fire kicks. The RANA and running kick follows for Tozawa, but as he looks to pick up Neville, Neville attacks the previously injured shoulder. Tozawa starts to fight back, hits a straight right that drops Neville. But as Tozawa heads up top, Neville cuts him off once again but Tozawa shoves him off, goes for the senton but Neville got the knees up. Neville up top and hits the red arrow (which he missed on Raw, leading to his loss) to win back the title. Neville defeated Champion Akira Tozawa @ 11:47 via pin [***] This was a good match, but they were far from going full tilt. Also the booking just appears poor and not thought out at all. My question is whey would you ruin an eight-month title run and burn a title change and PPV match on Raw to just switch the title back six-days later?

– The Drifter appears and sings us a song, burying Brooklyn. The crowd shit on him to get revenge and then asked for an encore. So he thusly buried Brooklyn again, it was fantastic. Viva El Vagabondo!

– Carmella arrives on the pre-show, and Otunga has to bail to take a phone call. Maybe someone else has an illegitimate child. Of note, Carmella was again not really using her accent, which is for the best because during promos when she gets really into it she drops it too much.

– Jinder Mahal cuts the same promo he cuts all the time, just changing the names to protect the innocent.

– New Day cuts a promo, promising to retain their tag team titles.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos vs. Champions The New Day (Big E & Woods) w/Kofi: These two teams had the best match on the last PPV, and have been shuffled to the pre-show as a reward. I know it’s essentially the same show, but I feel it sends a poor message. New Day is wearing some special show gear as well tonight. Woods in to begin with Jimmy. The Usos beat Kofi & Woods on Smackdown. They work a fun and fast paced opening stretch, with Woods taking control and ripping off Jimmy’s shirt to lay in chops. Woods follows with corner attacks, Jey distracts him allowing Jimmy to cut him off as we take a break. Post break, and Jimmy grounds Woods to maintain control. They work up top, Woods sends Jimmy to the mat but Jey cuts him off. Woods fights back, hitting the missile dropkick but Jimmy cuts off the tag, pulling Big E to the floor. They continue to isolate and work over Woods, taking him to the floor. Back in they go and the Usos hit the Demolition decapitation for 2. The Usos make a wish on Woods, and Jimmy hits a belly to back suplex, but Woods counters the second one. Tags to Jey and Big E. Big E runs wild, tossing around Jey with suplexes. He gets cut off with an enziguri but Big E cuts him off with a slam. He tags Woods in and powerbombs Woods onto Jey, Woods picks up Big E on his shoulders and slams him onto Jey for a near fall. Blind tag by Jimmy, and they hit a double team spinebuster on Big E for 2. Jimmy hits the corner ass attack, but Woods makes the save and New Day hits a backstabber/STO combo for the near fall. Woods then trades forearm strikes and lays in head butts. The Usos are sent to thee floor, but Jey wipes Woods out ad cuts of Big E; in the ring the top rope splash hits, but Woods kicks out. Woods now lock in the koji clutch as Big E holds off the other Uso. Woods then hits a shining wizard or a near fall. Woods takes out Jimmy, superkicks Jey and ten hits a DDT to the floor on Jimmy. The midnight hour gets a great near fall. They’ve done a great job of getting the crowd into this, Jey then tosses Woods over the top onto his brother and Kofi is over to check on Woods but gets tossed to the steps. Big E hits the spear through the ropes and to the floor. Blind tag, superkick and another. MORE SUPERKICKS!. The Usos head up top, double top rope splashes and we have new champions! The Usos defeated Champions The New Day @ 19:30 via pin [****] This started slow, but the second half was absolutely insane. New Day busted out some new stuff, they had the crowd in a frenzy and delivered awesome near falls down the stretch. This was an overall great match, as these teams continue to work very well together, putting on the best kickoff match I can remember.

John Cena vs. Baron Corbin: Cena plays around to begin, even going to commentary to tell us that “Corbin is shook” since Tuesday’ failed cash in. They finally lock up and get to action, with Corbin working over Cena with strikes and knees. Corbin then does the old Big Bossman in and out, and levels Cena with a lariat. Cena tries to fire up, but Corbin stays a step ahead and yells a lot as he keeps control, slowing the pace and grounding Cena. Cena finally rallies back, hitting the shoulder blocks, proto bomb and then missing the five-knuckle shuffle. Corbin then hits a chokebreaker for the near fall. They work up top now, Cena tries to fight Corbin off and does, following with a tornado DDT. The five-knuckle shuffle hits this time, but Corbin quickly fights back with deep six, covering for 2. Corbin lays the boots to Cena, does the in and out again but Cena lays him out with a lariat, the AA follows and Cena wins. John Cena defeated Baron Corbin @ 10:18 via pin [*¾] So Cena picks up a win before he makes the move to Raw, while it appears that plans have changed with Corbin big time in the last week, and things don’t look good for him. This felt like a paint by numbers house show match, with Cena selling, Corbin walking and talking a lot before Cena made the big comeback to “send the crowd home happy.” It was a match that happened on a Sunday in August; Cena ends his Summerslam losing streak, but this wasn’t good.

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Natalya vs. Champion Naomi: Natalya attacks at the bell, slapping Naomi. Natalya looks to run wild, but Naomi cuts her off with a RANA and slaps her back. They work to the floor, where Naomi hits the blockbuster off the steps. Back in the ring and Natalya cuts off Naomi, attacking the leg and then catapulting her to the post. Natalya lays the boots to Naomi, hits the snap suplex but Naomi kicks out as we see Carmella watching backstage. Naomi gets a desperation roll up, but Natalya escapes and lays her out with a clothesline. Naomi slowly fights back with leg kicks, but Natalya takes control back and works an abdominal stretch. The rolling lariat follows, and Natalya covers for 2. They work up top, and Naomi hits a Russian leg sweep and we get a double down. They trade strikes, but Naomi counters the clothesline with a high kick, covering for 2. Naomi fires up with the speedball kicks, but Natalya trips her up into a split and hits a basement dropkick. They work to thee corner, Naomi hangs Natalya in the ropes and hits the slingshot leg drop for 2. Natalya slams Naomi to the corner but they roll center ring, but Natalya counters Naomi’s neck crank and locks in the sharpshooter. Naomi fights and drives Natalya to the buckles. Natalya counters the split legged moonsault with knees, locks in the sharpshooter and wins. Natalya defeated Champion Naomi @ 10:57 via submission [**¾] While Natalya originally cut off Naomi by attacking the leg, I would kindly suggest that commentary watch the actual match instead of reciting notes. JBL was talking about Natalya taking advantage of the weakened knee of Naomi as she won, acting as if she was focusing on the knee/leg the whole match. With that being said, they worked hard and I thought that they had a pretty good outing. They heavily teased the cash-in, but it was just a red herring.

– Enzo cut his pre-match promo, he talked about dimes and Cass interrupted.

Enzo Suspended Above the Ring: Big Cass vs. Big Show: Show is coming into this with an injured hand (all wrapped up here), following Cass & The Good Brothers attacking him on Raw. Show tries to use his right hand, but realized that it hurts to do that, so is forced to do his striking with his left hand. Enzo talks trash from the shark cage, but as Show hits a side slam, he lands on the bad hand. That slows him down, but he looks for the Vader bomb but Cass moved and Show landed on the bad hand. Cass fires up, but Show hits the KO shot with the bad hand, hurts himself and Cass kicks out. E then works over the hand of Show, keeping him grounded and getting boring chants from the crowd. Show escapes, makes the comeback and looks for the chokeslam, uses the good hand and it connects, but Cass kicks out. He slams Show’s hand off the post, Enzo strips down to his short, lubes himself up and slides through the bars. Enzo drops into the ring and Cass kicks him on the face. He hits Show with the big boot, but Show kicks out. Another big boot and empire elbow finish Show. Big Cass defeated The Big Show @ 10:39 via pin [¼*] I get the while give a guy a chance, let him have a PPV match so that he can prove himself. I will say that other than Show’s selling, this was the absolute drizzling shits. It went too long, they lost the crowd and did nothing to make me care. Cass’ solo run has been a disaster so far.

– Angle and Bryan meet backstage, they bury Miz, and Bryan says Smackdown will out do Raw tonight. They argued, doing the Yes/No chants.

Randy Orton vs. Rusev: Rusev attacks before the bell, kicks the shit out of Orton and then they work back into the ring and the ref rings the bell. RKO. Finish. Randy Orton defeated Rusev @ 0:03 via pin [DUD] Fuck this bullshit, Orton has been shitting the bed all year in main events and has to lose to Jinder, so we’ll give him his blankey so he won’t cry and let him kill Rusev. Shit like this, constantly killing guys like Rusev, this is why you always have to bring in part timers, because instead of making potential stars, you kill them. Good work Road Dogg, I guess you found the one way to motivate Orton in 2017.

RAW Women’s Championship Match: Sasha Banks vs. Champion Alexa Bliss: they are scrapping at the bell, just throwing hands and lighting each other up. Bliss up top and hits the high cross for 2. It’s all Bliss early, as this is a nasty (in a good way) looking brawl here. Bliss traps Banks in the ropes and slams her face first to the mat. Bliss sits on the top, choking out Banks, drops her to the mat and hits the double knees and then the moonsault into knees for a near fall. Banks gets some desperation roll ups, but Bliss maintains control. Bliss again sits up top and chokes her out, but Banks escapes, hitting an iconoclasm. Banks picks up the pace, hitting a knee strike, clotheslines and a neck breaker for 2. Bliss cuts her off with a knee strike, but Banks counters code red by slamming Bliss to the buckles. The running knees follow, and Banks covers for a close 2. Bliss looks for the DDT, but Banks hits the backstabber and locks in the Banks statement. Bliss makes the ropes, rolls to the floor and trips up Banks by using the ring skirt and v crashes to the floor. Back in and Bliss tosses her back to the floor and Banks is favoring her shoulder. Banks beats the count but Bliss immediately attacks the shoulder. Bliss sup top and hits twisted Bliss for a good near fall. Bliss throws a tantrum, and that allows Banks to lock in the Banks statement but Bliss escapes, using the bad shoulder. Banks rolls back into the hold and Bliss has to tap. Sasha Banks defeated Champion Alexa Bliss @ 13:22 via submission [**½] This was a pretty average match overall, that lacked a really hot crowd to put it over the top. I liked the opening stretch, it was grittier in a fun way than 90% of WWE women’s matches. But Bliss’ control got a bit tiresome down the stretch and Banks pulled out the super babyface victory, which felt a bit flat.

– Balor’s entrance includes a creepy woman singing “he’s got the whole world in his hands.” Balor is wearing a lovely red sash and doing some rhythmic gymnastics on the way to the ring.

“The Demon King” Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt: Wyatt powders to the floor right away. Wyatt returns, punches Balor, but that just fires Balor up and he beats on Wyatt and sends him to the floor. Balor follows to the floor, beats on Wyatt and they work back into the ring. Balor controls, Wyatt bails to the floor and Balor follows with a dive. Wyatt cuts Balor off and hits a draping suplex to he floor. Back in and Wyatt works over Balor in the corner, sets him up top and hits a jawbreaker. Wyatt slows things down, slams Balor to the corner but Balor escapes sister Abigail and hits s standing double stomp. The PELE follows and then clotheslines. Wyatt sent to the floor and Balor hits the apron PK. He follows with a double stomp off the apron. Back in and Balor up top, has to leap over Wyatt and then hits sling blade. The uranage by Wyatt follows for 2, and then Wyatt hits the running senton for 2 again. Wyatt drags Balor to the corner, climbs the ropes and Balor cuts him off, and hits an inverted DDT for 2. Balor hits the shotgun dropkick on the floor, but back in the ring, Wyatt hits a big lariat. Wyatt does his wacky spider crawl, Balor doesn’t give a fuck and hits sling blade, the shotgun dropkick and double stomp for the win. “The Demon King” Finn Balor defeated Bray Wyatt @ 10:40 via pin [**] This started out with some promise as Balor ran wild, and then Wyatt took control, and it dragged and dragged and dragged, feeling way longer than it was. The good news was that Balor won, now lets move on from this, the feud and matches haven’t been good at all. There was also no drama, Bray won on Raw, Balor brought out the demon and the crowd knew this. The more important questions are who will Wyatt randomly attack next and try to se his words against?

RAW Tag Team Championship Match: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs. Champions Cesaro and Sheamus: Rollins has spiffy new red & black (is he nWo wolfpack?) gear. Ambrose may have new jeans on, Renee went shopping for him. Sheamus and Cesaro control right away, but Rollins quickly tags out and Ambrose works over Cesaro. Ambrose & Rollins work quick tags and clear the ring. Cesaro sends Ambrose to the floor and Sheamus hits a brogue kick. Rollins looks for a dive but is caught by the champions and slammed to the floor. Back in the ring they take the heat on Rollins, keeping him in their half of the ring. Rollins counters a suplex and sends Cesaro to the floor. Sheamus takes Rollins to the floor, the champions beat on him but Ambrose then hits the top rope elbow press to the floor. Ambrose begs for the tag, Rollins avoids the champions and Ambrose gets the hot tag. He runs wild, and gets a backslide for 2. The neck breaker follows, Ambrose up top and it breaks down with everyone in. The champions get sent to the floor and we get stereo Shield dives. Rollins and Ambrose hit a hart attack/sling blade for the near fall. Ambrose fights off the neutralizer, and hits the jawbreaker lariat. Sheamus tags in, sends Rollins to the floor and then heads up top and Ambrose cuts him off. Rollins and Ambrose work him over, and Ambrose hits the superplex; high fly flow by Rollins gets 2. The challengers work over Sheamus in the corner and then set him up top. Cesaro in and stops the powerbomb attempt, lading to Shamus and Ambrose working into a double down. Cesaro tags in, hits the high cross but Ambrose rolls through for 2. Cesaro then hits the swing, and locks on the sharpshooter. Sheamus cuts off Rollins, hitting the Finlay roll on the floor. Cesaro rolls into the crossface now, Ambrose escapes and Sheamus cute him off, allowing the champions to hit a doomsday device variation for 2. The double team razor’s edge gets 2 as Rollins makes the save. they take him out and then double team Ambrose, Rollins in and hits a RANA on Cesaro who was up top and sends him into Sheamus. Superkick party by Rollins, dirty deeds by Ambrose and we have new champions. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeated Champions Cesaro and Sheamus @ 18:55 via pin [***¾] This was very good, and the card really needed it, It had a bit more heat than the Usos vs. New Day match, but I felt that the Usos vs. New Day match was just a bit better. This match had some really great double teams and counters, along with good near falls, I figured Ambrose and Rollins were going to win, but they created enough drama to make the live crowd and myself doubt the outcome down the stretch. Raw has a lot of top guys, and are likely getting Cena very soon; having two top guys step back and bolster the tag division isn’t the worst idea. The tag teams have stepped up and delivered tonight.

WWE United States Championship Match: Champion AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens (Shane McMahon as special guest referee): Styles attacked before the bell and Shane had to separate things. Styles looked to take control, hitting a knee and sending Owens to the floor, but Owens took control back in the ring. Styles battled back hitting a dropkick and back breaker for 2. Owens hits a strike to the throat, and then turns Styles inside out with a lariat. The cannonball follows and Owens covers for 2. The senton follows, Owens takes time to bitch at Shane about his counts and “bad positioning.” Owens and Styles start to trade, throwing bombs and Styles hits the wheelbarrow facebuster to stop Owens. Owens fights of the clash, avoids the asai DDT and hits a superkick. Styles kept fighting back, scoring with the ushigoroshi for a near fall. Styles up top, but Owens shoves Shane into Styles, and then follows him up top. Styles hits the sunset bomb and both men are down. Styles goes for the springboard 450, but Owens pulls Shane in the way to take the bullet. Owens scores with the pop up powerbomb but only gets 2 as Shane was slow to count after taking the springboard 450. Owens argues with Shane who looks completely blown up here. Owens charges and posts himself, Styles rolls into the calf crusher but Owens rakes the eyes to escape. Owens then kicks Styles into Shane, and he rolls to the floor on the latest ref bump. Styles locks in the calf crusher, phantom tap by Owens as Shane is down. Styles yells at Shane, and Shane shoves him into a roll up for 2. Styles cuts off Owens with a flying forearm, and suplexes him to the buckles. Styles sets Owens up top and looks for the RANA, countered and Owens hits the twisting fisherman’s buster off the ropes for 2. Owens bitches about the count again, and they trade strikes center ring. Owens avoids the PELE, hits a superkick and Styles gets a roll up into the clash for the near fall. Styles to the apron, Owens avoid and hits the pop up powerbomb for 2 as Styles had a foot on the ropes. Shane accidentally counted 3, Owens argues with him. They push an shove, PELW by Styles and the springboard forearm connects and Styles then hits the clash and retains. Champion AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens @ 16:01 via pin [**½] This was a disappointment, because at no time was it about AJ Styles or the US Title. It was all about drama with Shane, ref bumps and building to Shane vs. Owens. If you remove all of the overbooked bullshit (there was just way too much of it), Styles and Owens were having a hell of a match. Unfortunately, you can’t take away all of the bullshit, which killed my enjoyment. I’m sorry if my wanting clean, straightforward and great matches offends you. I don’t understand why we have to build to Shane McMahon matches in 2017 or why we just can’t allow two very talented guys to go out there and have a kick ass match. This was not my cup of tea. Oh well, get ready for Shane vs. Owens at HIAC.

– Nakamura gets the live violinist (dude is awesome) to play him to the ring.

WWE Championship Match: Champion Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura: They do some basic back and forth to begin with Nakamura sending Mahal to the floor. After all of the bullshit, why have Shane & Bryan allowed the Singh brothers to continue to come to ringside. Mahal back in and takes control with strikes and head butts. The fans sing Nakamura’s theme as he battles back and again sends Mahal to the floor. The Singhs distract Nakamura, allowing Mahal to take control. Mahal slows the pace, mocking Nakamura and then hitting a back elbow. More elbows follow to a grounded Nakamura, and he then works a chinlock. Nakamura fires up with a knee strike and spin kick for the double down. Nakamura now follows with the running boot and then lays in kicks to the chest of Mahal. Nakamura lays Mahal in the corner, hits knee strikes, covering for 2. Nakamura then locks in a triangle, but Mahal makes the ropes. He then works a guillotine, follows with a knee strike and suplex. Mahal avoids Kinshasa, and Mahal cradles him for 2. Mahal follows with a stun gun and knee strike, covering for 2. Mahal calls for the Khallas, but Nakamura counters out and Mahal then posts himself. Kinshasa to the back of the head, the Singhs are in and Nakamura fights them off. Mahal then hits a bad looking Khallas and wins. Champion Jinder Mahal defeated Shinsuke Nakamura @ 11:31 via pin [*] This was horrible. Mahal’s matches are all the same, some babyface shine, a boring heat, Singh brother interference and an abrupt finish. They aren’t good, they aren’t interesting and they have no real drama; just disappointment. It’s not like Nakamura was on fire here or anything, this felt like a minimal effort house show match. This was embarrassing for all involved, and was nothing more than a minimal effort house show match masquerading as a WWE championship match on the second biggest show of the year.

Fatal 4 Way WWE Universal Championship Match: Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman vs. Champion Brock Lesnar (If Lesnar loses, he and Paul Heyman will leave WWE): EVERYONE HIT EVERYONE! Strowman and Reigns brawl to the floor as Brock hits Joe with a suplex. Reigns and Brock now in, and Brock hits suplexes to Joe and Reigns. Strowman is back in now, but Joe and Reigns are also back and they all brawl as it works back to Brock and Strowman. Strowman tosses Brock around, and sends him to the floor. BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUN! Strowman and Reigns in, but Strowman makes the mistake of running at Reigns and post himself. Joe locks the clutch on Brock, Reigns charges and spears Brock through the barricade. Joe hits the uranage on Reigns onto the announce table, Strowman is back and attacks Brock. He hits the running powerslam on Brock through the announce table. Reigns cuts off Strowman, but Joe wipes him out with the elbow suicide. BRAUN JUST THREW A CHAIR AT JOE AND REIGNS; HE IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL!

Strowman then powerslam Brock through another table! He then topples the table onto Brock! He may have just killed a man. Heyman is great here, just fucking losing it as his man has been destroyed. Brock is being stretchered out now. Strowman then starts killing Joe & Reigns with the steps, but Reigns fights back and attacks Strowman with the steps. Joe sneaks in with a roll up and then takes control, working over Reigns. Reigns fights off the uranage, and hits a Samoan drop for 2. Joe avoids the superman punch, locks in the clutch but Strowman makes the save and chokeslams both and scores a near fall on both. Strowman is cut by his ear from the steps, and Brock now makes his was back in and spears Strowman and lays in ground and pound. He dumps Strowman to the floor, Germans for Joe & Reigns follow until Strowman cuts him off. Brock locks in the hanging kimura on Strowman, but Reigns hits superman punches to all, spears Brock and covers for 2. Joe is back and locks in the clutch on Reigns, but Strowman in to break that up with a dropkick. The powerslam on Joe gets 2 as Brock pulls out the ref. Reigns hits the superman punch on Brock on the floor, one on Strowman in the ring only gets 2. Strowman cuts off Reigns, hits the powerslam but Brock makes the save. Brock snatches up Strowman but he escapes and Reigns in and spears Strowman to the floor. Joe is back, tosses Reigns to the floor and locks in the clutch on Brock but Brock counters out into the F5 for the near fall as Reigns makes the save. Superman punch to Brock, another and a third takes Brock down. Brock counters the spear into an F5 and retains. Champion Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, and Braun Strowman @ 20:59 via pin [****]

This was everything I wanted form this match. Complete chaos, four men trying to kill each other and a potential set up for Brock’s next opponent. I got all of that, and it looks a if we’re going to get Brock vs. Strowman, and I am all in. You can’t do this all the time, but this was a hell of a spectacle, and flat out fun.

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The final score: review Poor
The 411
WWE Summerslam 2017 was an unfortunately poor event overall, with a lot of title changes, but a lot of lackluster efforts in the ring. I feel that the numerous title changes were done as another sign that the rumored superstar shakeup is coming, because this felt like WWE rearranging the pieces on the board. There's a great two-hour show in here somewhere, just watch the two tag title matches and the main event, skip the rest.