WWE SummerSlam Results – August 20 2017

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SummerSlam Kick-Off Show

The pre-show starts with Renee Young welcoming us to the show and introducing her fellow panelists, Jerry “the King” Lawler, Lita, and David Otunga. They discuss their shoes for a moment before tossing to Charly Caruso in the social media lounge, where she will be joined later by Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins for a Q&A.

Sam Roberts is outside the arena hanging out with a raucous crowd. The first match up for discussion is Baron Corbin Vs. John Cena and we get a recap of Corbin’s failed cash-in on SmackDown this week. We go backstage to an interview with Corbin himself. He says everybody knows what happened and it’s John Cena’s fault, so he doesn’t regret it, but he’s going to go out there and hurt Cena. And when you stick your people in nose’s business, there are consequences.

We return to the panel for a quick discussion of the tag title match before we take a commercial break. We come back to a video package for Finn Balor/Bray Wyatt. All of the panelists agree that Finn Balor bringing the Demon to SummerSlam spells doom for Bray Wyatt. Lita says the Demon is unstoppable and they all predict a Balor win.

A bit of hype for our preshow six-man tag follows, and then a house ad for the Mae Young Classic, before we get into the video package for the United States Championship match. We see footage of Owens and Styles’ rivalry, then Shane being announced as the referee only to be attacked by both men on different shows. Shane McMahon joins Dasha Fuentes backstage and she asks if what has transpired will play a role in his officiating tonight. Shane says that if it happens during the match it will likely be an accident and he will deem it as such unless he believes it to be intentional. Regardless, we will get a legit winner tonight.

We return to the panel and Otunga says that Kevin Owens is the most insecure Champion in WWE, so he blames everyone else for his shortcomings. Jerry Lawler says if history tells us anything, it’s that special referee’s always help determine the outcome of the matches. Lita says she would like to see AJ Styles win, simply because she would like a Kevin Owens tantrum. Otunga agrees with Lita but Lawler sides with Kevin Owens.

We head down to ringside for some tag team action, even though the arena is less than half full!

The Miz, Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas W/Maryse Vs. Jason Jordan & The Hardy Boyz

Matt and Curtis to start, collar and elbow, Hardy grabs a side headlock, Axel gets him in the corner and tries to break dirty with a right hand but Matt blocks it and makes the tag to Jeff. Poetry in Motion, dropkick to the back of the head gets two, an arm wringer and a tag to Jordan.

Curtis in control, he pulls Jason over and tags Bo in. Elbows to the corner, Jordan fights back with a few of his own, whip into a dropkick, the cover is only good for one but Kurt Angle’s biological son is rolling. Waistlock takedown to an armbar from Jordan and then a tag to Matt Hardy. Hardy off the second with an elbow drop to the shoulder that sends Dallas pirouetting, quick tags back and forth as the babyfaces work him over. Things break down a little, Jordan directing traffic as the Hardy’s chop Axel and Dallas, another quick tag but Axel pulls Bo out of the ring to block the Swanton Bomb and we take a break.

Back from our house ad, Jeff is rolling, getting a nearfall on Dallas. Twist of Fate denied, Hardy heading up top but Axel cuts him off, giving Bo a window to put boots to him. Miz tags in for the first time, stomping away, a cover gets two and the A-Lister locks the Charismatic Enigma down with a seated rear chinlock.

Hardy to his feet, throwing elbows, he gets some separation but Miz hits the Manhattan Drop. Too much time taunting to capitalize, Jeff kicks him away and Curtis tags in. Stomp to the face, kneeling armbar while scraping his forearm across Brother Nero’s forehead, a hairpull mat slam denies the tag and Axel knocks Jordan off the apron for good measure. Jeff uses a whip into the corner to dropkick Miz and Dallas off the apron, a kick gets him away, Matt Hardy and Miz tag in!

Matt puts the A-Lister’s head into each turnbuckle over and over in turn, he’s fired up, “DELETE!” clothesline into the bulldog! To the second, diving elbow drop right to the back of Miz’s neck for a near-fall! Calling for the Twist of Fate, Miz reverses to the full nelson, Hardy slips away, the A-Lister kicks him in the gut and plants him with the basement DDT for a nearfall! Daniel Bryan chest kicks, Matt ducks the buzzsaw finale and hits a Side Effect for a two-count. Jordan fired up on the apron, he wants the tag and gets it despite Miz’s best efforts.

Axel tags in, he eats some elbows from Jordan. He shoulder tackles Axel into the corner, Bo gets belly-to-belly suplexed, Angle Slam for Curtis, only a nearfall! Jason lands a belly-to-belly suplex on Axel. Jordan looks to catch him again but a blind tag from the Miz and he catches Jordan from behind with a Skull Crushing Finale for the win!

Winners: The Miz, Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas

We return to the panel and they joke that Jordan didn’t win because the straps didn’t come down. From here we move on to a recap of the Seth Rollins/Dean Ambrose relationship, ahead of their upcoming interview with Dasha. You can check out the interview with the former Shield boys below:

Cruiserweight Championship Match
(C) Akira Tozawa W/Titus O’Neil Vs. Neville

The bell rings and both men circle each other before Neville grabs a headlock. Tozawa shoots him into the ropes and Neville responds with a shoulder tackle. Neville does a backflip to avoid a kick from Tozawa, then dropkicks Akira. Neville jumps to the apron but Tozawa catches him with a dropkick and the former King falls to the outside.

Neville eventually comes back into the ring and Tozawa kicks him int he face. Tozawa is shot into the ropes and Neville looks for a Frankensteiner but nobody is home and Tozawa lands a huge standing senton. Tozawa runs at Neville but gets lifted over and onto the apron where he gets dropped neckfirst on the top rope. Neville quickly climbs out of the ring and throws Tozawa into the ring LED apron as we head to a break.

We return to see Neville on the top rope and he hits a front dropkick. Neville immediately goes back to the top rope and hits another dropkick, this time to the back of Tozawa. Neville stomps on Tozawa and taunts the fans. Neville grounds Tozawa with a headlock but the fans will Tozawa out of it. Tozawa tosses Neville out of the ring and follows-up with a suicide dive like a bullet!

Two corner forearms from Tozawa, followed by a series of kicks and a snap back suplex. Tozawa looks to climb the ropes for his finisher but Neville rolls to the other side of the ring. Tozawa jumps from the apron but Neville catches him on his shoulders. Tozawa reverses Neville into an octopus stretch! Neville escapes but is immediately hit with a shining wizard from Tozawa for a near-fall.

Tozawa kicks Neville but is eats an enziguiri. Frankensteiner from Tozawa but he rolls through and hits another shining wizard to Neville and both men are down. Tozawa up first but Neville lands a wicked arm wringer to reaggravate the injured shoulder!

Neville smells blood and whips Tozawa into the corner. Neville runs but Tozawa gets a boot up in the corner, another right hand crumples Neville! Up top, the King cuts him off with a forearm and climbs to meet him, struggling over a superplex, Akira hits the avalanche gourdbuster! Akira takes to the top rope and leaps for the diving senton…but Neville got he knee’s up! The former King climbs to the top rope and jumps for the Red Arrow to the back of Tozawa…and regains his crown!!

Winner and New Cruiserweight Champion: Neville

A solid match and I’m very glad to see Neville regain his Championship.Less than an hour to go until SummerSlam officially kicks off. Michael Rosenberg has replaced Lita on the panel. Still to come on the kick-off show, The Uso’s Vs. The New Day for the Tag Team Championships.

Roman Reigns is backstage for an interview. Roman says there’s no reason to prepare for the match tonight because he was born to reign. He doesn’t care if you’re Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, or Samoa Joe, he’s whooping everybody and walking out as Champion.

Elias is in the ring and he plays an original little song for the New Yorkers. They boo loudly enough that Samson stops and starts his song over again. He finishes and says goodnight but then the light returns and he says they want an encore. The fans cheer and he starts playing another song, more jaunty, and they clap along. The second song had a line that said the people of Brooklyn have no balls and got a huge boo from the crowd – even Samson laughed at that.

Carmella and James Ellsworth join the panel and the Princess of Staten Island gets a big reaction from the Brooklyn crowd. They say it’s a big night but Carmella says she doesn’t feel pressure, and it’s Natalya and Naomi that should feel the pressure. Nobody’s talking about them, they’re all talking about her and her Money in the Bank contract, and they do some quick hit predictions and thoughts about several of tonight’s matches, but the Princess of Staten Island won’t reveal her plans for when she will cash-in her contract.

In front of the Indian flag, the Singh Brothers introduce Jinder Mahal and he cuts a promo about his 91 days as champion, gloating about putting Corbin away and talkings about how he’s going to silence the fans by destroying Shinsuke Nakamura tonight. He fights not just for himself, but for the 1.3 billion people of the great nation of India. He then cuts a promo in Punjabi.

We head back to ringside for the Tag Team Championship match! The Uso’s come to the ring, followed by The New Day – who’re dressed like DC’s Red Lanterns (Similar to Green Lanterns but they use rage instead of willpower). Kofi talks on the way to the ring, talking about all their memorable moments and accomplishments in Brooklyn. The crowd are firmly behind ya boys.

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
(C) The New Day Vs. The Uso’s

Woods and Jey kick things off. Xavier gets taken down with a running shoulder. Woods flips out of a back suplex and ducks a clothesline before nailing Jey with an elbow to the face. Woods rips off Uso’s shirt to deliver some stiff chops to the chest. The crowd woos with each hit. We head to a break and we return to find The Usos in control.

Jey sets Woods up on the top rope for a superplex, but Woods fights him off and hits a dropkick from the top rope. Woods continues to take punishment from both Usos for a long time. Xavier finally breaks free with a facebuster out of nowhere. Big E gets the hot tag and starts throwing the Usos around with belly to belly suplexes. Big E tags in Woods and powerbombs him onto Jey. Then Woods picks up Big E on his shoulders and drops him on Jey in a with a body splash for a near-fall! Woods sells his back afterwards.

Jimmy tags in and the brothers hit a double spinebuster to Big E for a near fall. Woods tags back in and they hit a side slam/backstabber combo for a close two count. Jimmy and Xavier trade punches and headbutts. Everything starts breaking down as all four men start fighting. Big E even tries a suicide dive, but a superkick cuts him off. Jey hits a Superfly Splash to Woods, but he kicks out at two. Near fall after near fall from both teams build the tension.

Woods jumps off of the apron and DDTs Jimmy on the outside  before he and Big E hit the Midnight Hour for an extremely close two count. The crowd is going bonkers right now. Jey throws Woods over the top rope rope and Jimmy catches him in mid-air with a Samoan Drop! Jimmy then throws Kofi headfirst into the steps. Big E spears Jey off the apron to even the score.

Big E sends Jey back into the ring and looks for the Big Ending but Jimmy pulls his brother off. Jimmy hits a superkick but E stays on his feet. Jey follows-up with a superkick but E is still standing, so they hit double superkicks and E goes down. The Uso’s hit simultaneous splashes from the top rope to win the match!

Winners and New SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Uso’s

That was an incredible match and good to see The Uso’s remaining relevant. That should have been on the main show.

We get an advertisement for KFC that features Dolph Ziggler, Becky Lynch, Big Show, Mojo Rawley, Heath Slater and R-Truth all auditioning to be the Colonel. Then we return ringisde and out comes Shawn Michaels dressed as the Colonel! Michaels dances to the ring, then slides across the announce tables to a wild reception from Brooklyn. What a weird moment but it’s never a bad thing to see HBK.

We get a promo backstage from Paul Heyman, who starts ranting about Brock Lesnar but quickly gets cut off from Braun Strowman, who grabs the microphone and says “You Talk Too Much” before Paul runs off. I swear I think they say that phrase solely to give Botchamania sound bites. The panel very quickly rhyme off predictions for the Fatal 4-Way main event and they all say a different guy. That’s it for the Kick-Off Show, it’s time for the real show!

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