WWE hosted their self proclaimed “Biggest Party of the Summer” on Sunday Night up north in Toronto, Canada. After an excellent TakeOver event from the NXT brand the night before, the main roster had a tough task to top it.

12 matches took place, with three on the pre-show and six had titles on the line.

Did WWE out beat NXT? Who had the match of the night? Find out in my SummerSlam 2019 Review.

Cruiserweight Championship – Drew Gulak (c) def. Oney Lorcan (pre-show)

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Grade: B-

As usual, the 205 Live brand opened up the pre-show as Gulak defended his Cruiserweight Championship against 205 Live/NXT duel superstar Lorcan.

While there was little build here, this was a hard-hitting and physical match. The main problem here was that the crowd was not invested in this.

It is nothing against the performers because time and time again I believe they put on great matches, it is just WWE seems to not really promote the Cruiserweight Division as much as they should.

Lorcan looked great, showing that he has the skills to be a great addition to 205 Live while Gulak is consistently great. I miss his “For a Better 205 Live” gimmick by the way.

Buddy Murphy def. Apollo Crew by disqualification (pre-show)

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Grade: B

Finally, Murphy made his much-anticipated debut as a main roster superstar. He was set to take on Apollo Crews in a match made last minute.

It was an action-packed match and I wish we were able to see what they could have done with a longer match. Unfortunately, Rowan made an appearance as he blasted Murphy with a boot to the face, resulting in a DQ finish

This mainly was a way to get the Roman Reigns/Rowan/Murphy storyline on the card as we are still trying to figure out who tried to take out Reigns a few weeks back on SmackDown.

While it was a DQ finish, I gave it a “B” grade due to Murphy now being involved in a storyline with one of the top superstars on SmackDown. Hopefully, we will this storyline played out a little while longer.

Women’s Tag Team Championship – Alexa Bliss & Nikkie Cross (c) def. The IIconics (pre-show)

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Grade: D-

Bliss and Cross won the Women’s Tag Team titles last week on Raw. This match was announced just a few hours prior to SummerSlam kicking off.

This match was nothing special to me. It seemed a little slow at times. The newly formed titles have not had a lot of programming since Sasha Banks and Bayley dropped the belts back at WrestleMania 35.

Hopefully, we see a fresh revival of the belts as I think they have a lot of potential women’s tag teams that have been forming in the last couple of months.

Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) def. Natalya in a Submission match

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Grade: B+

This was a solid opener to the main card. The crowd was really invested in the match and both Lynch and Natalya have a lot of chemistry in the ring.

Natalya looked really good here despite the loss. She is one of the more consistent performers in the women’s division and looked as equal as you can get to Lynch.

Lynch looked good here also, showing us why the fans loved her in the first place. The constant submission attempts and reversal was a classic style wrestling match. This definitely boosted the Raw Women’s Championship as well as the rest of the division.

The question now who will Lynch feud with next and what the plans are for Natalya.

Goldberg def. Dolph Ziggler

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Grade: D

Ziggler shocked everyone by Superkicking Goldberg twice, looking like there was a glimmer of hope that he would walk out with the victory.

However, that was not the case, as Goldberg speared Ziggler and followed with a Jackhammer for the easy victory.

I will say this. Ziggler did well here as the loudmouth heel but there was nothing else out of this match I enjoyed. You knew already that Goldberg was going to win long before the match started. This looked to be a one-off match just to get Goldberg on the card and get a victory after his mess of a match after Super ShowDown.

United States Championship – AJ Styles (c) def. Ricochet

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Grade: B

The match was solid but similar to their Extreme Rules match, due to it missing something. You know Styles and Ricochet can put on a show-stealing match but it has yet to connect in the ring together.

The storytelling here was strong here with Ricochet trying to stop all three members of The Club but it lacked any sort of spark to make this match an “A” rating it should get.

I hope they go at it once again and possibly elevated up a notch slightly. It was still a good match and makes the newly formed Club a top heel stable for the Raw brand.

SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) def. Ember Moon

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Grade: C

Much like the previous match, this was lacked any sort of momentum from the start. Bayley has had a great run as SmackDown Women’s Champion and Moon at one point was one of the most over superstars in NXT.

Part of it was the commentary team seemingly not putting the challenger Moon over. While the Raw side of the division is as hot as ever, the blue brand seems to trend in the opposite direction. Hopefully, that changes, given that their is a lot of talent in the SmackDown Women’s division.

Kevin Owens def. Shane McMahon

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Grade: A

This not only was a great wrestling match, but this was also a classic sports entertainment spectacle.

There was a lot of good spots here and Owens overcoming the odds of the two on one assault (Elias entered in the match midway through) and beating down the most hated person in WWE.

Part of it was the crowd, who was electric throughout and erupted when Owens hit McMahon with the Stunner. This was a great way to make up for the previous lackluster matches.

If WWE was smart, they would push the hell out of Owens out of the gate. The fans have wanted McMahon off T.V. for a while and Owens is playing the hero of WWE.

After a long-time of being a heel, WWE should keep him as a face and see what they can do with him now.

Charlotte Flair def. Trish Stratus

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Grade: A

The hometown Stratus, after years out of the ring outside of a few matches, showed here that she still has it and it helps when you have a star in Flair on the opposite side.

This was a great match from the start and by the middle of the match, the fans were heavily invested from every near fall and submission.

A great wrestling match from two of the best performers in the history of women’s professional wrestling. While will likely never see her in the ring again, it showed that Stratus still has it and her putting over Flair is a “passing of the torch” moment that will be remembered for years to come.

WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton ended in a double-countout

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Grade: B

A match years in the making as Kingston was looking to finally get revenge on Orton after seemingly screwing him over many years back.

I thought this was a good match until the end when Orton stared at Kingston’s family and proceeded to beat down the champion, resulting in a double-countout. The segment with Kingston beating The Viper with a Kendo Stick was a nice touch and change of character.

The match would have gotten a higher rating if the ending was slightly changed. That being said, I do like the idea of a potential mean streak in Kingston’s character.

Bray Wyatt def. Finn Bálor

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Grade: A+

WWE GOT IT 100% RIGHT!

From Wyatt’s entrance, outfit, and quick dominate victory, everything was on point.

Wyatt’s new character teased a dual personality in the ring and we were finally able to see it Sunday night. Bálor did well here also, selling the fact that he was terrified at times at Wyatt’s certain spots.

This is was the best part of the night so far.

Universal Championship – Seth Rollins def. Brock Lesnar (c)

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Grade: A+

I gotta say, this main event was way better than I expected. After weeks of weird segments and promos, we finally saw the Rollins we all knew and loved this time one year ago.

There were no cheap shots, rather Rollins persevered through a relentless assault from one of the toughest dudes in professional wrestling. Best of all, Rollins won clean and pinned Lesnar in the center of the ring, which is something you rarely see.

A great story here with a hungry superstar looking to take down a part-timer for Raw’s top title. A great way to end the show and honestly, this match was way better than the one they had at SummerSlam

Overall

While the beginning of the card was slow and at times unwatchable, things picked up towards the tail end of the show. Outside of the Raw Women’s Championship match, the other matches on the pre-show and early part of the card was nothing memorable.

Once Kevin Owens pinned Shane McMahon however, things turned around completely and for the better. Kudos for WWE for booking a proper show, especially with the transformation of Bray Wyatt and having Seth Rollins close out the show.

WWE may not have topped what NXT did on Saturday but still a great show in their own right.

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