Rift's WWE Summerslam 2017 commentary
Submitted by Aaron Rift on 08/20/2017 at 05:30 PM

- Hardys/Jason Jordan vs. The Miztourage. There was barely anybody in the arena with most of the fans still filing in. The match started right before 5:30 Eastern time. Miz pinned Jordan win the Skull Crushing Finale. It was the Wrestlemania 32 Kickoff all over again. I've been told there were delays in getting fans into the arena. Regardless, this made the participants look bad having to perform in what was basically an empty arena. The Miz in particular looked to be legitimately pissed off.

- Tozawa vs. Neville for the Cruiserweight Title. A lot of people were still filing into the arena. Tozawa went for a senton but Neville got his knees up. Neville hit the red arrow onto Tozawa's back and got the pinfall to regain his crown. I wasn't surprised to see Neville win back the title. I figured the title change was done simply to try and generate interest in the feud.

- Elias came out and sang some songs.

- The New Day vs. The Usos for the Smackdown tag team titles. New Day did some innovative double team moves. There were several nearfalls back and forth. Usos hit a series of superkicks and then did stereo splashes onto Big E to score the win and regain the tag team titles. This was a really good match that should've been on the main show. It was nice to see Usos win back the tag titles as I find them to be a fresher act than New Day at this point.

- Shawn Micahels came out dressed up as Colonel Sanders.

- John Cena vs. Baron Corbin kicked off the main card. Cena played cat and mouse with Corbin early and put on JBL's hat outside the ring. The crowd chanted "where's your briefcase?" at Corbin. Cena ended up winning the match with one AA. If you were still wondering if Corbin's push was over or not after Smackdown Live, now you know.

- Naomi vs. Natalya for the Smackdown women's title. Natalya came out with a Hart Foundation-style jacket. Natalya had the sharpshooter on but Naomi was able to break out of it. Naomi went for a split legged moonsault but Natalya got her knees up. Natalya put on the sharpshooter again and Naomi tapped out. I was a bit surprised to see Naomi lose but I'm happy for Natalya, she definitely deserves it.

- Big Cass vs. Big Show with Enzo in a shark cage. Enzo cut a long promo before the match. Show had his hand in a cast. Show hit the KO punch but Cass kicked out. Cass also kicked out of a chokeslam. When Cass gained control, Enzo oiled himself up and managed to get out of the cage. Once landing in the ring, Enzo immediately got hit with a big boot. Enzo pinned Show after two big boots and the Empire elbow. The match itself was boring and the crowd didn't care about it at all. I did find the Enzo escape to be creative, though.

- Backstage, Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan argued about which brand would be a better main event. Angle said RAW would be better and said "YES!" and Bryan responded with "NO!"

- Randy Orton vs. Rusev. Rusev attacked Orton during Orton's entrance. The referee checked on Orton and Orton gave him the OK to start the match. Once the bell rang, Orton immediately hit an RKO on Rusev and won. It looks like Rusev has joined Corbin in the morgue.

- Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks for the RAW women's title. The crowd was booing Sasha. Sasha nearly got counted out at one point. Alexa worked over Sasha's arm. Alexa hit Twisted Bliss but Sasha kicked out. Sasha made a comeback and tapped out Bliss with the Banks Statement to win the title. This was a decent match but the finish felt very anti-climatic.

- Bray Wyatt vs. The Demon King Finn Balor. Balor picked up the win. The match was fine and the crowd liked Balor. However, it was hard for me to get into it because I figured there was no chance of Balor losing.

- Shesaro vs. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Rollins and Ambrose were wearing matching red and black colors. Early in the match, fans starting playing with a beach ball. Cesaro went into the crowd and destroyed the ball. Cesaro and Sheamus took out Rollins and worked over Ambrose. Rollins got back into the mix and Ambrose scored the pinfall on Sheamus with dirty deeds. This was the best match on the show so far. The finishing sequence was well done. And of course, RIP beach ball.

- AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens for the US Title with Shane McMahon as the referee. Owens "accidentally" shoved Shane into the ropes which caused Styles to get crotched. Styles did a 450 splash as Shane was checking on Owens and Shane got hit by accident. Owens hit a popup powerbomb but Shane was still recovering and Styles kicked out. Owens then kicked Styles who fell into Shane. Owens was tapping out to Styles but Shane was recovering on the outside. Styles hit the Styles Clash but Owens kicked out. Owens pinned Styles and Shane counted three. However, Styles had his foot on the rope so Shane did not stop the match. Styles then won with a 2nd Styles Clash. This was an entertaining match and I was not bored with it at any point.

- Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Title. Nakamura had his special violin entrance. The crowd chanted 3MB at Mahal. The Singh Brothers distraction helped Mahal get the advantage. Nakamura made his comeback and then the Singh Brothers got in the ring. Nakamura took them out but due to the distraction, Mahal was able to hit his finisher and retain the title. The match was decent but the finish was beyond flat. If Mahal was going to retain, he should've at least won clean instead of doing the same finish for every Mahal title defense.

- Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe for the Universal Title. Everyone got a big pop except for Reigns who was heavily booed. Lesnar/Joe went after each other and Reigns/Strowman went after each other right off the bat. Lesnar started taking Joe and Reigns to suplex city. Strowman and Lesnar started going at it with Strowman getting the best of Lesnar. On the outside, Reigns speared Lesnar through the barricade. Strowman powerslammed Lesnar through BOTH announce tables. Strowman then dumped the 3rd table onto Lesnar and Heyman begged Strowman to stop. Paramedics came out and had Lesnar stretchered out. Reigns took out Strowman with the steel steps. Lesnar eventually returned and started cleaning house. Reigns speared Lesnar but Lesnar kicked out. Strowman powerslammed Joe but Lesnar stopped the referee's count. Lesnar did it again when Strowman powerslammed Reigns. Lesnar hit the F5 on Joe but Reigns made the save. Lesnar hit the F5 on Reigns and picked up the win! This was an excellent main event that lived up to expectations.

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