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Ruthless Aggression - All Out

All Out, CM Punk at Starrcast, NXT Takeover: Cardiff, a King of the Ring update and post-Summerslam 2003!

Ruthless Aggression recap:
RAW 535
Smackdown 210

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Ruthless Aggression - The Wednesday Night War

The gang talks about NXT's move to two hours live on USA, in direct competition with AEW's weekly show on TNT. How this move is a win for EVERYONE involved: from the promotions to the wrestlers to the networks. Plus, a preview of this weekend's All Out, a King of the Ring update, and SummerSlam 2003!

Ruthless Aggression recap:
RAW 534
Smackdown 209
SummerSlam 2009

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First Black Champ - Chick You From Calgary...Alberta Canada

SummerSlam was pretty forgettable but as we kept talking, we remembered a lot! Why was Toronto acting funny all weekend? An Edge spear, a Fiend debut and a segue to a returning Sasha Banks is covered with a whole lot more in between.

Then we give our King of The predictions and Bang kicks off what is officially our very first, First Black Champ Podcast Contest! Nope! LISTEN TO THE SHOW and then you'll hear how to enter and how we will select our winner! Salute to every black man, woman and young person with a passion to cover this wrestling ish! Let's connect and collaborate soon!

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
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Ruthless Aggression - The Bitch is Back

Pierce Rob and Chris run down the fallout from SummerSlam, including the debut of The Fiend and the return of The Boss! Plus, our predictions for the King of the Ring tournament and a look back at the week in 2003!

RAW 533
Smackdown 208

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WWE SummerSlam 2019: Results, recap, analysis, ratings

The Biggest Party of the Summer is in the books. An eventful night in Toronto is in our rear view, as the 32nd SummerSlam was filled with excitement, surprises and great action. Rob and Chris are here to talk about what went down, and what it all means going forward.


Drew Gulak vs. Oney Lorcan - WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Chris Novak: Drew Gulak defeated Oney Lorcan to retain his Cruiserweight Championship. This was a very good sprint. Not surprisingly, considering the fact that both Drew and Oney have been top shelf performers this year. Drew won with a torture rack neckbreaker. So Gulak remains champ and has defeated yet another notable face in the division. I wonder who could be next for him. ***¾ 

Robert O’Neill: That was very good and makes me want to start watching 205 Live, because Drew Gulak is awesome. I wish they would have gotten a little more time, though. ***¾

Buddy Murphy vs. Apollo Crews 

Robert O’Neill: This is a fun match that probably wouldn’t have gotten time on Smackdown. Both guys looked good, but the big story was when Rowan came out and attacked Murphy for telling Roman Reigns he was the attacker. Continuity! Rowan powerbombed Murphy into the ringpost as Daniel Bryan looked on from backstage. That was great. *** for the match.

Chris Novak: The match itself was obviously short but it served its purpose and help advance a storyline. It’s kind of wild that they’re doing that at a bi show like this, but I’m not really mad at it either. **½ for me, although that’s not a knock against them.

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce - WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships

Chris Novak: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross retained their Women’s Tag Team Titles, defeating The IIconics after Alexa hit Twisted Bliss on Peyton. This was a really fun match! Alexa did a Buzz Lightyear laser spot (because she was dressed up like Buzz Lightyear). The IIconics did their damn thing too to be honest. Peyton hit a very smooth Gory Special that nearly did it for them, but Bliss was able to kick out. I liked this match! Short, sweet, to the point, fun action and some enjoyable comedy spots. ***

Robert O’Neill: That was fun! Alexa and Nikki appear to be faces now which is neat. I think this was the best match The IIconics have had in a while, and I have high hopes for Nikki and Alexa with these titles. ***

Becky Lynch vs. Natalya - Raw Women’s Championship

Chris Novak: Becky Lynch retained her Raw Women’s Championship after making Nattie tap out to the Dis-Arm-Her. Holy surprise, Batman. This match was really good! These two told a great story in this match with some really good limb work and finisher steals. I’m legitimately impressed and surprised. This may have even been Nattie’s best match ever. **** 

Robert O’Neill: I think it WAS Nattie’s best match ever. That was really awesome stuff from both women. Becky brought the heat after struggling a bit the past couple months (IMO). Can’t believe they got me to like a Natalya match. ****

Dolph Ziggler vs. Goldberg

Chris Novak: Goldberg hit one of the best Spears ever and beat Dolph within two minutes. That was hilariously great.

Robert O’Neill: Ziggler talked shit on the mic from his back, and then got speared AGAIN, and then talked shit on the mic from his back again and got speared again. That was all so good.

AJ Styles vs. Ricochet - United States Championship

Chris Novak: AJ Styles retained his United States Championship against Ricochet. Styles had an awesome counter on Ricochet when he dove off, and grabbed him and hit the Styles Clash on him. This match had some awesome stuff from both. Ricochet dressing up as Nightwing was also terrific. **** for me. Not sure where Ricochet goes from here, but that will get sorted out later. 

Robert O’Neill: AJ retaining is perhaps a little surprising, but they could definitely keep this feud going and I’d be fine with it, as I say about mostly every opponent Ricochet has. Just good stuff all around. ****¼

Bayley vs. Ember Moon - SmackDown Women’s Championship

Chris Novak: Bayley retained her SmackDown Women’s Championship after hitting a Bayley-to-Belly off the top rope. The match never really hit another gear but they did the absolute damnedest they could to make it good and fun. They succeeded to a point. It didn’t really feel like there was any drama here, which makes sense considering that Ember was a handpicked challenger and the feud got no real time to flourish. Maybe they run it back next month at Clash of Champions. Maybe they won’t. Who knows? Nevertheless, good match. ***½

Robert O’Neill: That match was about as good as it could have been. I don’t mean any disrespect to either performer. There was a ceiling and they met it, much like Chris said ***¼ here.

Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon

Robert O’Neill: Owens overcame the odds with Special Guest Enforcer Elias to defeat Shane McMahon and keep his job. Owens did most of the work, as the crowd was super hot for him. A ref bump caused him to take Elias out with a chair, then kick Shane below the belt before hitting a stunner for the win. ***¼

Chris Novak: Say it with me… common… sense… PREVAILS! ***¼ for me here too. Did the job without being too extra to be honest. And that’s fine.

Charlotte Flair vs. Trish Stratus

Chris Novak: Charlotte Flair made Trish Stratus tap out to win the match. God damn this match was really good! Trish took a BEATING at the start of it, but resiliently fought on and picked up steam. They did a great spot with Trish using the Figure Eight on Charlotte. She nearly put her away with the Stratusfaction, but Charlotte was able to kick out. This was quite, quite good. I don’t think it was the best main roster women’s match of the year like some may call it (the Rumble title matches are still a cut above to me). But this was still REALLY, really good. ****¼ for me. 

Robert O’Neill: What an incredible match. I also probably wouldn’t put it above the two Royal Rumble matches, but it’s also the best Trish Stratus match of all time and one of Charlotte’s best ever, as well. Whew. ****½

Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton - WWE Championship

Chris Novak: This match ended in a double countout. It was otherwise REALLY good, though the lack of a clean finish probably took some people out. But they were always going to stretch this feud out. And with MSG on the horizon as the go-home to Clash of Champions, they were always going to use that site to help set up the next match. I liked this match a lot and the lack of a clean finish didn’t particularly perturb me. ***¾ 

Robert O’Neill: I don’t mind the double countout! It extends the program and gives them a chance to run it back, like you said. I think there’s a lot of potential here. ****

Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor

Chris Novak: Holy… Bray Wyatt had an incredible entrance. His theme music is remixed from his original theme into a total death metal version of it. The match itself was short and one-sided. Not sure what grade to give this one to be honest. But, it was entertaining. 

Robert O’Neill: Also, he’s using the mandible claw as his finisher, apparently! But, yeah. Hard to grade it based on what we saw.

Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins - WWE Universal Championship

Chris Novak: We have a new Universal Champion, as Seth Rollins picked up a (CLEAN) win over Brock Lesnar to win back the Universal Championship. What a freaking match this was. The pacing was awesome. The near falls and drama injected here was fantastic. Some great spots in the mix. The crowd was hella invested. My goodness, they worked an AMAZING match. ****¾ for me here. Just fantastic. Take your disrespect for Brock and take it somewhere else y’all. Same thing with Seth.

Robert O’Neill: As I type this in my Brock Lesnar shirt, I’m surprisingly content. Would I like to see him win? Sure. But for Seth to win this way, after getting his ass beat twice in two weeks and getting his ass beat all over the ring, means so much more than using a chair and low blows to beat him like Seth did at Mania. This might have been my favorite Rollins match ever, and is one of my 10 favorite Lesnar matches ever. *****


FINAL THOUGHTS

Chris Novak: A very solid SummerSlam. Not an all-timer, even if it had two really great matches in Charlotte-Trish and Rollins-Lesnar. But still a very solid show, top to bottom. No low points were had, and the event flowed really well. It even only went 3.5 hours! I’ll give this a solid B+/A-. Real good show with high rewatchability.

Robert O’Neill: Just like every other WWE PPV this year, this was a great show. We didn’t even mention the fact that Edge appeared on the preshow and speared Elias, Ric Flair had a segment with the Street Profits, and Bret Hart wished Seth Rollins luck. There was so much going on, and the show absolutely delivered and has me looking forward to what’s next. A

Ruthless Aggression - Summerslam Preview

It's the biggest event of the summer! Pierce Rob and Chris preview Summerslam after a frank talk about Paige's poor choice in men. Plus, acting an ass at meet & greets, and TWO WEEKS of shows from 2003!

RAW 531 & 532
Smackdown 206 & 207

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As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
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First Black Champ - SummerSlam Prediction Show

We back on that Sunday schedule of the show and we could not start without processing the life and times of Harley Race. Bang provides history and Cam adds color to one of the most important wrestling champions ever! Is it Harley Race or Harley Racist? This answer is in the audio.

SummerSlam is a week away and we have predictions on that, even though we feel Takeover will be much better. In fact, if you are more entertained by our SummerSlam predictions than the actual PPV, we wouldn't be surprise. Beware of Chess moves and listen to the #FBCPod!

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As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

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First Black Champ - Shinsuke vs. Big E please

Happy Birthday Vince! We salute you even though Summer Slam was a disappointment. We talk briefly on that that and who had the pop of the night at the pay per view. We also talk what makes sense now for Ronda Rousey and we are short on answers.

It might be like 2012 all over again so we deep dive on The Shield and give two different GuaranDAMNTee perspectives on this weeks #FirstBlackChamp podcast!

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Ruthless Aggression EP 30 - Summerslam/NXT TakeOver Brooklyn IV recap

The crew is joined by Lincoln Ricketts to chop it up about NXT Takeover Brooklyn IV and Summerslam! Plus they review RAW 482, Smackdown! 157, and Summerslam 2002, featuring a helluva opener between Kurt Angle & Rey Mysterio, Shawn Michaels' return to face Triple H, and Brock Lesnar's WWE title win over The Rock.

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WWE Summerslam 2018: Results, reactions and analysis
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The Biggest Event of the Summer has come and gone! Rob and Chris are here to talk about what went down in Brooklyn on Sunday night.

Andrade Cien Almas & Zelina Vega vs. Rusev & Lana

Robert O’Neill: Our first match of the preshow was a fun one, as Almas and Vega picked up the victory when Zelina pinned Lana after a distraction from Almas. I’m kind of fine with letting both of their feuds continue for a while, but I could also see this as a feud ender.

Chris Novak: Match was just okay. Nothing inoffensive. But just okay. Finish was a little bit sloppy. Not really sure who that was on between Zelina and Lana. I don’t see this being a feud continuer. This seems like a feud ender. Rusev lost to Andrade, Aiden lost to Andrade, Lana lost to Zelina, and they just lost to Andrade and Zelina. There’s only so many times you can keep going to the well with them trying to get one over on them, especially when they just keep losing. I expect the division between Rusev, Lana and Aiden English to be the next phase here. That’s a gimme. Where Almas and Vega go from here is all that’s left to really wonder. Gonna give this .

Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak

Chris Novak: Now, this match was quite good. Very good in fact. Another sloppy finish with a roll-up though. Maybe someone’s trying to tell them something. Anyhow, the energy that these two brought was refreshing. Very glad they were able to show their stuff in a matchup that got plenty of time. Gulak looked great in this and, of course, Ceddy did too. I loved the finish, even through its sloppiness. Gonna give this ***½, but I’m a high grader and easy to please.

Robert O’Neill: That was excellent. Watch 205 Live more if you haven’t been. It’s excellent stuff. I agree that the end was sloppy, but the right guy won and I’m interested in seeing where they go next, and that’s really the important thing at a Big 4 PPV, which should serve as a reset button for the product.

Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team vs. The Revival

Chris Novak: So, this was fine from the jump as Revival did a lot of good limb work and double-teaming. As one should expect. Axel eventually got the hot tag and wound up picking up the victory after Bo barreled into a small package, which was reversed. I don’t particularly understand keeping things rolling with the B-Team as champs, but such is life in the Raw tag division. This was considerably better than the Kickoff opener but not better than Alexander-Gulak. **½ for me, but obviously, Raw’s tag division remains in the pits.

Robert O’Neill: That was stupid and had another stupid distraction finish and the B-Team won. What a dumb decision. I don’t see the point of continuing to hold down the tag division by having a comedy act as the tag champions, and I don’t see the point of making them look unbeatable. Aside from the result, it wasn’t horrendous, so hopefully it turns into a feud and The Revival eventually get the victory

Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler (w/ Drew McIntyre) vs. Seth Rollins (w/ Dean Ambrose)

Chris Novak: This match felt like it was missing something. They ran a match to start the show and did so in slow and plodding fashion. Only until later did they get into a second gear and by then, it was probably too late. There was a pretty ridiculous bump late in the match when Seth got DDT’d onto the apron. Then Seth did an inverted Superplex, which led to a spinout slam later, which was absolutely ridiculous. Action picked up at the end when Seth got near falled, and Ambrose came around to drop McIntyre off the apron and then with Dirty Deeds. Rollins hit Ziggler with a kick and then the stomp led to the 1-2-3. Seth is your NEW IC Champion. I will give this ***¾, but the finish was awesome. Just too slow in some parts for me.

Robert O’Neill: I think the last five minutes definitely made up for the first 15 or so. Everything after that back superplex spot onward was awesome, and I’m glad they told a good story with getting Drew and Dean involved, and the right guy definitely won. It was also smart to not have Ambrose turn on Rollins, like everyone seemed to have wanted to happen.

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The New Day

Chris Novak: I didn’t think they’d give these guys a lot of time considering how the SDL Tag Team Titles have been utilized on big shows before. However, they went and sorta proved me wrong. They went a pretty damn decent length and Big E and Xavier Woods went OFFFFFFFFF. Woods had a CRAZY elbow drop off the top rope to the outside. They ended this in DQ fashion after Rowan decided to get the mallet involved. Unfortunate finish as the match itself was real good beforehand. I will put this also at ***½ but the lack of a clean finish hurts more than it helped. That being said, it didn’t completely crater the match.

Robert O’Neill: I think they have to find a way to make the Bludgeon Brothers more… something. I don’t think dominant is the right word, because they face jobbers every week, they’re clearly dominant. But they’re missing something. Especially compared to The New Day, The Usos, or even The Bar. The match was fine, and I think Big E and Xavier Woods have become my favorite New Day tandem, but using the hammers for a DQ finish was lame.

MITB On the Line: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens

Chris Novak: Owens got absolutely blitzkrieged. Arguably the strongest Braun has ever looked, considering the opponent. He’s fresh for a cash-in attempt later. * for that. Not much to work with.

Robert O’Neill: Well that’s certainly not how I wanted that to go! But Owens should probably take some time off and rest up. And yeah, tonight is pretty interesting now.

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair

Robert O’Neill: A lot of people on Twitter didn’t care for the match. I thought it was pretty solid. Charlotte won after hitting Natural Selection on Becky Lynch, which is an inexcusable booking error, HOWEVER, Becky finally snapped and beat the hell out of Charlotte afterwards and the crowd ATE IT UP.

Chris Novak: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. What an indefensible situation made up for by the fact that Becky got an absolute MONSTER pop of a reaction. The match itself was pretty good and I liked it. Some of the spots were a little bit all over the place. I do like the ending now in hindsight, as Becky came close to winning, but Charlotte ruined her chance of winning by hitting Natural Selection for the 3 count. That being said, if this doesn’t end with Becky winning the title, then this was all for naught. Because, my goodness, putting the title on Charlotte was foolish otherwise. Going to give this a solid ***.

WWE Championship: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

Chris Novak: This was a match that, like the first match of the night, picked up towards the end. And this one REALLY picked up by the end. The match came to a close after a DQ finish, after Joe told Styles’ wife that he would be her new daddy. Styles went on a rampage thereafter. I personally loved this match and how this all was all set up along the way. I will give this ****¼, and it’s the easy MOTN so far. Job well done to both dudes here, who really picked this bad boy up along the way.

Robert O’Neill: People thought this match would be bad, too! It wasn’t. It was very good after things picked up. And the finish was pretty perfect and sets up nicely for Hell In A Cell next month. Joe is such a great heel, and to watch him keep that up for another month will be so good. Definitely my match of the night so far.

8 Years in the Making: The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan

Chris Novak: This match delivered in every possible way imaginable. Both these dudes brought their A-games with them and it showed throughout. I loved and adored the storytelling that this match had. Miz used a ‘loaded fist’ to knock Bryan’s lights out when he tried to dive through the ropes, leading to the 1-2-3. Just a freaking excellent match. Easy MOTN, and screw it: I’m giving that the FIVE. SNOWFLAKE TREATMENT. *****.

Robert O’Neill: It’s rare that something actually lives up to the hype in wrestling but good lord that was good. It was old school through and through and this feud is gonna last for a while. I can’t wait for it, personally. I think it’s a strong contender for match of the year so far.

Finn Balor vs. Constable Corbin

Chris Novak: THE DEMON RETURNED!!! I have no other thoughts about this other than THAT was great. * since it’s a squash, but it was cool as fuck.

Robert O’Neill: Whew, boy. Finn’s in the demon paint! Shit’s about to get real! And it did. He took about two minutes to pick up the win and looked super aggressive. That was great. That’s how they SHOULD use him when he has the Demon paint.

US Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy

Chris Novak: Jeff Hardy went totally bonkers. He went to hit the Swanton Bomb on Nakamura, who was lied out on the apron. BUT NAK MOVED! Hardy took an absolutely sick bump on the apron (which may’ve been very much unnecessary). Nak then finished him off with the Kinshasa. Honestly dug this match, although it was the weaker of the last few lengthy matches we’ve had. ***

Robert O’Neill: Yeah that was fine. Jeff’s probably gonna get some time off. Shinsuke’s probably gonna feud with… someone new. Orton? Who knows. Good match though!

Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey

Chris Novak: This turned out to be exactly what it needed to be. Alexa got in almost no offense, and anytime she did, Ronda no sold it. Rousey tapped Alexa out with the armbar and became the NEW Women’s Champion! So we get two women’s titles to change hands, though this one is a lot more palatable. * for me, because it was a squash, but it did its damn job.

Robert O’Neill: Ronda is so good. We go over it all the time, but it’s pretty amazing every time. Natalya came out with her, too, which was a nice touch. The match was fine, and probably the necessary result, though I’m obviously very sad as a big Alexa fan.

Universal Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar

Robert O’Neill: Well, they finally did it. Roman looked strong as hell as he pummelled Brock early on before getting caught with a guillotine, but he got out of it! Meanwhile, Braun Strowman was at ringside and mentioned before the match started that he would be cashing in on whoever wins. Well, that didn’t go well. Both Roman and Brock took turns beating Strowman up, and ultimately, beating Strowman up is what cost Lesnar the match, as he got into the ring and ran right into a spear. Strowman couldn’t cash in because he was wounded from an F5, so Roman won and the show ended. It was a great match.

Chris Novak: Jesus, what a ride that match was. A chaotic, frenetic match. I thought Roman was going to win off the bat with those Superman Punches and the Spear, but then THAT was turned into a Guillotine Choke. It didn’t stop there though. Braun got beaten up badly by Brock, and paying attention to his possible next victim while ignoring his current threat is such a way for Brock to lose. His arrogance did him in, and he FINALLY paid the price. Roman caught him napping, and Braun was too incapacitated to cash in after. Job well done here. ***¾ for me.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: What a show. It’s rare that a 13 match show has 75% of the matches deliver, but I don’t think there was anything I actively hated, Charlotte winning aside). Everything was at least passable, and I think it’s neck and neck with the Royal Rumble for PPV of the year. All I look for after a big four show is intrigue to watch Raw and Smackdown the next two nights and that’s present here. It seems like Brock Lesnar’s time with WWE is over, so seeing where Paul Heyman goes and what the WWE title being back on TV every week means is super intriguing, as is the continuation of all the Smackdown stuff. A-

Chris Novak: So, let’s go through my match ratings here.

Rusev/Lana vs. Andrade/Zelina: *½
Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak: ***½
The B-Team vs. The Revival: **½
Dolph Ziggler (w/ Drew Mac) vs. Seth Rollins (w/ Dean Ambrose): ***¾
Bludgeon Brothers vs. The New Day: ***½
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens: *
Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte: ***
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe: ****¼
The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan: *****
Finn Balor vs. Constable Corbin: *
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy: ***
Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss: *
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns: ***¾

The one star matches were just that way because they were squashes, but all of them were extremely well done and well put together. Especially the Women’s Championship Match. You have, in my opinion at least, four matches that nearly or are at four stars or higher. With one five-star match, in my opinion, with The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan. No other match, with the exception of the two on the pre-show, felt like a total stinker or just not up to snuff. That makes for a really damn good show.

The only problem I had was with how indefensible it was to put the title back on Charlotte. That being said, there’s a reason why I’ll be a LITTLE bit more reserved with that, mostly due to how the moment will be if/when Becky gets one over on her down the line. Plus the ambivalence about The Revival/B-Team. Everything else? The right man (or woman) won. It’s rare that you see that sort of thing happen in EVERY match but two, in this writer’s opinion.

A- for me as well. This SummerSlam was certainly a damn good show that I think went right up with TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 on Saturday night. Job well done.

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