Match Ratings For WWE Summerslam 2020 From Sean Ross Sapp

WWE United States Championship
Apollo Crews (c) defeated MVP
5/10

  • I love the new shirts for The Hurt Business. They have Apollo cut a terrible inset promo.
  • WWE didn't bother changing the backgrounds for the video wall.
  • MVP does a release superplex, and it looks great. A little twist on a classic. Apollo practically whiffs on a tope con hilo.
  • Apollo meets better success with a moonsault. Apollo wins with a Toss Powerbomb
  • Apollo escapes the Hurt Business.
Sami Callihan vs. Kenny Omega For IMPACT World Title Made Official For IMPACT Slammiversary 2021

WWE Smackdown Women's Championship
Bayley (c) (w/ Sasha Banks) defeated Asuka to retain the title
5.5/10

  • The video feeds went out for the screens briefly.
  • Bayley has nice new gear, and then she and Asuka beat the shit out of each other.
  • Asuka kicks out of a Bayley to Belly. Bayley kicks out of a hip attack, so Naomi's Rear View is definitely more lethal.
  • Bayley works the knee over.
  • Asuka steps over a nice modified Calf Cutter into a heel hook briefly.
  • The sunset flip bomb, and even some moves like it, are such great additions we've seen on WWE TV of late.
  • Asuka catches Bayley's flying elbow drop with an armbar. Asuka is more worried about kicking Sasha, though.
  • Bayley rolls up Asuka off of a distraction.
  • Sasha Banks attacks.

WWE Raw Tag Team Champions
Street Profits (c) defeated Angel Garza & Andrade (w/ Zelina) to retain the titles
6.5/10

  • Kevin Owens comes out for commentary.
  • Street Profits still bringing the Celtic Pride. Montez had an incredible front flip clothesline and jumping huracanrana. He's going 100 MPH.
  • Bryon Saxton saying "thank goodness" when Garza's pants came off was great.
  • I'm gonna buy Angel Garza a fruit basket for making sense of the Del Rio Stomp. I will take a bullet for this man.
  • Dawkins and Andrade trade spears and back elbows.
  • Angel Garza sees the Wing Clipper FLIPPED out of.
  • Cash Out, Twisting Frog Splash. That was a blast.
  • Kevin Owens invites Aleister Black to the KO Show.

Loser Leaves WWE
No DQ
Mandy Rose defeated Sonya Deville
5.5/10

  • Mandy has a Madusa vibe going on.
  • Many Rose is pretty aggressive early on and knocks Sonya around and pulls out a table.
  • Sonya attacks with a chair.
  • Sonya applies the dragon sleeper with a body scissors.
  • They're chucking around some nasty knees.
  • Sonya tries to steal the Angel's Wings, but gets hit with knees, one weaker than the other.
  • Mandy does the Angel's Wings.
  • The table was never used.
  • Otis comes out and celebrates with Mandy. She tries to do a Caterpillar.

NO DQ
Seth Rollins (w/ Buddy Murphy) defeated Dominik Mysterio (w/ Rey Mysterio)
7/10

  • Wrestling with a hood on your jacket is pretty odd.
  • Seth Rollins looking like he's wearing a Burn Book that belongs to the Riddler.
  • Dominik is very versatile. He flips up and kips up and other ip ups.
  • Rollins taunts Dominik, as his mother is shown watching backstage. Dominik's, not Seth's.
  • Dominik counters a Buckle Bomb with a huracanrana into the buckle. He also does a nice tornado DDT.
  • A fan had a beach ball on one of the screens.
  • Superplex into the Falcon Arrow.
  • Rey Mysterio is trying to decide if he will help Dom. Seth calls for a table.
  • Frog splash from Dominik has me emotional.
  • There was a great White Russian Leg Sweep off the buckles through a table.
  • Rollins destroys Dominik with a powerbomb.
  • Dominik's mom comes out.
  • Rey is handcuffed up, and Rollins implies he's going to BEAT DOMINIK'S MOTHER WITH A CANE.
  • Dom makes the save. Big back body drop outside on Murphy.
  • 619.
  • Rollins gets his knees up on a frog splash. Stomp and a win.

WWE Raw Women's Championship
Asuka defeated Sasha Banks (c) (w/ Bayley) to become Raw Women's Champion
8.5/10

  • They immediately get into it and Sasha Banks does a corkscrew sunset flip bomb on the floor off the apron. This was gross and amazing.
  • You know Sasha is bringing the knees hard.
  • An Electric Chair to a reverse powerbomb from Asuka, down into a heel hook and Ankle Lock.
  • Asuka does an insane DDT off the top rope.
  • Asuka goes for an Alley Oop but Sasha does a Codebreaker.
  • This match rules.
  • Frog Splash missed.
  • Asuka applies a flying armbar into an Asuka Lock.
  • Sasha tries to pin, then a Banks Statement.
  • Asuka flips off the ropes into an Asuka Lock.
  • A Bayley distraction spot doesn't work, and Asuka taps out Sasha Banks with the Asuka Lock.
  • Sasha Banks still can't defend her championship successfully.
  • Sasha is distraught.

WWE Championship
Drew McIntyre (c) defeated Randy Orton to retain the title
7/10

  • Why is Shawn Michaels in the cabin of a cruise boat?
  • Orton avoids Drew McIntyre for several minutes, then attacks. We get a nice Singh Bomb.
  • Orton methodically works over Drew, but Drew fights back to work the leg over.
  • Knee breaker and a Figure Four Leg Lock from Drew McIntyre. The latter is a great piece of business.
  • Orton gouges McIntyre's eye, who is busted open.
  • Drew is really laying the chops in on Orton.
  • Drew lands a Future Shock, Orton hits a powerslam.
  • The piped in crowd noise does add. I probably wouldn't rely on echoed Thurnderdome viewer noice, either.
  • Orton lines up for a punt, but Drew does a big powerbomb. There are some damn good ones.
  • McIntyre misses a Claymore, but wins with a backslide.

WWE Universal Championship
Falls Count Anywhere
The Fiend defeated Braun Strowman (c) to become champion
5.75/10
Angle- 10/10

  • Fiend breaks Strowman's neck twice after a uranage.
  • The thing that "we'd never see coming" from Summerslam was them booking stuff that makes sense.
  • Braun mows Fiend trough the barricade and slams him on the table. OUCH.
  • Powerslam for Strowman, Fiend kicks out at one.
  • Nobody is running Gorilla Position! They brawl back there, and Fiend hits a Sister Abigail.
  • Powerslam and a two count.
  • Strowman cuts up the ring. Fiend hits Sister Abigail and wins.
  • ROMAN REIGNS IS BACK! He looks bad ass.
  • He destroys everyone.

Rating Guide
10- Perfect, 9- MOTY Territory, 8- Excellent, 7- Great, 6- Good, 5- Average to above average, 4- Slightly below average, 3 or below: Poor

Each match starts at a 5 and slides up and down based on entertainment, execution, time, environment, reaction and stakes. The ratings are in no way an indication of a "star rating," which is a completely different system. A standard, non-offensive "TV match" lands at a 5. The gap between 5.75-6 is generally the largest, with anything reaching 6 being recommended viewing.
These are opinions, and incredibly inconsistent ones that may change upon a second viewing, or sitting on the match for a period of time. Don't take them too seriously, and have (and share) your own!

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