SummerSlam 2017 was a professional wrestling event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for the Raw and SmackDown brands.
It took place on August 20, 2017, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It was the thirtieth event under the SummerSlam chronology.
Thirteen matches were contested at the event, including three on the pre-show. The event featured eight championship matches, the most for a SummerSlam event, where five of the titles changed hands.
The event went over four hours long with a two-hour pre-show. The main event was the best match of the night and probably one of the best Fatal Four-Way matches WWE has ever done. Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, and Roman Reigns all brought their A-game only for Brock Lesnar to retain the Universal Championship.
In the penultimate match, Jinder Mahal defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE Championship. On the undercard, AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens to retain the United States Championship, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeated Cesaro and Sheamus to win the Raw Tag Team Championship, and John Cena defeated Baron Corbin.
Brock Lesner Defeated Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, And Samoa Joe To Retain WWE Universal Championship
All four guys immediately started slugging it out, with Lesnar suplexing Joe right off the bat. He went at with Strowman, who clotheslined Lesnar out of the ring. Joe put Lesnar in a Coquina Clutch and Reigns speared both men through the barricade.
It was beautiful carnage … but Lesnar turned out more focused, took everybody to Suplex City and hooked a Kimura Lock on Strowman, which Reigns broke up with a Superman Punch.
He speared Lesnar but it wasn’t the finish, with Brock barely kicking out. Strowman powerslammed Joe and Reigns pulled the ref out of the ring to save the pin. Roman got powerslammed by Strowman, with Brock breaking up the pin.
Brock lifted up Braun for an F5, but Roman speared him and all three men were left laying. Brock hit the F5 on Joe and Reigns broke up his pin attempt. Roman hit multiple Superman Punches on Brock and set up the spear, but Brock got him up for the F5 to keep the title.
Jinder Mahal Defeated Shinsuke Nakamura By Pinfall To Retain WWE Championship
After two suitably big entrances for both men, Nakamura got the early upper hand before Mahal took over and beat on him for a while. Nak fired back with a series of kicks and a smooth enzugiri. He also put Jinder on the top rope and hit a running knee to the gut, getting a two-count.
Jinder recovered and tried to get the advantage on Nak, but got sent straight into the post. Nak hit the exploder suplex and set up his Kinshasa before the Singh brothers interfered. Nak fought them off, Jinder hit his finisher out of nowhere, and won.
AJ Styles Defeated Kevin Owens By Pinfall To Retain WWE United States Championship
- (Shane McMahon, in this match was the special guest referee)
This was the first title match all night where the champion retained.
Styles and Owens have had several matches at this point, all of them with bizarre screwy finishes, so now Shane McMahon is making himself the referee. Surely nothing crazy should happen with Shane in charge!
Styles and Owens started brawling before the match begun, and went right back at it after Shane separated them enough to ring the bell. The two men went on to have a fairly even match, with Shane not doing much to get involved and calling it down the middle.
However, in the course of the show, Shane got knocked to the outside, Styles got the Calf Crusher again. Owens tapped out, but there was no ref.
After more of such misnomer [with Shane], Styles and Owens started throwing haymakers. Owens went for the pop-up powerbomb, but AJ reversed into a Styles Clash, which Owens kicked out of. Owens hit the powerbomb for real this time, but Styles got his foot on the rope so Shane waved off the pin. Owens threw another tantrum, giving Styles time to recover and hit the Phenomenal Forearm. Another Styles Clash gave AJ the three-count.
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins Defeated Sheamus & Cesaro By Pinfall To Win RAW Tag Team Championship
The former Shield mates hold gold once again. Ambrose also completes the WWE Grand Slam, having won the WWE Championship, Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, and now the tag team titles.
Over three years after The Shield broke up, Ambrose and Rollins have united once again to go after the tag team titles. The match started off on an energetic note, with both teams making quick tags and snapping off smooth offensive moves. Rollins and Ambrose cleared the ring early to a good crowd response.
The match ended when Ambrose hit Cesaro with Dirty Deeds and won the tag titles.
Finn Balor Defeated Bray Wyatt By Pinfall
Balor came out in the Demon face paint, the first time he’s donned the look since … well, last year’s SummerSlam. He also won his second straight SummerSlam match.
Wyatt started the match with a lot of stalling and powdering to the outside, before Balor took him out with a huge dive over the ropes. Wyatt recovered and took over the match, wearing down Balor with various holds and strikes. He went for Sister Abigail, which Balor countered into a low dropkick in the chest.
Balor drove Wyatt outside and nailed a double stomp on the back of the head. He got Wyatt back in the ring and escaped Sister Abigail again, reversing into a slingblade. Wyatt cut off his comeback and nailed an urunage for two. He got another nearfall with a running senton. Wyatt went on the floor once again and Balor drove him into the barricade with a dropkick.
A massive clothesline from Wyatt got two, and he tried his crab walk, only for Balor to hit a slingblade and dropkick into the corner. He went up top and hit Coup de Grace for the victory.
Sasha Banks Defeated Alexa Bliss By Submission To Win RAW Women’s Championship
Bayley was originally going to be in this match, but a shoulder injury forced her out of action. Banks got the spot by winning a No. 1 contender’s match over Nia Jax, and went on to win her fourth Women’s Championship.
The two women exchanged some stiff-as-hell strikes to start off. Alexa took control and ragdolled Sasha around the ring for a while. Bliss hit the double-knee stomp/moonsault combo for a two-count.
She landed some more nearfalls that Sasha kept kicking out of. Sasha got very little offense up to this point, but she finally started getting an upper hand on Alexa. A pair of clotheslines and a dropkick got two, and Sasha drilled Alexa with a slingshot into the turnbuckles.
Alexa tried hitting her DDT finisher, but Sasha countered into the Bank Statement, which Alexa broke by rolling into the ropes. They went outside and Alexa threw Sasha shoulder-first into the post. Sasha was nearly counted out and just barely rolled back into the ring before Alexa worked her over some more. She went up top and hit Twisted Bliss, which Sasha somehow kicked out of. Alexa tried the DDT again, but Sasha got her back in the Bank Statement, forcing Bliss to tap out.
Randy Orton defeated Rusev by pinfall
Orton made his entrance first, but Rusev jumped him before the bell and beat him down. After several minutes, Orton got to his feet and the ref rang the bell. Orton immediately hit the RKO and pinned Rusev in seconds.
Big Cass Defeated Big Show By Pinfall
Enzo Amore was lifted up above the ring in a shark cage, to presumably prevent him from interfering.
Big Show worked the match with his right hand in a cast following an attack from Cass last week. Show couldn’t use the hand much, but he still had a good left hand and use it to lay some mean chops on Cass. Show hit the KO punch with his injured hand, but it wasn’t enough for the three-count.
Enzo spent the entire match screaming nonsensical things from the cage.
Cass kept working over the bad hand, with only intermittent comebacks from Show. At this point Enzo tried slipping through the cage, and escaped after putting oil on himself. These are real words I’m typing. He dropped into the ring and Cass immediately booted him in the face. Two big boots and the Empire Elbow later, and Cass had Show down for the count.
Natalya Defeated Naomi By Submission To Win Smackdown Women’s Championship
Natalya wasted no time, attacking Naomi right at the bell. Naomi recovered and hit a sunset flip from the stairs to the floor. Natalya caught Naomi’s leg on the top rope and wiped her out with a slingshot to the post.
The women got back in the ring and Natalya had a handful of nearfall attempts. Naomi made her comeback with some stiff kicks, but Natalya hit a rolling clothesline for two. Naomi fired back with more forearms and a spinning heel kick, getting a two-count in the process.
She put Natalya in the ropes and hit a sick springboard leg drop. Naomi tried a submission move, but Natalya turned it into the Sharpshooter, which Naomi escaped by forcing her opponent’s head into the buckles.
Naomi went for the split-legged moonsault, but Natalya got the knees up and locked in the Sharpshooter again, this time getting the tapout victory and third title change of the night.
John Cena Defeated Baron Corbin By Pinfall
Cena got his first SummerSlam win since 2010.
Corbin is still smarting after losing his Money in the Bank briefcase on last week’s SmackDown Live episode. He cashed in his title shot against Jinder Mahal, only to get distracted by Cena on the apron and pinned in seconds.
The crowd didn’t let him forget, chanting “where’s your briefcase?” at the start of the match. Corbin put the hurt on Cena and dominated him for pretty much the entire middle section, pausing to play to the crowd. Cena’s comeback was aborted by Corbin, who chokeslammed him into a backbreaker in a nasty-looking spot.
Corbin put Cena on the turnbuckle, but Cena took him down with a tornado DDT and hit the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He went for the Attitude Adjustment, which Corbin reversed into Deep Six for a nearfall. Cena eventually hit the AA for the clean win as Corbin’s momentum continues swinging downward.
Pre-Show Match: The Usos Defeated The New Day By Pinfall To Win Smackdown Tag Team Championship
An early contender for match of the night didn’t even happen on the main show, but it was a hell of a battle, and probably the best of the New Day/Usos program. It’s also the second title to change hands on the pre-show, which might be a portend of things to come.
Xavier Woods and Big E represented the New Day in this match, with Kofi Kingston at ringside. Woods got the upper hand on Jimmy Uso before Jey used a distraction and helped his brother take over.
Jimmy slowed the match to a crawl, working over Woods with headlocks. Jey tagged in and set up Woods on the top, but Woods got a slight opening by shoving him off.
He nearly got the tag to Big E, but Jimmy pulled him off the apron and the twins continued dominating. Woods finally got a comeback going and made the hot tag to Big E, who ran in a house afire.
Big E suplexed both Usos and got a two-count on Jey. Woods tagged back in and Big E powerbombed him onto Jey. Then Woods got Big E on his shoulders, slamming him on Jey for a close two-count. Jimmy blind-tagged in and they double-teamed Big E with a spinebuster for another nearfall.
Woods tagged back in and a stereo backstabber got two. The match turned into glorious chaos and Big E went for his massive spear through the ropes, but the Usos cut him off and got a two-count off a top-rope splash.
More counters and nearfalls followed. The New Day nearly had it won with the Midnight Hour tandem finisher, but one Uso dragged Big E off his brother to save it.
The match spilled to the outside and Big E hit his spear off the apron. He went for the Big Ending, but the Usos took him out with multiple superkicks. A double splash got the win and the Usos are tag champions once again.
Pre-Show Match: Neville Defeated Akira Tozawa By Pinfall To Win WWE Cruserweight Championship
Neville got his rematch clause after shockingly losing the title to Tozawa on the go-home episode of RAW last week. The self-proclaimed King of the Cruserweights lost his mind since dropping the title, and is desperate to get it back.
The two men went back-and-forth for most of the match, with Neville getting increasingly unhinged and working Tozawa’s shoulder. Tozawa wiped out Neville with a huge dive and later got him in an octupus lock.
Neville escaped and walked into a Shining Wizard, which he barely kicked out of. Both men exchanged kicks and Tozawa hit a hurricanrana for two.
Neville set up his superplex off the top, Tozawa pushed him off and went for the senton but Neville got his knees up. Neville then climbed up and hit the Red Arrow to win his title back.
Pre-Show Match: The Miz, Curtis Axel, & Bo Dallas Defeated Hardy Boyz & Jason Jordan
The Intercontinental Championship won’t be defended at this year’s SummerSlam, but it’s great to see The Miz and Hardy Boyz wrestling the first pre-show match in front of a half-empty building. He’s working alongside his Miztourage, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel.
Also Kurt Angle’s son, Jason Jordan, is here. That’s still a thing, by the way.
The Hardys get their stuff in and tag in Jordan, who does some of his mat-based offense. Miz and his partners eventually take over the match.
Matt makes his comeback and Jordan gets to run wild for a bit, throwing Axel around the ring. The match breaks down, Miz makes a blind tag and pins Jordan with Skull Crushing Finale, getting the win for his team.