a new era officially begins for WWE and its SummerSlam pay-per-view/premium live event begins. The event, which is an annual tradition, takes place this year on July 30 from inside Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.
In the main event, Brock Lesnar will face Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Title. Billed as “the last match ever”, Reigns and Lesnar will face off in a last man standing match. With Vince McMahon retiring, how will WWE book this match? Who will leave Nashville as the champion?
Also on the card will be The Usos, Reigns’ cousins. They will defend the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles against The Street Profits. Jeff Jarrett will be the guest referee.
In other title action, Liv Morgan defends the WWE SmackDown Women’s Title against former champion Ronda Rousey, while Bobby Lashley defends the WWE United States Title against Theory. Becky Lynch is looking to dethrone Bianca Belair once again to challenge for the WWE RAW Women’s Title. This is a rematch from last year’s SummerSlam.
In a non-title event, former football stars collide as Pat McAfee takes on Happy Corbin. The Miz takes on YouTuber Logan Paul, while Rey and Dominik Mysterio take on Damian Priest and Finn Balor.
Sporting News will provide match analysis and ratings throughout the event.
WWE SummerSlam 2022 Live Scores, Highlights
7:45 PM ET – Titus O’Neil comes out and presents his WWE Titles to those who make a difference in the world. Musicians on Call are just a few examples of causes that have won gold.
8 in the evening. ET – The main card began, and during the pre-show it was announced that Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair opens things up.
Bianca Belair def. Becky Lynch retains the RAW Women’s Title
SummerSlam opens with a rematch from last year’s SummerSlam, where Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair face off. Last year, Lynch defeated Belair in 27 seconds after Sasha Banks was a no-show. The fans are on their feet as they both stare intensely. Lynch wears red and Belair wears blue, the symbol of fire and ice.
Lock to boot. Lynch immediately went for Belair’s arm and set her up for a submission attempt. However, after a lapse in judgment, Belair gains momentum and performs impressive acrobatic moves. On the outside, Lynch lands a leg drop off the barricade. Back in the ring, they trade counters. Lynch tries to attack on the outside again, but Belair counters everything and lands a suplex.
Lynch has an injured arm as he attempts a crossbody. Belair catches her but Lynch counters into a stunner. The champion goes for her finisher, but Lynch catches her in the Disarm-Her. Belair manages to escape and bring them both out of the ring, where they lay out the KOD on Lynch.
Another KOD attempt on the inside, but Lynch counters. He lands right into a standing spinebuster. Manhandle Slam by Lynch but only for two. Rollup by Belair and one by Lynch. Up top, Lynch goes for a Manhandle Slam, but a counter Spanish Fly by Belair and then a KOD secures the win for the champion. He retains his title.
As expected, Belair and Lynch put on a show for the ages. Last year is past for Belair as he has his redemption. Both women started the show, in a new era, the right way.
Bayley is back! However, she is not alone. Dakota Kai and Io Shirai have arrived. She tries to attack Belair, but Lynch comes to her aid.
Logan Paul def. The Miz
The Miz vs. It’s Logan Paul’s turn. His brother Jake’s boxing match for next week has just ended.
Miz tries to pick Paul up immediately and has him on the floor. Paul is able to show some wrestling with the Fireman’s Carry. Paul then takes punches to The Miz’s gut that look better than Shane McMahon. He takes a break and reverses a kick by Miz into a rollup for two. Moonsault by Paul to the outside.
On the inside of the ring, Paul lands hard chops. Miz lands a Codebreaker to the face of Paul. Ciampa, who is in The Miz’s corner, lands a cheap shot. Miz lands “YES/IT Kicks” in the corner. Blockbuster by Paul, a flashback to when they got together at WrestleMania. Paul has his own kicks and a quad leglock.
Paul lands a crossbody after Miz gets out of a submission attempt. Ciampa is thrown from ringside. He doesn’t want to leave, but A.J. Styles attacks Ciampa. He tosses Ciampa into the crowd. Paul lands a Phenomenal Forearm, but it only gets two. Paul clears the announce table, puts Miz on it and hits a frog splash on Miz. Maryse distracts the referee, Miz nearly hits Paul and Maryse with a chain, and Paul wins the skull crushing final.
On paper, the match had no reason to be that good. Logan Paul shows his dedication to preparing for his first WWE singles match. A very solid match between Miz and Paul. Paul is just getting started, which is pretty impressive when you think about it.
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Lashley dominates against Theory, retaining the United States title
Lashley defends the WWE United States title against Theory next. As Lashley gets in the ring, Theory hits him with the Money in the Bank briefcase. The bell rings and Theory tries to overtake Lashley. However, Lashley gains momentum and drops Theory to the floor. Theory tries to leave the ring but Lashley stops him. In the ring, Theory lands a rolling dropkick.
Lashley and Theory trade punches in the middle of the ring. Running powerslam by Lashley. He goes for a spear but Theory jumps out of the way. Theory goes for the dropkick again, but Lashley grabs him and puts him in the Hurt Lock. Faucet theory.
This was a dominant performance by Lashley, mixed in with some Theory moves. The loss continues the tradition of MITB champions being pinned. It sets up the theory for a potential cash-in later.
Edge returns, Mysterio defeated Finn Balor and Damian Priest
Finn Balor and Damian Priest of The Judgment Day (with Rhea Ripley) will step up first for their match against Rey and Dominic Mysterio. It was recently changed to a no disqualification match.
Both teams immediately attack each other. Rey’s hurricanrana and Doomsday have already been taken out. Rey held the ropes for Dominic, who landed a head dive. In the ring, Rey is being honored by Edie Guerrero. Dominik is in the match but is overpowered by Balor. Priest in the match now and dominating Dominik. Balor is now taunting Eddie Guerrero while not giving Dominic a chance to rest.