NASHVILLE — WWE kicks off its new era Saturday with its No. 2 annual event, SummerSlam, at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium (8 p.m., Peacock).
In what is being billed as their final face-off ever, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar will vie for the undisputed WWE Universal Championship in the main event, a rematch of their bout at WrestleMania 38. This time, it’s a Last Man Standing match, and the brutal nature of such a contest has Austin Theory waiting in the wings with his Money in the Bank contract.
The burgeoning star has teased a SummerSlam cash-in, but before he gets the opportunity to become the youngest undisputed champion of all time, he’ll attempt to regain the United States championship in a rematch with Bobby Lashley, who defeated him at Money in the Bank.
Plenty of other titles will also be up for grabs. Bianca Belair defends the Raw women’s championship against Becky Lynch in a rematch of last year’s SummerSlam, while Ronda Rousey attempts to regain the SmackDown women’s championship against Liv Morgan. The Usos will defend their undisputed tag team championship against The Street Profits.
A highly anticipated matchup between Seth “Freakin'” Rollins and Riddle was scrapped due to an “injury” suffered by Riddle on Raw, but there are a pair of singles matches featuring celebrities. The Miz takes on Logan Paul in one such matchup, while former NFL punter and SmackDown analyst Pat McAfee is pitted against Happy Corbin in the other attraction.
A No Disqualification tag-team match featuring The Judgment Day vs. The Mysterios also has plenty of intrigue as Edge, formerly the leader of The Judgement Day, was ousted from the group nearly two months ago and hasn’t been seen on TV since. Will those ominous vignettes that air each week on Raw and SmackDown lead to Edge’s return?
Follow along as Mike Coppinger recaps all the action from Nashville.
Match in progress: The Miz vs. Logan Paul
Raw women’s championship: Bianca Belair def. Becky Lynch
In a rematch of their matchup at last year’s SummerSlam, Bianca Belair turned the tables on Becky Lynch to retain her Raw women’s championship.
Lynch attempted a second Manhandle Slam, this time from the second turnbuckle, only for Bianca to reverse the move into a Spanish Fly. Belair capitalized and then immediately dropped Becky with a second KOD for the pinfall victory.
After the pin, Lynch in an uncharacteristic move for her heel character, embraced Belair and hugged her to close out their long-standing rivalry.
Suddenly Bayley’s music hit. Bayley, who’s been sidelined since last July with a torn ACL, stood on the ramp with a smirk on her face. But she didn’t return alone.
Dakota Kai, who was released by WWE in April, made a surprise appearance alongside the former champion and was also joined by former NXT champion Io Shirai — referenced on TV as Io Sky. Before they could seemingly attack Belair, Becky came to her aid, completing her face turn.
Still to come:
Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin