WWE SummerSlam 2018 Review/Results: So Many Squash Matches

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Usually when it comes to very big shows, you rarely see any squash matches but we saw a ton of them at SummerSlam 2018.

While I'm glad the main card was not five hours long, I was still surprised by how short several of the matches were.

The first squash of the night was Kevin Owens vs Braun Strowman. Kevin Owens had virtually no offense in the match as Strowman powerslammed Owens in less than two minutes to keep his Money in the Bank briefcase.

The second squash match of SummerSlam 2018 was the 'Demon' Finn Balor easily disposing of 'Constable' Baron Corbin in a match that only lasted for 95 seconds. The 'Coup de Grace' was Balor's finisher that made this match nice and quick.

The last squash match of the night was Ronda Rousey toying with Alexa Bliss to become the new Raw Women's Champion. Much like the Owens/Strowman match, Bliss had zero offense as Rousey dominated her for 4 minutes.

Rousey ended Bliss' reign as champion with her 'armbar' finisher.

I'm glad Bliss is no longer champion, although I'm a little worried WWE pulled the trigger too early on Rousey. The fans might boo Rousey for getting all of these opportunities so early in her rookie year in WWE.

Nevertheless, Rousey is sure to be the champion for a very long time and I feel she won't be losing the title until next year. Hopefully she's able to face more credible opponents going forward in the near future.

SummerSlam 2018 was also a PPV full of unclean finishes too. The Smackdown tag team match was going well until Rowan got a hammer and started to attack both Xavier Woods and Big E. The match ended via a disqualification.

The second DQ finish of the night came in the WWE Title match between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. Arguably these two had the best match of the night, but the finish ruined what could have been a classic encounter.

AJ Styles disqualified himself when he hit Samoa Joe with a steel chair. Styles did this because Samoa Joe was taunting Styles' wife and daughter saying that he's their "new daddy".

I'm a little disappointed the match did not have a clean finish because I was hoping Samoa Joe would win. I guess the feud will continue since these two guys have unfinished business.

Another dirty finish was the conclusion between The Miz vs Daniel Bryan.

These two had a lengthy average match that is likely going to continue for the months to come. The ending came when The Miz cheated by hitting Daniel Bryan with brass knuckles.

Seth Rollins vs Dolph Ziggler may have been the best clean match of the night because Dean Ambrose and Drew McIntyre did not really do much in the entire night.

Dean Ambrose stayed as a babyface as he beat up Drew McIntyre who was trying his best to let Dolph Ziggler cheat to win. At the end though, Seth Rollins stomped Dolph Ziggler to become the new Intercontinental Champion.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Jeff Hardy was another surprising clean finish because Randy Orton did not do anything.

Instead, Jeff Hardy lost the match by missing a Swanton Bomb on the apron. Nakamura retained the title and Orton chose not to beat up Hardy after the match concluded.

We may not have seen Dean Ambrose turn heel, but Becky Lynch made sure to express her true feelings.

Charlotte became the new Smackdown Women's Champion after a decent match, but Becky Lynch's heel turn was by far the most interesting moment.

It looks like we will have Becky Lynch vs Charlotte sometime soon on Smackdown Live while Carmella is finally out of the title picture.

I'm still hoping Becky Lynch becomes champion because Charlotte has held the title too many times already.

Lastly, the main event was uneventful because Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns was a short match that ended in boring fashion. The two did not do much offense and Lesnar prevented Strowman from cashing in his MITB contract.

Instead, Lesnar was concentrating too much on Strowman and Reigns capitalized with a spear and became the new Universal Champion. Strowman still has the MITB contract, but he will have to cash in on another night.

The Reigns vs Lesnar match was short and disappointing. It did not help that the crowd was chanting "You Both Suck" to both Reigns and Lesnar. Hopefully Strowman cashes in on Raw tomorrow because SummerSlam 2018's ending just felt underwhelming.

Overall, SummerSlam 2018 was not a horrible show but it wasn't the best one of the year either.

I would say this PPV was an average show worthy of a 6/10 at best. It just felt weird that there were so many squash matches and unclean finishes.

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