Sasha Banks not expected to wrestle at WWE SummerSlam

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Wrestling News 21 August, 2021 - 06:05pm 31 views

Is Sasha banks at Summerslam?

Just as SummerSlam went on the air, Raj Giri of Wrestlinginc.com broke the news that Sasha Banks will not appear at the show. ... The loss of Banks for any long-term reason would not be great for the WWE, as she's one of the most popular stars in the company. DraftKings NationSasha Banks status: Becky Lynch replaces Banks in SummerSlam match vs. Bianca Belair

PWInsider reported today that the latest on Sasha Banks is that she is still not expected to wrestle on tonight’s WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view. Banks was supposed to wrestle Bianca Belair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Banks did not wrestle at last weekend’s live events in Charlotte, NC and Columbia, South Carolina and the reason given was that she was not there because of “unforeseen circumstances.” Fans at the show in Charlotte reported seeing Banks arriving at the arena last Saturday night.

Banks was also not at last night’s SmackDown but WWE continued to advertise Banks vs. Belair for SummerSlam. If the intention is still to put on a SmackDown Women’s Title match tonight, then they would have to find a suitable replacement. No one has said this will happen but Becky Lynch is an option since she is travelling with her husband Seth Rollins this weekend.

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WWE's Becky Lynch Returns at SummerSlam to Win SmackDown Women's Title

Fox News 21 August, 2021 - 08:48pm

The long-awaited return of Becky Lynch finally happened at SummerSlam, and she replaced Sasha Banks in a surprising victory over Bianca Belair for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship. One of the biggest questions in WWE revolved around Lynch's return, more specifically when she would make her return to the ring. Lynch has had some fun trolling fans with teases of being backstage at various events, but she has yet to actually appear on television, and sometimes she wasn't even at the event. Some thought that might be different coming into SummerSlam, as it would make for one hell of a return and buzzworthy moment for WWE's second-biggest show of the year. That said, some also thought the mysterious absence of Sasha Banks from SmackDown might speed up Lynch's return if she couldn't make the show, and while Carmella came out, it was Becky Lynch who came out to dave the day and take her spot.

The crowd was on their feet for the reveal, and so happy to see Lynch back in WWE. Belair was shocked as well, but extremely happy, while Carmella looked visibly upset. Belair was ready though, but the match did not go the way the Champion hoped. Belair and Lynch would lock up after the bell rang, but soon after Lynch would hit the ManHandle Slam and pin Belair clean for the win, and with it, she became once again SmackDown Women's Champion.

Belair looked visibly upset and disappointed, but she lifted her chin and looked like she will be looking for a rematch very soon.

Previously Banks and Bianca Belair had been pulled from a live show for undisclosed reasons, and that's when fans started worrying about an injury or health issue keeping them out of SummerSlam. They were confirmed for the show by WWE later, but then Banks was not at the SmackDown before SummerSlam, though Belair was.

As for Lynch, she instantly brings new energy and star power to whichever brand she ends up calling home, though the assumption would be that she joins Raw since she was previously Raw Women's Champion and never lost the title, as she relinquished it to Asuka after announcing her pregnancy. That said, she was also SmackDown Women's Champion before that and held both titles at the same time, so her options are plentiful.

Her possible opponents are also plentiful, as there are a number of names that come to mind in both brands. Rhea Ripley, Nikki A.S.H., Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair, Toni Storm, Zelina Vega, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, Shotzi Blackheart, and Tegan Nox could all use a new opponent, so we'll have to wait and see what WWE decides to do.

Here's the current full card for this weekend's big event:

Roman Reigns (C) vs John Cena (Universal Championship)

Bobby Lashley (C) vs Goldberg (WWE Championship)

Bianca Belair (C) vs Sasha Banks (SmackDown Women's Championship)

The Usos (C) vs The Mysterios (SmackDown Tag Team Championships)

AJ Styles and Omos (C) vs Randy Orton and Riddle (Raw Tag Team Championships)

Sheamus (C) vs Damian Priest (United States Championship)

What did you think of Becky's big return? Let us know in the comments or as always you can talk all things WWE with me on Twitter @MattAguilarCB!

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WWE's Becky Lynch Returns at SummerSlam to Win SmackDown Women's Title

Wrestling Inc. 21 August, 2021 - 08:48pm

The long-awaited return of Becky Lynch finally happened at SummerSlam, and she replaced Sasha Banks in a surprising victory over Bianca Belair for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship. One of the biggest questions in WWE revolved around Lynch's return, more specifically when she would make her return to the ring. Lynch has had some fun trolling fans with teases of being backstage at various events, but she has yet to actually appear on television, and sometimes she wasn't even at the event. Some thought that might be different coming into SummerSlam, as it would make for one hell of a return and buzzworthy moment for WWE's second-biggest show of the year. That said, some also thought the mysterious absence of Sasha Banks from SmackDown might speed up Lynch's return if she couldn't make the show, and while Carmella came out, it was Becky Lynch who came out to dave the day and take her spot.

The crowd was on their feet for the reveal, and so happy to see Lynch back in WWE. Belair was shocked as well, but extremely happy, while Carmella looked visibly upset. Belair was ready though, but the match did not go the way the Champion hoped. Belair and Lynch would lock up after the bell rang, but soon after Lynch would hit the ManHandle Slam and pin Belair clean for the win, and with it, she became once again SmackDown Women's Champion.

Belair looked visibly upset and disappointed, but she lifted her chin and looked like she will be looking for a rematch very soon.

Previously Banks and Bianca Belair had been pulled from a live show for undisclosed reasons, and that's when fans started worrying about an injury or health issue keeping them out of SummerSlam. They were confirmed for the show by WWE later, but then Banks was not at the SmackDown before SummerSlam, though Belair was.

As for Lynch, she instantly brings new energy and star power to whichever brand she ends up calling home, though the assumption would be that she joins Raw since she was previously Raw Women's Champion and never lost the title, as she relinquished it to Asuka after announcing her pregnancy. That said, she was also SmackDown Women's Champion before that and held both titles at the same time, so her options are plentiful.

Her possible opponents are also plentiful, as there are a number of names that come to mind in both brands. Rhea Ripley, Nikki A.S.H., Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair, Toni Storm, Zelina Vega, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, Shotzi Blackheart, and Tegan Nox could all use a new opponent, so we'll have to wait and see what WWE decides to do.

Here's the current full card for this weekend's big event:

Roman Reigns (C) vs John Cena (Universal Championship)

Bobby Lashley (C) vs Goldberg (WWE Championship)

Bianca Belair (C) vs Sasha Banks (SmackDown Women's Championship)

The Usos (C) vs The Mysterios (SmackDown Tag Team Championships)

AJ Styles and Omos (C) vs Randy Orton and Riddle (Raw Tag Team Championships)

Sheamus (C) vs Damian Priest (United States Championship)

What did you think of Becky's big return? Let us know in the comments or as always you can talk all things WWE with me on Twitter @MattAguilarCB!

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Becky Lynch Beats Bianca Belair for Women's Title in WWE Return at SummerSlam

Bleacher Report 21 August, 2021 - 08:47pm

Becky Lynch returned to WWE programming in emphatic fashion Sunday at SummerSlam.

Carmella thought she would parachute into a SmackDown Women's Championship match against Bianca Belair in place of Sasha Banks, but Lynch had other plans.

🚨🔥 @BeckyLynchWWE IS BACK!!! 🔥🚨 #SummerSlam https://t.co/0AP6Vi1v5r

JUST LIKE THAT. @BeckyLynchWWE has STUNNED @BiancaBelairWWE to become the NEW #SmackDown #WomensChampion! #SummerSlam https://t.co/l3UJSr0QSc

Saturday was supposed to be the highly anticipated rematch between two of the best women's wrestlers in the world on the heels of their historic clash in the main event of Night 1 of WrestleMania 37 in April.

Banks entered that match as the SmackDown women's champion, but after getting whipped so hard on her side by Belair's braid that it left a mark, The Boss succumbed to the KOD and dropped the title to The EST of WWE.

The first match between Banks and Belair marked the first time two Black women had ever faced each other in a WrestleMania main event. It was also only the second women's match overall to headline The Show of Shows, joining Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair from WrestleMania 35.

Belair scored the biggest win of her career that night and won her first title of any kind in WWE, while Banks proceeded to take a few months off during the aftermath.

That was the case on July 30 when she was attacked by Carmella and Zelina Vega, leading to Banks making her return and saving the champion.

A tag team match pitting Belair and Banks against Carmella and Vega was booked for later that night. Banks and Belair won, but during the celebration, The Boss turned on her teammate by hitting her with a Backstabber and then putting her in the Bank Statement.

In subsequent weeks, Banks explained her actions by expressing her belief that Belair was ungrateful and should have thanked her for elevating her to the top of the women's division.

The Boss even went so far as to call herself The EST of WWE, and it wasn't long before Belair accepted Banks' challenge for a SmackDown Women's Championship rematch at SummerSlam.

Unfortunately for Banks and Belair, fate intervened, and the spotlight instead belonged to Lynch. It wasn't an outcome anybody predicted.

Now, The Man reigns supreme over the SmackDown women's division. She'll likely have to deal with an enraged former champion, while Banks can justifiably argue she didn't get the title shot she earned and should thus have a crack at Lynch, too.

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WWE SummerSlam 2021: Results, Becky Lynch return, live updates

CNET 21 August, 2021 - 08:37pm

Update: SummerSlam isn't done yet, but it's already produced one huge surprise. Becky Lynch returned to replace Sasha Banks, and she quickly beat Bianca Belair to win the SmackDown Women's Championship. Scroll down for the full recap of that segment. 

AEW may have just signed the industry's hottest and most elusive free agent in CM Punk, but SummerSlam is likely to go down as the biggest wrestling event of 2021. With no social distancing provisions to hamper live attendence numbers, over 40,000 fans are exected in the live Las Vegas' crowd. The star of the show is John Cena, who will challenge "The Tribal Chief" Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship.

🚨🔥 @BeckyLynchWWE IS BACK!!! 🔥🚨#SummerSlam pic.twitter.com/0AP6Vi1v5r

It's one of many big bouts on the show. Edge will take on Seth Rollins in what's sure to be a great one, and Bobby Lashley defends his WWE Championship against a returning Goldberg. Nikki A.S.H. will seek to defend her Raw Women's Championship against Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair, and Sasha Banks' clash with SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair is scheduled. 

Check back to this page when the main show starts at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET as I'll be updating with results and live analysis. 

This went differently than I thought it would. Lashley dismantled Goldberg's leg, such that Goldberg couldn't stand up. After Goldberg twice tried unsuccessfully to stand up, the ref called for the bell.

It's not news anymore, but Goldberg looks unbelievable for a 54 year old. Just insane. Though he may look amazing, he certainly doesn't move like he once did. That said, he did much more here than his usual spear and jackhammer. He hit a high shoulder tackle and then a powerslam on Lashley, before spearing Lashley on the outside.

54 years young #SummerSlam pic.twitter.com/F1uVvgyoqA

You can't escape the SPEAR.#SummerSlam @Goldberg pic.twitter.com/evDbOtucNk

THIS is why he is THE ALL MIGHTY.#SummerSlam @fightbobby pic.twitter.com/ztUNx7tYaA

Goldberg setup another spear back on the inside, but Lashley rolled out. MVP then hit Goldberg's leg with his cane. Lashley then cut Goldberg down with a chop block to the injured leg, then on the outside rammed Goldberg's leg into the turnbuckle twice. That's when Goldberg, after rolling back into the ring, was unable to stand and the ref called for the bell.

GAGE IS IN THE HURT LOCK!@fightbobby has gone too far. #SummerSlam pic.twitter.com/7flO4baKE0

This won't be the end of their fued, as Lashley smashed Goldberg's leg with a chair after the bell rang. Gage, Goldber'g son, then jumped on Lashley's back. Lashley put him in the Hurt Lock, and then MVP made him back off. The segment ended with Goldberg telling Lashley he's gonna kill him. 

Edge came out to his old Brood music. As soon as you saw that, you knew this would be special.

And special it was! I was worried for a hot minute there: After the opening sequence, we got a long heat sequence where Rollins wore down Edge in not particularly exciting fashion. But once it picked up, it really picked up.

Just fantastic action. Rollins hit a superplex into a Falcon Arrow. Edge used his wife Beth Phoenix's Glam Slam as a nice false finish. Rollins tried to Curb Stomp Edge on the ring arpon as Edge was crawling out of the ring, but Edge moved out of the way and then landed a gnarly spear to the outside. 

LEGENDARY. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥#SummerSlam @EdgeRatedR pic.twitter.com/rmD5OBrA2s

cc: @TheBethPhoenix#SummerSlam #GlamSlam @EdgeRatedR pic.twitter.com/Xtm9peZHk7

THIS IS @EdgeRatedR AT HIS DARKEST. #SummerSlam pic.twitter.com/LFWH7ekGVV

🤘 @EdgeRatedR rules 🤘#SummerSlam pic.twitter.com/F3GEcvbDSw

There were some outstanding near falls throughout, including Rollins countering a spear into a Pedigree, and Edge dodging a corkscrew splash from the top then cutting Rollins down with a spear. The psychology of the match was very well done, as it was built largely around the curb stomp. Rollins kept going for it, but Edge kept finding creative ways to counter. 

The finish came with one such counter, as Rollins attempted a stomp but Edge turned around, grabbed his leg and put Rollins into his Edgucator submission hold. He then transitioned into the crossface submission. As it looked like Rollins would roll out, Edge took his head, slammed it into the mat and then turned it into a chokehold. Rollins tapped.

Charlotte Flair has won her eight-millionth women's championship. She made Nikki A.S.H. tap out to the Figure Eight.

This was a very good match, thanks mostly to Charlotte and Ripley. These two are superstars -- not the way WWE uses the term, they actually have significant star presence -- and they work so well together. That's no surprise. It was hard to get into at first, mostly because Nikki A.S.H. started strong, and she's such an incongruous champion.

If the women's titles are meant to be similarly important to the men's world titles, then having an opening-match comedy wrestler be champion just throws everything off.

TRIPLE STACKED IMPACT.#SummerSlam @NikkiCrossWWE @RheaRipley_WWE @MsCharlotteWWE pic.twitter.com/Ge2fGYuO57

🗣 WOOOOOO!!!#TheQueen is made for these moments! #SummerSlam #WomensTitle @MsCharlotteWWE @RheaRipley_WWE @NikkiCrossWWE pic.twitter.com/grXuXE7lLO

WOOOOO! @MsCharlotteWWE has done it again. #SummerSlam pic.twitter.com/xaK9EytcIp

The bout eventually featured less and less of Nikki, which was for the best. Charlotte Flair was the star of the match, taking the middle third and looking amazing in the process. She hit a beautiful corkscrew moonsault to take out both Ripley and Nikki. There was also a standout spot where Ripley and Nikki double teamed her by hoisting her up for a double vertical suplex, but Flair countered into a double DDT. 

Later, Flair and Ripley were brawling on the outside and Nikki did a top-rope splash onto both and hyped herself up to the crowd. Again, she just stuck out as a cartoon character who shouldn't be in a marquee match.

She did, however, contribute to a great false finish: Flair had Ripley in the Figure Eight, but Nikki jumped off the top-rope out of nowhere to break it up. Ripley went for the Riptide on Nikki, but she countered it into a Figure Eight. Flair then put Nikki in the Figure Eight for the win. She's being called a 12-time champion now -- so WWE is not counting her NXT runs.

A nothing match here. The fued between Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre has always been asymmetrical: McIntyre was the company's biggest star of 2020, while Jinder is a lower-middle-card guy. This match reflected that: It was a five minute Raw match, basically. McIntyre won with a Claymore. 

Mahal's goons come to his aid after the match, but McIntyre scares them off with Angela, his giant sword. 

.@DMcIntyreWWE is tossing @JinderMahal all over the ring at #SummerSlam! ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/ckgdW9s4Pu

Rating: 2 stars. Nothing to see here.

We get set up for Bianca Belair's SmackDown Women's Championship defense against Sasha Banks. It's announced that Sasha Banks is unable to compete tonight -- with no explanation, though Banks has been off live shows over the last week probably due to a COVID complication -- so Carmella is replacing her. 

The crowd is not happy. Belair cuts a brief promo saying she's also not happy, and will take out her frustrations on Carmella. Just before the bell rings Becky Lynch's music hits to a huge response from the crowd. Becky tosses out Carmella, then walks outside and throws her into the steel steps. 

THE MAN HAS COME AROUND AGAIN.@BeckyLynchWWE IS BACK at #SummerSlam!!! pic.twitter.com/sahXRvPAP9

🚨🔥 @BeckyLynchWWE IS BACK!!! 🔥🚨#SummerSlam pic.twitter.com/0AP6Vi1v5r

Back inside the ring, Lynch proposes a match between The Man and The EST. Belair accepts. Becky Lynch hits a "Man-Handle Slam" -- pretty much a Rock Bottom -- straight away for the win. Awesome, awesome stuff. 

Not a match, so no rating, but a great segment. You can certainly argue that Belair being bested by one move cheapens her title run, but Becky Lynch is one of the company's biggest cash cows and it's crucial that she get the biggest return possible. In a perfect world, these two would have gotten a 20-minute match. But considering the time constraints of SummerSlam, which is crammed with matches, it's better to have a quick upset than a 4-minute so-so match. Look forward to the rematch, and welcome back to The Man.

We get a lucha flurry to begin with, culminating with Dominic hitting the Three Amigos onto one of the Uso brothers. Dominic, perched on the top rope to splash onto Jimmy Uso, then gets cut off by Jey, who runs up on the apron and pushes Dominic down to the floor. From there it's a two-on-one beatdown of Dominic. They cut Dominic off from his side of the ring, but the crowd pops big when Dominic is eventually able to tag his dad in.

Watch and learn!#SummerSlam @reymysterio pic.twitter.com/1cuJEYpaHm

OOOOOOHHHHHH YEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!#SummerSlam @reymysterio pic.twitter.com/YAu27Sjg9Q

Rey eventually hits a 619, which gets the biggest response of the night so far from the live crowd. He then scales the ropes and does Eddie Guerrero's Latino Heat taunt and goes for a Frog Splash -- but Jey puts his knees up to counter. The two Usos then hit a double superkick, Mysterio eats a splash and is pinned.

3.25 stars. Good, but nothing special. It felt especially unremarkable since these four have wrestled so much over the past two months.

The match started strong, with these two bruisers exchanging big strikes and slams. There was a really nice counter when the two were on the outside: Priest tried a spinning heel kick on Sheamus but Sheamus caught him and rammed him into the ring post. It was heat from there, perhaps a little too slow and plodding -- Priest isn't over enough yet for the crowd to really get behind him during extended heat.

The match picked up significantly when Priest mounted his comeback. He hit a spinner heel kick from the top for a two, and then we got some solid back-and-forth wrestling. Sheamus went for a Brogue Kick but got caught with a high kick and Chokeslam from Priest. Later, Priest went for a springboard kick but Sheamus countered with a bicycle knee strike.

Got ALL of this one. 🎯#SummerSlam #USTitle @ArcherOfInfamy pic.twitter.com/VzAgTmQ4iC

Let's take a little trip SOUTH OF HEAVEN.#SummerSlam #USTitle @ArcherOfInfamy pic.twitter.com/GYwKDh4KaJ

His name will live forever as #USChampion #DamianPriest!#SummerSlam @ArcherOfInfamy pic.twitter.com/J7TqILwD1w

Sheamus used some Jiu-Jitsu moves that I've never seen him use before to get Priest into a heel hook. Priest got out of it by pulling Sheamus' mask off. He then hit another spinning heel kick and then his Reckoning finish for the win.

Rating: 3.75 stars. Really good.

Sigh. This one is up next, hopefully it's over quick. 

It begins with some grappling, and the crowd chants "We want Wyatt!" Eva Marie then grabs Alexa Bliss' doll Lily, slapped it around and then smacked Bliss with it. Bliss got mad an barraged Marie with sloppy offense. Doudrop tells Eva Marie that she believes in her, then Bliss hits Marie with a DDT and pins her. 

.@natalieevamarie just SLAPPED Lilly. 😮👀#SummerSlam @AlexaBliss_WWE pic.twitter.com/7Y67zKL1iU

After the match Doudrop announces, "And the loser of this match is Eva Marie!"

Rating: 0 stars. What you'd expect.

We have new tag team champs. Randy Orton and Riddle defeated AJ Styles and Omos in the opening match of SummerSlam, with Orton hitting an RKO on AJ Styles to get the pin.

It was a very basic match, with AJ working most of it with Riddle and Orton and Omos occassionaly interjecting to play the dominating big man. Omos would eventually flatten Riddle with a wicketd chokeslam on the edge of the ring, but he wasn't able to save AJ from eating an RKO. Orton was positioned as the star of the match, getting the big hot tag and coming to the rescue of Riddle to snag the win. 

V-I-N-T-A-G-E.#SummerSlam @RandyOrton pic.twitter.com/NeNNYpFf84

Imagine being that high in the air?#SummerSlam @TheGiantOmos pic.twitter.com/blNwOIH0bh

You ❤️ to see it.#SummerSlam #RKBro @RandyOrton @SuperKingOfBros pic.twitter.com/AUR1THwP9k

The match was too short, as it ended just as it was kicking into gear. Hopefully that means we'll get a more thorough match on the next pay-per-view. Either way, we got a happy ending to the first match on the card. The crowd was stoked to see Orton and Riddle as new tag team champions.

Baron Corbin wrestled Big E in the Kickoff Show match, as the two have been feuding over the Money in the Bank briefcase that Corbin stole from Big E. 

NOT SO FAST, @BaronCorbinWWE!#SummerSlam @WWEBigE pic.twitter.com/D4oAS8hs9K

He made him LOOK INTO HIS EYES before bringin' the pain. 👀#SummerSlam @WWEBigE pic.twitter.com/kUpxkJzT3v

Baron Corbin's run of bad luck continues, as Big E pinned him following a Big Ending in the Kickoff Show match. Big E took back his Money in the Bank briefcase after the match.

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