WWE SummerSlam 2021: Results, Brock Lesnar and Becky Lynch return, full recap

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When is John Cena vs Roman Reigns 2021?

WWE SummerSlam 2021 WINNERS, SURPRISES & Full Results | Roman Reigns Vs John Cena Highlights. 33 sec ago~! The biggest event in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) calendar – WWE SummerSlam – is here. The mega-event will take place at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Monday, August 22. google.comWWE SummerSlam 2021 WINNERS, SURPRISES & Full Results | Roman Reigns Vs John Cena Highlights

Did John Cena win Summerslam?

In a match that lived up to the hype, Roman Reigns defeated John Cena in the main event of SummerSlam to retain his WWE title. Cena gave Reigns everything, from an Attitude Adjustement through an announce table to a Super AA off the top rope. But in the end, Reigns hit the spear and reigned supreme. DraftKings NationSummerSlam results 2021: Winners for John Cena vs. Roman Reigns, Rollins vs. Edge, Becky Lynch return, more

Is Sasha banks at Summerslam 2021?

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

Who won Goldberg vs Bobby?

In a seven-minute dud at WWE Summerslam, Goldberg lost to Bobby Lashley in the WWE Title match. The match came to an end when Goldberg's leg became an issue following an attack by Lashley's manager, MVP, as he used his cane to halt his momentum. ForbesWWE Summerslam 2021: Goldberg’s Creative Direction Needs To Change Following Loss To Bobby Lashley

This year SummerSlam was packed full of surprises. Not only did Becky Lynch return, but Brock Lesnar came back too. The show ended with Lesnar -- now sporting a manbun, maybe the biggest shock of all -- confronting Roman Reigns. 

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It was a big ending to a big night. Roman Reigns pinned John Cena in a terrific main event, and we also got to see a brilliant bout between Edge and Seth Rollins. Of course, it wasn't winner after winner, as many matches suffered from a lack of time. Too many matches, too little space on the card: One of the best parts of the pandemic era was pay-per-view events with just five or six matches, while SummerSlam had 10

Scroll down for a full recap and analysis of SummerSlam.

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As Reigns posed above Cena's body following the main event, Brock Lesnar's music hit. And huge swerve: Lesnar now has a man bun. Lesnar came to the ring, and Michael Cole points out that Paul Heyman has seen a ghost. We get a brief staredown between Reigns and Lesnar before Reigns makes an exit. 

HE'S HERE. @BrockLesnar IS BACK! #SummerSlam pic.twitter.com/QgvrKbky7e

THIS IS SURREAL.#SummerSlam @BrockLesnar @WWERomanReigns @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/NrmZgv73wO

The show ends with Lesnar posing triumphantly to the crowd.

Like other Reigns main events, this one started slow. Reigns beat Cena down, trash talking him extensively while doing so, as Cena tried to catch Reigns with a variety of surprise rollups. The story going into the match is that Cena doesn't need to dominate Reigns, he just needs to pin him for three short seconds to make history. 

There was a great moment early on where Cena went for his classic shoulder tackle, but Reigns decked him with a hard right hand. It was a great "we're in a new era now" moment -- even if Cena hit the sequence proper mere minutes later. Again, there was a great exchange there where Cena went for his "You can't see me " taunt and Reigns snatched him into a guillotine choke.

Consider @WWERomanReigns' attitude ADJUSTED.#SummerSlam #UniversalTitle @JohnCena pic.twitter.com/X1t28DiiIQ

AA THROUGH THE TABLE!#SummerSlam #UniversalTitle @JohnCena pic.twitter.com/QYNYaYgz8C

Cena countered a spear with a stiff kick, and moments later hit an Attitude Adjustment for the first nearfall of the match. There was an outstanding spot around this point where Cena was on the outside and Reigns tried to nail him with a spear, but Cena turned it into an Attitude Adjustment through the announcer's table. Another two count.

Reigns would go three for three kicking out of Attitude Adjustments when Cena planted him with an avalanche AA from the middle rope.

Having taken Cena's best, it was Reigns' turn to dish it back. Cena tried to takeout Reigns with a spear, but Reigns caught him with a kick. From there it was two Superman Punches and a huge spear for the win.

Rating: 4.25 stars. This was a fabulous success. The mission was to pass the torch from Cena to Reigns. Cena hit Reigns with everything, including an Attitude Adjustment from the top rope, but it wasn't enough. Reigns defeated Cena with one decisive spear. It's been the Reigns Era for at least a year now, but this is still a milestone moment. 

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. When the match began 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 Edgecator 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 four-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 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 Dominik hitting the Three Amigos onto one of the Uso brothers. Dominik, perched on the top rope to splash onto Jimmy Uso, then gets cut off by Jey, who runs up on the apron and pushes Dominik down to the floor. From there it's a two-on-one beatdown of Dominik. They cut Dominik off from his side of the ring, but the crowd pops big when Dominik 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, especially considering Priest has lost much of his post-WrestleMania momentum. 

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 occasionally 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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WWE SummerSlam results: Roman Reigns defeats John Cena, Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar return

ESPN 23 August, 2021 - 12:21am

SummerSlam promised to be a big event for WWE, though hardly anyone could predict the level of surprises the promotion had in store. Those surprises included the returns of both Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar, both immediately inserting themselves into the world title picture.

Lynch's return came midway through the show, confronting SmackDown women's champion Bianca Belair after Belair's originally scheduled opponent, Sasha Banks, was unable to compete. Lynch challenged Belair to a title match before winning the title in less than 30 seconds.

After Roman Reigns closed the show with a thrilling win over John Cena, Lesnar's music hit as the crowd at Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium erupted again. Lesnar made his way to the ring before staring down Reigns, the pair not coming to blows before Reigns left the ring with his title belt.

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

.@RandyOrton is on 🔥 as #RKBro looks for tag team gold at #SummerSlam! 🐍🛴@SuperKingofBros pic.twitter.com/YiTBj6Dep2

The @WWEUsos are putting on a clinic. #SummerSlam #TagTeamTitles pic.twitter.com/VtPpQxEnHw

Back where she belongs.#SummerSlam @BeckyLynchWWE pic.twitter.com/Bl0GLC5zRf

Consider @JinderMahal LAUNCHED.#SummerSlam @DMcIntyreWWE pic.twitter.com/xUd11TRXGs

Raw Women's Championship -- Nikki A.S.H. (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley: All three women traded offense early. Flair went for a top rope moonsault but Ripley got her foot up to counter and then nearly hit Nikki with Riptide. Things broke down into a stretch with Ripley and Flair battling one-on-one with Nikki knocked out of the ring. After Flair took Ripley out with a big boot, Nikki hit a big DDT for a near fall. As Ripley and Flair began to battle it out on the floor, Nikki came off the top rope with a crossbody on both women.

Big moves continued to flow from all three women before Flair hit a twisting moonsault from the top rope to the outside onto both of her opponents. Flair locked Ripley in the Figure-Eight back inside the ring but Nikki broke the hold by flying off the top rope. Nikki scored a near fall on Flair but found herself locked in the Figure-Eight seconds later, forced to tap out as Flair once again became champion. This was some very good high-octane wrestling with no real downtime from bell to bell. Flair winning may not excite fans who have already tired of seeing her as champion but it was likely the best possible result here. Charlotte Flair def. Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley to win the title. Grade: A-

Edge vs. Seth Rollins: Edge's ring entrance was a throwback to his days with The Brood, rising out of the stage surrounded by fire as the late 1990s Brood music played. Rollins immediately targeted Edge's neck before Edge bounced him from the ring. Rollins' focus did not change, however, throwing Edge neck-first into the ring post and the ring steps. Rollins' attack was nothing if not consistent, hitting strikes to the back of the neck and multiple neckbreakers in addition to an early attempt to hit a stomp. Rollins' domination continued for a very long stretch before he tried to set up for a superplex to the outside of the ring only for Edge to hit a neckbreaker from the top rope. Edge hit an Edgecution for a near fall, finally getting his offense going as Rollins struggled to recover until he was able to counter Edge going to the top rope with a superplex into a falcon arrow.

Both men ran through some of their greatest hits, including Rollins going for a Pedigree before Edge hit a Glam Slam, the finishing move of his wife, WWE legend Beth Phoenix. Rollins continued looking for opportunities to hit a stomp before Edge hit a spear through the ropes, sending both men crashing into the floor at ringside. Back inside the ring, Rollins countered a spear with a Pedigree for a two-count. Edge hit a spear in the middle of the ring but Rollins was able to kick out before hitting a superkick to Edge's neck and running in for another attempt at a stomp. Edge caught Rollins' foot and turned it into his old Edgecator submission, which Rollins was able to fight through. Edge was finally able to pick up a win with a crossface sleeper forcing Rollins to tap out. This was stunningly good stuff from start to finish with a clear story told in the ring with Rollins' ruthless focus on Edge's neck and Edge running through a history of classic moves before going to "the dark place" to get the finish. Edge def. Seth Rollins via submission. Grade: A+

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

WWE Championship -- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Goldberg: The two men locked up in a collar-and-elbow, battling for position until having to break. Lashley bounced off the rope with a shoulder block that did not budge Goldberg. Goldberg came back with his own leaping shoulder block to score a knockdown before two slams and a few clotheslines. Lashley came back with clubbing blows to the back before trying to set up a jackhammer before settling for a flatliner after Goldberg countered. Lashley went to the top rope but was caught by Goldberg, who threw him across the ring before MVP pulled Lashley from the ring to avoid a spear. Goldberg followed to the outside and hit a spear. Goldberg tried to hit another spear back inside the ring but MVP hit him in the knee with his cane and Lashley hit a chop block. Lashley tried to put Goldberg in the Hurt Lock before hitting another chop block. After more attacking from Lashley, Goldberg was unable to get to his feet, clutching at his knee until the referee called for the bell.

After the match, MVP slid Lashley a steel chair, which Lashley used to continue attacking Goldberg's knee. 15-year-old Gage Goldberg jumped in the ring and leaped onto Lashley's back. Lashley locked Gage in the Hurt Lock before walking off with his belt. The match wasn't going to be worth anything, that was known coming in. That said, the finish was terrible and really brought the crowd down even though the crowd did not want Goldberg to win. This appears to have set up a rematch, however, which is yet another thing no one is asking for. Bobby Lashley def. Goldberg via referee stoppage to retain the title. Grade: D

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

Universal Championship -- Roman Reigns (c) vs. John Cena: Cena went for a quick early roll-up for a two-count, immediately taunting Reigns by reminding him he only needed a three-count. Cena then rolled up Reigns with a small package for another two-count. Tired of the antics, Reigns repeatedly dropped Cena with some big strikes before Cena rolled him up again for another near fall. Reigns continued his methodical beatdown before throwing Cena from the ring where he whipped Cena into the ring steps. Cena's offense primarily remained attempts to catch Reigns with a roll-up outside of an attempt to hit an Attitude Adjustment that led to Reigns hitting a DDT.

Reigns caught Cena in a sleeper hold, dragging him to the canvas as he wrenched the hold. Cena managed to fight back, break the hold and try to set up his Five-Knuckle Shuffle only to be pulled into a guillotine and hit with a Superman punch from Reigns. Cena was eventually able to hit the Shuffle and an Attitude Adjustment for a near fall. Cena then locked Reigns in the STF but the champion was able to get to the ropes to break the hold. With Reigns again on the attack, Cena countered a spear outside the ring by putting Reigns through the announce table with another Attitude Adjustment, dragging Reigns back to the ring to score another near fall. Cena went for yet another Attitude Adjustment but Reigns countered and hit a Superman punch for his own two-count. Reigns missed with a spear, hitting the ring post before Cena took him to the corner, hitting an Attitude Adjustment from the second rope but Reigns kicked out again. After a back-and-forth exchange of punches, Reigns hit two Superman punches and a spear to score the pinfall and retain his title. Solid stuff from both men with the confidence to have a slow early build before flipping to the next level. Roman Reigns def. John Cena via pinfall to retain the title. Grade: A-

AA through the table!!!@WWERomanReigns and @JohnCena are digging down deep with the #UniversalTitle on the line at #SummerSlam! @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/fOSWXfwwe7

HE'S HERE. @BrockLesnar IS BACK! #SummerSlam pic.twitter.com/QgvrKbky7e

Brock Lesnar made his return to WWE after Roman Reigns' win over John Cena. Lesnar made his way to the ring before staring Reigns down. Lesnar nodded at Reigns before Reigns ducked out of the ring as he was being urged by Paul Heyman. Reigns held up his title as he walked up the entrance ramp and Lesnar posed in the ring.

HE'S HERE. @BrockLesnar IS BACK! #SummerSlam pic.twitter.com/QgvrKbky7e

THIS IS SURREAL.#SummerSlam @BrockLesnar @WWERomanReigns @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/NrmZgv73wO

Universal Championship -- Roman Reigns (c) vs. John Cena: Cena went for a quick early roll-up for a two count, immediately taunting Reigns by reminding him he only needed a three count. Cena then rolled up Reigns with a small package for another two count. Tired of the antics, Reigns repeatedly dropped Cena with some big strikes before Cena rolled him up again for another near fall. Reigns continued his methodical beatdown before throwing Cena from the ring where he whipped Cena into the ring steps. Cena's offense primarily remained attempts to catch Reigns with a roll-up outside of an attempt to hit an Attitude Adjustment that led to Reigns hitting a DDT.

Reigns caught Cena in a sleeper hold, dragging him to the canvas as he wrenched the hold. Cena managed to fight back, break the hold and try to set up his Five-Knuckle Shuffle only to be pulled into a guillotine and hit with a Superman punch from Reigns. Cena was eventually able to hit the Shuffle and an Attitude Adjustment for a near fall. Cena then locked Reigns in the STF but the champion was able to get to the ropes to break the hold. With Reigns again on the attack, Cena countered a spear outside the ring by putting Reigns through the announce table with another Attitude Adjustment, dragging Reigns back to the ring to score another near fall. Cena went for yet another Attitude Adjustment but Reigns countered and hit a Supperman punch for his own two count. Reigns missed with a spear, hitting the ring post before Cena took him to the corner, hitting an Attitude Adjustment from the second rope but Reigns kicked out again. After a back-and-forth exchange of punches, Reigns hit two Superman punches and a spear to score the pinfall and retain his title. Solid stuff from both men with the confidence to have a slow early build before flipping to the next level. Roman Reigns def. John Cena via pinfall to retain the title. Grade: A-

AA through the table!!!@WWERomanReigns and @JohnCena are digging down deep with the #UniversalTitle on the line at #SummerSlam! @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/fOSWXfwwe7

Consider @WWERomanReigns' attitude ADJUSTED.#SummerSlam #UniversalTitle @JohnCena pic.twitter.com/X1t28DiiIQ

"I'M WWE."@WWERomanReigns keeps it simple. #SummerSlam #UniversalTitle pic.twitter.com/gsrUV5Zc5H

It's time for the main event. John Cena challenging Roman Reigns for the universal championship. Cena sets the all-time record for world championships with a win.

What a turn of events.#SummerSlam @fightbobby @The305MVP @Goldberg pic.twitter.com/d6sXgykNvJ

WWE Championship -- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Goldberg: The two men locked up in a collar-and-elbow, battling for position until having to break. Lashley bounced off the rope with a shoulder block that did not budge Goldberg. Goldberg came back with his own leaping shoulder block to score a knockdown before two slams and a few clotheslines. Lashley came back with clubbing blows to the back before trying to set up a jackhammer before settling for a flatliner after Goldberg countered. Lashley went to the top rope but was caught by Goldberg, who threw him across the ring before MVP pulled Lashley from the ring to avoid a spear. Goldberg followed to the outside and hit a spear.Goldberg tried to hit another spear back inside the ring but MVP hit him in the knee with his cane and Lashley hit a chop block. Lashley tried to put Goldberg in the Hurt Lock before hitting another chop block. After more attacking from Lashley, Goldberg was unable to get to his feet, clutching at his knee until the referee called for the bell.

After the match, MVP slid Lashley a steel chair, which Lashley used to continue attacking Goldberg's knee. 15-year-old Gage Goldberg jumped in the ring and leaped onto Lashley's back. Lashley locked Gage in the Hurt Lock before walking off with his belt. The match wasn't going to be worth anything, that was known coming in. That said, the finish was terrible and really brought the crowd down even though the crowd did not want Goldberg to win. This appears to have set up a rematch, however, which is yet another thing no one is asking for. Bobby Lashley def. Goldberg via referee stoppage to retain the title. Grade: D

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

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

GOT 'EM.#SummerSlam @Goldberg pic.twitter.com/mZBcGQN0TF

It's time for the first of two world title matches to end the show. Bill Goldberg takes on WWE champion Bobby Lashley next.

Welllllll, it looks like @AustinCreedWins found the #DripStick2000! #SummerSlam @mikethemiz @TheRealMorrison pic.twitter.com/y0pRt8BRmW

Edge vs. Seth Rollins: Edge's ring entrance was a throwback to his days with The Brood, rising out of the stage surrounded by fire as the late 1990s Brood music played. Rollins immediately targeted Edge's neck before Edge bounced him from the ring. Rollins' focus did not change, however, throwing Edge neck-first into the ring post and the ring steps. Rollins' attack was nothing if not consistent, hitting strikes to the back of the neck and multiple neckbreakers in addition to en early attempt to hit a stomp. Rollins' domination continued for a very long stretch before he tried to set up for a superplex to the outside of the ring only for Edge to hit a neckbreaker from the top rope. Edge hit an Edgecution for a near fall, finally getting his offense going as Rollins struggled to recover until he was able to counter Edge going to the top rope with a superplex into a falcon arrow.

Both men ran through some of their greatest hits, including Rollins going for a Pedigree before Edge hit a Glam Slam, the finishing move of his wife, WWE legend Beth Phoenix. Rollins continued looking for opportunities to hit a stomp before Edge hit a spear through the ropes, sending both men cashing into the floor at ringside. Back inside the ring, Rollins countered a spear with a Pedigree for a two count. Edge hit a spear in the middle of the ring but Rollins was able to kick out before hitting a superkick to Edge's neck and running in for another attempt at a stomp. Edge caught Rollins' foot and turned it into his old Edgecator submission, which Rollins was able to fight through. Edge was finally able to pick up a win with a crossface sleeper forcing Rollins to tap out. This was stunningly good stuff from start to finish with a clear story told in the ring with Rollins' ruthless focus on Edge's neck and Edge running through a history of classic moves before going to "the dark place" to get the finish. The highlight of the show so far. Edge def. Seth Rollins via submission. Grade: A+

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

The #VisionaryOfDrip wants to do nothing but PUNISH @EdgeRatedR.#SummerSlam @WWERollins pic.twitter.com/8C3SzhT4UI

A #SummerSlam entrance for the ages.@EdgeRatedR is in a DARK PLACE heading into battle against @WWERollins! pic.twitter.com/tbi3s5dkMs

Raw Women's Championship -- Nikki A.S.H. (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley: All three women traded offense early. Flair went for a top rope moonsault but Ripley got her foot up to counter and then nearly hit Nikki with Riptide. Things broke down into a stretch with Ripley and Flair battling one-on-one with Nikki knocked out of the ring. After Flair took Ripley out with a big boot, Nikki hit a big DDT for a near fall. As Ripley and Flair began to battle it out on the floor, Nikki came off the top rope with a crossbody on both women.

Big moves continued to flow from all three women before Flair hit a twisting moonsault from the top rope to the outside onto both of her opponents. Flair locked Ripley in the Figure-Eight back inside the ring but Nikki broke the hold by flying off the top rope. Nikki scored a near fall on Flair but found herself locked in the Figure-Eight seconds later, forced to tap out as Flair once again became champion. This was some very good high-octane wrestling with no real downtime from bell to bell. Flair winning may not excite fans who have already tired of seeing her as champion but it was likely the best possible result here. Charlotte Flair def. Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley to win the title. Grade: A-

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

ANOTHER. LEVEL.#SummerSlam @MsCharlotteWWE pic.twitter.com/KOGhVJK14R

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Goldberg on if his son Gage will become a professional wrestler

Sportskeeda 22 August, 2021 - 08:07pm

Goldberg has given his honest opinion on whether his son, Gage, will follow in his footsteps and become a professional wrestler.

Last night at SummerSlam, following Goldberg's loss to Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship, we saw Gage Goldberg physically get involved and attack Lashley. However, the All Mighty made him pass out as he put The Hurt Lock on the WWE Hall Of Famer's son.

Before SummerSlam, Goldberg sat down with La Previa de WWE to discuss various subjects. When Gage was brought up, The Icon was asked what his reaction would be if his son wanted to become a professional wrestler. The WWE Hall of Famer gave a sincere answer and said he doesn't know if his son has plans to become a wrestler. Goldberg, however, said he would back his son regardless of what direction he takes in the future.

While many members of the WWE Universe have made recent comparisons between Gage and Dominik Mysterio, Goldberg believes that their situation is different because his family didn't come up in the wrestling business.

Would you like to see Gage Golberg train to become a professional wrestler? Do you think he'd be a good fit? Let us know your thoughts by sounding off in the comments section below.

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Goldberg on if his son Gage will become a professional wrestler

talkSPORT.com 22 August, 2021 - 08:07pm

Goldberg has given his honest opinion on whether his son, Gage, will follow in his footsteps and become a professional wrestler.

Last night at SummerSlam, following Goldberg's loss to Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship, we saw Gage Goldberg physically get involved and attack Lashley. However, the All Mighty made him pass out as he put The Hurt Lock on the WWE Hall Of Famer's son.

Before SummerSlam, Goldberg sat down with La Previa de WWE to discuss various subjects. When Gage was brought up, The Icon was asked what his reaction would be if his son wanted to become a professional wrestler. The WWE Hall of Famer gave a sincere answer and said he doesn't know if his son has plans to become a wrestler. Goldberg, however, said he would back his son regardless of what direction he takes in the future.

While many members of the WWE Universe have made recent comparisons between Gage and Dominik Mysterio, Goldberg believes that their situation is different because his family didn't come up in the wrestling business.

Would you like to see Gage Golberg train to become a professional wrestler? Do you think he'd be a good fit? Let us know your thoughts by sounding off in the comments section below.

We asked Big E if there's a place for AJ Lee in WWE. Find out his answer here.

Original plans for Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns revealed - Reports

Sportskeeda 22 August, 2021 - 12:58pm

The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar made his long-awaited return to WWE last night at SummerSlam. However, this was not WWE's original plan.

The main event of WWE SummerSlam 2021 saw Universal Champion Roman Reigns successfully defend his title against 16-time world champion John Cena. However, Reigns' post-match celebration was cut short as Brock Lesnar made his surprise return and confronted the Universal Champion. Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman quietly retreated from the ring as The Beast Incarnate hyped the crowd.

On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that WWE's original plans were for Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar to face each other in the main event of WrestleMania 39. The pay-per-view is set to take place in Inglewood, California in 2023.

Following Brock Lesnar's return tonight, he will face Roman Reigns this year, likely at WWE Survivor Series or the recently announced Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia.

THIS IS SURREAL.#SummerSlam @BrockLesnar @WWERomanReigns @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/NrmZgv73wO

Brock Lesnar's surprise return at WWE SummerSlam 2021 has the entire pro-wrestling world talking about him. The Beast Incarnate last appeared for WWE in the main event of WrestleMania 36 where he dropped the WWE Championship to Drew McIntyre.

Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Pro Wrestling podcast hinted that Brock Lesnar's return tonight was WWE's answer to CM Punk's AEW debut the night before on Rampage. CM Punk's return to pro-wrestling and signing with AEW is huge. However, WWE countered all that hype to a great extent with Brock Lesnar coming back and having a massive confrontation against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam.

Inevitably they all come to acknowledge their #TribalChief. #OntoTheNext #SummerSlam pic.twitter.com/BWFZzHottp

Fans are excited to see the feud between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. The most interesting aspect of this is Paul Heyman, who will definitely be in a dilemma as to whose side he should take now. Will he remain with the Tribal Chief or turn on him and go back to The Beast Incarnate?

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