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SummerSlam (2018)
WWE SummerSlam 2018 Poster.jpg
Promotional poster featuring Brock Lesnar, Alexa Bliss, Ronda Rousey, and Roman Reigns
Theme
song
(s)
"Burn the House Down" by AJR[1]
"Sweet Sensation" by Flo Rida[1]
Information
Promotion WWE
Brand(s) Raw
SmackDown
Sponsor(s) Cricket Wireless[2]
MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2018[3]
Date August 19, 2018
Venue Barclays Center
City Brooklyn, New York
WWE Network event chronology

NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 SummerSlam (2018) Hell in a Cell (2018)
SummerSlam chronology

SummerSlam (2017) SummerSlam (2018)

SummerSlam (2018) is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. It will take place on August 19, 2018, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.[4] It will be the thirty-first event under the SummerSlam chronology.

Storylines

The card will comprise matches resulting from scripted storylines, with results predetermined by WWE on the Raw and SmackDown brands.[5][6][7] Storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live,[8] and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live.[9]

Raw

After retaining her title against Nia Jax at Extreme Rules in an Extreme Rules match,[10] Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss gloated that she had beaten every woman on the Raw roster. Ronda Rousey, who Bliss had attacked at Money in the Bank, thus costing her a championship match, and who had been suspended, came out from the crowd and attacked Bliss and Mickie James. Raw General Manager Kurt Angle then came out and stated that since Rousey had broken her suspension, she would be suspended for another week. Angle then scheduled Bliss to defend the title against Rousey at SummerSlam as long as Rousey did not break her suspension again.[11]

On the Raw after Extreme Rules Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins, Elias, Finn Bálor, and Roman Reigns all pleaded their cases as to why they should face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam. In response, Angle scheduled two triple threat matches that night, with the winners facing each other the following week to determine who would face Lesnar at SummerSlam. Reigns won the first triple threat match by defeating Bálor and McIntyre, while Lashley won the second by defeating Elias and Rollins, thus setting up Reigns and Lashley facing each other the following week,[11] in which Reigns won to face Lesnar for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam.[12] Lesnar and Heyman would then fake a break up before ambushing Reigns on the final Raw before SummerSlam.[13]

At Extreme Rules, Kevin Owens defeated Braun Strowman in a Steel Cage match after Strowman threw Owens from the top of the cage onto the broadcast table.[10] On the July 23 episode of Raw, Owens vowed to take everything away from Strowman. A rematch was scheduled for SummerSlam with a stipulation that if Owens won, even by disqualification or countout, he would win Strowman's Money in the Bank contract.[12]

At Extreme Rules, Dolph Ziggler defeated Seth Rollins 5–4 in sudden death overtime of a 30-minute Iron Man match to retain the Intercontinental Championship, thanks to interference from Drew McIntyre.[10] On the July 23 episode of Raw, Rollins and Finn Bálor defeated Ziggler and McIntyre. A rematch between Ziggler and Rollins for the title was scheduled for SummerSlam.[12] During the contract signing on the August 13 episode of Raw, Dean Ambrose returned from injury, confirming he would be in Rollins' corner at SummerSlam.[13]

At Extreme Rules, Finn Bálor defeated Baron Corbin.[10] Few weeks later, a rematch between the two was scheduled with Corbin defeating Bálor.[14] The following week, another match between the two was scheduled for SummerSlam.[15]

On the August 13, 2018 episode of Raw, The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) defended the Raw Tag Team Championship in a triple threat match against Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt and The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson), which The B-Team won after The Revival performed a Shatter Machine on Wyatt, only for Axel to throw Dawson to ringside and cover Wyatt for the win. Afterwards, The B-Team was scheduled to defend the championship against The Revival on the SummerSlam pre-show.[13]

SmackDown

On the July 24 episode of SmackDown, SmackDown General Manager Paige was about to reveal AJ Styles's opponent for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam when James Ellsworth tried to claim the contendership. Paige fired him and saw him being kicked out of the building, when Samoa Joe attacked Styles with the Coquina Clutch and then signed the contract.[16]

On July 21, Paige scheduled a tag team title tournament with the winning team earning the right to challenge the The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at SummerSlam.[17] The tournament began on the July 24 episode of SmackDown with The New Day's Big E and Xavier Woods and Cesaro and Sheamus advancing to the finals by defeating Sanity's Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain and The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso), respectively.[16][18] The New Day's Big E and Kingston then defeated Cesaro and Sheamus in the finals to face The Bludgeon Brothers for the titles at SummerSlam.[19]

On the July 24 episode of SmackDown, Becky Lynch defeated SmackDown Women's Champion Carmella in a non-title match to earn the right to challenge Carmella for the title at SummerSlam.[16] The following week, Charlotte Flair returned and saved Lynch from Carmella. Paige then scheduled Carmella to face Flair with a stipulation that if Flair won, she would be added to the title match. Flair won the match, thus making the title match a triple threat.[18]

At Extreme Rules, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Jeff Hardy to capture the United States Championship after a pre-match low blow.[10] A rematch between the two for the title was scheduled for the following SmackDown with Hardy winning by disqualification after he was attacked by Randy Orton.[20] On August 3, another match between the two for the title was scheduled for SummerSlam.[21]

In the first season of NXT, The Miz served as the "WWE Pro" of "NXT Rookie" Daniel Bryan. Throughout the season, Miz would constantly berate Bryan, claiming he was not WWE material and expressing his displeasure at Bryan being his Rookie. The feeling was mutual as Bryan would regularly make comments on the show alluding to the fact that he had been wrestling longer than Miz, and that he should be the Pro and Miz should be the Rookie. On the May 11 episode of NXT, Bryan was eliminated from the show. The following week after his elimination, Bryan would make an appearance on NXT attacking The Miz and Michael Cole. Six years later, on the August 24, 2016 episode of Talking Smack, Bryan (then General Manager of SmackDown) got into a verbal altercation with The Miz, which consisted of Bryan criticizing Miz's wrestling ability and "safe style" of wrestling. The Miz responded by going on a rant about Bryan being unable to return to in-ring competition due to the various injuries he had sustained throughout his WWE career.[22] From this point forward, Bryan and Miz would have sporadic interactions for over a year. On March 20, 2018, Bryan was officially cleared to return to the ring by doctors,[23] after which he resumed his feud with The Miz. On the July 31 episode of SmackDown, Bryan challenged Miz to a match at SummerSlam. Miz would initially decline the match, stating that he has always been above Bryan going back to NXT season one, and recommended that Bryan return to the independent circuit once his WWE contract expired.[18] However, the following week, The Miz accepted Bryan's SummerSlam challenge.[19]

On the July 24 episode of SmackDown, Andrade "Cien" Almas defeated Rusev.[16] The following week, Zelina Vega defeated Lana.[18] A rematch between Vega and Lana was scheduled the following week, with Vega winning again.[19] On August 11, a mixed tag team match between Rusev and Lana and Almas and Vega was scheduled for SummerSlam pre-show.[24]

205 Live

On the July 24 episode of 205 Live, Drew Gulak defeated Mustafa Ali, Hideo Itami, and TJP in a fatal four-way match to earn the right to challenge Cedric Alexander for the Cruiserweight Championship.[25] On July 30, the match between Alexander and Gulak for the title was scheduled for SummerSlam.[26]

Matches

No. Matches* Stipulations
1 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship[27]
2 Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey Singles match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship[28]
3 AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe Singles match for the WWE Championship[29]
4 The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) (c) vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and/or Xavier Woods) Tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship[30]
5 Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens Singles match for Strowman's Money in the Bank contract[31]
6 Dolph Ziggler (c) (with Drew McIntyre) vs. Seth Rollins (with Dean Ambrose) Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship[32]
7 Carmella (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair Triple threat match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship[33]
8P Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship[34]
Gentlemen Jack Gallagher and The Brian Kendrick are banned from ringside
9 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy Singles match for the WWE United States Championship[35]
10 Finn Bálor vs. Baron Corbin Singles match[36]
11 Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz Singles match[37]
12P Rusev and Lana vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas and Zelina Vega Mixed tag team match[38]
13P The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) (c) vs. The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) Tag team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship[39]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match will take place on the pre-show
    *Card subject to change

SmackDown Tag Team Championship tournament

Semi-finals
SmackDown (7/24,[16] 7/31[18])
Finals
SmackDown (8/7)[19]
      
Sanity
(Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain)
7:55[16]
The New Day
(Big E and Xavier Woods)
Pin
The New Day
(Big E and Kofi Kingston)
Pin
Cesaro and Sheamus 21:32[19]
Cesaro and Sheamus Pin
The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
13:55[18]

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