It took nearly seven years for Natalya to hold WWE gold again and her odyssey finally paid off when she captured the SmackDown Women's Championship by defeating Naomi at SummerSlam. Here is a complete analysis of what had happened at the marquee PPV event. The area doors opened locally at 2pm - by which time WWE had already begun airing content for the night, including the first match featuring the Hardy Boyz. He was able to turn back the challenge of Shinsuke Nakamura thanks to a little distraction from the Singh Brothers. Looking back at the SummerSlam match, it was nearly as if it was done to take all the wind out of Shinsuke's sails (purposefully) and maybe knock him down a few pegs in the eyes of the fans. In a star-studded match with an experienced veteran such as Samoa Joe, the face of the company in Roman Reigns and a once in a lifetime star like Brock Lesnar it could be understandable if the main event newcomer, Braun Strowman was overlooked.
Once Lesnar returned to the ring, he was unstoppable, hitting all the other three with equal vigour.
AJ managed to retain his title, and it looks like WWE has a feud with Owens and Shane-O-Mac on tap. Will he put his focus back on AJ Styles, or will he instead target Shane McMahon? Styles then hit back with a Phenomenal Forearm on a distracted Owens to retain the USA title. A 13-match card yielded a number of peculiar decisions and baffling booking moves.
Randy Orton was beaten to pulp by Rusev, who started attacking immediately after the bell. Rumor has it that he's in the doghouse, big time, due to his actions on social media and his general attitude as of late, and if that's the case, I don't see him getting out any time soon.
Say what you will about Enzo, but he has few equals in the talking department, and it quickly exposed Big Cass' weakness in that department. In the red brand's offering, Alexa Bliss continued to show that her in-ring abilities are improving every time she steps between the ropes and Sasha Banks became the champion for an impressive fourth time, rounding out an excellent weekend for women's wrestling after TakeOver's show steal from Asuka and Ember Moon.
Nattie finally won the big one at SummerSlam, defeating Naomi for the SmackDown Women's Title.