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By Mike Johnson on 2019-08-08 17:00:00

WWE Summerslam 2019

They brought pyro back for the opening of the show.

They aired a video package on Becky Lynch vs. Natalya.

WWE Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Natalya – Submission Match

They locked up with Natalya trying to showcase her power.  The crowd chanted for Becky.  Lynch went Natalya into the corner and nailed an exploder out of the corner.  Dueling chants.  Lynch nailed another suplex and went for the Disarmher.

Becky went for a triangle choke with her legs.  Natalya lifted and slammed her down but Becky held on.  They made it clear you cannot use the ropes to break the holds.  Natalya lifted her again but Becky nailed a rana and tied up her legs in a grapevine.

Natalya went to the floor. Becky followed.  Lynch was sent into the barricade and drilled her leg.  Natalya drilled her with some shots and brought her back into the ring.  Lynch was selling her leg.  Natalya attacked her left knee, playing off Lynch’s previous issues.  Natalya drilled her with a kick to the gut.

They noted Bret Hart was in the house and surprised Natalya by showing up today.  Well, that was the story.  They missed out on the obvious of having Bret watching from ringside in my opinion.

Becky was sent outside to the apron.  Natalya went for a shoulderblock but Lynch moved and went for a kick.  Natalya avoided it and sent her into the ringpost, then applied a Sharpshooter while in the ropes.  That’s a pretty cool spot.

They ended up back on the floor, where Natalya was sent into the announcers’ table, then the ring steps.  Natalya’s left arm was hurt, so the story is they have picked their spots and are working towards their submissions.  Becky went to the top but was caught with a superplex into the ring.

Natalya tried to follow up with a basement dropkick but Lynch avoided it and placed Natalya into a Sharpshooter, trying to beat her with her own move.  Natalya survived and kicked Lynch off, sending her into the buckles.  The crowd chanted, “This is awesome.”

Lynch tried to springboard off the ropes with a kick but was caught and sent to the mat.  This time, Natalya locked a Disarmher on Becky, using her submission.  Lynch escaped and went for a Sharpshooter but Natalya blocked and reversed it in the center of the ring.  Lynch fought her way to the ropes but Natalya pulled her back to the center of the ring.  Lynch again pulled herself to the ropes and to the outside of the ring but was trapped in the hold, hanging halfway off the apron.

Natalya dragged her to the center.  Natalya tried to re-position but Becky grabbed her in a Disarmher.   Natalya, trapped, finally tapped.

Your winner and still Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch!

A really good submission match with the crowd reactions making it seem even bigger.  Some really nice submission variations here, especially the Sharpshooter in the ropes.  This was the best showcase they’ve given Natalya in the ring in some time and Lynch was really great as well.  A good way to open the show.  It was smart to place this first so the crowd would be receptive and hot for the submissions.

Kayla Braxton interviewed Trish Stratus.  Stratus said she feels great, nervous and excited about performing in front of her family and friends in Toronto.  The hardest part has been the waiting for her music to hit for her to face Charlotte Flair.  Flair said the women of today are the greatest but the pioneers are often overlooked by those who don't realize how lucky they are  She is going to prove that Flair can't walk a mile in her boots.  If Flair is the Queen, she is the Queen of Queens.  Good promo.

Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler told the crowd they were looking at the best thing that could happen to this show and WWE.  He said he was the best damn thing that has ever happened to pro wrestling.  He said, "We've all seen it before.  Legends come and legends go, but old DZ is here, stealing the damn show."  He said that he wouldn't be shocked to see Goldberg show up because we know Goldberg doesn't show up for matches.  He said Goldberg fears Ziggler and dared anyone with the guts to come out.  Goldberg's music played.  They did the entire walk through the back with security.  His head wasn't busted up from psyching himself out.

They did all the Goldberg pyro and he came out.  Goldberg didn't seem to have the usual intensity coming out but got a big reaction with the crowd chanting his name.   

They faced off.  Ziggler superkicked him out of nowhere and scored a one count.  Ziggler nailed another and scored another near fall.   He celebrated but was speared into the Arctic Circle by Goldberg.  The crowd lost their mind for that and chanted for Goldberg.  He nailed the Jackhammer and scored the pin.

Your winner, Goldberg!

This was exactly what it needed to be.

Ziggler took the mic and told Goldberg not to walk out on him.  He told Goldberg he didn't have the guts to fight him man to man.  Goldberg returned to the ring as Ziggler was still down on the mat.  Ziggler got to his feet and Goldberg speared him again.

Goldberg walked out again.  Ziggler demanded the mic.  He said, "Goldberg, anybody can get lucky twice."  He told Goldberg he didn't have the balls to face him man to man.  He said Goldberg was a laughing stock in this business while Ziggler is the best in the business.  Goldberg returned and deadlifted Ziggler up, acted like he was going to walk off, then rebounded off the ropes and speared him again.

They aired a promo for the Clash of Champions PPV, which sounded somewhat like the Stranger Things theme, for 9/15.

Backstage, The New Day cut a promo.  Big E said tonight was the Viper vs. the Black Mamba.  They said they had someone for Kofi and introduced Drake.  Instead of the hip hop (and Degrassi High) star, it was Drake Maverick dressed in hip hip regalia.  Kofi was not impressed.  Drake left.  Kofi said he's been waiting for tonight.  Randy Orton was trying to hold him down.  Tonight, he shows Orton that he failed and that Kofi cannot be held down.

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