Four new WWE SummerSlam matches were announced on Tuesday night following the events during SmackDown Live and 205 Live. First on SmackDown Live, WWE United States Champion AJ Styles defended his title against Kevin Owens. It was yet another controversial finish with Styles securing the pin. Owens was not happy but SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan understood his frustration. Bryan announced Owens will have yet another rematch against Styles at SummerSlam. And to ensure there will be a better referee presence, Bryan added McMahon as the special referee for the match.
Rusev defeated Chad Gable in a competitive matchup but the Bulgarian Brute wanted better competition. Randy Orton reappeared on SmackDown Live and attacked Rusev. It was later suddenly announced Rusev and Orton will fight at SummerSlam.
SmackDown Live’s main event saw Shinsuke Nakamura defeat John Cena to determine the No. 1 contender to Jinder Mahal’s WWE Championship at Summer Slam. This will be Nakamura’s first shot for the WWE Championship. Luck could be on his side since he first won the NXT Championship at the same SummerSlam venue of the Barclays Center.
Finally, at 205 Live, Akira Tozawa defeated Ariya Daivari to compete against Neville’s WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
WWE SummerSlam Card
- WWE Championship
Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
- Universal Championship: Fatal-4-Way Match
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe.
- RAW Women’s Championship
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Bayley.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship
Naomi (c) vs. Natalya.
- WWE United States Championship (Special Referee: Shane McMahon)
AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Neville (c) vs. Akira Tozawa.
- Randy Orton vs. Rusev.
WWE SummerSlam, for the third-consecutive year, will take place from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday, August 20, with a special start time of 7 p.m. EDT.