WWE SummerSlam results: Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship reign finally over as Ronda Rousey wins title

Roman Reigns finally got one over Lesnar to win the Universal Championship after a long and drawn-out feud, while Rousey beat Alexa Bliss to claim thed Raw Women’s title

Matty Paddock
Monday 20 August 2018 07:26 BST
Roman Reigns beat Brock Lesnar to win the Universal Championship
Roman Reigns beat Brock Lesnar to win the Universal Championship (WWE)

Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey were two of the big winners at WWE SummerSlam as they both claimed championship gold.

Reigns was triumphant in, at long last, ending the reign of Universal Champion Brock Lesnar after over 500 days. Their long feud reached its climax in a brief but hard-hitting match that saw a vocal New York crowd show their displeasure with neither combatant carrying any real popularity amongst one of WWE's more vociferous audiences.

Rousey, meanwhile, is the new Raw Women's champion after she toppled Alexa Bliss in just four minutes to pick up her first championship since swapping UFC for WWE.

The swift nature of those bouts summed up a curious second half of the show that saw matches seemingly more rushed than the first portion of the event that had the 16,000 crowd hooked.

The WWE Championship match, hotly-anticipated between AJ Styles and challenger Samoa Joe, ended in a disqualification. Joe would have his hand raised, but champion Styles kept hold of his gold after being disqualified after he took exception to comments made by Joe to his family at ringside at the climax of a bout that delivered on its high expectations.

In response, Joe was decimated by Styles with a steel chair after the bloodied champion had finally heard enough.

Daniel Bryan's long-awaited match with The Miz ended in disappointment after Miz claimed an old-school, roguish victory with the help of some brass knuckles. Without a doubt, these two will tangle again, but it was enough to whet the appetite as Bryan continues to slowly edge back to his best.

Ronda Rousey finally won her first WWE title
Ronda Rousey finally won her first WWE title (WWE)

Finn Balor, in the guise of the Demon, made short work of Baron Corbin while Shinsuke Nakamura successfully defended his US Championship over Jeff Hardy thanks in part to a sickening landing for Hardy on the apron of the ring near the end of the match.

The night had got off to a blistering start as Seth Rollins became a two-time Intercontinental champion by beating Dolph Ziggler.

With former Shield brother Dean Ambrose at ringside to deal with Ziggler's hired help Drew McIntyre, arguably the best performer in WWE at the moment was able to capitalise and, with a curb stomp, pin the Show Off for a decisive victory.

AJ Styles snapped and attacked Samoa Joe with a chair
AJ Styles snapped and attacked Samoa Joe with a chair (WWE)

Kevin Owens had a night to forget as he was swiftly brushed aside by Braun Strowman, while The New Day had to make do with a disqualification win over The Bludgeon Brothers.

There is a new Smackdown Women's Champion after the recently-returning Charlotte Flair overcame Carmella and her own best friend Becky Lynch in a fantastic triple-threat bout – with Lynch shockingly turning on Flair after the match as frustrations boiled over.

WWE SummerSlam 2018 results:

Roman Reigns DEF. Brock Lesnar - New Universal champion

Ronda Rousey DEF. Alexa Bliss - New Raw Women's Champion

Samoa Joe DEF. WWE Champion AJ Styles by disqualification

Seth Rollins DEF. Dolph Ziggler - New Intercontinental champion

Finn Balor DEF. Baron Corbin

The Miz. DEF. Daniel Bryan

US Champion Shinsuke Nakamura DEF. Jeff Hardy

The New Day DEF. Smackdown tag team champions The Bludgeon Brothers by disqualification

Braun Strowman DEF. Kevin Owens

Charlotte Flair DEF. Carmell and Becky Lynch - New Smackdown Women's Champion

Kick-off show

Raw tag team champions The B Team DEF. The Revival

Andrade 'Cien' Almas & Zelina Vega DEF. Rusev and Lana

WWE Cruiserweight champion Cedric Alexander DEF. Drew Gulak

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