WWE SummerSlam 2018 review: What we learned, takeaways, future projections

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What we learned, what we took away and what the future holds for the superstars of Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live following Sunday night’s WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view event.

The 2018 edition of WWE SummerSlam is in the books and there are plenty of interesting takeaways from Sunday night’s show in Brooklyn. Overall, it was a good show that had the potential to be so much more. There were definitely some interesting booking decisions along the way to the finish line, plenty of title changes, a fantastic heel turn and plenty of things to look forward to going into next month’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view and beyond.

So let’s go ahead and jump into the show, starting with the WWE Intercontinental Championship bout between Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins.

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WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins

What we learned: We learned here that this feud that has already lasted two months isn’t even close to being finished. With newly-bulked-up Dean Ambrose in his corner, Seth Rollins finally regained the WWE Intercontinental Championship he lost to Dolph Ziggler a while back on Monday Night RAW. This wasn’t exactly the fast-paced match I expected in the beginning, but the last half of the bout more than made up for it. This was a solid opener with big teases of Ambrose and Drew McIntyre getting into it before The Lunatic Fringe finally took out the big man in the closing minutes, which almost looked like it might cost Rollins the match. But The Kingslayer was able to get the job done in the first of many title changes on the night. Very solid opener with some excellent spots as usual from these two, specifically that reverse superplex into the inverted suplex. Great stuff there.

What’s next: There’s plenty more to come with these four. Ziggler obviously has his automatic rematch coming in, and I’d expect that sooner rather than later as all signs are pointing to a tag match with these four at some point, possibly at Hell in a Cell next month. The Ambrose turn will come at some point down the line, but I’m glad they didn’t pull the trigger on that right away.