WWE Summerslam 2021 took place in front of more than 51,000 fans at Allegiant Stadium in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada. The double main event featured Roman Reigns defending his Universal Title against John Cena. Bobby Lashley went on to defend his WWE Championship against Bill Goldberg. A surprise debut took place in the WWE Smackdown Women’s Title match, and Edge and Seth Rollins tore down the house. Here are five must-see moments from the PPV as well as the full results from each match.
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WWE Summerslam 2021: 5 Must-See Moments
Roman fights off Cena, Brock Lesnar returns
John Cena returned to WWE at Money in the Bank and was instantly slotted against Roman Reigns. With Cena looking for his 17th World Title, all eyes were on the main event at WWE Summerslam. Cena gave it his all, including an AA to Reigns through a table, and then again off the top rope, but it wasn’t enough. The Head of the Table hit a spear on Cena and got the win. With Reigns celebrating over Cena, Brock Lesnar’s music hit to the roar of the crowd in Las Vegas. Lesnar, with a new look of longer hair and beard, went face to face with Reigns to close the show as Paul Heyman looked on with worry.
Reigns crushes Goldberg, gets personal
Goldberg returned earlier this summer to challenge Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship, despite many questioning the booking. The match started with Goldberg getting the upper hand early on with a shoulder block and multiple slams. Goldberg’s knee seemed weak walking to the ring, which Lashley took notice of. Lashley beat down Goldberg to the point he couldn’t continue, causing the referee to stop the match.
Bobby Lashley repeatedly attacked Goldberg with a chair after the match before Goldberg’s son rushed the ring. The youngster jumped on Lashley’s back before being put into the Hurt Lock resulting in groans from those in attendance. Goldberg then rushed to his son’s aide which caused Lashley and MVP to flee to the outside of the ring.
The Man is back
Beck Lynch returns, shocks Bianca Belair
Rumors heading into WWE Summerslam were that Sasha Banks would not be on the show. With no reason given, fans were left scratching their heads. To replace Banks, Carmella was announced as Bianca Belair’s opponent resulting in boo’s from the crowd. To the surprise of many, Becky Lynch’s music hit, and after attacking Carmella, a new match was set. Within seconds, Lynch hit the rock bottom on Belair and became the new Smackdown Women’s Champion.
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Charlotte regains her thrown
Nikki A.S.H cashed in her Money in the Bank briefcase last month and became the new WWE Raw Women’s Champion. While Nikki had a fairytale run as champion for a few weeks, a long-term reign wasn’t in the cards. In a triple threat match against Nikki and Rhea Ripley, Charlotte was able to shine and once again become the new champion.
Edge and Seth Rollins steal the show
In what has been arguably the best-booked match heading into WWE Summerslam, Edge and Seth Rollins clashed for the first time ever in their careers. Heading into the match, Edge said he would have to dig into his darker self, so it was only one question on everyone’s mind. Coming out to the ring with his old Brood entrance and look, Edge took it to Rollins for the better part of 20 minutes. The match went back and forth but ended when Edge forced Rollins to tap out with a crossface.
WWE Summerslam 2021: Full results
WWE Raw Tag Team Titles: RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle) d. AJ Styles and Omos (New Champions), Skim It, **3/4
Alexa Bliss d. Eva Maria, Take a Pass, DUD
US Title: Damian Priest d. Sheamus (New Champion), Worth a Watch, ***
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles: The Usos d. Rey and Dominik Mysterio, Worth a Watch, ***
WWE Smackdown Women’s Title: Beck Lynch d. Bianca Belair, Must-Watch, (NR)
Drew McIntyre d. Jinder Mahal, Take a Pass, *1/2
WWE Raw Women’s Title: Charlotte Flair d. Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley (New Champion) Worth a Watch, ***
Edge d. Seth Rollins, Must-Watch, ****1/2
WWE Title: Bobby Lashley d. Goldberg, Skim It, **
WWE Universal Title: Roman Reigns d. John Cena, Must-Watch, ****1/4