This year's SummerSlam had it all, from incredible wrestling to severed head lights to the return of pyro! With legends returning and new characters debuting, it really was a show that will be talked about for a while.
Throughout the show, there were some fantastic wrestling matches with the WWE Superstars clearly doing everything in their power to put on a show that fans would remember.
Whilst WWE is the very pinnacle of sports entertainment and the in-ring quality is always very high, every show has standout matches as well as some that are much weaker and within this article, we will rank the matches from SummerSlam from worst to best.
12 Buddy Murphy vs Apollo Crews
WWE has kept Buddy Murphy out of the ring for far too long considering he was one of the most talented wrestlers in the entire company right now and Apollo Crews is no slouch either.
Whilst the in-ring content in this match was good, this was mainly used as an angle to continue the Roman Reigns storyline when Rowan made his presence known, taking out Murphy for claiming it was him who attacked the Big Dog.
Because of that, it’s hard to rank the match highly, but it was certainly impressive to see WWE use the Kick-Off show to do more than just have pointless matches and video packages.
11 Goldberg vs Dolph Ziggler
Goldberg matches are always best when they are kept short and sweet letting the Hall Of Famer hit his two moves, look dominant and move on and that is exactly what WWE opted to do here in order to help rebuild him after his poor WWE Supershow Down match.
There isn’t much to be said about this match, except that the first Spear that he hit might be one of the best you will ever see, with Dolph Ziggler selling it to perfection in order to make Goldberg look incredible.
The post-match shenanigans were fun enough for what they were and go perfectly with how Ziggler’s character has been in recent months. However, any match with only three moves is never going to be considered a classic.
10 Drew Gulak vs Oney Lorcan
This, just like every PPV match from the 205 Live roster was a really solid wrestling match between two talented wrestlers in Oney Lorcan and the Cruiserweight Champion, Drew Gulak.
The two men put on a hard-hitting encounter from start to finish with Gulak retaining through the Cyclone Crash after he had distracted the referee with the ring apron, leading to a punch to the throat.
The only real issue with this (like most of the 205 Live matches on main roster shows), is that the fans really weren’t invested fully with no chants for either guy taking place, which really took away from the match itself and stopped it going to the next level.
9 Bayley vs Ember Moon
This match suffered from its place in the card a little bit, with fans deciding to take a slight break and become a littler quieter throughout, which took away from the battle a little, even though the in-ring quality was good.
This did feel like a good time to potentially have a title switch as Ember Moon had the fans behind her, but WWE opted to not go down that route with Bayley retaining with a Bayley to Belly from the top rope.
The match was good but it just didn’t feel overly special and in the end, it is one that will be forgotten about, which could be because the build was also lacking in the first place.
8 Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs The IIconics
This is a prime example of why WWE needs to start paying some actual attention to the Women’s tag team division because it can be a whole lot of fun, just like this match was, with the ladies putting on an entertaining match.
The IIconics are incredibly fun to watch no matter what with their characters being so over the top, and that is why it is such a shame their run as champions was so poor because it could have been so much more.
Admittedly, it was quite strange to see Alexa Bliss work as a babyface in this match, but her and Nikki Cross are connecting with fans and will hopefully take the titles to the next level.
7 Kofi Kingston vs Randy Orton
Obviously, the fact that this match had a count-out finish hurts it in terms of its placement on this list, but in the grand scheme of things, that finish might just be the best thing to happen to both men as it allows the storyline to continue and kick on to the next level.
The match was kept to a very methodical pace, which isn't a surprise for Randy Orton, but it did take the fans out of the match at times and it perhaps could have been helped by being kept a little faster.
Regardless of that, the wrestling itself was great and Orton's RKO was perfect, with this match showing that there is plenty more to come from this feud.
6 Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahon
WWE has done a brilliant job with this storyline and Kevin Owens’ babyface turn and this was a perfect example of how well it has worked in front of a Canadian crowd as he got an incredible response throughout.
It was never going to be a classic wrestling match and with WWE stacking the odds against him by having Elias as Special Guest Enforcer, all WWE did was ensure the crowd was even more behind the new top babyface.
With KO finally picking up his big win over Shane in a match that got one of the best crowd reactions of the night, this was certainly a moment that fans could look back on when KO’s career is all said and done.
5 Trish Stratus vs Charlotte Flair
This was a dream match for many people with two of the most influential women’s wrestlers in WWE history colliding and they both did an excellent job in trying to give the fans a great bout.
Things started a little slow in this match as the two women were feeling things out, but things quickly got going and Trish Stratus proved why she is a WWE Hall Of Famer, putting in an incredible shift at the age of 43.
Stratus and Charlotte Flair threw everything at each other in order to tell a perfect story, and even though the Queen got the win, this match was all about Stratusfaction.
4 AJ Styles vs Ricochet
You really could just watch AJ Styles and Ricochet wrestle all day, two of the best wrestlers on the entire planet competing is something that will never get boring and once again they managed to live up to the hype at SummerSlam.
Rather than spending the match focused on highflying and fast-paced wrestling, AJ Styles opted to focus on working the leg of Ricochet, who also had to deal with both Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson on the outside.
Whether this was their best match so far is up for debate, as their entire series has been fantastic, but this did feel like the last time we will see them compete for a while.
3 Becky Lynch vs Natalya
It is incredibly important for PPV openers to be great matches as they set the tone for the entire show and thankfully this submission match was absolutely fantastic, with some incredible selling in front of a red hot crowd.
There was certainly a mixed response for both women in-terms of who was the fan favorite, which was to be expected with the event being in Canada, but the women simply rode that momentum rather than trying to make them go a certain way.
The result went exactly the way that it should have with Becky Lynch retaining the title, but this match showcased just how great Natalya is, with this being one of her best encounters in years.
2 The Fiend vs Finn Balor
Wow. Whilst the match itself here was nothing overly special, nobody is going to forget this in a hurry and there is no doubt that one of the biggest talking points of the show will be The Fiend and the incredible debut for Bray Wyatt’s new character.
Heading into the show there was tons of intrigue and question marks over what WWE would do in terms of music, lighting, and more, and WWE knocked it out of the park with a perfect entrance.
From the incredibly creepy Bray Wyatt severed head lamp to the remixed version of his old theme song, The Fiend looked great and was booked as dominantly as he should have been. Yowie Wowie indeed!
1 Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins
When Brock Lesnar matches are done right they really are incredible and the SummerSlam 2019 main event was a perfect example of a Brock Lesnar match being done correctly, which had the fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
The fact that both men told such a good story that the fans went from booing Seth Rollins at the start of the match to going absolutely crazy when he won the title shows just how well they told a story in the match.
It had everything you wanted from Lesnar destroying Rollins to Seth showing his underdog spirit, putting the Beast through the announce table and more as they kept up a frantic pace and produced carnage throughout.