WWE SummerSlam Kickoff Results
Sunday, August 20, 2017
From the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Report by CJ Blaze of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Renee Young welcomes us to the show as David Otunga, Lita, and Jerry Lawler join her on the panel. Charly Caruso hypes the social media lounge and announces Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins will be taking questions later.
Sam Roberts is outside with the crowd. We see replays of SmackDown's main event, which saw Baron Corbin fail to successfully cash-in his MITB briefcase. Corbin is interviewed backstage as he prepares to take on John Cena tonight.
A video package on Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt airs. The entire panel picks The Demon to win. We move to a video package on tonight's US Title match. Backstage, Shane McMahon reiterates that he's going to call it down the middle tonight. Otunga and Lita pick AJ to retain, while Lawler picks Owens.
Cole, Graves, and Booker are on commentary for our first kickoff match.
1) The Miz, Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas def. Jason Jordan & The Hardy Boyz via Skull Crushing Finale in 10:33.
We see a video package on Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Ambrose & Rollins next. The former Shield brothers join Charly in the social media lounge. They are asked first what their tag team name is. Dean says they don't want to argue about it and they want to focus on winning the titles. As far as their best Shield moment goes - Dean names when they opened TLC in the Barclays Center in 2012.
2) Cruiserweight Championship Match: Neville def. Akira Tozawa (c) via Red Arrow in 11:45 to regain the title.
Peter Rosenberg joins the panel in place of Lita.
Elias is sitting in the ring to perform. Afterwards, Carmella and James Ellsworth join the panel and play a little rapid fire game to hype some of the other matches tonight.
Jinder Mahal cuts a promo backstage. Rosenberg picks Mahal, Otunga picks Nakamura, and Lawler picks Mahal.
Phillips, Saxton & JBL are at commentary for the last Kickoff Match.
3) SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos def. The New Day (c) via pitfall in 19:13 to win the titles.
The panel is blown away by the tag match. They run down the card again before brand new KFC commercial featuring several WWE stars airs.
Shawn Michaels comes down to the ring dressed as Colonel Sanders... Renee reveals John Cena vs. Baron Corbin will kickoff SummerSlam.
Dasha is backstage with Paul Heyman. Paul takes the mic and cuts a promo.