WWE SummerSlam 2023: Match Card & Line-Up

What even is Tribal Combat?

SummerSlam
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WWE’s summer spectacle comes to Detroit this weekend and it brings with it one sizzling line-up for the Motor city. Not only will this year’s SummerSlam feature a main-event contested under ‘Tribal combat’ rules, whatever that means, but we will also witness a stellar supporting line-up featuring huge title bouts and an MMA-style fight between former friends Rousey and Baszler. Wherever you look on this card, there’s something to be excited about, so let’s run down the full match card and check out the big hitters.

– Roman Reigns (c) vs Jey Uso – Tribal Combat for the WWE Universal Championship
– Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins (c) vs Finn Balor – World Heavyweight Championship
– Asuka (c) vs Charlotte Flair vs Bianca Belair – SmackDown Women’s Championship
– Cody Rhodes vs Brock Lesnar
– Ricochet vs Logan Paul
– Gunther (c) vs Drew McIntyre – Intercontinental Championship
– Ronda Rousey vs Shayna Baszler – MMA Rules Match
– Slim Jim SummerSlam Battle Royal (featuring LA Knight, Sheamus, Shinsuke Nakamura and more).

This year’s show is being headlined by both the continuation of the Bloodline saga between cousins Roman Reigns and Jey Uso as well as the rubber match between Cody and Brock Lesnar. Both have the potential to be fantastic matches and will undoubtedly bring with them some cinematic moments worth replaying time and time again.

At Money in the Bank in London, England, Jey Uso shocked the world by becoming the first person to pin Roman Reigns in several years. Reigns’ titanic run with Universal Championship has been an absolute pleasure to watch evolve and unfold, and where did it all begin? Jey Uso. The golden thread of ‘Main Event’ Jey being the one continuity through all of Roman’s bigger feuds, and the cliffnote their feud was ended on two years ago makes this a must-see championship fight. I wouldn’t expect to see Roman dethroned here, but you’d be damn sure that this is going to bang.

Cody and Brock have also put together a great feud which started the night after WrestleMania 39. Brock has returned to his typical monster heel antics and demolished Cody on several occasions. This bloodfeud has the potential to be a sleeper hit, with some already turning their nose up at the typical underdog hero vs ‘Beast’ dynamic. I would say this is going to be a masterpiece of three match booking, with Brock finally putting someone over in a major way. Rhodes needs this win to potentially set him back up for a championship match in the near future, and with the added intrigue of a potential Bray Wyatt return, this will make a worthy SummerSlam main-event.

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