Description SummerSlam (2019) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It took place on August 11, 2019, at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was the thirty-second event under the SummerSlam chronology and the second event to be held at this particular venue (the other being the 2004 event).
Twelve matches were contested at the event, including three on the pre-show. In the main event, Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar to win the Universal Championship for a second time. In other prominent matches, Bray Wyatt in his new "Fiend" persona defeated Finn Bálor, Charlotte Flair defeated Trish Stratus by submission, Kevin Owens defeated Shane McMahon to keep his job, Kofi Kingston fought Randy Orton to a double countout to retain the WWE Championship, and Goldberg defeated Dolph Ziggler.
The show comprised twelve matches, including three on the pre-show. The matches resulted from scripted storylines, in which wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results were predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands, while storylines were produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live.
At WrestleMania 35, Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar to win the Universal Championship. Lesnar then disappeared from television for several weeks before inserting himself in the 2019 Money in the Bank ladder match and won, earning a match for a world championship of his choice at anytime within the next year. After teasing some cash-ins, Lesnar finally cashed in his Money in the Bank contract at Extreme Rules and won back the Universal Championship right after Rollins had just retained the title. On the following night's Raw, Rollins won a cross-brand 10-man battle royal to earn a rematch against Lesnar at SummerSlam. During Raw Reunion on July 22, Lesnar's advocate Paul Heyman stated that Lesnar cashed in on Rollins because Rollins had done the same to Lesnar back at WrestleMania 31.
On the July 15 episode of Raw, Naomi, Natalya, Alexa Bliss, and wild card guest Carmella competed in a fatal four-way elimination match to determine the number one contender against Becky Lynch for the Raw Women's Championship at SummerSlam. Natalya won by last eliminating Bliss. After Lynch's match on the July 29 episode, Natalya applied the Sharpshooter on the champion and later suggested a submission match, which was made official the following week.
On the July 16 episode of SmackDown, after SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley and Ember Moon defeated Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville in a tag team match in which Moon scored the pin, Bayley selected Moon as the number one contender for her title at SummerSlam.
During the summer of 2019, Kevin Owens became furious with Shane McMahon due to the latter taking up more and more screen time each week from other wrestlers and exerting even more authority, which was in contradiction to what The McMahon Family (Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Shane McMahon, and Triple H) had promised several months prior. Despite Shane's attempts to ban Owens from SmackDown, Owens would nevertheless show up and attack Shane at opportune moments. During Raw Reunion on July 22, Owens challenged Shane to a match at SummerSlam and said he would quit the WWE if he were to lose, and Shane accepted.
On the July 23 episode of SmackDown, WWE Champion Kofi Kingston selected Randy Orton as his SummerSlam opponent with his title on the line. Kingston referenced their past feud in 2009 when Kingston had defeated Orton, but said Orton used his influence to keep Kingston out of the main event scene. Orton said he was right that he held Kingston back and accepted the challenge.
Following the Superstar Shake-up in April, Bray Wyatt, who had been on hiatus since the previous summer, began appearing as an eerie children's entertainer in pre-taped segments called Firefly Funhouse. He eventually revealed a new sinister alternate persona called "The Fiend". After wild card guest Finn Bálor's match on the July 15 episode of Raw, the lights went out and Wyatt appeared as "The Fiend" and attacked Bálor. The following week on SmackDown, Bálor challenged Wyatt to a match at SummerSlam. Wyatt appeared inside the funhouse and stated that he was a fan of Bálor but "The Fiend" was not and that "The Fiend" accepted the challenge.
At Extreme Rules, AJ Styles defeated Ricochet to win the United States Championship thanks to help from his O.C. teammates, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. On the July 29 episode of Raw, Ricochet won a gauntlet match, defeating Rey Mysterio, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, and Andrade, to earn a rematch for the title at SummerSlam.
On the July 23 episode of SmackDown, Shawn Michaels's appearence on "Miz TV" was interrupted by Dolph Ziggler, who insulted Michaels. The Miz intervened but was pulled back by Michaels. Ziggler then punched Miz and hit Michaels with a superkick. The following week, a match between Miz and Ziggler was scheduled for SummerSlam but during the contract signing on the August 5 episode of Raw, Miz revealed that their match would actually be on the following Raw and that Ziggler would fight someone else at SummerSlam. Ziggler presumed that this referred to Michaels but instead Goldberg appeared, a man who Ziggler had also disparaged in his promos against Michaels, as Ziggler's opponent.
Backstage during the July 23 episode of SmackDown, Charlotte Flair voiced her displeasure that she was not scheduled to compete at SummerSlam. Despite not being on the card, Flair stated she would be there to prove that she was the "greatest female superstar of all-time". The following week, WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus was a guest on Jerry Lawler's "King's Court". They were interrupted by Flair, who challenged the seven-time women's champion to a match at SummerSlam. After disparaging comments from Flair, Stratus accepted the challenge.
On the August 6 episode of 205 Live, Oney Lorcan won a six-pack challenge, defeating Akira Tozawa, Ariya Daivari, Gentleman Jack Gallagher, Kalisto, and Tony Nese, to earn the right to face Drew Gulak for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at SummerSlam.
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Result Description 1P Drew Gulak (c) defeated Oney Lorcan Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship 8:45
2P Buddy Murphy defeated Apollo Crews by disqualification Singles match 4:20
3P Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) defeated The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) Tag team match for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship 6:15
4 Becky Lynch (c) defeated Natalya Submission match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship 12:35
5 Goldberg defeated Dolph Ziggler Singles match 1:50
6 AJ Styles (c) (with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) defeated Ricochet Singles match for the WWE United States Championship 13:00
7 Bayley (c) defeated Ember Moon Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship 10:00
8 Kevin Owens defeated Shane McMahon Singles match
Had Owens lost, he would have quit WWE.
Elias was the special guest enforcer. 9:20
9 Charlotte Flair defeated Trish Stratus by submission Singles match 16:40
10 Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton ended in a double countout Singles match for the WWE Championship 16:45
11 "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt defeated Finn Bálor Singles match 3:25
12 Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship 13:25