WWE SummerSlam 2018 results, live updates, matches, card, predictions


It’s the annual summer extravaganza — WWE SummerSlam 2018 — tonight from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and airing live on the WWE Network.

The jam-packed lineup features 13 matches with nine championships up for grabs. The event gets underway with the kickoff show at 5 p.m. ET and the main card starting at 7 p.m. ET.

MORE: WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 results

In the main event, it will be the latest showdown between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship. Will Reigns finally get a signature win against “The Beast”? Or will Lesnar remain champion and return to the Octagon in hopes of becoming the first-ever dual WWE and UFC champion?

Plus, former UFC star Ronda Rousey looks to win her first WWE title when she faces Alexa Bliss for the “RAW” Women’s Championship while Samoa Joe challenges AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. 

Sporting News will provide live bell-to-bell coverage of WWE SummerSlam 2018 beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET.

(All times Eastern.)

WWE SummerSlam 2018 live updates

Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

6:00 p.m.: The second hour of the kickoff show begins with the first title match of the night. Could this guy leave as champ?

5:54 p.m.: The advocate for Brock Lesnar has spoken.

Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega defeat Rusev and Lana

5:49 p.m. FINISH: Lana slaps Almas who is on the apron and Vega hen rolls her up from behind and uses the ropes to score the win. Not much of a match. One down, 12 to go.

5:46 p.m.: Big reversal by Almas.

5:44 p.m.: Just another day in the ring.

5:39 p.m.: Time for the first match of the night with some mixed tag action. Stay out it Aiden. 

5:36 p.m.: And now, a statement from the NXT Champion:

5:27 p.m.: Believe it or not, this will be the first time in 15 YEARS that John Cena will not be a part of SummerSlam.

5:19 p.m.: The New Day doing it for the right reasons.

5:15 p.m.: We’re finally going to see Daniel Bryan and The Miz square off following their issues over the years. Could that be the match of the night? And could this be just the first chapter in a series of matches or will this be something much shorter?

5:07 p.m.: If the broadcast team for the kickoff show wasn’t big enough already, both Peter Rosenberg and JBL are also a part of it. Sure.

5:01 p.m.: Here we go with the kickoff show and its Renee Young, Booker T, Sam Roberts, and David Otunga.

4:57 p.m.: Last night, I went 4 for 5 in my predictions of NXT TakeOver. Check out my SummerSlam predictions below of all 13(!) matches and we’ll see how well I do. Hey, this is serious business!

4:49 p.m.: Welcome to SN’s live coverage of WWE SummerSlam 2018. We still have a few minutes before the kickoff show, so before then, check out my recent interview with Roman Reigns heading into his WWE Universal Championship match versus Brock Lesnar and the results from last night’s NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 event. And make sure to follow the Sporting News wrestling section on Twitter @sn_wrestling.

WWE SummerSlam 2018 lineup

— Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship

— AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship

— Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey for the “RAW” Women’s Championship

— Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte in a Triple Threat Match for the “SmackDown” Women’s Championship

— Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens for the Money in the Bank briefcase 

— Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

— Dolph Ziggler (w/ Drew McIntyre) vs. Seth Rollins (w/ Dean Ambrose) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

— Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy for the WWE United States Championship

— The Bludgeon Brothers vs.The New Day for the “SmackDown” Tag Team Championship

— Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin

— Rusev and Lana vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega (kickoff show)

— Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship (kickoff show)

— The “B” Team vs. The Revival for the “RAW” Tag Team Championship (kickoff show)

WWE SummerSlam 2018 predictions

— Roman Reigns finally gets his victory over “The Beast”.

— Samoa Joe’s head games pay off as he beats AJ Styles to become WWE Champion.

— Ronda Rousey claims her first WWE title, defeating Alexa Bliss to become “RAW” Women’s Champion.

— Carmella escapes as the “SmackDown” Women’s Champion and the friendship between Charlotte and Becky Lynch begins to crumble.

— Braun Strowman keeps the MITB briefcase with a win over Kevin Owens but does not cash it in on this night.

— The Miz will continue to brag with an upset win against Daniel Bryan.

— Seth Rollins regains the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler.

— Shinsuke Nakamura retains the U.S. Championship against Jeff Hardy.

— The New Day recapture the “SmackDown” Tag Team Titles with a win over the Bludgeon Brothers.

— Finn Balor gets the win against Baron Corbin.

— Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega score a win against Rusev and Lana when Aiden English’s interference backfires again.

— Drew Gulak beats Cedric Alexander for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

— The “B” Team defeats The Revival to keep the “RAW” Women’s Championship.

Brian Fritz can be reached at btrfritz@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrianFritz and listen to his Between The Ropes podcast on iTunes.

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