Boos were heard throughout Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas during Saturday’s WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view. After Smackdown women’s champion Bianca Belair came to the ring the defend her title against Sasha Banks in a much-anticipated matchup, the ring announcer told the crowd that Banks would be unable to compete. As the crowd voiced their displeasure, Carmella came to the ring the take Banks’ place, making the crowd even more unhappy. But just before the matchup began, some familiar music filled the stadium
Becky Lynch, “The Man”, was back. The crowd went crazy, drowning everything out in cheers for a few minutes. Lynch had been out for over a year after giving birth to her first child. She was the most popular WWE wrestler when she left, and judging by Saturday’s reaction, she is the most popular wrestler again. She beat Carmella up, tossed her from the ring, and challenged Belair, who accepted. The bell rang, Lynch reached out to shake Belair’s hand, and when Belair did, Lynch hit with a clothesline and a manhandle slam and pinned her, 1-2-3.
An interesting way to bring Lynch back, as this almost positions her as a heel. But the crowd in Vegas saw her as pure babyface.
In other matches Saturday:
Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) defeated John Cena
Reigns pinned Cena after two Superman punches and a spear. They were several near falls and the crowd was solidly behind Cena. After the match, Brock Lesnar’s music hit and he marched to the ring as the crowd went crazy. Paul Heyman, who used to advise Lesnar and now advises Reigns, didn’t know what to do. Reigns and Lesnar faced off in the ring and Reigns left.
Bobby Lashley (with MVP) defeated Goldberg
MVP hit Goldberg in the knee with his cane, setting the stage for Lashley to work on the knee to where Goldberg couldn’t continue. After the ref called off the match, Lashley attacked Goldberg with a steel chair until Goldberg’s son ran in and jumped on Lashley’s back. Lashley put him in the Hurt Lock and Goldberg’s son passed out. Goldberg vowed to kill Lashley the next time they meet, which seems a bit extreme.
Charlotte Flair defeated Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H. to win the Raw women’s title
All three did great, especially Nikki who wrestled like she had something to prove since so many were dismissive of her leading up to the match. Nikkie DDT’d Ripley, who rolled out of the ring. Charlotte then locked on the Figure Eight on Nikki, who tapped out.
Edge pinned Seth Rollins
Edge made Rollins tap out after Rollins spent most of the match focusing on Edge’s surgically-repaired neck.
Big E defeated Baron Corbin
Big E hit a spear through the ropes, followed by a Big Ending for the pinfall win. He then took back his Money in the Bank briefcase.
RKBro (Randy Orton and Riddle) defeated AJ Styles and Omos to win the Raw tag team titles
Orton pinned Styles after an RKO.
Alexa Bliss defeated Eva Marie (with Doudrop)
Not much of a match. Eva Marie attacked Bliss’ doll, and that made Bliss irate, so she pinned her with a DDT. Doudrop apparently turned on Eva Marie after the match, but with WWE, you never can tell for sure.
Damian Priest defeated Sheamus to win the United States title
After a long, grueling match, Priest ripped off Sheamus’ protective face mask and pinned him with the Reckoning. The crowd didn’t care that much.
The Usos defeated Rey and Dominick Mysterio to retain the Smackdown tag team titles
The Usos won when Jey hit a splash on Rey and pinned him. No hint of dissension between the Mysterios, but Dominick did nothing in this match except get beat up.
Drew McIntyre defeated Jinder Mahal
This was just a space filler between Lynch’s return and the Triple Threat match. Four Claymore kicks and it was over, 1-2-3.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.