WWE SummerSlam 2020 DVD Review feat. Braun Strowman vs. The Fiend

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WWE SummerSlam 2020

Running Time: 189 Minutes
Certificate: 15
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: October 5 2020

(Thanks to Fetch Publicity for arranging this review.)

WWE SummerSlam 2020 emanated from the WWE ThunderDome, the company’s arena within an (Amway) arena in Orlando, Florida. Circumstances ensured that it couldn’t reach the standards of previous SummerSlams, but it was still a fun show, as proven by rewatching it on DVD.

With fans watching virtually to provide more colour and atmosphere than any PPV event has received since Elimination Chamber prior to the pandemic truly taking over, this show began with an entertaining clash between Bayley and Asuka, though it couldn’t top their awesome NXT TakeOver battles in 2016. The Street Profits vs. Andrade and Angel Garza, meanwhile, was okay but a Raw-level clash at best, and Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville was worthy of ending their long rivalry under No Disqualification rules, with the loser (Deville) leaving WWE as a result.

Next up, Dominik Mysterio made his official in-ring debut in a very good Street Fight against Seth Rollins. Considering that this was his first ever proper match, he performed to a high standard, beginning his WWE career with a bang. Asuka then had her second title opportunity of the night, and she managed to dethrone Sasha Banks as Raw Women’s Champion in a superior clash to the opener. Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton provided an exciting WWE Title match, one that felt like a big deal given the major years that both competitors have enjoyed thus far.

Finally, Braun Strowman and The Fiend collided in a Falls Count Anywhere match. This wasn’t as good as McIntyre vs. Orton but it still exceeded expectations, with Fiend winning his second Universal Title. However, the real story was the shocking post-match return of Roman Reigns (I wouldn’t have mentioned it but WWE has put it on the reverse sleeve of this DVD), and him seemingly turning heel in the process. The tagline “you’ll never see it coming” certainly applied here, as SummerSlam ended with a momentous development that could change the landscape of the company for a good while to come.

Given the limitations caused by the ongoing pandemic, WWE SummerSlam 2020 was as good a production as one could expect, and the DVD is worth checking out for numerous enjoyable matches and a memorable climax.

Overall Rating: 6/10 – Reasonable