Logan Paul and the Real Winners and Losers from WWE SummerSlam 2022 Match Card
SummerSlam 2022 was the first WWE pay-per-view without Vince McMahon, and Triple H clearly showcased what the creative direction can look like under his guidance.
He pulled out some big surprises on the night from the return of Bayley as well as the arrivals of Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky (the former Io Shirai) to an unreal main event between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar.
We also saw plenty of quality wrestling throughout the night. Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair, The Usos vs. The Street Profits and Logan Paul vs. The Miz were just a few of the great matches.
Not everyone came out looking so good, though. The Judgment Day continue to lose badly, this time with Edge's interference. Liv Morgan survived with her SmackDown Women's Championship against Ronda Rousey but left the night looking lesser to her opponent.
This was a show of mostly highs for the fans, but certain Superstars did not look great at the end. These were the true winners and losers from an action-packed SummerSlam.
Winner: Triple H
Triple H took over WWE Creative less than two weeks ago, and his fingerprint on it was clear at SummerSlam.
After a fantastic match between Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch, we saw three major appearances from Bayley, Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky. They seem to be a stable going after The EST of WWE.
The matches that followed each got time to overdeliver. The presentation within each contest was tight and easier to follow than recent WWE events.
The Game helped continue to elevate Logan Paul and Pat McAfee while giving time to great matches like The Usos vs. The Street Profits.
Finally, we got a wild main event that made up for several disappointing Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar matches by starting as a brawl and never stopping. We even saw an entire ring lifted by a tractor before the night ended.
If this was a peek into future booking under Triple H, it was a bright spot that stands up to some of WWE's best SummerSlams.
Winner: Logan Paul
Logan Paul may be a controversial figure, but there is no denying his talent as a sports entertainer. He is smoother than many performers on the main roster, including the man he was wrestling, The Miz.
The A-Lister was a good singles opponent for the social media star, telling a complete story with him while letting him stand out. Now, though, Paul needs opponents who will push him.
For the moment, WWE looks smart for signing the 27-year-old for the long term. He is putting in the work to look as clean and capable as possible.
Paul has the air of a true star already. While he may still need to prove it to many, he has a chance to be something special. The only concern is that he remains a more natural heel than a face.
Loser: The Judgment Day
Edge put together a stable with The Judgment Day that looked like it could dominate WWE Raw. However, when Finn Balor turned the group against The Rated-R Superstar, the angle quickly lost momentum.
The Prince and Damian Priest have lost two straight matches to The Mysterios. Admittedly, the faction only fell at SummerSlam because of the return of Edge, but Balor, Priest and Rhea Ripley needed a victory.
Balor vs. Edge is going to be a good match, but can anyone buy that The Prince can defeat anyone with a stable that cannot get a win against opponents who were barely on TV in recent months?
The mystique of The Judgment Day is falling away. Only Ripley still comes off as a true threat, and with Raw's women's division growing, she could even find herself outside of the title picture there.
Loser: Liv Morgan
Liv Morgan had the biggest night of her career at Money in the Bank on July 2, when she won the SmackDown Women's Championship. She has ridden a steady high since then.
However, the rematch with Ronda Rousey loomed large. and the champion had to get a cheap win to retain the title. After all, she was facing a woman who has been heavily protected over the years.
That played out at SummerSlam. In just four minutes, Rousey dominated the champion before making her submit. However, the referee only noticed that the former UFC star was pinned for three at the same time.
Thanks to a bad decision by Rousey and poor referee work by the official, Morgan survived without doing much of anything the whole match. It made her look weak, yet she still celebrated retaining her title like a major victory.
While The Baddest Woman on the Planet got a chance to finally turn heel, which should make a future match better, that will require WWE to book the champion as a more serious competitor in the next encounter.